PG&E California Blackouts – Do They Portend Our Energy Future?

Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Flaster Greenberg PC


PG&E California blackouts, intentional, tell us so much about what is wrong with that state’s energy policies and those planned for us by anti-gas folks. Dan Markind explains with his post at

Pacific Gas and Electric provided its customers in northern California with a glimpse of the future last week. Due to extremely dry conditions coupled with the prospect of strong winds, and cognizant of last year’s massive forest fires partially sparked by PG&E power lines, the utility instituted rolling power blackouts over large areas of its territory.

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Mariner East Still Being Targeted by Southeast Pennsylvania Pols

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

The Mariner East pipeline is still being attacked by Southeast PA legislators determined to undermine this important project for the sake of political gain.

A small group of mostly southeastern Pennsylvania pipeline opponents came to Harrisburg today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to halt construction of the legally permitted Mariner East 2 pipeline and essentially shut down the operation of the entire Mariner East network. This is the second capital visit by the opponents, whose call for a similar moratorium failed in March 2018.

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ExxonMobil Planning to Build A Second Cracker Plant in Pennsylvania?

Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


ExxonMobil is looking to do a cracker in Western Pennsylvania or environs and it could be in the same vicinity as Shell’s. Pennsylvania is still rising!

Leave it to ace reporter Paul Gough from the Pittsburgh Business Times to unearth some earth-shattering news–that ExxonMobil is actively looking at locations in Beaver County, Pennsylvania to potentially build a second multi-billion dollar cracker plant. Shell is already well along in building the region’s first ethane cracker–in Monaca (Beaver County). Will lightning strike twice for the good citizens of Beaver County? Maybe!

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Invests $2.5 Billion for Token CO2 Dip

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

Roger Caiazza says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has invested over $2.5 billion of our money, paid in electric rates, for miniscule CO2 reductions.

In October 2019 the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released their annual Investments of Proceeds update.  This post compares the claims about the success of the investments against reality.

I have been involved in the RGGI program process since its inception.  I blog about the details of the RGGI program because very few seem to want to provide any criticisms of the program. The opinions expressed in this post do not reflect the position of any of my previous employers or any other company I have been associated with, these comments are mine alone.

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If Windmills Are Clean and Green, Why Are They Blowing Up A Storm?

Vic Furman - American PrideVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner, Shale Gas Activist


Andrew Cuomo’s push for more windmills Upstate is blowing up a storm of controversy as locals say they don’t want them and are fighting back, town by town.

Politics don’t start with the President and work their way down to us. No, real politics start at the town level. When you realize your vote locally is more important than nationally, you’re on your way to preserving and protecting yourself from extremists who seek to gain office to push their personal agendas. And, by the way, politics is where the crap actually flows upstream, especially when it comes to windmills.

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Shale Gas News – October 12, 2019

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about carbon price, the Shale Oil Revolution, Cabot Oil & Gas and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we replayed a clip from the recent “Think About Energy” Briefing with Joe McGinn, Vice President of Public Affairs at Energy Transfer.

In this week’s Shale Directories meet a member segment we were joined by Bryce Custer, principal of Ohio River Corridor.

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Our Energy Security Is Threatened by Unprincipled Politicians

Stephen Heins
Energy Consultant
“The Word Merchant”


California and Massachusetts offer proof positive our very energy security faces a clear and present danger danger from unprincipled politicians.

It is embarrassing when any state has both Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, in the US Congress who are playing politics with proven emission reduction strategies such as natural gas and upgraded infrastructure, especially as the State of Massachusetts was at least 50% culpable in a gas explosion the two Senators cite as an excuse while trying to block a gas compressor station through Federal legislation.

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GasSearch Helps Us Walk Students Across the Stage to Future Careers

Shealynn Shave
Executive Director, Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC)


Shealynn Shave, Executive Director of NTIEC, offered this at the recent grand opening of the new GasSearch Drilling Services facility in Lenox, Pennsylvania.

As a girl who was born and raised right here in Susquehanna County, it’s an incredible feeling that more and more businesses are seeing the benefit of coming to our community and investing. I remember in high school, more times than not, we had businesses leaving our area. And as an example of recent development, it is really nice to see a company like GasSearch Drilling Services (GDS) build a new office in NEPA.

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Students at Think About Energy Event Cued for Next Generation of Jobs

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of


Northeastern Pennsylvania students who attended the recent Think About Energy in Hazleton received an eye-opening description of gas industry opportunities.

More than 120 guests were packed into the banquet room at the Valley Country Club in Sugarloaf, Luzerne County, on Oct. 2 for the Think About Energy Briefing sponsored by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. Among the guests to receive an update on production opportunities from industry experts and elected officials were 40 high school students from the Hazleton Area School District.

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Ocean City Demonstrates Off-Shore Wind Is No Easy Sell


Green new dealers always make it sound as if their projects face no obstacles, have no impacts and are widely desired but Ocean City shows that’s not true.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved two offshore wind projects off the coast of Ocean City in 2017. But, Ocean City officials want the wind farms to be sited at least 26 nautical miles off the coast—a distance such that the wind turbines would not be visible from the shoreline. One developer, US Wind, agreed to place its turbines no closer than 17 miles from the coast and the other developer, Deepwater Wind, would locate its wind turbines about 17 to 21 miles offshore. Neither has agreed to the 26 miles requested by the local people.

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