The Real Story on Spills, Releases, Incidents…and DEP

DEPThomas D. Gillespie
Professional Geologist, Bethlehem, PA

….

Tom Gillespie offers an essay on the Pennsylvania DEP and spills, releases, incidents as well as risks and liabilities to oil and gas operators in the Commonwealth. 

Your written words are your proxy to the many persons who will go on-line to read your oil and gas reports, work plans and permit applications as a means to ‘keep an eye on’ your operations and your environmental track record. Your words can and will be interpreted in vastly different manners by: regulatory reviewers; by activist groups; by the scrutinizing public; by non-governmental organizations; by insurers; by opposition counsel; and, in the most undesirable case, by the Courts. The latter case typically occurring because your words were not interpreted correctly by one of the foregoing persons or groups; DEP, for instance.

Continue reading

Mariner East Opponents Lose Before Previously Empathetic Judge

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus
Spokesman

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Mariner East opponents have lost and lost miserably. Their latest maneuver before a previously empathetic PUC Administrative Law Judge Barnes just died.

An administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today struck down pipelines opponents’ last-ditch effort to shut down the Mariner East projects, ruling against a petition they filed claiming that the pipeline builder hasn’t done enough to ensure communities and emergency responders have the information they need regarding safety.

Continue reading

Shale Gas News – December 8, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill 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 oil prices, Great Lakes pipeline, Qatar switch to natural 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.

Continue reading

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Nixes Pipeline Condemnation Challenge

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The Clean Air Council attacked Mariner East land condemnations as a way to frustrate pipeline development, but Pennsylvania Supreme Court just nixed it all.

One of the ways anti-fossil fuel groups have tried to stop the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project is by tying it up in court. Various lawsuits have been filed going back years. One litigant, a Big Green group headquartered in Philadelphia, the so-called Clean Air Council, has tried repeatedly to get the courts to deny Mariner East 2 the right to use eminent domain in cases where landowners refuse to cooperate. The Clean Air Council argued Mariner East 2 is not a “public utility” and, therefore, not entitled to the use of eminent domain. That argument flamed out.

Continue reading

Macron’s Carbon Tax Disaster: There Was A Better Way

 ...

Emmanuel Macron took the elitist path on climate change and it was an utter disaster. Ironically, there was a much better way — the US way. He blew it.

Most Americans are probably just hearing about the ongoing protests in France after images of rioting around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris this past weekend finally forced the topic onto the front page. The nationwide protests, now in their third week, had previously garnered little coverage outside France, and what limited mention was made often obscured the source of anger driving the protests with vague references to “rising fuel prices.”

Since this weekend, international media has reluctantly gotten closer to identifying the root cause, citing “rising taxes.” But this is not just any old tax protest, it is targeted at a very specific kind of tax: namely, a carbon tax.

Continue reading

Northeast Gas Demand Is Huge and Growing Along with Supply

northeast gas demandCabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Well Said Cabot

….
….  

Northeast gas demand is unbelievably large and growing. Companies such as Cabot are helping meet that demand and several pipeline projects will ensure it.

Cabot is pleased to help families and businesses stay warm as cold weather settles in for the season.

We’re producing roughly 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas – every day – to help heat our homes, hospitals, schools, offices, factories, as well as power our electric grid (and thereby also help those families who use electricity for heating).

In the Appalachian/mid-Atlantic region, where Cabot’s operations are principally located, natural gas is vital to keeping families warm.

Continue reading

Energy Sustainability Is Produced by the Free Market, Not Government

Robert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

….
….  

Energy sustainability is the product of innovation and consumer choices best left to the free market. Government is terrible picking winners and losers.

Depletion … pollution …. security … climate change. These flashpoints of energy sustainability have been invoked time and again to advocate forced (government) transformation away from fossil fuels. But each complaint has been highly exaggerated for the purpose of demoting the primary role of mineral energies (natural gas, coal, and petroleum) in modern living.

The congruence of private gain and social good in energy markets is reason to give thanks this holiday season. Consumers in good conscience can stay warm with natural gas and fuel oil, as well as travel on gasoline and diesel. Electricity, too, can be generated with the cheapest and most versatile carbon-based energy without regret.

Continue reading

If It’s About Upstate Jobs, It Also Has to Be About Natural Gas

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Otsego County is doing its best to create Upstate jobs, but without the gas and pipelines Pennsylvania has and the fracking Cuomo denies, it’s all uphill.

Otsego County,’s population has flatlined, grown older, and has lost the young adults who bring life to our communities and children to our schools. These young adults need good jobs and they’re not finding them here. Unfortunately. these conditions are not unusual in rural America.

Continue reading

Unrepentant Scrooge Andrew Cuomo Does Another “Bah Humbug”

Dr. Michael Morrongiello
Author/Publisher: theboisterousseas.blog


Andrew Cuomo is the real-life Scrooge when it comes to New York Southern Tier, depriving its residents of the presents delivered by shale in Pennsylvania.

In 2015, Andrew Cuomo wrecked the party. The Southern Tier and the rest of upstate New York were ready to celebrate the incredible gift of vast stores of natural gas under our feet and the prospect of prosperity, jobs and a booming economy, so close we could taste it. But Andrew “Scrooge” Cuomo and his down-state Democrat cronies gave us an early Christmas present in June of 2015: he officially banned hydro-fracking after announcing he would do so in December, 2014.

Continue reading

Shale Gas News – December 1, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill 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 U.S. reserves, energy infrastructure, EQT settlement 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, as guests, we had Jim Scherrer and Steve Krug founders of CHP-Funder.com.

Continue reading