Take Notice DRBC: “Sue Me” Approach to the Takings Clause Is Untenable.

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion making it easier to go to Federal court for relief under the Takings Clause. New York and the DRBC take notice.

Yesterday, I included a blurb about the new Supreme Court decision on takings in my weekly best picks short stories post. Numerous people have sent me links to news articles about the decision, realizing how important it must be. They are correct. It is very important and I need to say more about it. It’s also very interesting that the case involves a controversy in nearby Scott Township, Lackakwanna County (the Montdale area), a client with whom I worked many years ago.

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Why Did CNBC Go to Fractivists to Trash Marcellus Shale Revolution?

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

CNBC recently did a special on America’s energy revolution and inexplicably went to credibility challenged fractivists for balance, trashing Marcellus Shale.

In a word, it was weird. CNBC, the business network, did a special program (the first in a series) on America’s energy revolution. Unfortunately, in an apparent desire to balance otherwise good reporting, it decided to go to some very strange people for trash commentary. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) has been on top of it, though.

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EDGE Virtual Pipeline Company Produces and Delivers Its First LNG

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The EDGE virtual pipeline company has produced and delivered its first Marcellus Shale LNG shipment. It went to New England, which is bad news for Russians..

Remember when the Russians ended up delivering LNG to New England because the Governor of New York had refused to approve the Constitution Pipeline? Well, that pipeline is now has a real chance of happening, but, even without it, the EDGE virtual pipeline company is already delivering LNG to New England. That was the news released by the company earlier this week and found below:

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As for Fractivist Politicians, Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

There’s an awful lot of green pandering and talk these days by fractivist politicians, but watch what they do, not what they say. You just might be surprised.

The City of Philadelphia, the State of New Jersey and Canada; all are led by fractivist politicians. Yet, amazing things are happening in all three places. Four pleasant surprises illustrate why it’s so important to watch what fractivist politicians do, rather than what they say.

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Is There An Alternative to Plastic Straw Virtue Signaling? Yes, There Is.

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

I’ve had it with plastic straw virtue signaling that has no basis in either fact or morals and simply reflects the self-righteousness of the pseudo-enviros.

While this post is about plastic straw virtue signaling, it could just as easily be about plastic bags, other single-use plastics, fractivism or any number of utterly superficial environmental causes. The plastic straw virtue signaling, though, offers perhaps the overall best example.

This is because it is totally pointless and is emblematic of at least two things; the unserious nature of environmentalism today and the lust of business executives for such low-cost green-washing and the admiration of their country club friends. Happily, it’s not tat way everywhere. There is a place where sanity yet reigns. There is an alternative.

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Double-Dealing DRBC Shows All Its Cards

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The double-dealing DRBC just showed the world what it’s all about; rewarding the lower valley with development while proposing to stop it entirely upriver.

The Delaware River Basin Commission just showed us all its cards. The double-dealing DRBC commissioners unanimously approved a lower valley LNG project that includes major dredging of the river as it continues to argue the upper river valley would be threatened by the fracking used to produce the same natural gas.

It illustrates exactly what the double-dealing DRBC is all about; giving the Philadelphia area whatever it wants while it punishes those of us who live upriver with a fracking ban based on nothing but speculation of risk. The upper valley, in other words, doesn’t exist for the DRBC other than as a greenwash card to play as mitigation for downriver development.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Developer Intends to Fight and Win!

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion Energy, says it’s just begun to fight and intends to win and win soon in its bid to complete it.

Jim Willis, over at the invaluable Marcellus Drilling News, reported yesterday on some highly encouraging remarks made by Donald Raikes, a Senior Vice President with Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure Group. Dominion Energy is the developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will help move Appalachian shale gas to market, crossing much of Virginia and, in the process, the Appalachian Trail.

Forest Service permits issued for a crossing of the trail were undone in a stupendously stupid decision by three highly political judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Another separate Fourth Circuit decision threw up other obstacles. Dominion, though, expects to dispense with all this nonsense in court. 

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Replacing Coal with Gas Is the Only Way to Catch Up in Reducing CO2

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Replacing coal with shale gas has allowed the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions more than anyone else and for the world to catch up more of this must be done.

Our friend Mark Dye sent me an intriguing article from AlJazerra last night. It was, in turn, a Reuters piece taken from the “BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019” launch. What was most interesting was this; fossil fuel energy use is going up not down as folks such as Mark Jacobson have suggested would happen as renewables increased. 

Renewables such as solar and wind have achieved no significant dent in the energy production either. They’d have to increase by wild imagination proportions to do so, meaning a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is simply not sustainable. This is an opportunity for gas and a teaching moment for the hipsters.

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