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Demand Up, Supply Up, Shale Revolution Rapidly Advancing

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The great shale revolution is rapidly advancing across the fields of fractivist and NIMBY opposition as natural gas demand increases along with production.

Yesterday’s Today In Energy from the EIA was a window on the rapid progress of the shale revolution, which itself is part of a much broader creative revolution. The reactionary forces of privileged old wealth who operate from the headquarters of elitist foundations can do nothing to stop it. Common sense combined with technology is taking the world forward despite them. Natural gas is the future. Demand and supply are both up despite the best efforts of big money to thwart the revolution.

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Scranton Times Does Hypocrisy As It Attempts to Serve As DRBC Conduit

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Scranton Times is a very partisan newspaper and publishing empire that engages in some of the worst hypocrisy. Is it also serving as a DRBC conduit?

The Scranton Times ran a very unusual editorial Monday. The subject, the timing and the arguments made were all exceedingly strange and raise a very serious question. Was this a case of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) attempting to influence Federal District Court Judge Robert Mariani through the newspaper? Could be. At a minimum, it’s a case of stupendous hypocrisy on the part of the Scranton Times.

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Yet Another Fracking Study Puts the Lie to DRBC Claims

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A fourth fracking study in just a few months has concluded hydraulic fracturing has not affected groundwater drinking sources. Will the DRBC even notice?

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), in its high school quality justification for a fracking ban, asserts this (emphasis added);

Considering the totality of the risks that HVHF poses to basin water resources, the Commission proposes in Section 440.3(b) of the draft rule to determine that controlling pollution by prohibiting high volume hydraulic fracturing in the basin is required to effectuate the comprehensive plan, avoid injury to the waters of the basin as contemplated by the comprehensive plan and protect the public health and preserve the waters of the basin for uses in accordance with the comprehensive plan.

Since this statement was issued, four different studies have come out directly contradicting it, not to mention previous studies or the voluminous data collected by its sister agency, the SRBC, finding no discernible impacts. The latest fracking study comes from analysis of the Barnett Shale region, where it all started.

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Blowhard Governor Looks Behind Curve for Off-Shore Wind Energy Help

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Andrew Cuomo is crafty but no bright bulb. He’s looking to Denmark, for example, for help on off-shore wind, the Danes having given up on it two years ago.

There is ever mounting evidence Andrew Cuomo well deserves the “Corrupocrat” moniker we’ve given him. His cronies are being marched off to prison one by one with increasing rapidity these days. Yet, he’ll probably be re-elected governor by voters from a state where political correctness stifles any effective opposition. New York Republicans live not just in fear of their shadows but in terror of the even the penumbras of those shadows. If they had the slightest ounce of courage they’d not only be pointing out the corruption, but also the economic fall of the Empire State due to insane policies such as Cuomo’s looking to Denmark for advice on off-shore mind energy.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Lobbies for Critical Infrastructure Vandalism?

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Delaware Riverkeeper, which says it does no grass-roots lobbying, is engaged in exactly that, opposing making critical infrastructure vandalism a crime.

The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper, the last time it filed a 990 return, told the IRS it does zero grass roots lobbying, not one whit of it. Earlier this week, though, they engaged in precisely what the IRS defines as grass roots lobbying, broadcasting an appeal to their supporters to oppose a bill in the Pennsylvania legislature that would define and penalize critical infrastructure vandalism.

I’d say that means the Povertykeeper is not only potentially violating tax-exemption rules by doing grass-roots lobbying it swears it doesn’t do, but is also, by default, lobbying for the unrestricted right of her band of fractivists to engage in critical infrastructure vandalism. That’s only my personal opinion, of course, but you be the judge of the facts.

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Foreign Influence on Pennsylvania Gas Industry Taken to Task

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing on the subject of Foreign Influence on natural gas development.

Yesterday, I was honored to be asked to testify at a hearing conducted by the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on the subject of Foreign Influence on Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania. Three of us testified, including Tom Murphy, the Director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Kevin Mooney, reporter with the Daily Signal and me. Tom and Kevin both filled their excellent testimony with facts galore. You can see the video and read all our testimony here.  I have also embedded the video below along with my testimony, which begins at about 49:00.

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Pennsylvania State Senators Lay Down A DRBC Takings Marker

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

PA State Senators Joseph B. Scarnati, Lisa Baker and Gene Yaw have moved to be admitted as intervenors in what they effectively called a DRBC takings case.

When the Wayne Land and Minerals Group (WLMG) initially filed its lawsuit against the DRBC’s attempt to regulate gas drilling as if a well pad was somehow a water project, three Pennsylvania State Senators filed a petition to intervene in the case in favor of the Commonwealth and its landowners. That petition wasn’t approved, although the Delaware Riverkeeper was approved, which tells you a lot about the undue influence environmental groups wield in Federal courts.

The Scranton Federal District Court judge’s decision in that initial case was a highly unusual one in that it largely trashed the DRBC for its inconsistency and outrageous inaction on regulations, but then ruled that well pads were, indeed, water projects. WLMG then appealed the decision to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which remanded the case back to Scranton with direction to consider the arguments of WLMG. Now, the three Senators have again filed to intervene. They have, in the process, raised two additional and very powerful points and have made it clear there is a DRBC takings issue that will not be ignored.

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