Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – April 6, 2019

NaturalGasNOWTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.


FERC Blows Away DEC

FERC is firing on Andrew Cuomo’s DEC with the big guns now. It just rejected DEC’s request for a rehearing on FERC’s determination DEC had played games in denying the Northern Access Pipeline water quality certification. It did so with glee, Check out these excerpts from the decision:

The Clean Water Act provides for a state to issue a certification within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed one year, and includes language expressly providing for waiver in the absence of action within one-year. As discussed above, the purpose of this provision is to prevent delay. The responsibility to act within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed a year, lies with New York DEC. Given New York DEC has the ability to timely act on a section 401 water quality certification request, the Commission finds it misguided to blame the Commission for not facilitating extensions of time. Congress expressly provided for projects to move forward without state water quality certification when the state waives its authority…

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We find that the statute prohibits state agencies and applicants from entering into written agreements to delay water quality certifications, an interpretation consistent with Hoopa Valley Tribe. We have reasonably interpreted section 401 and find that the policy interests advanced by New York DEC cannot override the statute. In addition, New York DEC’s policy arguments fail to recognize countervailing considerations, including the interest in providing certainty around the deadline for state action.

Hoopa has given FERC the backbone it needed and it’s now nailing Andrew Cuomo for his politicization of their process. May it continue! 

Ecocide? No, Just Another Radical Attempt at Securing Power

One can only imagine how radicals would use this if they ever got power:

“Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished.”

It is the definition of the term by those who use it and by inhabitants it doesn’t mean you and me; only them and the rats, snakes and invasive species of plants they value more than us. And, what do they want to do with it? They want to sue progress to stop it, according to this advocate:

This [ecocide] means serious damage to, or destruction of, the natural world and the Earth’s systems. It would make the people who commission it – such as chief executives and government ministers – criminally liable for the harm they do to others, while creating a legal duty of care for life on Earth.

I believe it would change everything. It would radically shift the balance of power, forcing anyone contemplating large-scale vandalism to ask themselves: “Will I end up in the international criminal court for this?” It could make the difference between a habitable and an uninhabitable planet.

This is insanity of unemployable extremists living in their parents’ basements who dream of power to remake the world in their image, but don’t dismiss it. Karl Marx was such, after all, and hundreds of millions have died because of him. Moreover, here in the U.S. we have the CELDF and its “rights of nature,” which despite court sanctions and an unending trail of legal losses continues to fool the terminally gullible into following it into hell.

Blowhards United?

There was a rally the other day in Harrisburg. There’s one every couple of hours in the Capital Rotunda, of course. This one was about Absent Andy Dinniman‘s political crusade to milk Mariner East Pipeline opposition for all it’s worth. Here’s a clip from the video:

natural gas nowAbsent Andy has the appearance and mannerisms of what a dictionary definition of “blowhard” might include as a picture example, of course. In this case, though, he’s outclassed or underclassed, depending on how you look at it, by an anti-gas activist paid by Food & Water Watch and the Catskill Mountainkeeper. That person of, of course, is Craig Stevens, who we recently learned is a legal resident of Virginia now. This sums the complete lack of credibility in the fractivist movement. We have a fellow financed by the New York based Catskill Mountainkeeper (NRDC/Rockefeller gang), who lives in Virginia and is paid to show up in Harrisburg to protest Pennsylvania pipeline. What a farce! But, putting Any and Craig on the same bill? That’s rich.

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8 thoughts on “Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – April 6, 2019

  1. Many thanks Tom for your unshakable commitment to facts and reason and against the forces of darkness, ignorance and misguided ideology. The World owes you a huge debt of gratitude.

  2. you can’t get true information from someone like Tom
    who doesn’t live in the midst of it.

    you just get his version of his fantasy about it.

    get stories from thos who actually experience it on their land or near them….

    I hardly see articles from the landowners in the midst of fracking/gas development .

  3. I live there every weekend Vera, I drink and bathe in the well water cook in it and I am just a stone’s throw from Shelly DePues well in Franklin Forks, a 5 minute drive from the compressor station a new well is going up within 1 mile from the house.. guess what, I have been drinking that well water for 60 years, breathing the same air long before you rode into town on your high horse…

    I enjoy reading your comments on here though. It reminds me that when people like you get involved in a cause it’s not about saving a community but rather destroying one with Brown jugs of water and water test results when actually read prove your lying as bad as the water jug

  4. after drinking all that water and breathing all that air near toxic industrial sites,
    look how you think, act and look and your health.

    You are not a good image or paragon of health or mental ability on many levels.

    And all you can do is lie about us and the water tests which are the same water tests that Pa. DEP has deemed responsible for contamination violations on Cabot and their drilling in the Dimock area and the
    9 sq. miles of moratorium in that Dimock area is still intact.

    Since you like to call us liers, then consider also calling Pa. DEP liars since they found Cabot guilty in Dimock, Lenox and other areas in my county and fined them for water contamination and spills and defective cement casings.

    So, you’re there every weekend.
    Mucky Run Road , which is the road you told me on March 29th at the County Courthouse in Montrose where you supposedly live and frequent,
    is in Hallstead
    and not a stone’s throw from the Shelly DePue wells in Franklin Township…
    unless you have a super-hero arm that can throw miles away a stone…

    So, as usual, you are a tall-tale story teller…
    and can’t keep straight the truths that you claim ..

    Please stop drinking the water at Mucky Run and bathing in it and breathing the air…
    it’s not really enhancing your health or your mind/intellect ability…

  5. You know Vera attacking my health shows not only your ignorance of being but your bigotry towards others. You proved how bigoted you were when you called Phelim McAleer a drunken Irish Bum when the man never drinks. Now you prove it again by attacking all handicapped citizens as you attack me as if we are lesser human beings for living through our hardships. Its obvious Vera that age has not treated you well as you look to find fault in others to hide your great many faults of your own. A lot of people would call correctly your accusations a self projection, which they are. You show your desperation on the post above as lose your grip on reality, giving into the fantasy that you’re some kind of granny activist. I would like to say I appreciate all the evidence disposed in your own court appearances as well as those of your friends. You know the old saying “With Friends Like U who needs enemies”

  6. sorry to hurt your feelings.
    I feel triggered by your accusations and comments about us and misrepresentations.

    I’ll try to keep quiet next time you write about us.

    How do you know about Phelim…are you a personal friend…I met him after an event in a Montrose bar….!

    are you handicapped in some way, that you’re admitting to?

  7. Vera
    You couldn’t hurt my feelings with a sledge hammer. Your an insignificant spec in my life and even saying that is giving you too much credit.

    Really you’re concerned about my health? I’m not about yours as apparently you aren’t either. Otherwise why would you still be living in the polluted cess pool you describe in most of your writings. Get a life…. perhaps you can sign on with Stevens

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