Methane Leaks A Phony Issue When It Comes to These Pipelines

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

 

The DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory just did a study of some Appalachian shale gathering pipelines and found no significant methane leaks.

It’s such a breath of fresh air (and so rare) when we spot actual, in-the-field, real science being done. So many times the “studies” we see published are nothing more than rehashed interpretations, speculation, and outright fabrications parading as scientific inquiry. We spotted a new study published just yesterday in the journal MDPI Atmosphere by researchers with the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Pittsburgh. In 2019 researchers flew specially outfitted drones with methane sniffers over 73 kilometers (45 miles) of Utica Shale gathering pipelines and associated infrastructure. Know what they found? There were ZERO methane leaks from the pipelines.

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COVID Hysteria Is the Disease and It Comes from Dirty Politics

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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COVID hysteria, the second round at least, is a political disease and it’s being fueled by a compromised media and unethical politicians looking for an edge.

It’s frightening how many ordinary people are being sucked into the whirlwind of COVID hysteria. We see it every hour of every day now as a biased media hoping to score points for their favorite pols and against those they hate hype the data on news cases, while ignoring the reality of the deaths and who is most responsible for them.

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Shale Gas News – July 4, 2020

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM, 1600 AM, 104.1 FM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about greenhouse gas emissions, Haynesville Shale, Pittsburgh Steel Mill and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again to the Williamsport area on stations WEJS 1600 AM & 104.1 FM. 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 and now the Williamsport area. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender, Matt Henderson and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Patrick Henderson, Director of Regulatory Affairs of the Marcellus Shale Coalition  and Dr. Alice M. Davis, Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC).

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President Trump Defends America Against the Spoiled Who Would End It

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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President Trump spoke at Mount Rushmore yesterday and defended America against internal enemies —its spoiled children— who would destroy it all.

As a public service on this July 4th celebration, find below President Donald J. Trump’s entire speech at Mount Rushmore yesterday, which was just superb. Trump is dealing with the same issue I address here repeatedly; the infantilization of politics by trust-funders and other spoiled children who don’t have a clue. That’s why I repost his speech. I wasn’t a Trump fan and supported a different candidate in 2016, but I’m a fan now and this speech captures my views on this July 4th. Here it is: Continue reading

New York State Energy and Environmental Policy More Optics Than Facts

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

[Editor Comment: New York State energy and environmental policy is pure imagery and little more than green virtue signaling and moralizing at the expense of basic facts.]

New York State energy and environmental policy is more about optics than facts.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the recent spate of opinion piecesreports, and even policy proposals related to peaking power plants.  I evaluated the basis of these items in a series of three posts but because they are very technical I have elected to summarize this issue in this post.

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Germany Can No Longer Afford Renewables. This Is Our Future.

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[Editor’s Note: The Energiewende in Germany has been a financial disaster but, of course, Congress wants it to use it as their model of green political correctness.]

Germany heavily taxes its power consumers for the added cost of wind and solar power. Power consumers make up the difference between payments made to investors and the wholesale power price. That makes the surcharge for renewable energy variable, moving with the price of wholesale power. Since January, wholesale power prices in Germany fell 20 percent due to the coronavirus lockdowns, which resulted in an increase in the renewable surcharge. That surcharge has enabled the government to reach over 50 percent of the nation’s electricity capacity from wind and solar energy, but it will cost consumers about 26.2 billion euros ($29.4 billion) this year to support investors.

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Shapiro Goes Full Show Trial to Win Over Radical Greens

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Josh Shapiro is running for reelection as Attorney General this year and for Pennsylvania Governor in two years and he’s using secret show trials to do it. 

Josh Shapiro is climber; the sort of climber who yanks the heels of those just above him to throw them off the ladder, so he get to the top more quickly. He’s a rather nasty fellow as can easily be observed in the way he treated our State Representative in this little colloquy. Our guy certainly handled it well, but notice the condescension and the contemptuous “how dare you question me” attitude from Shapiro. This is a man with an agenda who’s not about to let some State Rep. from the other party get in the way. Now, he’s gone full Stasi on the gas industry and Governor Wolf’s DEP using a secret show trial to do it.

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CDL School: Where the Big Wheels Keep Turning Out New Drivers!!

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Industry partners in the Marcellus shale region will soon start to reap the benefits of their investment in a new CDL training program at the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center. 

June 26 marked one of many milestones yet to come at Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center’s new CDL training school. Five days into the course, the nine students comprising the first daytime class took turns climbing into a rig and maneuvering it around the driving course. For most of them, it was their first time in the drivers seat of a big truck and one giant step toward obtaining a lucrative new career.

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Grand Jury Report Assertions About DEP and Fracking Are Just Wrong

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Mike Krancer, former Pennsylvania DEP Secretary, rises to defend the DEP record and its staff, rejecting the assertions of the recent Grand Jury Report. Rebuttal reprinted from original with permission. 

For several years I had the privilege to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources. During that time, I made it my business to get to know and spend time with as many DEP personnel as I could. In my view, every single one of the more than 3,000 people, many of whom devoted their entire career to environmental protection are dedicated, honest and took their work at the DEP very seriously.

Those people left an indelible impression with me and it is because of them that I feel compelled to speak out forcefully against the Grand Jury Report. It would be inappropriate for me, as their former Secretary, to sit idly while 3,000 DEP personnel are attacked with broad brush. I know that the people at DEP never wavered from the law, never turned a blind eye to wrongdoing and always kept the safety of Pennsylvania’s citizens paramount.

I commend the current administration of DEP for its comprehensive 56-page written response to the Grand Jury Report which in many respects accurately describes actual regulatory and enforcement history and practices and is an appropriate defense of the work of the  Department’s dedicated management and personnel.

Were we perfect? Of course, not and we never claimed to be. Did we make mistakes? Yes, we never claimed we didn’t. No government, much less any organization, is ever perfect. But to besmirch the entire Agency and all 3,000 employees as is done here is unfair. It would be no different than lambasting the entire Attorney General’s office because crime has not been eradicated.

Although my response is not intended to be an exhaustive refutation of each assertion in the Grand Jury Report, the essence of my response appropriately conveys more balanced and complete background regarding the subjects presented in the order presented in the Grand Jury Report.

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