PennEast Fires Back at Disingenuous New Jersey DEP; Demands Action

Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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New Jersey DEP jumped when the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals said PennEast couldn’t condemn easements owned by the state and made some very foolish moves.

New Jersey under the governance of the Pander Bear popularly known as Phil Murphy has been acting “curiouser and curiouser,” to quote Alice in Wonderland. The state wants to appease fractivist types, of course, but they’ve been making some mighty strange moves in doing so, which tends to give away the game and that’s never smart. The latest absurd move was to send back PennEast applications for state permits on the basis of the Third Circuit decision I wrote about here. The decision, though, violates their own procedures, not to mention law, making themselves highly vulnerable to a legal challenge. What’s going on?

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Economist Says “You’ll Be Better Off Without What We Have, Trust Us”

Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

The Economist, a trendy journal read by those who consider themselves more worldly than the rest of us, says electricity doesn’t help the poor all that much.

One has to wonder if modern-day journalists give even a milli-second’s thought to what they write. The Economist, published out of London, is one of those media outlets that some folks like to let you know they read as a way of demonstrating their worldliness. It published a story earlier this year that tells us a lot about their writers and the mental blocks the politically correct have when it comes to energy.

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Shell Cracker Benefits Spreading to Penn College and Throughout State

Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

Shell Polymers, the plastics division of Shell has invested in Penn College, a decision showing just massive the benefits of the company’s new cracker.

An editorial in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette the other day brought to my attention something I missed last year. It was that Shell Polymers had invested $250,000 in Penn College to support their plastics program. This is an obvious side benefit from Shell’s massive cracker project in Western Pennsylvania. It shows how the benefits of the Shell cracker are already extending throughout Pennsylvania before the facility is even complete. It also demonstrates what an incredible resource the Commonwealth has in Penn College.

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Our Energy Security Is Threatened by Unprincipled Politicians

Stephen Heins
Energy Consultant
“The Word Merchant”

 

California and Massachusetts offer proof positive our very energy security faces a clear and present danger danger from unprincipled politicians.

It is embarrassing when any state has both Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, in the US Congress who are playing politics with proven emission reduction strategies such as natural gas and upgraded infrastructure, especially as the State of Massachusetts was at least 50% culpable in a gas explosion the two Senators cite as an excuse while trying to block a gas compressor station through Federal legislation.

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GasSearch Helps Us Walk Students Across the Stage to Future Careers

Shealynn Shave
Executive Director, Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC)

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Shealynn Shave, Executive Director of NTIEC, offered this at the recent grand opening of the new GasSearch Drilling Services facility in Lenox, Pennsylvania.

As a girl who was born and raised right here in Susquehanna County, it’s an incredible feeling that more and more businesses are seeing the benefit of coming to our community and investing. I remember in high school, more times than not, we had businesses leaving our area. And as an example of recent development, it is really nice to see a company like GasSearch Drilling Services (GDS) build a new office in NEPA.

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Students at Think About Energy Event Cued for Next Generation of Jobs

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Northeastern Pennsylvania students who attended the recent Think About Energy in Hazleton received an eye-opening description of gas industry opportunities.

More than 120 guests were packed into the banquet room at the Valley Country Club in Sugarloaf, Luzerne County, on Oct. 2 for the Think About Energy Briefing sponsored by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. Among the guests to receive an update on production opportunities from industry experts and elected officials were 40 high school students from the Hazleton Area School District.

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New York DEC Denies Reality with Constitution Pipeline Filing

Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

New York DEC has filed a challenge to FERC’s approval of the Constitution Pipeline. It has to read to be believed as the agency simply denies every reality.

It was inevitable New York DEC would contest FERC’s approval of the Constitution Pipeline. Governor Corruptocrat tells the agency what to do, after all, and he wants a record of having opposed every pipeline to the very end,  What was not inevitable was how ridiculous the challenge would be. Who knows how the courts will ultimately dispose of the challenge but this request for a FERC rehearing is about as bad as it could be, as if it was crafted to be rejected.

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Ocean City Demonstrates Off-Shore Wind Is No Easy Sell

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Green new dealers always make it sound as if their projects face no obstacles, have no impacts and are widely desired but Ocean City shows that’s not true.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved two offshore wind projects off the coast of Ocean City in 2017. But, Ocean City officials want the wind farms to be sited at least 26 nautical miles off the coast—a distance such that the wind turbines would not be visible from the shoreline. One developer, US Wind, agreed to place its turbines no closer than 17 miles from the coast and the other developer, Deepwater Wind, would locate its wind turbines about 17 to 21 miles offshore. Neither has agreed to the 26 miles requested by the local people.

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Courts Treat PennEast Fairly: PovertyKeeper Freaks Out

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

 

PennEast Pipeline is working its way through the usual morass of enviro lawsuits and the courts are treating it fairly, which is annoying the PovertyKeeper.

It’s hard to keep track of the multiple lawsuits filed against every single new natural gas pipeline project in the Marcellus/Utica. But we try! Take the PennEast Pipeline, for example. PennEast is a $1 billion (or $1.2 billion, depending on the source) new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ. PennEast will flow Pennsylvania Marcellus gas to markets in New Jersey. The project has faced numerous lawsuits and regulatory blockades, much of it in New Jersey. There are two different lawsuits of current interest, with one affecting the other.

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