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Pennsylvania Auditor General Gives DRBC A Whitewash

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale just released audits of the SRBC and DRBC, giving the latter a total white wash and ignoring the real issues.

The Pennsylvania Auditor General just released his audits of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). The former uncovered some sloppy spending habits and a few other things but the DRBC audit was a joke, a total whitewash of the agency, even promoting the idea the Commonwealth should paying more than it has in recent years to support this corrupt agency. The citizenry of the watershed deserved better.

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Keep It in the Ground; A Strategy of Lies and Junk Lawsuits

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The Keep It in the Ground folks are engaged in a campaign of lies and litigation designed to tie up the system in knots and impose an ideological agenda.

The “Keep It in the Ground” activists behind Juliana v. United States—the “trial of the millennium”—are also the driving forces behind the “necessity defense” trials of the “valve turners” and other eco-terrorists—the “holy grail of climate activism.”

And, both of these litigation strategies are part of a “coordinated litigation campaign” designed to “force the managed decline of fossil fuels.”

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Endless Mountains Produce Endless Amounts of Natural Gas

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Four counties produce 44% of all Pennsylvania natural gas and one yields 4% of all U.S. production. The Endless Mountains are an endless source of gas.

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania reached an all-time high in August, and Susquehanna County is in the lead. According to the August report issued by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 44 percent of the natural gas being produced in the Commonwealth is coming from the Endless Mountains (Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties). What is even more impressive is that more than four percent of all the natural gas in the United States is coming from Susquehanna County alone.

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Natural Gas Power Pays: Plant Will Pay $750,000 in Property Taxes

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

A single new 1,000 MW natural gas fueled power plant in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania will pay over $750,000 annually in property taxes. Call it a power pay.

As of September, the 1,000-megawatt Moxie Freedom Marcellus-fired power plant located near Wilkes-Barre, PA (Luzerne County) is up and running and feeding electricity it produces into the local power grid (see Moxie Freedom Marcellus-Fired Plant Near Wilkes-Barre Online). That means it’s now time to pay the piper–meaning it’s time to begin paying property taxes. And, it’s one heck of a power pay.

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Colorado Fracking Votes Uphold Property Rights

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Two interesting Colorado fracking votes indicate support for property rights and opposition to extremist regulations that amount to regulatory takings.

Yesterday’s election produced some rather remarkable votes regarding Colorado fracking. The state is a significant oil and gas producer. Fractivists, though, were able to get an initiative placed on the ballot called Proposition 112 that would have gutted the industry by requiring 2,500 feet setbacks for Colorado fracking. Farm Bureau and others responded with a proposed Colorado Constitution amendment requiring compensation to landowners for regulatory takings. The former was defeated by a wide margin, but the latter came significantly closer and, undoubtedly, contributed to that defeat. This tells us how to fight back against fractivists; by appealing to fairness.

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Cabot and Williams On An Education Adventure with Small Schools

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Cabot and Williams are working with the Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools to deliver new educational tools to innovative small schools.

Edward Albert is in his third year as executive director of Pennsylvania Association for Rural and Small Schools (PARSS). The former superintendent of the Tulpehocken Area School District in Berks County took a decidedly hands-on approach to his new job and embarked on road trips to personally visit all of the PARSS member districts.

“Getting around the entire state, I was seeing just how poor rural school districts are,” Albert related. “I thought, ‘if we could give some of the teachers even a hundred dollars for materials or a project, that’s like giving them a million dollars in making a difference in the lives of kids.’”

Albert found willing partners among two companies involved in the natural gas industry, in large part due to their commitment to education and support of STEM (science technology engineering and math) studies.

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Trapped in the Southern Tier: The Vicious Cycle of Cuomo

Decline Curves - Chris AckerChris Acker
Geological Engineer,
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania 

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The Southern Tier is like a fallen leaf, dried up and scattered to the wind, destined to be mulch, its people trapped in a vicious cycle wrought by Cuomo.

One of the favorite canards of the anti-fossil crowd ( canard – an unfounded story, not to be confused with the French “quacking duck” from whence it derives) is that areas where natural gas is developed suffer declines in real estate values.

This is patently false. Real estate prices always decline in areas that are depopulating. This leads to oversupply and the inevitable fall in values. Why do people leave an area? Largely due to lack of opportunity and high taxes, and in some cases, exacerbated by bad weather and rising crime.

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Shale Gas News – November 3, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about U.S. oil, PA production, Susquehanna County and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. 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. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Curtis Wilkerson, president of Orion Strategies.

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Natural Gas Energy Is Giving Power to the Poor and Lighting the Future

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural gas energy is electrifying the world, giving power to the poor. New technology is going to accelerate the process. Natural gas energy IS our future.

Two stories came to my attention yesterday that illustrate natural gas energy is our future. The first is an article from the International Energy Agency (IEA) reporting on the successful electrifying of the world and especially of its poorest corners. The second is a post about a new turbine now being tested on a commercial scale. It promises to revolutionize electricity production in a thoroughly practical way. Together, they paint a picture of a world lifted from poverty; a beautiful world made possible by natural gas energy.

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