Wall Street Journal Ignores the Relevant Facts on Methane Leaks

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Wall Street Journal just delivered what could be considered a hit piece on natural gas for methane leaks. It ignored both basic facts and progress made.

I stopped reading the Wall Street Journal long ago. It is, of course, a purely establishment news outlet. What most people don’t realize, though, is that its news pages are also reliably progressive (and I don’t mean that as a compliment) it their outlook. The editorial pages are thought to be conservative but any reader cannot but notice, over time, they’re only conservative with respect to extolling the positions of the up and coming gentry class.

And, the up and coming gentry class hates natural gas because they hope to get really, really rich on green eggs and scam. That’s how we get hit pieces such as the one the Wall Street Journal just ran saying methane leaks “Threaten the Clean Image of Natural Gas.”

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Williams Throws Its Support Behind Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of EndlessMtnLifestyles.com

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Williams, the pipeline company delivering Marcellus Shale gas to so many urban consumers, is also supporting the Pennsylvania dairy industry in a big way.

The fairgrounds at Harford were abuzz with activity last Thursday. As might be expected, there were a number of workers sprucing up landscape beds and making minor structural repairs in advance of opening night of the 2019 Harford Fair. But something else was afoot, or a-hoof, as it were. The livestock barn was already full of cattle more than two weeks early, and calls for handlers to bring their cows into the arena were echoing through the stalls.

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Dimock Pigs to Rigs Lawyers Lose Control of Dimock Client?

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Dimock pigs to rigs lawsuit continues to move backward for the attorneys who brought it. Ray Kemble, their supposed client, claims ignorance. Whoa!

“Curiouser and curiouser.” Ray Kemble, rough-cut hero, it often seems, of the fractivist movement everywhere but Susquehanna County, is now “basically placing all the blame” for the pigs to rigs lawsuit on hog farm suer Charlie Speer’s law firm, which represented Kemble in bringing it against Cabot after a settlement had already been made. That lawsuit was withdrawn on Speer’s own motion, of course, which ought to say something to anyone paying attention, but it was too late. Cabot said enough is enough and sued back. The result has been a scramble by Speer to find a way out of this pigpen he created. Ray Kemble may have just closed another gate, though.

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Already Operating Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Prevails Again in Court

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline just prevailed again in Federal court over a very well funded Sierra Club attempt to thwart future pipeline development.

The Atlantic Sunrise has been operating for months but its owners just won an academic case in Federal court that was orchestrated by the Sierra Club, which was trying to use the Atlantic Sunrise as leverage to stop future oil and gas development. The decision, which came from the D.C. District Court of Appeals (second-most important court in the land) was important on its merits, but the identity of defeated petitioners may be what was most interesting.

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Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Being Used to Save Lives

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Marcellus Shale Impact Fees (Act 13 funds) are being used to train emergency service providers to save lives in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

Susquehanna County is using its Marcellus Shale Impact Fees to save lives. It’s investing some of the Act 13 money its received from gas drilling in the county to fund a First Responders Training Program. It’s a fabulous initiative; one designed to directly address the critical shortage of fire and ambulance volunteers that plagues so many rural areas.

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Offshore Wind Is No Easy Sell and Carries A High Environmental Price

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Offshore wind projects along the East Coast are being regularly challenged successfully on environmental impact grounds, especially by fishermen.

In Massachusetts and New York, fisherman seem to be winning small victories against offshore wind farms. The Edgartown Conservation Commission in Massachusetts denied an underwater cable route off the town’s coastline, citing the potential disturbance to marine habitats and other conflicts. Vineyard Wind LLC plans to get a “superseding order” from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to overturn the commission vote in order to build 84 wind turbines off Martha’s Vineyard.

Furthermore, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is delaying a federal environmental analysis for this wind farm to make sure it gets its assessment right, taking closer to the two years that are allowed for the assessment. In New York, East Wind LLC has withdrawn development of a 100-turbine wind farm off the Hamptons on Long Island primarily due to concerns about impacts on fishing and will consider an alternate route instead.

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Society of Environmental Journalists Is About Anything But Journalism

Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Society of Environmental Journalists isn’t about journalism. It’s about spreading the Green Gospel and achieving earthly salvation for the gentry class.

What is an environmental journalist? A journalist who writes about the environment? Or, an environmentalist peddling an environmental viewpoint? According to the Society of Environmental Journalists, the mission is “to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues.” I think we can fairly conclude from this statement that it is the latter, which means it isn’t journalism at all. It is evangelization, which is just fine, but don’t call it journalism. Continue reading

Furnaces Now Out; New York Has A Fever and Loses Its Mind

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

 

New York’s plan to eliminate furnaces is a case of going over the edge and plunging into the depths of ideological insanity. Does New York have a fever?

This is no joke. It’s not an “Onion” piece where we’re trying to fool you. In June, the New York State legislature passed a horrific “energy” bill that was later signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The new law limits carbon dioxide emissions to zero (an impossibility) by 2050. Everyone is now waking up and saying, “Oh crap, what did we just do?” You see, almost everyone in the state uses either fuel oil, natural gas or propane to heat their homes during our exceptionally cold winters. That’s all gone by 2050 – no more burning fossil fuels to heat your home. Welcome to the USSR of New York.

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Shale Gas News – August 3, 2019

Bill 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 Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, Hurricane Barry, Mississippi LNG exports 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 guests, we had Mike Atchie, manager of public outreach at Williams Partners  & Dave Williams of the PA Farm County Radio Network.

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