Sen. Gene Yaw Says “Cut Them Off” If They Don’t Like Our Gas!

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Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw is apparently introducing a bill to cut off the gas supply to adjoining states who don’t want to be seen as gas supporters.

Sen. Gene Yaw represents much of the Northeastern Pennsylvania gas region. Like most of us, he’s sick and tired of being lectured by the adjoining and major natural gas using states of Maryland, New Jersey and New York about the sins of fracking. Their hypocrisy on the issue is nothing less than stupendous, of course. Gene Yaw is determined to call them on it. He says he will, in fact, introduce legislation to cut them off, which is something we’ve all dreamed about, isn’t it?

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SHUT IT OFF?

The story comes to us from David Hess, a former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He publishes the PA Environmental Digest Blog and reports the following (emphasis added):

On April 17, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, announced in a speech at the UpStreamPA Natural Gas Conference in State College he plans to introduce legislation to ban the sale or transport of Pennsylvania natural gas to states that impede the development of natural gas pipelines.

Sen. Yaw said those states include New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

“As lawmakers, we have an obligation to be aware of the competing interests that involve our state and the nation.  If only our state neighbors understood this principle,” Sen. Yaw said. “New York, New Jersey and Maryland have worked to limit the expansion of pipelines, which curtails our ability to market Pennsylvania produced natural gas.

“In keeping with the wishes of those states to impede marketing, I intend to introduce a measure, which would prohibit the transportation and sale of any Pennsylvania natural gas that is produced by fracking to those states,” said Sen. Yaw.

Hess notes, from Gene Yaw’s memo requesting support for his legislation, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York while blocking the Constitution Pipeline, which originates in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and would provide critical natural gas supplies to New England, that region having had to import LNG from Russia as a consequence.

“The actions of the New York Governor have, in essence, stalled infrastructure development that is vital to creating new markets for natural gas and its related liquids, not only in Pennsylvania but across the northeast and world,” Sen. Yaw said.  “Further, the delay in infrastructure development is contributing to the large price disparity that is putting Pennsylvania gas producers at a disadvantage, while aiding our global natural gas competitors.”

Well said, Gene! Well said, indeed. The Governor will obviously veto the legislation if it passes. So what, if it makes a bigger point? It’s also legally questionable in the sense that it effectively restricts commerce among the states. But, importantly, not nearly so much as New York State is doing. Maryland, too, has also denied approvals for an interstate pipeline across the Potomac and New Jersey approvals of the PennEast Pipeline and the Northeast Supply Enhancement project are still up in the air. So, who is really restricting commerce? Isn’t New York effectively imposing an unaffordable tariff on interstate commerce?

This brings to mind Attorney Ken Klamlet’s arguments about the applicability of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to fracking issues. It would seem to clearly apply to pipelines and isn’t that precisely the point of Gene’s proposed legislation? Clearly, Andrew Cuomo is positioning himself not only as the Emperor of New York but also as the Supreme Leader and Grand Poobah of the Northeast; deciding who will be allowed to get natural gas and who will not. He’s decided New York will get the gas it needs from Pennsylvania, but New England will e denied. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to turn the tables on him. That’s exactly what Gene Yaw is doing. And, the gentry class servants at StateImpactPA thinks he’s lost it, so it has to be good.

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16 thoughts on “Sen. Gene Yaw Says “Cut Them Off” If They Don’t Like Our Gas!

  1. Sounds great.
    Don’t ship out our toxic, Fracked gas to these States…
    And there will be less of a market for the fracked gas…! Perfect..
    And
    how many shipments did New England actually receive of Russian gas
    this past winter? Any?

    • 48 billion cubic feet of natural gas were imported from Russia and off loaded in New England this winter. Funny they frack their gas too.

    • Boring………….comrade Scroggins. But Russian gas is ok? Ever think that it too is “fracked”? Cracks me up how you paid propagandists use the adjective in front of “gas” to make it sound evil compared to gas extracted from conventional limestone gas wells. Only the weak – minded and stupid believe your spewings. Has the Park Foundation given you a raise lately? Does Adelaide Park Gomer pay in dollars or do you demand rubles?

      • I’m not paid at all from any foundations.
        I’ve received donations from visitors on my tours.
        I work on my own dime…
        sorry to disappoint your usual fantasies.
        Ask Tom, who pays him.
        And who pays you, Mr. Heil Hitler?

  2. I think it is a wonderful idea and something I have proposed, but I’m just an old retired chemical plant worker. Those that try to put others out of work or business because of their misguided beliefs need to be shown what a world without heat, lights or cooking capabilities is like. It is moronic to think you can just do without energy supplies.

  3. Great idea that has been put forward many numerous times by many of us. I would like to think that Senator Yaw’s legislation would be effective but unfortunately like other bills on natural gas it more than likely will be a futile gesture.

  4. What an appallingly stupid idea! It is the primary job of an industry or business to create and maintain a market, not destroy it. What would Yaw’s plan do to millions of gas customers in those states?

    If anyone is to restrain or ban natural gas, let it be the anti’s, then the blackouts and hardships can be blamed on them and their nearly non-existent renewables. But no, let’s let the anti’s spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about the supply of gas as dependent on the whims of a political hack.

    How ironic that, in light of Trump’s recent executive order on interstate pipelines and permitting, we have a state politician interfering with interstate commerce. In a perverse way Yaw’s idea is not much different from Cuomo’s.

    • As they say, “you don’t bring a knife to a gunfight”… His Lordship has brought the fight to the mudhole, and now it’s time to fight “dirty”…no quarter and take no prisoners.

    • You better re-read my comment. There is nothing there for you to agree with or take comfort from. Your side is on the verge making a huge error by constricting the power supply in east coast cities with out the renewables to meet it. I don’t want a clueless politician to give you a way out of taking the blame for your bad planning when an energy crisis occurs.

      As for “sniffing too much methane and heavy metals”, I though that was the problem you always tell us about in your ecological disaster area of NE PA.

    • Hey Vera Scrogginstone- how are things in the Town of Bedrock? Give my regards to Anne Margrock and Stony Curtis!! 🙂

  5. I can just say one thing Cabot has ruined our water well they need to look at the peoples life way better then they have over the last eight years ! after they ruined the water and never fix they take and make the people out as you shood be happy they did it …….They can pay off politicians state agency’s and even Blow smoke; thats all ok money is flowing in them Gas lines now .

  6. You better re-read my comment. There is nothing there for you to agree with or take comfort from. Your side is on the verge making a huge error by constricting the power supply in east coast cities with out the renewables to meet it. I don’t want a clueless politician to give you a way out of taking the blame for your bad planning when an energy crisis occurs.

    As for “sniffing too much methane and heavy metals”, I though that was the problem you always tell us about in your ecological disaster area of NE PA.

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