Why New England Pays More for Natural Gas with Shale Gas Next Door

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Our friends at the Clear Energy Alliance are out with another great video that entertainingly answers why New England pays so much for gas with it next door.

This may be one the best videos Mark Mathis and the Clear Energy Alliance has put out to date and there are now many. It’s called “Pipeline Pinch” and it tells a story Mark has been working on for months with great effect and great humor. I love it and you will, too.

Here is the video:

And, here is the transcript (one of the nice features Mark always offers):

Imagine no heat in your house and the temperature outside is in the single digits. Well, thousands of people in Rhode Island found out what that’s like in early 2019 because their natural gas heating supply had to be shut off. It was bad. The governor called a state of emergency. And no doubt a few weeks later millions of people across the northeast got a severe case of heartburn when they opened their utility bills.

Interestingly, at the same time people in Rhode Island didn’t have enough gas and millions of people across the region were paying sky-high electricity and heating prices, the rest of the country was weathering the Polar Vortex just fine. Weird, right? People in Texas are probably saying, “What’s going on with those Yankees. Don’t they have all that gas in the Marcellus and Utica Shales?” Well, yes, they do. But what they don’t have, are enough pipelines to get the gas where it is needed.

You see the state of New York has been blocking natural gas pipelines for years. That matters to New England states because New York is acting like a giant stop sign. It’s a land barrier between it and the six states to the north. But New York is also hurting itself. Pipeline capacity is such a problem that new customers in Westchester County are being told they can’t hook up to existing natural gas lines and construction of 16,000 homes may be suspended. Long Island is facing the same situation.

The Empire State has been blocking two federally-approved pipelines that could be bringing low-cost natural gas to northeastern customers from the giant shale formations nearby. The Constitution and Northern Access pipelines have been obstructed for four and three years respectively. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation claims constructing the pipelines would be too dangerous for streams and rivers. Never mind that there are thousands of miles of pipelines carrying natural gas, other products and waste material all over the state. These pipelines cross rivers and streams countless times.

The “We’re worried about our rivers and streams” claim is a transparent excuse that allows state politicians to cater to anti-energy activist groups. It’s a costly maneuver… for everyone who lives north of the Pennsylvania-New York border.

During the 2019 Polar Vortex people across the northeast were paying four to five times as much for natural gas than people in nearby states that have an adequate number of pipelines. In January of 2018 gas prices in New York City hit a record-breaking $175 per Mcf. Spot prices in the northeast region were more than 20 times higher than in Appalachia. A 2017 report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discovered that residents of the Northeast pay 44 percent more than the national average for electricity and 29 percent more for natural gas. The report claimed if these blocked pipelines and others aren’t built the region will suffer a loss of 78,000 jobs and many billions of dollars in labor income and gross domestic product.

And that’s not it. When the cold snaps come, as they do every winter, the region imports Liquified Natural Gas from Trinidad & Tobago as well as Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Imagine that, buying gas from Russia when there’s a giant supply of cheap, clean natural gas just across the New York state line.

People in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio must be shaking their heads hearing about all those people up north unnecessarily turning down their thermostats while shaking out their wallets.

As Mark Mathis always say, “Power On,” especially if you’re the Clear Energy Alliance. We want more!

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8 thoughts on “Why New England Pays More for Natural Gas with Shale Gas Next Door

  1. We thank New England for not using PA. Fracked gas.

    And how many shipments of gas on foreign tankers did New England buy this past winter ?
    I didn’t hear of any heating crisis in New England this past winter..

    • This one is why I almost always approve your comments, Vera! Blithe assertions with no merit or facts are your speciality. New England gas prices spike this year just like last year and, yes, foreign gas was imported, just not from Russia. And, do you suppose those Rhode Islanders were somehow happy to not have enough gas? Really? You are the pitch perfect demonstration of the inherent silliness (non-seriousness) of fractivists. Keep commenting, PLEASE!!!

      • I’ve given plenty of facts in past remarks over the years and it basically meant nothing to you and
        your core supporters.

        I can give facts and assertions without facts…

        thanks, for posting my remarks, despite your silly assessment of them.

        • Vera’s idea of facts and reality are not well connected.

          Please tell us who is funding those PA and VA protesters.

          Our assessments of your silly remarks continue, based on your fact-free blather.

      • So easy to praise the devil when your part of hell is air conditioned Vera. Thank a roughnecks for everything you hold dear including clean water

    • Well Vera I supplied you with a link about lng imports recently. In addition in the NYC area and nearby there is a thing called interruptible service and requirements for having oil on hand to replace natural gas or fill in during cold snaps. In addition the price rises substantially on those coldest of days which is peak delivery time on long island where you come from. You should therefore know not everyone heats with natural gas on long island or has access to natural gas and oil trucks are a not unfamiliar site.

      Your friends in the antifracking movement tried to convince reporters, the coast guard, rhe maritime administration and millions of people that a formerly proposed lng import project off of long island and NYC waa really for export. That waa bullshit.

      httpswww.eia.gov/dashboard/newengland/commentary/20190411

  2. here’s what Virginians are going through with Pipelines

    and residents of Pa. are protesting pipelines in my State.

    It’s not all honky-dory…

    Appalachian Voices added an event.
    10 hrs ·
    On May 17 and 18, Virginians from all across the state will unite in common cause to oppose unjust and unneeded fracked-gas pipelines anywhere in the Commonwealth, and to stand in solidarity for environmental justice and the climate. Join us, along with featured speakers Rev. William J. Barber, II and Karenna Gore. #noMVP #noACP

    Appalachian Voices added an event.
    10 hrs ·
    On May 17 and 18, Virginians from all across the state will unite in common cause to oppose unjust and unneeded fracked-gas pipelines anywhere in the Commonwealth, and to stand in solidarity for environmental justice and the climate. Join us, along with featured speakers Rev. William J. Barber, II and Karenna Gore. #noMVP #noACP

    and this group protesting in Virginia:

    About Friends of Buckingham County, Virginia
    Friends of Buckingham County, Virginia
    Community Organization · Buckingham, Virginia
    Friends of Buckingham County, Virginia is a group concerned about a proposed natural gas pipeline on their property rights, and their health and safety.

    and several groups in Pa. protesting pipelines:
    here’s one:
    Middletown Coalition for Community Safety

    Transition Now and Stop Feeding the Fossil Fuel Monster…
    It’s an Endless Pit and
    not the Bridge Fuel we were told about ten years ago.

  3. Great video, tried to share it on Facebook and got this message

    We cannot post your video at this time. It has been reported as offensive.

    Go ahead try it….

    We live in the age where your right to speak depends on who approves it.

    Beware the constitution is being zuclkeburged

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