Another Journalism Fail As Reporters Swoon for Political Nuns

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  Two stories in major Pennsylvania newspapers illustrate so much of the problem with journalism today as they ignore two elephants in the room with the nuns. A group of Catholic nuns who prefer to worship Mother Nature rather than Jesus Christ (the Person they pledged to…

O&G (Including Marcellus/Utica) Faces Big Hiring Challenge

A recent story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out the ups and downs of working in the oil and gas business. It is a cyclical business–with booms followed by busts. Always has been, always will be. When the shale industry took off some 10 years ago in PA, the industry couldn’t find enough people to…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Bringing jobs back to America’s “forgotten communities”; Lebanon County, PA zoning board denies anti challenge to Mariner East 1; WVNCC hosts oil & gas seminars next week; business and labor groups join hands to support Atlantic Coast…

Organic Farm Manure Offered in Opposition to NEXUS in N. Ohio

We spotted an outrageously fake news story published in something called the Public News Service that quotes an organic farmer in northern Ohio who is opposed to the NEXUS Pipeline–a pipeline that won’t even cross her property. NEXUS is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to…

Frank Talk About Using Eminent Domain for Pipeline Infrastructure

Here at MDN we’ve always found the issue of using eminent domain for pipeline projects to be thorny. We see both sides of the issue, although we tend to favor the sacredness of one’s property. We tackled the issue back in May (see Dealing Honestly with Issue of Eminent Domain for Pipelines). Our conclusion, in…

Trial Date Set for Corruption re Wayawanda, NY CPV Power Plant

In September 2016, MDN brought you the sad news that the former head of external affairs and government relations for Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), Peter Kelly, was indicted for bribing New York Gov. Cuomo’s long-time top aide Joseph Percoco to get state approvals for CPV’s $900 million Valley Energy Center natural gas-fired electric generating plant…

This Anti-Pipeline Picture is Worth More than a Thousand Words

A very small group of anti-fossil fuelers recently gathered in Samson County, NC to spread lies about the Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project. ACP is a $5 billion, 594-mile natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina, bringing Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to the south. The…

Are Anti’s Changing Their Minds About Fossil Fuels?

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Is it possible some of the biggest anti fossil fuels advocates are changing their minds? Mark Zuckerberg appears to be; even meeting with oil and gas workers. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Williston, North Dakota last week as part of his quest to visit all 50 states,…

DRBC’s Anti-Fracking Chickens are Roosting – PA Slashes Funding

For the past two years running, the Delaware River Basin Commission, a cooperative organization with five members–Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–has received more than half a million dollars per year from PA as its dues to support the anti-drilling organization. The problem is, PA pays its full…

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