Daily Archives: July 11, 2017

PA Pipeline Investment Program Up & Running, $2.4M in Grants So Far

Last November MDN brought you the delicious news that Pennsylvania would shift $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the PA Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program, or PIPE (see PA Gov Wolf Launches (Gasp) Pipeline Investment Program). The PIPE program helps fund construction of natural…

WV Fight Over Simple Expansion of Local Gas Delivery Pipeline

In April, MDN brought you the news that Columbia Pipeline (now owned by TransCanada) has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a 3.5 mile, 8-inch pipeline that will carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to connect the Mountaineer Gas system in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with the Columbia…

Westmoreland Zoning Challenge re H&H Wells Closer to Resolution

Huntley & Huntley has plans to drill shale wells in Upper Burrell Township (Westmoreland County), PA. As MDN reported in June, a landowner in Upper Burrell filed an appeal against Upper Burrell’s zoning ordinance that allows drilling in rural, agricultural districts (see Westmoreland Zoning Challenge Heads to Court, Delays H&H Drilling). H&H plans to drill…

Ohio Gov Kasich About to Lose Power to Stop Drilling on State Land

Thumbing their collective noses at Ohio RINO Gov. John Kasich, in May Republican legislators in the House added a “little-noticed provision” in the state budget deal that will give the legislature, and not the governor, the power to select members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission (see Ohio Legislators Push to Allow Fracking in…

Athens OH Rejects Anti-Fracking Ballot Measure 3rd Year in a Row

Once again, the radicals behind the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), operating in Ohio, have suffered a humiliating defeat. This time in liberal Athens, Ohio. For three years running, the CELDF and their local useful idiots have been pedaling a so-called Community Bill of Rights ballot measure–which is nothing more than an anti-fracking…

NJ Antis Spew Fossil Fuel Hate Speech Against Pipelines, Trains

A small group of Indian wannabes (old hippies with nothing better to do) gathered at Lake Henry in Mahwah, NJ over the weekend to spout irrational hate speech aimed at oil and gas. Hoping to invoke the Standing Rock spirits, the small group of 75 (which claimed to be twice that size) “performed” (we’re trying…

Mich. Rover Protesters Illustrate Irrational Anti-Fossil Fuel Psychosis

A young, brainwashed 17-year old woman was one of the headline speakers at a recent anti-Rover Pipeline rally in Michigan–apparently because she’s an Indian (i.e. Native American). However, her heritage really has nothing to do with her opposition to the Rover Pipeline. Her opposition is rooted in what we would call a break with reality–a…

Free Training Program for NatGas Jobs in SW PA, Eastern OH

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI), based in Illinois, is doing the Marcellus/Utica region a huge favor. GTI has launched a pre-employment training program to introduce folks to natural gas pipeline operations. The four-week program provides a basic understanding of natural gas, the utility and pipeline industry, and different equipment, procedures and operations used. The program…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Jul 11, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: M-U rig count unchanged; PTT Global has spent $130M so far on Ohio cracker project; trade unions working overtime to recruit new apprentices; mineral rights can make you rich; Russian hackers target US energy networks, maybe; shale…

Stephen Hawking Journey Into Politics A Total Meltdown

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  Stephen Hawking, in a recent interview more like a meltdown, claimed the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Accord was going to push the Earth over the brink.  Nearly every movie produced about an alien life form coming to Earth shares the same premise. It’s a tried and true formula—the Hero’s…

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