Daily Archives: August 29, 2017

Shedding Sunlight on Anti-Energy Activism

The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, with $1.5 billion in net assets works, funnels millions of dollars to anti-natural gas organizations and “drilling foes,” as the Associated Press has reported. Their playbook – fund the so-called research, the “news” and the promoters – is not new or especially unique, but it’s an approach that degrades public trust…

OH Gov Kasich Finally Caves, Will Allow Drilling Under State Lands

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (RINO) promised, five years ago, to allow shale drilling on state-owned forests and parks. He promptly then reneged on his promise. The way Kasich blocked drilling was to refuse adding new members to the Oil and Gas Commission, charged with approving potential drillers on state land. Kasich created a de facto…

Shell Cuts Deal with Big Green Groups re Cracker Plant Air Permit

Exactly two years ago, two Big Green groups–the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Washington, DC-based Environmental Integrity Project (both disgusting litigation factories)–filed a complaint against Shell to block the air quality permit needed to build the $6 billion ethane cracker in Monaca, PA (see Big Green Groups File to Block Shell Cracker Air Quality…

CIA Veteran Says Russia Funneling Money to Va. Anti-Pipe Groups

An extensive expose appearing on The Daily Signal blows the doors off collusion and money funneling from Russia to several Big Green groups using that money to oppose pipeline projects, including opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline projects here in the Marcellus/Utica region. A 29-year CIA veteran does a masterful job…

PA DEP Raising Shale Well Permit Fee Later This Year

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection has put drillers (and everyone) on notice that it will bump up the fee to file for a permit to drill a Marcellus Shale well. Prior to 2013, the permit fee for a new Marcellus well was $3,200. In 2013 the DEP bumped it up by 56%, to $5,000…

NFG Asks FERC for Speedy Re-hearing to Bypass NY DEC re Pipeline

There’s been an interesting twist in the saga of National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access Pipeline project. The $455 million project includes building 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern Pennsylvania up to Erie County, NY. The project also calls for 3 miles of new pipeline further up, in…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Give “Pollinator” Insects a Boost

Dominion Energy’s $5 billion, 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)–a natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina, will help butterflies, bees and other “pollinator” insects along the pipeline’s route. Last week Dominion announced an initiative to establish new habitats for pollinator insects. The plan will use 750 acres…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Cuomo’s ‘clear energy’ con game; Cuomo’s preposterous renewable energy plan threatens Long Island fishing industry; NEXUS will create 5,300 OH jobs; PA rig count drops by 3; new 2-year compression degree program in central PA; judge approves…

The Virginia Organizing Hustle: Another Fractivist Tool at Work

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   Virginia Organizing is another phony political outfit masquerading as a charity with no regard for the law while making itself a fractivist tool for others. Kevin Mooney, over at The Daily Signal, has a new piece up about an outfit I’ve known about for a while called Virginia Organizing. It…

The California Energy Policy: Robbing Pete to Pay Paul

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   California energy policy is no smarter than New York’s, robbing natural gas to pay for new renewables and raising energy prices for every Californian. The La Paloma natural gas plant in California filed for bankruptcy last December because it was not getting enough operating time to cover its…

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