Anti-Drillers Go “Out of Control” at Ligonier, PA Town Meeting

out of controlIf there’s one thing you NEVER do, it’s get between an anti-driller and a camera/microphone. Elected town leaders in Ligonier Township (Westmoreland County), PA found that out the hard way Tuesday night. At the regular town board meeting there was a 45-minute section of the meeting, out of a much longer meeting, devoted to discussion of new zoning regulations for Marcellus Shale drilling in the township. The new zoning regs are, according to town leaders, a “work in progress.” About 100 people showed up at the meeting, 50 of whom wanted to talk about this “work in progress.” It was a regular town board meeting and not the time to devote the 3-4 hours necessary for anti-drillers to preen before the cameras and spew their same old same old. Ligonier supervisors kept to the 45-minute time limit and shut down the freak show at that point. That enraged a handful of mouthy anti-drillers and, according to witnesses, the meeting got “out of control”…
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Reaction to Obama’s Draconian Plan to Cut “Fugitive” Methane 45%

Yesterday President Obama signaled now the war on coal is largely won (coal lost), he’s moved on to a war on the oil and gas industry. The White House announced their intent to have the federal EPA and other agencies, like the Bureau of Land Management, impose onerous new “rules” on so-called fugitive methane emissions in the oil and gas industry (see White House Pledges to Cut “Fugitive” Methane by 40-45%). Here’s what you need to know about yesterday’s announcement: So far, there are no specifics as to how the EPA will cut those emissions by 40-45%–what draconian measures they will adopt. That’s coming along this summer. Yesterday’s announcement was simply “get ready for the next shoe to drop.” It was Obama, like the bully he is, telling his intended victims he’s coming and he’s going to beat them up, real bad. So now we wait until “summer” when the shoe will drop. Below we have reaction, both praising and condemning Obama’s plan to regulate methane emissions…
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Yet Another Duke University Study Smears the Marcellus Industry

Let’s see, it’s a new month in a new year–must be time for a new Duke University study (located in North Carolina) to pop up smearing Marcellus Shale drilling (located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Yep, that’s just what’s happened. The new study, titled “Iodide, Bromide, and Ammonium in Hydraulic Fracturing and Oil and Gas Wastewaters: Environmental Implications” was published yesterday in the “peer reviewed” journal Environmental Science & Technology. Here’s all you need to know about this “study”: The lead author is a Duke University student (looking to make a name for herself), and it was funded by the virulently anti-drilling Park Foundation. Which means the outcome of the so-called “study” was written before the first test tube was held over a Bunsen burner…
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EnLink Extends Open Season for OH Condensate Pipeline by 6 Weeks

In August 2014, EnLink Midstream announced a new 45-mile condensate pipeline that will stretch across Guernsey, Noble and Washington counties in Ohio (see EnLink Midstream Announces New Condensate Pipeline in ORV). EnLink calls the project, which connects to another EnLink pipeline in Washington County, the Ohio River Valley Pipeline. In mid-December EnLink launched a 30-day binding open season for shippers to sign up for capacity on the new pipeline (see EnLink Launches 1 Month Open Season for ORV Condensate Pipeline). Midstream companies won’t build expensive pipelines (this one will cost $250 million) unless they have 15-20 contracts in place to guarantee they’ll make their money back. Today EnLink announced they’re extending the open season another six weeks–to the end of February. Oh oh, must mean they don’t yet have enough interested customers to build it…
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Lordstown Gas-Powered Electric Plant Moves Up Construction Timeline

In April 2014, MDN told you about a proposal from Clean Energy Future to build an $800 million electric generation plant in Lordstown (Trumbull County), OH. The plant will be fired by natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus (see Clean Energy Plans NatGas Electric Generation Plant in Lordstown). At that time, the plan was to begin construction in December 2015 and complete the plant by the end of 2018. There was initial opposition to the plant because the site on Salt Springs Road would need to be re-zoned from residential to industrial. That didn’t go down well with the neighbors. Clean Energy Future has changed the plan to a different location. Those who once opposed the plant now embrace it and want it as a jobs-creator for the area. This is a happy story of industry and residents working together for a positive solution. It illustrates what happens when adults behave like adults…
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What’s Next for PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane?

On Monday MDN told you that Pennsylvania’s anti-drilling Democrat Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, is herself under investigation for leaking secret grand jury information to a newspaper (see Impeachment, Arrest Looms for PA AG Kane, Caught Leaking Info). So what happens now to Kane? Does she get arrested (so richly deserved after she’s arrested innocent people in the drilling industry numerous times)? Will she be forced to resign because she can no longer do her job (although one can argue she hasn’t been doing it for the past two years)? Will she be impeached and removed from office? Will nothing happen at all? The Philadelphia Inquirer, right in the center of this controversy (a couple of their reporters have been subpoenaed as receiving the secret info from Kane), delves into what may be next for PA’s in-trouble AG…
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Wolf Officially Announces Quigley to Head DEP, Dunn to Head DCNR

It’s official. As we told you two days ago, Pennsylvania Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf would select two anti-drillers to head up the organizations that oversee drilling in the state, those organizations being the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). We told you the leaked-by-Wolf names would be John Quigley for DEP and Cindy Dunn for DCNR (see PA Gov-Elect Wolf Selects Anti-Drillers to Head DEP, DCNR). Both worked for the anti-drilling organization PennFuture (Dunn as its president). The leaked rumor is no longer rumor. Yesterday Wolf’s transition team made the disappointing official announcement…
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