EPA Begins Campaign to Discredit Their Own Fracking/Water Study

You Read that WrongThe federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is furiously backpedaling after releasing a draft of their four-year study of fracking and water supplies with the conclusion that, “Hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources” (see EPA Draft Report Says Fracking Doesn’t Pollute Groundwater Supplies). Of course those of us who have long known this is the case have celebrated and pointed out the good news to the masses. Apparently the EPA, beholden to Big Green, either ideologically or financially, wasn’t prepared for the flood of stories saying “EPA says fracking is safe for water.” What to do, what to do? It’s obvious–they have to discredit their own research. Run away from it. So the EPA has begun to work with sycophantic members of mainstream liberal media, like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to play up the “maybes, mights, could be’s and possibly’s” in the nearly 1,000-page report. In addition, the EPA has reactivated some of the retired dinosaurs from the agency to pitch stones at the research and paint nightmare scenarios. It’s like Jurassic World came to life at the EPA…
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Marcellus/Utica Ethane to be Exported to Europe Starting This Year

Exporting of Marcellus/Utica ethane from the Marcus Hook facility near Philadelphia is about to become a reality. Ineos Olefins & Polymers, one of Europe’s largest petrochemical companies, has just taken delivery of the first (of a planned eight) Large Gas Carriers (LGC)–an enormous ship specially outfitted to haul NGLs like ethane. The ship is nearly two football fields long and will hold almost 1 million cubic feet of ethane. The plan is to haul ethane to Ineos’ crackers in Scotland and Norway. Here’s the details, brought to us by our favorite government agency, the Energy Information Administration…
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Poll: 56% of Americans & 74% of Pennsylvanians Support Fracking

It seems to us that we’ve finally reached the tipping point in this country where most people have made up their minds about fracking–and they support it. Robert Morris University’s Polling Institute recently conducted a new national poll on fracking and released the results to select PA media outlets. RMU hasn’t yet published the results on their website. (The poll was completed in early May, but the results are only now leaking out. Why are they hiding this?) The results we have, from several Pennsylvania news sources, show that a strong majority of citizens in the U.S. support fracking (56%). In Pennsylvania, 74% of those polled support shale fracking. We’d really like to see the crosstabs–the exact questions asked and the breakout, by demographic categories, of how people responded. Until that’s available, we have a couple of news reports to share the good news…
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Poll: PA Voters Want AG Kathleen Kane to Resign

We have a second poll to share with you today from Robert Morris University, conducted in early June, this one on the topic of Pennsylvania’s anti-drilling and law-breaking Attorney General, Kathleen Kane. We won’t recount the laundry list of Kane’s persecution of the drilling industry in the state. We’ll only remind you that a grand jury is rumored to have found that she lied under oath–a little offense called perjury (see PA Grand Jury Finds Anti-Drilling AG Kathleen Kane Lied Under Oath). In a desperate attempt to hold on to power, Kane hired Lanny Davis to represent her in court. Lanny was Bill Clinton’s attack dog lawyer, hired to represent him after he lied under oath about getting BJs in the Oval Office. The depressing news coming from the RMU poll is that half of the residents of Pennsylvania don’t know about the “controversies” surrounding Kane–the fact that she lied under oath, etc. But of the other half who do know about it, two-thirds of them think she should resign–now…
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Cecil Twp Approves MarkWest Compressor, with Poison Pill Conditions

Cecil Township (Washington County), PA, one of the seven selfish towns that sued to overturn a portion of PA’s Act 13 oil and gas drilling law granting them the right to retain local zoning authority over oil and gas related activities, have found their Act 13 victory to be somewhat hollow. As MDN reported nearly a month ago, Cecil has steadfastly refused to grant a permit to MarkWest Energy to build a compressor station since 2010 (five years ago!). After a lawsuit that worked its way through various levels of courts, and after Cecil exhausted all other options, a judge ordered them to grant the permit no later than May 30. Cecil proceeded to violate that deadline (see Cecil Twp Violates Court Order re MarkWest Compressor Permit). Last night, after intense last minute negotiations with MarkWest, the town finally voted to grant the permit, but not before sneaking in two last minute changes to conditions both sides worked out in advance, changes that will likely mean yet another trip to the judge. Seems Cecil is still intent on stopping the compressor station…
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Robinson Twp Delays MarkWest Compressor, Approval Coming Soon

This is a tale of two Pennsylvania townships. Both towns were part of the original seven selfish towns that sued the State of Pennsylvania to overturn portions of the Act 13 oil and gas law (see PA Court Says 7 Towns Can Keep Marcellus Money & Ban Drilling Too). Both towns share a border and both are in Washington County, PA. The residents of one town have clung to their anti-drilling views and continue to obstruct and obfuscate and block anything to do with drilling or pipelines. That town would be Cecil (see today’s story titled Cecil Twp Approves MarkWest Compressor, with Poison Pill Conditions). The other town, Robinson, has done a complete reversal. The residents of Robinson tossed their anti-drilling supervisors out of office, elected new ones, and have embraced the Marcellus Shale revolution happening around them (see Robinson Twp, PA Offers a Preview into Future of NY Frack Debate). Whereas Cecil is still trying to block a single MarkWest compressor station in their town, Robinson is moving forward with plans for a second MarkWest compressor station…
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VA Gentry Class Raising $1M to Oppose Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Wealthy landowners in Virginia are halfway to raising $1 million in their effort to torpedo Dominion’s planned $5 billion, 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Just yesterday we told you that a majority of residents in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina support the project (see Poll: Majority of Voters in VA, WV, NC Favor Atlantic Coast Pipeline). The pipeline will flow natural gas from the Marcellus/Utica to points across the southeast. That is, unless NIMBY’s raise enough money to run advertising campaigns to convince officials and regulators that this pipeline should not get built. Never underestimate the power of a bribe, er, a, “advertising” money. The new favorite phrase of those who oppose pipelines (watch for it in sycophantic media stories) is that pipelines are a “scar” on Mother Earth. How wicked and despicable to want to scar your mother…
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Youngstown Plant Starts Operations, Selling Pipes to Shale Industry

Although drilling activity in the Marcellus/Utica, indeed across all shale plays, has decreased in the past six months, that doesn’t mean all gas and oil related businesses have been adversely affected. Take Vallourec’s VAM USA LLC subsidiary–a pipe manufacturer with a facility in Youngstown, Ohio. In May, VAM began producing the first pipes for commercial sale at its new premium threading plant in Youngstown. More money, more jobs, rolling into eastern Ohio–thanks to the miracle of hydraulic fracturing. Here’s the details on VAM’s startup in producing pipe products for the shale industry…
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Bumper Sticker: Ban Food & Water Watch Now

Ban Food & Water Watch Now. That’s the bumper sticker we think people should put on their vehicles to express displeasure with the lies peddled by this un-American organization. Big Green organizations like the Park Foundation and the William Penn Foundation fund the activities of Food & Water Watch and other virulently anti-drilling organizations (including the Sierra Clubbers). In turn, these partisan hacks peddle lies at public meetings, and use money from their Big Green benefactors to launch frivolous lawsuits that slow down and in some cases stop shale drilling and pipeline projects. We think they should be stopped. They should be banned. What? “That’s outrageous! They have a right to express themselves!” So too, do pro-drillers. We have as much right to demand that THEIR organization be banned as they have to demand that fracking and pipelines (and all of the jobs and economic benefits that come from it) be banned. We’re simply putting the shoe on the other foot to see how they like wearing it. At a minimum, the IRS needs to investigate their tax exempt status with an eye to revoking it…
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Antis Hate Marcellus Shale Drilling…Because of Richard Nixon?!

Richard NixonOne of the most hated politicians (for the liberal left) in all of American history was Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of these United States. Which is ironic, because it was Nixon who created the blight on America we have today known as the Environmental Protection Agency–one of the libs’ favorite government agencies. Anywho, imagine our delight when we read this headline from a letter to the editor in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale fulfills President Nixon’s dream of energy independence.” The letter (full copy below) is written by MDN friend Joe Massaro from Energy in Depth. It got us to thinking, maybe the libs hate Marcellus Shale drilling not only because they consider it a crime against Mother Earth, with so-called global warming, but maybe they instinctively hate it because they hate Richard Nixon! Yeah! Libs don’t have to make sense (they rarely do)–and this explanation is as good as any, right? Read on to see how our buddy Joe found yet another liberal sore spot–associating Marcellus drilling with Richard Nixon–and jammed his foot on it…
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