PA DEP Sec. John Quigley Resigns Over Email Collusion Scandal

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John Quigley – former PA DEP Secretary

Last Friday the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley, abruptly resigned. It was sudden and unexpected and came a few hours after Gov. Wolf’s administration announced it has launched an investigation into an email sent by Quigley using a private email account (same m.o. as Hillary) to several radically left environmental groups. He used a back channel to communicate with the groups, to avoid detection and future Freedom of Information Law requests. News reports say the email, which was sent in April, urged the enviro groups to mobilize and press for action to support the onerous so-called greenhouse gas regulations Quigley is trying adopt. Shortly after receiving the email, those groups, including Quigley’s former employer–the radical PennEnvironment–flew into action and began advertisements that support Quigley’s unpopular regulations. The ads targeted Democrats who are opposing the regulations. In other words, John Quigley colluded with PennEnvironment and other radical enviro groups. Whether the collusion was illegal or just unethical will be up to investigators (and perhaps prosecutors and the courts) to decide. It’s very good news–for drillers, landowners and all PA residents–that Quigley is now gone…
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PA DEP Drops $8.9M Fine Against Range Res. re Methane Migration

Range ResourcesIn June 2015 then-Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley, slapped Range Resources with an $8.9 million fine–the largest such fine ever levied by the DEP (see PA DEP Slaps Range with Record $8.9M Fine for Methane Migration). Range’s enviro “crime?” Methane migration from a well in Lycoming County, PA. The DEP says the Range well, drilled in 2011, leaked methane since at least 2013 via an improperly cemented well casing, and the methane “contaminated the groundwater-fed wells of private water supplies, and a nearby stream.” Range and the landowner where the well is drilled say methane was in groundwater supplies long before Range drilled the well. Range fought the action tooth and nail, appealing the determination and fine to the PA Environmental Hearing Board (see PA DEP’s $8.9M Methane Migration Fine Appealed by Range Resources). Although the DEP is being hush hush, in early May the DEP dropped the fine and the case against Range…
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NY AG’s Allegation of Tree Cutting by Constitution Pipe a Fraud

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NY’s arrogant AG – Eric Schneiderman

The Attorney General of New York State, Eric Schneiderman, has been caught in a lie and he’s furiously backpedaling, trying to cover it up. On May 13 Schneiderman tried to pull a fast one by filing a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting FERC investigate the Constitution Pipeline for illegal felling of trees along the pipeline’s path in New York State (see NY Attorney General Asks FERC to Investigate Constitution Pipe). Guess what. Tree’s WERE cut along the path–but not by the Constitution. Landowners who wanted to realize the most money from trees that will eventually be cut were cutting the trees ON THEIR OWN, without the help, consent, assistance, nor any form of aide from the Constitution. Schneiderman’s pathetic response? The Constitution should have known those stupid farmers would cut the trees and should have done something to stop it. What breathtaking arrogance…
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NY’s 2 Radical Senators Call for Halt in Building Algonquin Pipeline

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New York’s Senators – Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer

Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline project is an $876 million expansion of the existing Algonquin pipeline system that will carry 342 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to New England states that badly need the gas. On March 3, 2015 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued their final approval for the project, allowing it to go forward. Construction began last year and continues now, with a target in-service date later this year. New York’s radical, anti-drilling governor, Andy Cuomo, tried to stop the Algonquin using the flimsy excuse that some of the drilling for the pipeline would happen a half mile from a nuclear power plant–a plant that Cuomo wants to shut down anyway (see Gov. Cuomo Asks FERC to Halt Algonquin Pipeline Near Nuke Plant). A few weeks after Cuomo requested FERC shut it down, they told him “no” (see FERC Denies NY Request to Stop Work on Pipeline Near Nuke Plant). So, in good government/radical environmentalist collusion fashion, several Big Green groups filed an appeal with the liberal District of Columbia Court of Appeals to try and stop it (see Radical Enviro Groups File Appeal to Stop AIM Pipeline in NY/CT). Now, New York State’s two radically leftist Democrat Senators, Chuck “the schmuck” Schumer and Kirsten “who dat?” Gillibrand (the Senator nobody knows about and nobody cares about) have come down on the side of (surprise!) the radical kooks who want to stop the pipeline…
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Stone Energy Threatened with De-listing by NYSE

Stone EnergyAs we commented in April, there’s no way to sugarcoat the fact that Stone Energy–an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company (E&P) headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana that drills mainly in the Gulf of Mexico but also has a presence in the Marcellus/Utica Shale with 75,000 acres of leases–is inching toward a bankruptcy filing (see Stone Energy Appoints Special Liaison, Inches Toward Bankruptcy?). Stone now has another problem: the New York Stock Exchange sent the company a warning that unless they get the per-share price of the stock boosted, it will be de-listed from the NYSE…
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List of 17 Northeast Pipeline Projects – Status & Update

update.jpgBloomberg analysts do a deep dive into pipeline projects in the northeast in a recent article. The article contains an update on 17 planned pipeline projects in the northeast (see the full list detailing each project below). The reporter interviews Marty Durbin, executive director of market development at the American Petroleum Institute (API), and MDN friend Scott Kurkoski, chair of the energy group at the Binghamton law firm Levene, Gouldin & Thompson. Here’s what they have to say about the future of pipeline projects in New York State…
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Marcellus Supply Chain Cos – Strategies to Weather the Downturn

supply chainIt’s not all gloom and doom in the Marcellus/Utica industry–but there’s no doubt we’re in a downturn. Drillers (or energy companies or producers) are having a tough enough time–but they can just stop drilling for a while and hope that the cash holds out long enough to begin again. But what about those who depend on the drillers? The companies that supply goods and services to others in the industry? What we call, the supply chain. How are they doing? And what strategies are supply chain companies using to weather the current downturn? Let’s find out…
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OH Manufacturers Support Eminent Domain in Mariner East 2 Lawsuit

courtgavel.jpgLast week the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA), along with several other trade associations, filed a “friend of the court” brief (called an amicus brief, full copy below) in a case pending before the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals (in Youngstown). The OMA wants the Court of Appeals to uphold the ruling of a Harrison County trial court in the eminent domain case of Sunoco Pipeline v. Carol A. Teter, Trustee. OMA says eminent domain should be used in rare circumstances, but when no other choices remain, its use is legitimate and necessary. In particular, OMA is supporting Sunoco’s right to use eminent domain for the Mariner East 2 project–a project that will employ a lot of OMA businesses and their employees…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, May 23, 2016

best of the restThe “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: NY comptroller continues to bully NY companies re energy choices; FERC opts for EA on Texas Eastern projects in northeast; Utica natgas production up 53% in one year; Lordstown natgas-fired electric plant getting lots of attention; world’s largest solar plant torches itself; 5 graphics to cheer you up; and more!
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