Anarchists Brag About Vandalizing Mariner East 2 Constr Equipment

A group of lawless anarchists–people calling themselves “anti-capitalists” from the Philadelphia area, have admitted in a blog post that they engaged in illegal, criminal (we’d call it eco-terrorist) activities against construction equipment being used in Media (Delaware County), PA for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project. The criminals, from the anti-American group Philly Anti-Capitalist, said they filled the fuel tanks of a flatbed truck and several excavators with sand and sugar–meant to ruin the engines. They even outline how to inflict maximum damage to the engines by removing the fuel filters. These idiots justify their criminal actions by saying, “Human-caused ecological collapse and mass extinction are upon us.” In other words, they’re loony tunes. Crazy. Driven to commit criminal acts because they’ve been brainwashed into believing mankind is poisoning Mom Earth by extracting and using fossil fuels. And brainwashed against liberty and freedom as personified in the United States. They are serious (and dangerous) nutjobs. We sincerely hope the FBI, Homeland Security and other police organizations hunt them down and jail them for destroying private property…
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Lancaster Police Get Ready to Arrest Atlantic Sunrise Protesters

Police in Lancaster County, PA are trying to get out in front of what they expect may be a tense situation. Big Green groups along with local nutters in the Lancaster area have pledged so-called non-violent action to stop work on the now-fully permissioned Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. Atlantic Sunrise is a $3 billion, 198-mile natural gas pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. Lancaster Against Pipelines, headed up by Mark Clatterbuck (who participated in the ineffective protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline) and his wife Malinda. The clattering Clatterbucks have made threats that they and their “many” followers will enter private land and do whatever it takes–lock arms, chain themselves to something, etc.–to stop the backhoes and bulldozers. Several local town police departments, wanting to be prepared, sent a form letter/survey to residents where the pipeline will cross, to ask them (a) if they (the landowners) plan to allow antis onto their property, and (b) if they don’t plan to allow antis, will they consent to allowing the police to arrest antis on their property. Manor police Chief Todd Graeff says his department is neutral with respect to the pipeline–they just want to know where they have permission to enter and arrest people, and where they don’t. In West Hempfield “many” of the questionnaires have been signed and returned. Every single returned questionnaire gives the police permission to arrest antis on their property. Which is a VERY loud and clear signal to the troublemakers: You WILL get arrested and jailed for your shenanigans…
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Green, OH Spends Big $ on 2 Appeals in Bid to Stop NEXUS Pipeline

Back in May MDN told you about the antis running the City of Green, Ohio (see Green, OH Paying Lawyers $100K to Fund Stop NEXUS Crusade). Green City Council voted to use $100,000 of taxpayer money to hire a Cleveland law firm to file a lawsuit “aimed at stopping the pipeline from being built or stopping the project altogether.” Looks like the law firm is earning at least some of that considerable amount (total bill so far: $67,367). The strategy the lawyers have adopted and now implemented is to file two appeals–one with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the other with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board. The Green antis hope one or both will throw up a roadblock to slow, and ultimately stop, the NEXUS Pipeline from getting built. NEXUS, a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, was the first major pipeline project to get approved after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) once again had a quorum (see New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline). Less than two weeks ago the Ohio EPA issued a federal water permit for the project (see Ohio EPA Grants Water Permit to NEXUS Pipe, “Learned” from Rover). Green is asking OEPA to reconsider their action in issuing the permit. Here’s the latest in the ongoing war against fossil fuels…
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PA Severance Tax Still Possible, but Not Likely – The Latest

This is likely the “make or break” week that will tell us whether or not a Marcellus-killing severance tax will pass the Pennsylvania legislature. The PA budget is now close to 100 days late–at least the final bits of the budget. Republicans run both the PA Senate and House. They did the ultimate stupid thing by passing a spending plan of $32 billion with only about $30 billion available to pay for it. So over the past three months there has been intense pressure by Gov. Wolf (Democrat) and Philadelphia (even northeastern) RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) to pass a severance tax–on top of the existing impact fee. Wolf needs the severance tax because he promised the money to Philadelphia teacher’s unions–as payback for electing him. If he doesn’t get the tax, he stands of good chance of not being reelected. It’s always about politics. Lawmakers are back in Harrisburg today, in session, and the mainstream media “mood” indicates a deal will get done this week. Will a severance tax be part of it? We hope not! It is possible, but seems (to us) unlikely that the severance tax will get passed…
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Atlantic Coast Pipe Not Stopping in NC; Expanding to SC, Beyond?

In July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable final environmental impact statement (EIS) for Dominion’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. At least, we *thought* the pipeline would end in North Carolina–at Lumberton. However, Dominion vice president and general manager for Southern pipeline operations, Dan Weekley, seems to have spilled the beans at an industry conference that Dominion has designs on extending Atlantic Coast beyond North Carolina–into South Carolina. He said “everybody knows” that Atlantic Coast is not going to stop in Lumberton, “despite” what current plans say. It was just two months ago that FERC issued a final, favorable environmental impact statement for the project–a project that terminates in NC (see Atlantic Coast Pipeline Gets Favorable Final EIS from FERC). We suspect somebody is in major hot water for revealing what may have been, until now, internal discussions–not meant for public dissemination…
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Williams Reveals Eminent Domain Strategy for Atlantic Sunrise

One of the interesting breakout sessions MDN editor Jim Willis attended at last week’s Shale Insight event in Pittsburgh was a panel of lawyers discussing recent rulings in the Marcellus/Utica related to eminent domain and royalties. Sitting with the lawyers was a non-lawyer panelist from Williams. Aaron Blair is right-of-way manager for Williams in the northeast. He managed securing easements for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, Williams’ $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. The lawyers on the panel peppered Blair with questions about his strategy for securing rights. Blair’s strategy boils down to this: if/when you need to file for eminent domain, do so in federal, NOT Pennsylvania state court (and certainly not with appointed commissions). Blair finds federal judges know the law and stick to the law–and the case law with regard to eminent domain, whether you like it or not, is quite clear when it comes to pipelines. Atlantic Sunrise began with needing leases from about 950 landowners. In the end, just under 50 of them had to be settled with eminent domain proceedings in court. Here’s an overview of what Blair said on the panel…
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Wayne Landowners Will “Fight Like Never Before” to Stop DRBC Ban

Landowners in Wayne (and Pike) counties in northeastern Pennsylvania are not going to stand by and allow their property rights to be stripped away from them. Two weeks ago the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which has had an ongoing, “temporary” ban on fracking within the Delaware River Basin since 2010, voted to begin the process of implementing a permanent ban (see Governors from PA-NY-DE Vote to Ban Fracking in Dela. River Basin). That has folks like Wayne County dairy farmer Brian Smith hopping mad. He said if the DRBC bans fracking, “people will fight for their property rights like they’ve never fought before.” DRBC spokesman Clarke Rupert is asking the public to “not prejudge the proposed rules,” which is a joke. What he means is, “Lay down and let us kill your property rights, and don’t say anything while we do it.” Landowners in NEPA are not about to let that happen. Good for them…
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Using NAFTA, US Co. Sues Canada for Blocking Quebec Utica Drilling

Lone Pine Resources, a U.S.-based driller, has a huge amount of Canadian Utica Shale acreage in the province of Quebec. As we reported in 2012, they own 398,850 gross (240,320 net) acres of leases (see U.S. Driller Sitting on Big Canadian Utica Shale Reserve). The problem is, Quebec won’t allow fracking. However, that is changing. In September the government published draft drilling regulations (see Quebec Government Publishes Draft Utica Fracking Regulations). There is an exception. Some (we’re not sure how much) of Lone Pine’s Utica acreage sits UNDER the mighty St. Lawrence River. In 2011 Quebec passed a law that even if fracking comes to other portions of the province, it will never be allowed under the river. So Lone Pine is using a tribunal that hears NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) cases, to ask for $103.6 million in compensation for being robbed of their asset by the Quebec government…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Oct 2, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Indian who led Dakota Access pipeline fight voted out of office; Powelson says FERC is not a rubber stamp; enviro movement blind to damage it does to working class; corporate raiders push shale firms to separate exec pay from shale drilling; Chesapeake Energy maxes out the credit cards; natgas inventories lower this year, but higher than 5-yr average; why the U.S. exports oil when we also import it; adequate oil export infrastructure needed, urgently; and more!
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