NAACP Claims Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Racist, Harms Blacks Most

We find it particularly offensive when a liberal/leftist group, like the National Association for the Advancement of [Liberal] Colored People, or NAACP, declares a pipeline project to be racist. The far-left organization made the outrageous claim, in a report they issued yesterday called “Fumes Across the Fence-Line: The Health Impacts of Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Facilities on African American Communities” (full copy below), that Dominion’s $5 billion 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) will force black people in low income communities in eastern North Carolina to bear “more than their fair share” of the so-called “risks” posed by the pipeline. ACP is a natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final approval for ACP in October (see FERC Approves Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley Pipeline Projects). Since that time socialist/Democrat groups have marshaled their forces to oppose it. The Sierra Club is opposing it in court. Just yesterday we told you about a cadre of regional radical groups (backed by larger groups like Sierra Club) that have filed a petition with FERC opposing ACP (see Little Green Takes 1st Step in Suing to Block Atlantic Coast Pipe). The NAACP “report” is the latest in what appears to be a coordinated attack on the project by the usual suspects…
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ME2 Drilling in Delaware Co. Creates Small Sinkhole, Antis Swarm

Sunoco Logistics Partners has had another “inadvertent return” (i.e. leak of drilling mud) while drilling underground in Delaware County, PA–in a Philly suburb. Every time it happens, no matter how little mud comes out of the ground (even less than a gallon), extremist antis jump up and down and declare an environmental holocaust. What makes this most recent episode different is that a sink hole has opened up near where the drilling mud and water came out of the ground. Not a good situation as the sink hole is not far from a home. The homeowner is not pleased. However, the homeowner is an anti, which makes it even worse. As soon as the mud came out of the ground and the hole appeared, the homeowner called in a swarm of other antis, supposedly to “document” the situation. They were really there to obstruct Sunoco workers who were trying to clean it up and prevent any further damage. Because the antis wouldn’t move their rear-ends out the way, Sunoco had to call in the police to move them. The anti homeowner got all hot-and-bothered that Sunoco had the nerve to call the cops on his anti buds. So far we’ve only found one mainstream media article about the episode, which is quite biased against Sunoco…
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CELDF Continues to Agitate Against Indiana, PA Injection Well

We previously reported on the story of two Pennsylvania towns that were either hoodwinked, or perhaps willing led astray, by the radical Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) into passing (now overturned) bans on fracking and injection wells in their towns–Highland Twp (Elk County) and Grant Twp (Indiana County). The two townships thought they would do an end-run around the state’s authority to issue permits for two injection wells, one in each township, by re-incorporating under so-called home rule charters. The towns essentially declared themselves independent of the state for a variety of matters, including oil and gas permits, which the PA state constitution clearly says is a function of ONLY the state Dept. of Environmental Protection. In March, the DEP issued final permits to each town, and at the same time sued each town to get those portions of their home rule charters, dealing with oil and gas, overturned (see PA DEP Issues 2 Wastewater Injection Well Permits, Sues 2 Towns). The towns agreed to “stand down” and, during their lawsuits, not oppose the DEP’s permits for the injection wells (see 2 PA Townships Won’t Enforce “Home Rule” Against Injection Wells). We thought that would be the end of it. But no, it seems in Grant Township the so-called leaders of the town continue to be brainwashed by the CELDF. In May, Grant’s attorneys filed a counter-claim against PA asking Commonwealth Court to recognize a sort-of extra-judicial set of rights the town can exercise over top of, or in addition to, state laws (instead of their previous position of trying to replace state laws). Unfortunately the judge is willing to give them some rope. Here’s an update on the CELDF anarchist-backed challenge happening in Grant–a threat to our very Constitutional form of self-government…
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WV DEP Secretary Issues Letter Explaining MV Pipeline Decision

In March, the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued a federal water crossing permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)–a $3.5 billion, 301-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA (see WV DEP Grants Mountain Valley Pipeline Water Crossing Permit). In June, a group of profoundly radical “environmental” organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit against the WVDEP for doing their job issuing the permit (see Radicals File Lawsuit Against WV DEP for Approving MV Pipeline). Because of the pressure of that lawsuit, WVDEP caved and reversed their decision in September, rescinding (called “vacating”) the permit for MVP (see Trouble for Mountain Valley Pipe: WV DEP Withdraws Water Permit). The WVDEP said they would “re-evaluate the complete application to determine whether the state’s certification is in compliance with Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.” The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld WVDEP’s decision and granted the agency’s motion to invalidate the previous certificate they granted the project (see Court Backs WVDEP Move to Cancel Permits for Mountain Valley Pipe). Then earlier this month, in yet another 180 degree about face, WVDEP announced it has “lifted the suspension” of the MVP stormwater permit–and that the agency has decided to waive the permit, MVP has no need to get it before beginning construction (see WVDEP Reverses, Waives Water Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline). Since that time WVDEP has faced withering criticism from antis, accusing the agency of abandoning their oversight of the project. On Monday, WVDEP Secretary Austin Caperton issued a letter to agency staffers (and to the public) to explain the agency hasn’t given up anything–that instead they have opted for a different type of oversight of the MVP project. We have to confess, it’s a very good letter and explains a lot. Bottom line: WVDEP is still very much large and in charge when it comes to overseeing impacts from the project on WV’s streams and rivers…
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PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, Friend of O&G, Running for Governor

Mike Turzai – PA House Speaker

It’s certainly past time to end the miserable failure that is the Tom Wolf Administration. Republicans are lining up to run against him. But first will come a primary. One prominent state figure, PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, has kept his intentions about running close to the vest. But yesterday Turzai announced he would throw his hat in the ring, to run in the Republican primary in 2018 for the right to face off against failure Tom Wolf in November. We think it’s a no-brainer. Turzai has been a steadfast friend of the Marcellus industry over the years. It has been Turzai’s opposition that has held the line against a Marcellus-killing severance tax. He’s conservative. He’s pro-gas. And he’s anti-tax. Turzai is the leader PA needs to recover from the bumbling Tom Wolf…
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PA Approves $2.4M Project to Run NatGas Pipes in Wyoming County

Although we consider Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to be a failure, every now and again (rare as hen’s teeth), he swerves into doing something good. Or perhaps we should say he takes credit for doing something good, whether or not he actually had anything to do with it at all. Yesterday Gov. Wolf’s office issued a press release to announce that the state will spend $2.35 million via the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) to install natural gas lines in Tunkhannock Township (Wyoming County), which will provide clean-burning, locally extracted Marcellus Shale gas to 102 residential homes, 13 businesses and several civic buildings. The project will create something like 200 temporary construction jobs. Kudos to Wolf for not screwing this one up…
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Sierra Club Files Federal Lawsuit to Stop NEXUS Pipeline

Honestly, the Sierra Club launches so many petitions with FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), and so many lawsuits against FERC regarding pipelines, it’s hard to keep them all straight. One of the northeast pipelines the Clubbers oppose is NEXUS, a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. NEXUS got final approval for the project from FERC in August, the first major pipeline to get approved following a newly restored quorum at FERC (see New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline). The Ohio EPA granted a water permit for the project in September (see Ohio EPA Grants Water Permit to NEXUS Pipe, “Learned” from Rover). Seeing the NEXUS freight train moving on down the tracks, the Clubbers filed a request for “rehearing” with FERC in September (see CORNballs, Sierra Club Continue to Fight NEXUS Pipeline in Court). Before anyone can sue to stop a federal pipeline project, the first step is to request a rehearing. If FERC delays or rejects a rehearing request, the supposedly aggrieved party can then launch a lawsuit in federal Appeals Court. And that’s what the Sierra Club did earlier this week. They filed a lawsuit against NEXUS in the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, asking the court to force FERC to conduct a new review of the project, and in the meantime, shut it all down. The Sierra Club is rather good at shutting down pipelines and destroying jobs, as they recently did in PA (see Sierra Club Pipeline Lawsuit Throws 2,500 in PA Out of Work). Fortunately the PA episode was short-lived (just two days and work resumed). The question now is, will the lib judges in DC put up with yet another lame lawsuit from the Clubbers and shut down NEXUS construction?…
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Richmond County, VA Commits Fracking Suicide with Vote to Ban

Sadly, the “leaders” of Richmond County, VA have just voted to commit fracking suicide–a total ban on fracking in the county. They’re not the first. Last year King George County did the same thing, banning it in most of the county (see King George County, VA Commits Fracking Suicide with Vote to Ban). Augusta County was the first Virginia county to ban fracking throughout the entire county, which they did in February of this year. Richmond is the second to ban it countywide. No, there is no Marcellus Shale underlying the county, but there is the Taylorsville shale layer–and there is interest in drilling there, someday. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, F. Lee Sanders, said they are “just trying to set an example for other people.” Apparently the real motivation for the ban is not that there would be any actual drilling since only a sliver of Richmond contains Taylorsville shale. No, the real reason for the ban is worry over what other people think. Each year a group of radical leftists called American Rivers (Big Green group) puts together a sham list the call “America’s Most Endangered Rivers.” The Rappahannock River (in Richmond County) is on this year’s list in the #5 spot, because of the “threat fracking poses to clean drinking water.” The entire list is bogus–but the dolts in Richmond County fell for it anyway. They worry that lefties will say mean things about them if they allow fracking. So they banned it. And just like that, more citizens of this country have lost their hard-earned freedoms and property rights…
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DOJ Pledges to Vigorously Prosecute Pipeline Eco-terrorists

Members of Congress, indeed members of the public, are sick and tired of eco-terrorists targeting our pipeline infrastructure. In October we told you that 84 Members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking the Dept. of Justice to step up its enforcement of existing laws against these sick terrorists (see 84 Members of Congress ask DOJ to Pursue Domestic Eco-Terrorists). Illegally shutting down a pipeline or damaging pipeline infrastructure, specifically petrochemical pipelines, puts lives at risk. Our nation needs hydrocarbons for transportation, electricity generation, to heat our homes, and to produce thousands of household products. Pipelines provide a safe and economical way to transport that energy. Eco-terrorists put all that in jeopardy. We’re happy to report that last Friday the AG Sessions and the DOJ responded to the good Congresspeople to say the Department will vigorously prosecute those who damage “critical energy infrastructure in violation of federal law.” Good! It’s about time. We’ve had enough of the inmates running the asylum. Back to law and order. Thank you Jeff Sessions and thank you Donald Trump…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PA Act 13 impact fees fund $15.7M of enviro projects; 2 permits issued in Columbiana County, OH; conservancies are for conservation, not politics; Alaskan LNG made possible by China; American shale gas the “silver bullet” to take out Vlad Putin; electric grid watchdog says natgas is reliable enough without nukes, coal; bullish market for shale oil exports; U.S. energy independence finally in sight; continuous disruption the “new normal” in o&g; LNG oversupply has fundamentally changed the market; China natgas demand will triple by 2040; and more!
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