PA House Committee Votes to Restore Sanity to Enviro Regulations

Swamp dwellers are recoiling in horror that the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has just approved a series of bills that restores some sanity in how environmental regulations are made and paid for in the Keystone State. The bills begin, in a small way, to take back control of our system of creating laws, returning authority for making laws to the PA legislature, instead of creating and forcing laws on citizens by unelected, nameless, faceless, swamp-dwelling bureaucrats in regulatory agencies like the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Let us explain.
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PA EQB Votes To Consider Big Green Cap-and-Trade Program

Last November, a variety of Big Green groups including the Clean Air Council, Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, eco(n)law LLC and 61 others submitted a “rulemaking petition” (407-page plan) to the Pennsylvania Environment Quality Board (EQB) requesting the Board and PA Gov. Tom Wolf establish a cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emission reduction program to eliminate carbon emissions from major sources by 2052. It’s a bizarre plan, meant to eliminate fossil fuel production and use, including Marcellus Shale production. Yesterday the EQB voted to accept and consider this cockamamie plan.
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2nd Louisiana LNG Export Facility Gears Up, M-U Gas Helps Feed It

Cameron LNG Train 1 (click for larger version)

The first “train” of the Cameron LNG project in Lake Charles, La. has reached its final commissioning stage and feed gas is now flowing to it. Which means it’s about ready to begin liquefying and exporting LNG. So what does that have to do with the Marcellus/Utica? We’ll tell you, because there is a connection.
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Woody Thrasher Returns to Challenge WV Gov. Jim Justice in 2020

Woody Thrasher

Perhaps we now know why West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice fired Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher last June (see WV Commerce Secretary Who Brokered $83B China Deal…Fired). Thrasher took over as Commerce Secretary in January 2017, as part of the new Justice Administration. Thrasher is “the guy” most responsible for putting together the massive $83.7 billion deal signed by China in November 2017 to invest in WV shale and petrochemicals (see China Agrees to Invest Amazing $83.7 BILLION in WV Shale, Petchem).
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US Uses More Energy than Ever – Fossil Fuel Use Grew 4% in 2018

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, published a post yesterday with information that’s sure to make anti-fossil fuelers go nuts. Even with increased use of so-called renewables and a major emphasis on conserving energy, America’s overall energy usage went up 4% in 2018 to a new, all-time high. Not only that, but America’s use of dreaded fossil fuels also went up by 4% last year!
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Apr 17, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Sen. Casey throws supports behind Gov. Wolf’s Restore PA plan; The war on natural gas stunts our economy, crushes the working class; NYC Mayor de Blasio warns of natgas moratorium consequences; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Wildcatter Floyd Wilson launches Falconer Oil and Gas Corp.; Colorado governor signs major overhaul of oil and gas rules; Utility may retire McIntosh Unit 3 in favor of natural gas, solar; Yoga mats debut at Texas industry meeting; NATIONAL: Natural Gas Council urges trump to fill vacancies at FERC; The frac sand revolution – “last mile” logistics; INTERNATIONAL: Anti-fossil fuelers go berserk, turn violent in London.
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