Fed Court Rules Against NY Antis in “Landmark” Dominion Pipe Case

Antis pinned their hopes that they could get the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overturn a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval for Dominion to build a couple of compressor stations in upstate New York, thereby forcing FERC to consider mythical man-made global warming in ALL pipeline decisions. The case had the makings of being a “landmark” case. Yesterday antis lost their landmark case when the court ruled the party bringing the lawsuit, Otsego 2000, didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit in the first place.
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Natgas Customer Moratorium Killing Ithaca Suburb of Lansing, NY

Hey Westchester County, NY: You have a model to look at for your own moratorium on (blocking of) new natural gas customers. It’s located upstate, in Lansing, NY, just outside of college town Ithaca. The local utility (NYSEG) wanted to build a short pipeline in 2017 to supply new customers with natgas, but was blocked by crazies who irrationally hate fossil fuels (see Lansing NY Officials Fight Back Against Tinfoil Hat Fossil Fuel Haters). Since that time the pipeline did not get built, and businesses and homeowners who wanted to build in the town have gone elsewhere. There’s the unmistakable stench of economic death in the air. That’s the cheery future that awaits you, Westchester.
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Rice Boys Respond to Scorching Letter from EQT Board

Another day, another episode of the ongoing soap opera that is the power struggle to retain (or take over) control of the country’s largest natural gas producer: EQT. Yesterday we told you about current CEO Rob McNally’s bold and gutsy move in adopting a “universal proxy” and about going on offense with a scorching letter written to Toby Rice (see EQT Issues List of Board Nominees; Adopts Universal Proxy Card). Following EQT’s letter, Toby and brother Derek Rice issued a rebuttal letter of their own.
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Cabot O&G Having a Tough Time Filling Open Jobs in NEPA

Several members of the Marcellus Shale industry spoke at a meeting of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce yesterday, including MDN friend George Stark from Cabot Oil & Gas. George is director of external affairs. At the meeting he said the Marcellus industry has made tremendous strides in the last 10 years and will be around for decades to come. He said, “It’s booming in our area.” George also said Cabot is having trouble filling vacant jobs.
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2 NY Dem Lawmakers Push Bill to Ban New Fossil Fuel Facilities

Two Democrat New York State legislators, Senator Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, are floating parallel bills that would outright ban any new natural gas-fired electric plants or natural gas pipelines in the state. Really bizarre stuff. They’re calling this lunacy “Freedom from Fossil Fuels.” Want to run a new gas pipeline from the local utility to a new housing development or commercial business park? Forget it. No new gas customer hookups *anywhere* in the state–not just in Westchester County (see Moratorium on New Gas Hookups in Westchester County Begins Today). Such would be result of this truly insane plan.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, May 10, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: DRBC lobbies a member state to oppose HB 827 economic justice bill; PA PUC approves gas pipeline expansion plan for Bradford County; NATIONAL: EIA expects less electricity to come from coal this summer as natural gas, renewables rise; 2018 was likely the most profitable year for U.S. oil producers since 2013; Big oil goes big green; INTERNATIONAL: Pieridae: Goldboro LNG unaffected by share price drop.
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