Law-breaking Lancaster Pipe Protesters Get Off with Slap on Wrist

When so-called protesters take the law into their own hands and illegally block a legal activity, like building a pipeline, they should be arrested and the maximum sentence should be enforced. If that doesn’t happen, people begin to disrespect and not trust our legal system. Such a miscarriage of justice happened yesterday in Lancaster County, PA. A group of seven radicalized anti-pipeline activists, including an 88-year-old grandma, were given a pass by a local judge for their illegal actions in blocking pipeline construction back in 2017. One more erosion of our legal system.
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SWPA Gas-fired Electric Plant Project Gets French Investment

A project we’ve been tracking since 2017, a 620 megawatt Marcellus-fired electric plant in Greene County called Hill Top Energy Center (see our stories here), has just gotten a new investor–from France. Investment firm Ardian, based in Paris, announced it has purchased a 41.9% stake in the project. The price of the deal was not disclosed, although it’s easy to guess the number is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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CNX Operates SWPA’s Sole 100% All-Electric Fracking Unit

A little over a year ago CNX Resources announced that the company had signed a long-term contract with Evolution Well Services to use Evolution’s 100% natural gas-fueled electric pressure pumping equipment (see CNX Signs Deal with Evolution to Use 100% Electric Fracking Fleet). That is, CNX will use electric fracking equipment, with the electricity generated by burning natural gas, instead of diesel.
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Switcheroo: Marcellus/Utica Now has More Pipe Capacity than Gas

The pipeline situation today in the Marcellus/Utica region is far different than it was just a year or two ago. Not long ago lack of pipelines meant we had an overabundance of natural gas in the region without buyers, driving prices into the basement. Today? It’s all different. Because of new and expanded pipelines coming online over the past couple of years, producers (i.e. drillers) today have options on where to send their natural gas–fetching far better prices in new markets. In fact, according to the analysts at RBN Energy, “The spate of pipeline expansions and additions in the past two years have not only caught up to production but capacity now far outpaces it.” That’s a big switcheroo.
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1200 MW Chicago-area Gas-Fired Power Plant Begins Construction

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A gas-fired power plant project near Chicago not previously on our radar screen has just begun construction. Jackson Generation, a subsidiary of J-POWER USA, has begun construction of a huge new 1,200 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle facility in Will County, Illinois. In something of a change from the normal way these projects are built, J-POWER USA owns 100% interest in “Jackson” and is the sole developer of the project.
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New Fortress Energy Founder/CEO Big-time Democrat Donor

Wes Edens

The bloom is off the rose for us with regard to New Fortress Energy and their plans to build several LNG export facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA), and an LNG export shipping facility along the banks of the Delaware River (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). We’ve just discovered New Fortress co-founder and co-CEO (and billionaire) Wed Edens is a big supporter of the Democrat Party–a party that wants to eliminate the business he’s in!
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Salesforce, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple Go Anti-Fossil Fuel

It may be time to boycott the products and services of Salesforce.com, Microsoft, LinkedIn (owned by Microsoft), Apple and other Big Tech firms who are attempting to force Dominion Energy to abandon plans to build clean-burning, natural gas-fired electric plants in Virginia to power data centers. To which we say, go find your electricity somewhere else, you fools. Go build your own solar farms and windmills, see how far you get in supplying your huge electric demands. And tell your customers “Oops, sorry!” when the electricity cuts out and the data centers go dark when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Jul 9, 2019

NATIONAL: Members of Congress renew attack on oil and gas with “frack pack” legislation; Secretary Perry: Trump critics don’t understand how much he’s done for the environment; INTERNATIONAL: US is world’s largest producer of fossil fuel; Here’s Putin’s answer to the U.S. shale boom; SaskPower probes cost of Ottawa’s natural gas regulations to plans for new plant.
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