SRBC Report: No Impact from Drilling on PA Watersheds, State Land

Susquehanna River Basin

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) established the Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network (RWQMN) in January 2010 in response to natural gas drilling activities in the basin. Each year the SRBC issues an update/report on findings from the previous year. The report for 2018 was just released and it found, as all previous reports have found, that there are NO impacts from natural gas drilling on the water in the Susquehanna River Basin and its sub-basins, nor on PA state land within the basin.
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PA Dems, RINOs Pressure Gov Wolf to Attack Shale with Methane Regs

Dems & RINOs want to strangle shale with methane rules

A group of mostly Democrats, with three RINOs (Republican in Name Only) thrown in to earn the laughable label of “bipartisan,” gathered in Harrisburg, PA at the Capitol earlier this week to turn up the pressure on PA’s liberal Gov. Wolf on the issue of clamping down on methane emissions in the oil and gas industry. The group’s ultimate purpose is to eliminate the Marcellus Shale industry from the state. They can’t admit that openly, but that’s their agenda.
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PA Invests $2.8M to Extend NatGas Pipeline Service in 3 Counties

Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Investment Program (or PIPE) grants cover part of the cost of building new natgas pipelines to connect homes and businesses in rural parts of the state to homegrown Marcellus Shale gas supplies. We’ve written about many of the more-than-a-dozen (so far) PIPE grant projects in the past (see our PIPE stories here). Another three such grants, totaling $2.8 million, have just been awarded–in Bradford, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The big news with this latest round of grants is that they will create over 1,900 jobs!
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PA Sen. Dinniman Takes Credit for Green Projects Funded by Shale

In 2012, Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman, Democrat from Chester County, PA (near Philadelphia) voted against passage of the Act 13 law that created the impact “fee” (actually a tax) on Marcellus Shale drillers in the state. Yet earlier this week Dinniman issued a press release to tout $740,000 in new grants for “green” projects in his district, essentially taking credit for getting the money for those projects, paid for by impact fee revenue! Is it any wonder politicians like Dinniman rate below used car salesman in opinion polls?
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Fed Court Tosses Claim New England Utilities Manipulated Gas Mkt

The radical Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) published a “report” (i.e. propaganda) in 2017 that made the preposterous claim that New England customers have overpaid utility bills by $3.6 billion due to collusion between the natural gas and electricity industries (see EDF Accuses New England Gas Utilities of $3.6B Market Manipulation). That false report led to a class action lawsuit against the two companies accused. After years of litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has just affirmed a lower court ruling that tossed out this sham lawsuit based on a sham report.
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Obama’s “Signature” Climate Reg, Clean Power Plan, Finally Dead

We’ve written plenty about President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), a plan to force electric generators to convert to using more “renewable” sources of energy and less fossil fuels (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The Obama CPP would have outright assassinated coal powered generation, and wounded (but not quite killed) natural gas. It was Obama’s attempt at picking winners and losers in who and how we get our energy. Fortunately the Trump Administration neutered the CPP and Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed Trump’s action and declared the CPP dead as a doornail.
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Charif Souki Schools Elizabeth Warren on Consequences of Frack Ban

Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren

Earlier this month CNN, the news network no one watches anymore, held a seven-hour “town hall” style meeting on mythical climate change with the leading candidates for the Democrat nomination for president. Among the participants was U.S. Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (who once falsely claimed to have Indian heritage in order to get into Harvard Law School). Warren made a complete horse’s rear-end of herself. She promised to ban all fracking everywhere on her first day in office if elected president. Charif Souki, co-founder of LNG export company Tellurian, obliterated Warren’s statement in addressing attendees of the Gastech conference on Tuesday.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Sep 19, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA GOP members begin moving priority, pro-natural gas package; NATIONAL: US fracking will continue its forward march; Charif Souki warns of dire need for US gas infrastructure; The U.S. shale response to Saudi attacks? Not much, says IHS Markit; INTERNATIONAL: Natural gas risks ‘demonization’ similar to coal, says Woodside CEO.
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