The Latest Irrational Anti Rant: Plastic is Evil & Must End

There’s an issue that has been building up steam for the past year or two. We’ve commented on it peripherally on a number of occasions. There’s no mistaking the newest “in thing” for young (and old) liberals is to trash the production of plastic. Plastic straws are killing little fishies in the deep blue sea. Plastic bags are filling up our landfills and endangering Mom Earth. California (land of the strange) now has its sights set on banning all plastic bottles. Radical environmentalists are now advocating that we ban the production and manufacture of all plastic products!
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Fed Court Shoots Down Riverkeeper’s Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Case

THE Delaware Riverkeeper has lost yet another frivolous lawsuit that attempted to overturn Williams’ now long-completed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. We’ve lost count of how many lawsuits Riverkeeper (and other anti groups) have lost against Atlantic Sunrise. Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection’s decision to issue a federal Clean Water Act “Section 401” water permit for the project.
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Public Mtg Planned to Gin Up Opposition to SWPA Gas-Fired Plant

Elizabeth Twp

In January 2016, Invenergy announced their intention to build a natgas-powered electric plant in Elizabeth Township, in Allegheny County (see Invenergy Eyes SWPA for Second Marcellus-Powered Electric Plant). It took a few years, a lawsuit and a new location, but eventually Elizabeth commissioners approved Invenergy’s plan in December 2018 (see Elizabeth Twp in Allegheny Co. OKs Invenergy Gas-Fired Plant).
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Cornell Prof Publishes Faux Study on Methane Escaping Shale Wells

When the anti-fossil fuel Park Foundation pays your salary, your “research” had darned well better reflect an anti-fossil fuel result. Or else the money spigot quickly gets cut off. That’s what explains the latest “study” published (in Europe, not the U.S.) by Cornell University professor Robert Howarth–a study that claims shale drilling is pumping catastrophic amounts of methane into the atmosphere making Mom Earth toast.
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Radical Greens Ask 4th Circus to Block MVP re Endangered Species

Hoping that lightning strikes twice with the “judges” at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (4th Circus) who read children’s books like The Lorax and use them in their decisions, deep-pocketed Big Green groups have filed a new lawsuit with the quirky judges asking that they overturn federal approvals issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Big Green hopes the clown judges will overturn approvals for MVP the same way they did for Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project.
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Lansing NatGas Moratorium Preview of What’s Coming for All NYers

In Lansing, NY, just outside of Planet Ithaca in Tompkins County, the local utility (NYSEG) wanted to build a short pipeline in 2017 to supply new customers with natural gas, but was blocked by crazies who irrationally hate fossil fuels (see Lansing NY Officials Fight Back Against Tinfoil Hat Fossil Fuel Haters). The pipeline was never built and since that time businesses and homeowners who wanted to build in the town have gone elsewhere. There’s the unmistakable stench of economic death in the air around Lansing (see Natgas Customer Moratorium Killing Ithaca Suburb of Lansing, NY). The kooks and quacks in town are now promoting electric heat pumps as the solution to the town’s problems.
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Delaware Riverkeeper Scores Minor Victory in LNG Export Case

Score a (very) minor victory for THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, in her holy mission to block a new fully authorized and permitted LNG export loading facility due to get built on the New Jersey bank of her beloved Delaware River (she thinks she owns the river and “speaks” for it). Riverkeeper filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for information about a facility New Fortress Energy is planning for a former DuPont dynamite factory site in NJ.
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The Millionaires and Billionaires Driving Environmental Politics

Contrary to the media (and Big Green) narrative that environmentalists are some poor, lowly disadvantaged groups of righteous freedom fighters just trying to survive against gargantuan Big Oil companies to protect the planet, the opposite is true. Green groups are some of the most rich non-profit organizations in the U.S. (indeed, on the planet). They are controlled/funded by super-rich leftists whose goal is to twist the U.S. into a socialist state. We ran across an article, and a document, listing just how rich groups like the odious Sierra Club, NRDC, EDF and others really are. The numbers are staggering. Their revenue numbers are bigger than some oil companies!
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PennEast Pipe – A Study in Rationality vs. Irrationality

Last Wednesday MDN told you that PennEast Pipeline, a $1+ billion new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ, was close to resubmitting an application for the project with the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection (see PennEast Pipe Readies Revised NJ Freshwater Wetlands Permit). The very next day, on Thursday, PennEast filed the reworked application. An article chronicling the new application is instructive in the pipeline debate–pointing out the positions of those in favor and those against.
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Chester Co. DA Abuses Office, Arrests ME2 Pipeline Security Guards

Chester County, PA District Attorney Tom Hogan has sunk to a new low. We told you back in January Hogan and his highly-paid staff, motivated by politics, were investigating Energy Transfer, their Sunoco Logistics division and anyone/anything to do with ET’s Mariner East pipeline projects, looking for “crimes.” All he found were minor violations by two off-duty PA constables (see Chester County DA: Using Off-Duty Police as ME2 Security a Crime). Yesterday Hogan’s office, in an act of supreme shame, arrested those two off-duty officers for having the gall to moonlight as security guards for the ME project.
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Anti-Drilling Activist Bad-mouths Fracking at Murrysville Hearing

A paid political activist who is not a doctor but works for the so-called Physicians for Social Responsibility (left wing group), told a hearing in Murrysville (Westmoreland County), PA on Wednesday that she could not prove fracking leads to negative health affects on those living near the activity, but in the very next breath she essentially said it does, saying there’s a “strong correlation” between fracking an ill health. Her proof? A list of Big Green-paid for “health studies” (propaganda campaigns).
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Democrat Presidential Candidates Must Stop Vilifying O&G Workers

We don’t know if you watched any of the most recent round of Democrat presidential debates. We couldn’t hack it personally. But some brave souls did, including Katie Klaber, former (founding) head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and now head of her own consulting firm. Katie points out Bernie Sanders said the oil and gas industry is willfully destroying and planet and said those of us in the industry are engaging in “criminal activity.” You might just dismiss it as “just crazy Bernie,” he always talks that way. Except other candidates said equally disturbing things about the fossil fuel industry too. Katie says it’s time for candidates to stop vilifying our industry. She’s right.
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Old Hippies, Sierra Club Protest Against CT Gas-Fired Elec Plant

A few weeks ago MDN told you the State of Connecticut’s “Siting Council” had changed its mind and decided to approve NTE Energy’s proposal to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant in Killingly (see Connecticut Approves New Natgas-Fired Electric Plant in Killingly). Apparently Connecticut doesn’t want to experience rolling blackouts that are sure to come unless more electric power generation is added to the grid. The Siting Council’s approval brought out a handful of anti-fossil fuel protesters yesterday. Among them were a paid Sierra Club agitator and some old hippies.
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Why Do Some M-U Pipeline Protesters Tip Over into Violence?

We have a proud tradition in America of vigorous debate and free speech. We have protests. We still, for now, have a free press where we can express our ideas–whether others agree with us or not. But some on the environmental left go too far. They don’t just protest, they break the law. Some even become violent. Take the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project, as an example.
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New York Residents Must Dump Oil & Gas Furnaces by 2050

This is no joke. It’s not an “Onion” piece where we’re trying to fool you. In June the New York State legislature passed a horrific “energy” bill that was later signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (see New York Pulls the Trigger, Commits Energy Suicide with New Law). The new law limits carbon dioxide emissions to zero (an impossibility) by 2050. Everyone is now waking up and saying, “Oh crap, what did we just do?” You see, almost everyone in the state uses either fuel oil, natural gas or propane to heat their homes during our exceptionally cold winters. That’s all gone by 2050–no more burning fossil fuels to heat your home. Welcome to the USSR of NY.
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New Study Claims PA Fracking Stops Hikers from Having Good Time

Yet another cockamamie “study” (i.e. propaganda) about the negatives of fracking–this one done by the University of New Hampshire claiming a few hikers and outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania will have to find someplace else to hike and enthuse…because of evil Marcellus fracking. The thing that really angers us is that Pennsylvania taxpayers paid for this “study”!
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