DRBC Frack Ban Heading for Defeat in October Trial

In January MDN told you that after five loooong years, a federal judge in Scranton, PA had finally ruled the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) v. Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) lawsuit will go to trial this year (see Judge Rules Wayne Landowner Lawsuit re DRBC Frack Ban Continues). We’ve since learned the trial is set to begin in October. Andrew Makuth, ace reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, chronicles the journey of this lawsuit and what it means for landowners and environmentalists.
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Antis Pressure FERC for Hearing to Shut Down Weymouth Compressor

Early last week MDN shared the great news that Enbridge’s Weymouth, Mass. compressor station finally, after years of government delays in building it, went online (see Weymouth, MA Compressor Station Now Online – Will it Stay Online?). As our headline last week teased, the question now is whether or not it will remain online. What could possibly cause it to shut down again? The answer may surprise you.
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Gov. Wolf Admits Carbon Tax Will Close Coal, Gas-Fired Plants

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is openly admitting that his cockamamie plan to force PA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)–a carbon tax scheme that will cost PA residents $2.36 billion over ten years–will in fact cause the closure of coal and gas-fired power plants throughout his state. Wolf’s brilliant plan to overcome the big negatives of power plant closings? A new government program, funded by taxpayers.
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FERC Commissioner Clements Trash Talks MVP, PennEast, All Pipes

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Yeah, well, you can’t say we didn’t warn you (and President Trump) about former NRDC lawyer and extremist radical Allison Clements. Clements should never have been appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a commissioner by Trump (see U.S. Senate Confirms Radical NRDC Lawyer as FERC Commissioner). In a recent “wide-ranging” interview, Clements trash-talked both the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and PennEast Pipeline projects and said the process for permitting all natural gas pipelines is “broken.” And she’s just the person to “fix” it. Neuter is more like the word.
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Antis Drool Over Actions Biden May Take to Block Pipes Incl. MVP

After Joe Biden signed an Executive Order in his first few days on the job killing the Keystone XL pipeline project (instantly throwing 11,000 union members of out high-paying jobs), anti-fossil fuel nuts have been salivating (drooling, actually) in anticipation of what else old dementia Joe will do next to kill off other pipeline projects, including Equitrans’ Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). One of Big Green’s trusty mouthpieces at the AP has penned a wishlist for which projects may get the ax next, and how it will happen.
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FERC’s Dick Glick Targets NatGas Pipes Using Eminent Domain

FERC Chairman Glick

Newly appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard “Dick” Glick is already targeting natural gas pipelines–to keep them from getting built. Since his appointment by Donald Trump, Glick, a Chuck Schumer Democrat, has voted against every single new natural gas pipeline project using the excuse of man-made global warming. Now he’s using the tactic of pitting landowners against pipeline projects over the issue of using eminent domain.
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OH Shale Crescent USA: Not Letting Biden’s Attacks Slow Them Down

In 2016 a group of business and government leaders from Ohio and West Virginia in the Mid-Ohio Valley banded together to form an economic development group called Shale Crescent USA, or SCUSA (see Group Promotes Mid-Ohio Valley for Petrochem: Shale Crescent USA). The aim of the group is to attract manufacturers (particularly petrochemical manufacturers) to set up shop in the region, close to the most abundant supplies of cheap natural gas in the entire world. The leaders of SCUSA aren’t letting the withering attacks of Joe Biden on the oil and gas sector slow them down.
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Is Scheme to “Certify” NatGas Emissions a Carbon Tax Trojan Horse?

On Friday MDN told you that EQT has partnered with a company called Project Canary (used to be Independent Energy Standards Corporation) to use the TrustWell™ Responsible Gas Program to monitor two EQT gas wells to prove to the world (in particular the global warming lunatics) that EQT’s gas is good and green (see EQT Partners with Project Canary on “Responsibly Sourced” NatGas). However, we’re not convinced TrustWell is a trustworthy program.
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The Left’s Plan to Strip American Freedom Using “Climate Change”

Forget about the great American road trip. You won’t be able to charge your electric vehicle quickly enough or (in some cases) at all. Prepare to have your views of the countryside ruined by solar panels and windmills on just about every available hill, mountain, and ridgeline. Oh yeah, and get used to being a vegetarian too, because cows and pigs and chickens burp and fart too much methane and all that animal methane is toasting mom earth. You may think we’re joking, just poking fun at environmentalist wackos. Just read the AP article below and give us your interpretation of what those who now occupy D.C. have planned for YOU–citizens of the US of A.
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Biden Overwhelms O&G Industry with Relentless Attacks – Surprised?

It’s been an eventful (and not in a good way) week and a half since Joe Biden seized control of the White House. Or more properly, since the radicalized left took control and began ramming anti-fossil fuel Executive Orders down old senile Joe’s throat. He just keeps signing, admitting he doesn’t even know what’s he signing (watch this)! The oil and gas industry is reeling, we’d call it staggering, under the assault coming from the Democrats and the left.
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Biden Admin Issues New Federal Drilling Permits Despite “Ban”

Psst. Don’t tell anti-fossil fuel nutjobs this, but Joe Biden’s “ban” on issuing new permits for drilling on federal and offshore land has loopholes. Since Biden seized power and began occupying the White House, HIS administration (not Trump’s) has issued “at least” 31 new drilling permits for federal and/or offshore drilling. It seems there are big loopholes in Biden’s federal permit moratorium that most news organizations are not reporting.
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Big Green Groups Sue FERC to Block MVP from Finishing

Now that Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has outsmarted radicalized environmental groups like the odious Sierra Club by changing the type of permit they will use to finish the 92% complete project (see today’s lead story), antis are hoping to continue blocking the project by convincing the Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a FERC order from last December that allows MVP to resume certain portions of construction (see FERC Approves Another 17 Miles of MVP Construction Near Natl Forest).
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Biden Continues Attack on O&G with New EO – Industry Fights Back

President Biden is expected to sign a new Executive Order today that turns a 60-day pause on issuing new oil and gas leases on federal lands into an ongoing moratorium for as long as he’s in office. According to a Wall Street Journal article, “Many of his [Biden’s] actions have been expected, but the administration’s speed and willingness to target the industry have surprised its leaders and analysts.” Really? Nobody who reads MDN should be surprised. We predicted these attacks. Biden, whether willingly or by reason of mental defect, has been co-opted by environmental radicals within his own party.
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Here’s Why Natural Gas Bans by Cities & States are Dumb

A day literally does not go by that we don’t read about yet another city, or even state, declaring that it will ban natural gas from new-build structures like homes and businesses. It’s bloody insane! And yet it’s happening more and more. We spotted an article written by a union member in California who says while “climate change” is “real” and we need to “do something” about it (we disagree), he says we need to “do something that works for all of us, not just the coastal elite and the wealthy.” The union member goes on to outline the great harm being done to the poor by these silly, virtue-signaling bans.
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NYC Pension Funds Vote to Divest from Fossil Fuels Within 5 Years

Two of New York City’s five retirement pension funds, representing 70% of the $239.8 billion retirement system, announced yesterday they will divest their portfolios of all investments in fossil fuel companies. The two pension funds together own roughly $4 billion worth of fossil fuel securities. The divestment will take place gradually, over the next five years. A third pension fund with $7.8 billion under management is expected to do the same, soon.
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Cornell University Drilling Wells Similar to Natural Gas Wells

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We don’t know much about geothermal heating and heat pumps. We do know the technology is often touted by people like Andrew Cuomo as one of the solutions that will allow us to magically quit using fuel oil and gas for heating. We were intrigued as we began to read about an experiment Cornell University is running to drill (yes drill) two geothermal wells. As we read about what they are doing, it dawned on us, what they’re doing is literally no different from drilling a natural gas well!
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