PA Bills Would Hold Radical Pipeline Trespassers Accountable

We have an ongoing problem. Some of the more radical protesters in the “environmentalist” movement–those who tend toward anarchy–illegally enter work sites for pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure under construction, and block the work being done in an attempt to cost companies money. Typically they chain themselves to a piece of equipment with a device that takes law enforcement authorities hours to remove. They cause delays and endanger themselves and workers and law enforcement with their illegal actions. It’s time to make the penalties for these dangerous, willful and illegal acts stiffer. Pennsylvania State Senators have introduced a pair of bills to help put a stop to this nonsense.
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Enviro Leftists Keep Up Attack on LNG Export Dock on Dela. River

In June the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River, to be used for docking and loading two ships at a time with LNG (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted in September to “reconsider” its earlier decision (see DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). The radicals continue to pressure DRBC to overturn their earlier approval.
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More Reckless Accusations that Shale Causes Cancer in SWPA Kids

Here’s how it works for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “reporters” Don Hopey and David Templeton. A group of fellow travelers who hate the fossil fuel (shale) industry as much as they do gather at a small, pre-announced meeting, preferably at a school, and make wild, unsubstantiated, frankly reckless (actionable?) accusations against the “hated” shale drilling industry. Stenographers Hopey and Templeton are there to record it all and share it with the general public. That’s what happened yesterday at meeting in Washington County, PA.
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PA Prof Says O&G Cos, Deniers Guilty of “Crimes Against Humanity”

If you send your kids to Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) and they take political science classes, you might want to consider another school. One of their professors has just penned what is one of the most outrageous op-eds we’ve ever read. He claims those who operate “fossil fuel” companies–oil and gas companies–and those (of us) who “deny” that there is such as thing as catastrophic man-made global warming caused by burning fossil fuels, are guilty of “crimes against humanity.”
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New Group Forms to Fight Back Against Radical Fossil Fuel Haters

It’s time for the oil and gas industry (i.e. fossil fuels) to begin fighting for our right to exist. Irrational fossil fuel haters like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren utter the most outrageous lies and pledge to ban fracking nationwide. It’s now time to go on offense–to respond and set the record straight. It’s time to tell the truth about fossil fuels and the vital role they play now, and will play for years to come. A newly-formed group called The Empowerment Alliance (TEA) is doing just that.
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A Few Old Hippies Protest Orange Co NatGas Plant on Youth Day

Last October Competitive Power Ventures’ 680-megawatt CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda (Orange County), NY fired up and began producing, using Marcellus gas, enough electricity to power 600,000 liberal NY homes (see CPV Marcellus-Fired Elec Plant in Orange County Now Online!). New York Gov. Cuomo tried his best to block the plant from going online, but failed. It’s been operating safely ever since. But that doesn’t stop a few dedicated protesters from showing up when there’s an excuse to do so, just to keep their desire to shut it down alive in local media.
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KY Utility Hints at Defunding Local Arboretum Blocking New Pipe

The radical environmental left continues a campaign to deny construction of new pipelines–ANY new oil and gas pipelines–as their way of strangling the use of fossil fuels. Here’s the latest example: Environmentalist wackos at the Bernheim Arboretum (about 25 miles from Louisville, Kentucky) have refused to grant an easement for 4,000 feet of land they bought *after* the Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) already had a state-approved plan to build a new pipeline over that land as part of tiny 12-inch, 12-mile pipeline. The Arboretum’s refusal, along with a few other property owners, means 62 homes and businesses have been denied the right to connect to LG&E’s natgas local utility system.
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Franklin Twp, PA Wants Law to Ban All Fracking

Franklin Twp, Allegheny County

You may recall that once-upon-a-time seven selfish towns in Pennsylvania sued the state after the legislature passed the Act 13 law that would create uniform zoning regulations to govern shale drilling. The towns (Robinson, Nockamixon, South Fayette, Peters, Cecil, Mount Pleasant, and the Borough of Yardley) eventually won their case, in 2013 (see PA Supreme Court Rules Against State/Drillers in Act 13 Case).
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Youngstown Anti-Fracking Ballot Vote Defeated…for 9th Time

The voters in Youngstown have finally, after seven years, had enough of the the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and its useful idiots who have tried, and failed, to get a so-called Community Bill of Rights ballot measure (i.e. frack ban) passed. Last November Youngstown voters rejected the CELDF measure for the eighth time (see CELDF Now an 8-Time Loser re Youngstown Frack Ban Ballot Vote). And now the “community organizers” who canvassed for signatures to put the same lunatic measure on the ballot again this November have failed to get enough signatures–so it won’t appear for a ninth time.
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Big Green Groups Retract Opposition to PTT Ohio Cracker Air Permit

The Sierra Club, along with some lesser-known but equally radical enviro groups, filed a court challenge to an air quality permit granted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker plant project in Belmont County, OH back in January (see Radical Green Groups Appeal Ohio Cracker Plant Air Permit). Yesterday those same groups agreed to retract their objection to the permit. Wait, did Big Green just get the natgas old-time religion?
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Brainwashed Kids Go Truant Today to Protest “Climate Change”

Tens of thousands of high school students in cities across the U.S. are skipping classes today to attend so-called Global Climate Strike marches. The brainwashed kids are “calling for immediate action to end climate change.” They will be part of a global joint protest, arranged by Big Green groups, purportedly aimed at adults who they say are ignoring the “destruction of the planet.” We suspect some of the kids will take advantage of the day off to go vape somewhere and maybe get a little nookie. Whoops! Did we say that with our out-loud mouth?
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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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Politicized NC Regulators Object to MVP Southgate Pipe Expansion

MVP Southgate map (click for larger version)

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is obviously populated with leftist climate warriors, hellbent on blocking any new fossil fuel projects in the state. Last November Equitrans (formerly EQT Midstream) filed an application to extend the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline that stretches from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA *another* 70+ miles south–into North Carolina–called the MVP Southgate project (see EQT Makes it Official, Files with FERC to Extend MVP into NC). NC DEQ is doing anything and everything it can to stop Southgate.
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Out-of-State, Paid Protesters Continue to Hassle MVP in WV, VA

What appears to be an organized, ongoing effort to stop legal construction activity for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) continues in both Virginia and West Virginia. Out-of-state (paid) protesters chain themselves to equipment and block roads in a “death by a thousand cuts” approach to prevent the completion of the 85% completed MVP project. Is it time to bring racketeering charges against the groups and people behind these activities? We think it is.
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