WVU Launches INFUSE Program to Help Other Countries with Shale Dev

WVU logoThe U.S. State Department and West Virginia University (WVU) want to give other countries interested in developing their own shale deposits a helping hand. The State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources has reached a cooperative agreement with WVU to create the International Forum on Unconventional Gas Sustainability and the Environment, or INFUSE, a unique technical program dedicated to increasing other countries’ understanding of best practices for unconventional gas resource development. INFUSE will use a mix of classroom and in-the-field activities. Here’s the lowdown on INFUSE…
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NYU, Cambridge U Reject Calls to Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks

NYUMDN has previously told you about the temper tantrum by radical environmentalists and the idiot kids they foment to try and get universities to divest from owning stock in fossil fuel companies. The very liberal Cornell University didn’t fall for it (see Cornell University Rejects Fossil Fuel Divestment Scam). But up the road, Syracuse University did fall for it, albeit they didn’t own all that much in the way of fossil fuel company stocks (see Syracuse U Divests from Fossil Fuels, NYU Says “Irresponsible”). Rich kids with no purpose in life other than to navel gaze and worry about the latest Taylor Swift video have found a new purpose: try to get the old farts in the board rooms at their school to divest from fossil fuel stocks. Not because it actually makes sense or would improve anything–but just to see if they can do it. Fortunately, 99% of colleges and universities have decided against divestment. The latest “we’re not divesting, you dopers” includes New York University and Cambridge University…
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Students in College Marcellus Program Unfazed by Sour Job Market

We’ve previously told you about the top notch program at Lackawanna College in northeastern Pennsylvania–their School of Petroleum and Natural Gas (see Lackawanna College Converts Branch Campus to Natural Gas Program). The program is unique, one of just handful nationwide that runs a two-year program that trains students to be technicians, able to operate sophisticated machinery and running compressor stations, for example. Cabot Oil & Gas has been a big promoter of the school (see Cabot Oil & Gas Does it Again – $2.5 Million Gift to Lackawanna College). We personally know a graduate of the program who now runs several compressor stations for Williams–one in Susquehanna County, PA and one in Broome County, NY. The school produces top notch graduates. But what about the recent downturn in the industry–with thousands of layoffs? Has that dampened the spirits of students attending and graduating from the program? Not on your life…
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U of California Carbon Crazies Fret over Burning NatGas

The carbon nutjobs at the University of California are on the horns of a dilemma. They want to be “carbon neutral” by 2025. They can get plenty of high cost electricity from solar and wind producers–no problem. But four of its 10 campuses and one of its five medical centers run on big cogeneration plants, which produce electricity and use the excess heat to supply campus heating and cooling. And the plants are powered by (gasp) natural gas. What is a carbon-allergic nutter to do? They can’t just shut down those facilities! Or can they? We don’t put it beyond these idiots to consider such a scenario–so deluded are they with global warming flummery. Of course they overlook an even bigger source of carbon production on their campuses–all of those vile, nasty humans running around exhaling carbon dioxide with every breath. If they eliminate the humans, they can then eliminate the power plants. Problem solved!…
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Pitt Brats “Demand” Endowment Divest from < 1% Fossil Investments

This is how retarded (yes, we’re using the “r” word) students are at the University of Pittsburgh. We use the “r” word because something has retarded or stunted their intellectual growth. They are substandard–stupid–dumb. How else can you explain why spoiled rotten brats attending Pitt are “demanding” that the university divest their endowment from fossil fuels? The Pitt endowment is $3.6 BILLION. How much of that is invested in dirty, filthy, evil fossil fuel companies? $26 million. That’s 0.007 of the fund (seven tenths of one percent) invested in fossil fuels. It’s a rounding error. Fossil fuel insanity is rampant on the campus of Pitt. Stay away or you may catch it too!…
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Cornell University Rejects Fossil Fuel Divestment Scam

Cornell University is home to some real loons–like Tony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth, who try to claim using natural gas is worse for the environment than burning coal (see New Cornell University Study Says Shale Gas Extraction Worse for Global Warming Than Coal). Their research has been debunked numerous times (see Howarth, Ingraffea Shale Gas Study on Global Warming Discredited by U.S. Department of Energy). But then there are some real scientists and professors at Cornell, like Lawrence M. Cathles, Larry Brown, and Andrew Hunter (see New Cornell Study Says Coal is Not Cleaner than Natural Gas). Over the years we’ve despaired that Cornell would ever pull its collective head out of its…asphalt. But then none other than the Cornell Board of Trustees does us proud. There has been a great deal of pressure from spoiled, rich, white kids to force the universities they attend to divest from fossil fuels. This is true for Cornell as well. The Cornell Board of Trustees has just voted NOT to divest their considerable endowment funds from companies that produce fossil fuels. Kudos to Cornell!…
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Free Online Resource: “Oil 101” – Good Overview of O&G Industry

EKT Interactive, an online training company, has previously published a free six-part series they call “Oil 101”–aimed at giving workers (and others) interested in the oil and gas industry a working knowledge of the industry. EKT will publish a new 10-part series in January. The curriculum is fast-paced and provides an overview of how things work, the special terminology for the industry (every industry has its own lingo), and an overall conceptual framework. How do all of these puzzle pieces fit together? Meanwhile, the six mini-courses they offer now that are part of Oil 101–which include sections on upstream, midstream and downstream–are available for free when you register on their website. We’ve done a quick scan and believe it’s a worthwhile resource–something you may want to check out (www.ektinteractive.com). Here’s the announcement about the free stuff they have now, and what they have planned for January…
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Take the EIA Energy IQ Quiz!

quizThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), our favorite government agency, is celebrating World Statistics Day by publishing a 20-question quiz about energy statistics. Let’s have a little fun! We’ve reproduced the quiz below. Give it a try and test your energy IQ. We didn’t keep score, but have to confess we got about as many wrong as we did right! Can you do better?…
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Obama Gives $2M Grant to OH to Retrain Coal Miners for Shale Jobs

money band aidThe Obama war on coal continues. So far Obama has put around a half million people working for coal companies in the unemployment line. His solution? If you live and/or have worked in coal mines in Ohio and are now out of work, Obama is giving the state a $2 million Band-Aid grant (of taxpayer’s money) for “retraining” so the out-of-work coal miners can go to work in the Marcellus/Utica shale gas fields. One small problem: the gas companies are laying people off too. In record numbers. Government at its finest: retrain someone out of work in one industry for jobs that don’t exist in another industry. Here’s the details on the retraining program coming to the Buckeye State for out-of-work coal miners…
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Captain Mercaptan to the Rescue! Super Hero Named After Foul Odor

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Captain Mercaptan to the rescue! This story is hilarious on many levels. We’re not making fun, well, maybe just a little. Do you know what mercaptan is? Natural gas (methane) as it comes out of the ground is colorless and oderless. If you breathe too much of it, you’ll die (suffocate) because it will cut out the oxygen you’re breathing. So natural gas utility companies, like Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), add a chemical called mercaptan to the gas that gives it that foul, disgusting, rotten eggs smell. Ask someone who lives close to a compressor station where mercaptan is present (and leaking) and they’ll tell you just how hideous the smell can get. So BGE teamed up with Marvel Comics, of Avengers fame, to introduce a new comic book hero: Captain Mercaptan (Mercaptan Mercaptain…echo for effect). Captain Mercaptan teaches little crumb crunchers to skedaddle when they smell him. Call 911. Tell an adult. Get out of the room. A life sized Captain Mercaptan (sans the smell) visited the fifth grade class at Hampden Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore yesterday…
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PA Gov Wolf Declares Severance Tax War on Shale in Budget Veto

vetoThe ideologically rigid, most-liberal governor in America (according to InsideGov), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, yesterday vetoed a stopgap spending budget passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, further damaging the people he pretends to want to help–little children in schools. Falling back on the same old lies and political pandering rhetoric, Wolf said he was vetoing the bill because it “sells out the people of Pennsylvania to oil and gas companies and Harrisburg special interests.” It’s now open war on the Marcellus industry by the Wolf administration. In his veto letter, Wolf doesn’t mention that his own special interests–primarily teachers’ unions–are the real reason he’s holding out for an obscenely high severance tax on Marcellus Shale production. Sometimes politicians like Wolf have conveniently leaky memories. Wolf is perfectly happy with driving the state right over an economic cliff if he doesn’t get his way on a severance tax, no matter who (i.e., children) get hurt…
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Gulfport Energy Makes $35K in Education Grants in 4 Ohio Counties

education grantsGulfport Energy recently announced they have awarded $35,000 in grants for 10 projects in four Ohio counties, including projects benefiting local citizens in Guernsey and Belmont counties (Utica Shale country). The grants in varying amounts were given to schools, labor unions and colleges–for educational programs. One of the grants, for $5,000, will be used to purchase Google Chromebooks for 150 middle school students. Google’s Chrome OS is the official operating system for MDN (we LOVE it). Nice to see Gulfport blessing local schools and organizations in the regions where they operate…
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Study Says Universities Divesting Fossil Fuel Stocks Lose Big $

loserA researcher with the California Institute of Technology has taken a close look at what would happen if five major universities–Harvard, Yale, MIT, Columbia and NYU–heeded the siren call of anti-fossil fuel nutters to divest their considerable endowments from holding any fossil fuel-related stocks. Just those five universities would lose a combined $200 million of value in their stock portfolios should they divest from fossil fuel stocks. Such efforts have been going on for some time. Not long ago Syracuse University divested all fossil fuel stocks, which will lead to losses in their endowment fund (see Syracuse U Divests from Fossil Fuels, NYU Says “Irresponsible”). The California Institute of Technology report, titled “The Divestment Penalty: Estimating the Costs of Fossil Fuel Divestment to Select University Endowments” (full copy below) is a cautionary research report to prevent mistakes like SU’s from being repeated…
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300 Ohio Boy Scouts Earn Oil & Gas Engineering Merit Badge

This goes under the “How cool is that?” department. More than 300 Boy Scouts, attending a special summer camp in Ohio, have earned their oil and gas engineering merit badge over the past three years. The latest batch of 100 have just completed earning their badges. Scouts learn about the key role engineering and science plays in the Ohio oil and gas industry. Scouts visit working oil and gas wells as part of the program and put their learning to use by building scale models of pipelines and drilling rigs. No doubt some of them, as a result of their experiences, will decide to go to work in the greatest industry on the planet…
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Pitt Law School Launches ‘Energy Law and Policy Institute’

A meaningful percentage of MDN’s paying subscribers are lawyers. Energy lawyers. Why? Just about everything involved with shale energy–from exploration to signing leases to drilling, pipelines, production and even selling the end product involves lawyers. Whether the energy industry is in a up-cycle or down-cycle, the one recession-proof area of the industry is the law. So it was no surprise to learn that the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law has just launched an Energy Law and Policy Institute. The institute “is a major priority of the School of Law and the University” according to the Pitt announcement. The purpose of the Institute? To “advance the training of law students to become leaders in providing legal services to the regional, national, and international energy sectors” by offering new courses, seminars, conferences and the like. Here’s the announcement…
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Join MDN at RBN Energy’s “Summer in the City” Event July 23 – NYC

join usMDN invites you to join us in attending RBN Energy’s “State of the Energy Markets” one-day event in New York City on July 23. Before you hurry to say “yes,” a few caveats. It costs money (a lot of it). It’s aimed at executives working in the industry, as well as traders and investors. If that describes you (and we know that many of you read MDN), you may be interested in attending. We guarantee it will be a great event. Rusty Braziel & company will provide an overview of the key issues facing natural gas, NGLs and the crude oil market. They will explain how the markets for those three commodities interact and affect each other. They will also take a look at prices, where they may be heading, and how infrastructure affects price. If you are really “into energy” as we are, this is a must attend event. Details are below, along with a link to register…
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