PA AG Colludes with Big Green to Double Down re Anti-Fracking

Pennsylvania’s hard-left Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, is doubling down on the fraudulent so-called grand jury report that bashes the state’s Marcellus Shale industry. Yesterday afternoon Shapiro spoke on a webinar sponsored by leftist fringe group PennEnvironment. Shapiro once again lied about fracking chemical transparency and threatened he will indict more shale companies. Shapiro is off the reservation and out of control.
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Biden Speaks from Both Sides of Mouth on Fracking to Buy Votes

Joe Biden is not only corrupt and senile, he’s now trying the same old ruse politicians always pull when trying to get elected: He’s outright lying in order to buy votes. All through the primary Biden has promised to kill off fracking and eliminate the use of oil and natural gas in the United States. Those are his words (see Biden Promises to End All U.S. Oil Drilling, Fracking in CNN Debate). It’s crazy. It’s the utterings of a lunatic. But that’s what the irrational left demands from its candidate. And yet in an interview with a northeastern PA TV station last week, Biden said: “Fracking is not going to be on the chopping block.” If you believe that, we have a great deal on a bridge we’d like to sell ya…
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WVU Launches Water Quality Portal to Gauge Impact of Shale Wells

West Virginia University (WVU) has created a new “water quality impact portal” website that allows people to investigate water quality in shale gas regions of West Virginia. The portal contains data for more than 1.3 million surface and groundwater samples from 14 counties where most Marcellus Shale gas development has occurred. The data comes from federal and state agencies.
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So-Called “Study” Links PA Fracking to Birth Defect in Horses

A new so-called “study” published in the journal Science of The Total Environment claims it has uncovered a link between fracking chemicals in farm water and a rare birth defect in horses. The researchers say this study “could” serve as a warning about fracking and human infant health. Is this it? Were we wrong for the past 11 years about the safety of fracking? Is this THE END?
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More Frack Crews Now Active in the Marcellus than the Permian!

This has to be a first in the modern shale era. There are now more active fracking crews working in the Marcellus Shale than in any other shale play, including the oily Permian. There are 450 fracking fleets available in the U.S., but only 70 of them are active right now. The Marcellus is using 31% of those active fleets, while the Permian is using 30%. We never thought we’d live to see the day!
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Massive Hike in PA Shale Permit Fees Coming at June 3 Meeting

In Ohio, it costs drillers $5,500 to file for and receive a permit to drill a new shale well. In West Virginia, the cost is $10,150. In Pennsylvania, it currently costs drillers $5,000 for a new shale well permit. Following an upcoming meeting by the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission on June 3, PA’s permit fee will zoom to the top of the M-U list: $12,500 (2 1/2 times the previous fee).
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Big Green Scared – NRDC Tries to Horn in on DRBC Fracking Lawsuit

In May 2016, a landowner in Wayne County, PA filed a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) asking a judge to declare that the DRBC does not have jurisdiction to prevent the construction of a natural gas well (see Wayne County, PA Landowner Sues DRBC Over Fracking Ban). The case bounced around various courts and is now back in federal court in Scranton, PA where a judge will decide whether shale drilling is a “project” under regulations that govern the DRBC. Anti-fossil fuel haters at the National Resources Defense Council (aka Rockefeller family) are terrified the judge is about to rule against the DRBC (and them), and so has filed a friend of the court brief to try and snow (or intimidate) the judge.
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New York’s Frack Ban Cuts Off 12M Acres of the Marcellus Shale

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Earlier this month in New York State while no one was paying attention, distracted with literal life and death issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, the uber-corrupt and sleazy Andrew Cuomo slipped in a permanent ban on fracking into the annual state budget bill, which is now the law of our fallen (and sick) land (see Cuomo PERMANENTLY Bans NY Fracking in Now-Adopted Budget). New York has 12 million acres under which the Marcellus/Utica Shale lies, yet accessing it is now banned. NY produces 1% of the natural gas it uses each year. The rest is imported.
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PA DEP Revising Regs for Recycled Wastewater Use in Fracking

The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a notice in Saturday’s Pennsylvania Bulletin that the agency is proposing changes to the Residual Waste General Permit WMGR123, which governs the processing, transfer and beneficial use of oil and gas liquid waste to develop or frack an oil and gas well. Some of the changes include defining certain terms, including “processing,” “transfer,” and “storage”; changing the application from a registration to a determination of applicability; revising sampling and analysis requirements; and revising the frequency of inspections.
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CNX CEO Nick DeIuliis Takes Aim at Joe Biden in National Column

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It’s an awesome thing to see the CEO of a major shale natural gas company stand up to the insanity that is the Democrat Party in the U.S. today. It’s gutsy. Business leaders often have strong political opinions, but they almost never share them out of fear for their own jobs–afraid of offending pimple-faced hedge fund investors who dot the financial landscape today. Not CNX Resources CEO Nick DeIuliis. He’s fearless and we wish we had a hundred more like him! Nick, who is mild-mannered and does not like the spotlight, is stepping up to push back against those who would ban fracking–including presidential candidate Joe Biden. Nick recently published a national column in The Hill, a must-read inside the swamp of Washington, DC., calling out Biden for his horrible positions on fracking and oil/gas energy.
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Frac Spreads – What They Are and What They Portend for 2020

While the drilling rig count is an important signal for the future of oil (and gas) production, drilling a hole in the ground is only half of the process (and only one-third of the cost). After the hole is drilled comes “completions”–fracking and other work to get the hole producing and connected to a pipeline. Fracking is done by a collection of equipment–things like high-pressure pumps. It’s known in the industry as a “frac spread” (or a “frac fleet”). Counting the number of frac spreads is a better indicator of how much oil will come online than counting active rigs. What does the frac spread count show right now? How quickly will U.S. oil production decrease?
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What a National Ban on Fracking Would Mean in Real Numbers

We’re not anywhere close to being “through” the worst of the coronavirus siege. Yet the environmental left in this country is opportunistically using the virus to push for the end of oil AND natural gas use. It’s mindblowing how stupid they really are. They are blinded by their own wacko non-God environmental religion. As we begin to exit from the virus crisis, attention will once again return to the race for the U.S. presidency and to calls from a majority of the Democrat Party to slap a nationwide ban on fracking. What would that *really* mean, in dollars and cents and jobs? We have some numbers for you to mull over.
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Time for Upstate New Yorkers to Sue, Overturn Permanent Frack Ban

Although it seems counterintuitive to say this, maybe NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his legion of radicalized Democrats have done New York landowners a favor with a permanent ban on fracking, passed as part of the most recent state budget (see Cuomo PERMANENTLY Bans NY Fracking in Now-Adopted Budget). How so? They have overplayed their hand by passing a permanent ban. It gives Upstate New Yorkers a VERY strong case against NY in court, to argue that the state has engaged in a “taking” of our private property rights without just compensation as provided for under the U.S. Constitution. So says our good friend Tom Shepstone…
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Cuomo PERMANENTLY Bans NY Fracking in Now-Adopted Budget

While no one was paying attention, distracted with literal life and death issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, the uber-corrupt and sleazy Andrew Cuomo (worst governor EVER) slipped in a permanent ban on fracking into the annual state budget bill which is now the law of our fallen (and sick) land. This is truly a sad day for those of us who live in New York State. We seriously doubt there will ever be a Republican legislature and governor in NY to reverse the horrific damage now done to our civil liberties. Freedom died yesterday in New York State. We now live behind enemy lines.
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Biden Promises to End All U.S. Oil Drilling, Fracking in CNN Debate

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Presidential candidate sleepy/creepy Uncle Joe Biden has gone as hard/radical left as Communist candidate crazy Bernie Sanders. In a debate between the two dinosaurs (both older than Donald Trump!) on CNN on Sunday, Biden came out hard against oil drilling–both onshore and offshore. He says if he’s elected as president, he’ll outright ban it. He also muttered “no new fracking.” In all seriousness, one has to ask the question if this was one of Joe’s lucid or not-so-lucid moments. Biden displays signs of senility (we’re not joking). Biden is 77 years old. Bernie is 78. Trump is the youngster at 73. Just in case you thought Biden was somehow a “moderate” who wouldn’t really decimate the shale industry, think again. He’s as bad, or worse than the rest.
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