PA Gov. Wolf Supports “Full” Fracking Ban in Delaware River Basin

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, arguably PA’s worst governor in a generation, has just thrown in his lot with uber-leftists Andrew Cuomo (governor of NY), Phil Murphy (governor of NJ), and John Carney (governor of DE) to support a total, permanent ban on fracking *and a ban on any drilling-related activities* in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). Put another way, Wolf has just turned his back on thousands of PA citizens living in the Wayne and Pike counties (in PA) who could be, right now, benefiting from Marcellus Shale drilling.
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PA Legislators Float Bill to Attract Cracker-Sized Projects to NEPA

Yesterday two northeast Pennsylvania legislators–state Representative Aaron Kaufer (Republican) and state Senator John Yudichak (Democrat)–hosted a rally to promote proposed new bipartisan legislation aimed at luring a “world-class” petrochemical manufacturing plant to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. A big plant, on the order of the Shell cracker plant in southwestern PA. But no, not an ethane cracker. The kind of plant the two legislators want to attract in northeastern PA would leverage the huge volume of locally extracted Marcellus dry gas (i.e. methane).
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Energy Transfer Donates $450K to PA Special Olympics – Media Silent

Here’s a cool story: Energy Transfer, the company building the Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania, has just committed to funding the Pennsylvania Special Olympics to the tune of $450,000 over the next three years. MDN editor Jim Willis’ wife works with special needs kids, so he has a soft spot for programs like Special Olympics. Jim thought: “Hey, this is a good news story. Surely someone in the media will have picked up the Special Olympics press release by now and published an article about this, right?” Nope. Total media blackout. We couldn’t find a single news outlet that has covered this news, now four days old.
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Legislation Requiring PA Get 100% Electric from Renewables DOA

A radical Pennsylvania environmental group called PennEnvironment is pushing a media narrative that a “collection of 88 Republican and Democratic Pennsylvania state legislators” have joined together to introduce and endorse a truly insane plan that would require all (as in 100%) of electricity generated in the Keystone State to come from so-called renewables by 2050–just 30 years from now. It will NEVER happen, but that’s beside the point. Our point is that one named Republican is part of this “bipartisan collection” of 88 leftists. The lone Republican is PA State Sen. Tom Killion from the Philadelphia area.
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PA Senate Committee Votes to Reconfirm DEP Sec. Pat McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell, DEP Sec.

Yesterday the Pennsylvania State Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing on the reconfirmation of Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Pat McDonnell. After the hearing the members of the committee voted 8 to 2 to recommend reconfirming McDonnell. During the hearing there were some fireworks between committee chairman Sen. Gene Yaw and committee member Andy “Tony Soprano” Dinniman.
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Welded Constr. Sues Williams for $71M re Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

Welded Construction, the main contractor that built Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project in Pennsylvania, is suing Williams for $71 million, claiming there were cost overruns that Williams never properly compensated the company for. This is a messy situation that we’ve written about before. Welded suing Williams is a new wrinkle in a saga that began last October (see Williams Withholds Payment Forcing Pipeline Builder into Bankruptcy).
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Full PA House Votes to Restore Sanity to Enviro Regulations

Two weeks ago MDN told you the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a series of five bills that restore some sanity in how environmental regulations are made and paid for in the Keystone State (see PA House Committee Votes to Restore Sanity to Enviro Regulations). The bills begin, in a small way, to take back control of our system of creating laws, returning authority for making laws to the PA legislature, instead of creating and forcing laws on citizens by unelected, nameless, faceless, swamp-dwelling bureaucrats in regulatory agencies–like the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Good news: The full House has passed four of the five bills.
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PA DEP Secretary Reconfirmation Hearing Scheduled for May 8

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary Pat McDonnell will get his day in court, or rather, his day in a reconfirmation hearing–on May 8. We previously wrote about the delay of McDonnell’s reconfirmation hearing (see Philly Gang of Five Win Delay of PA DEP Secretary Reconfirmation). Although there is a small band of leftists from Philly opposed to McDonnell because of his approval of the Mariner East pipeline projects, the delay in his reconfirmation hearing was not because of that.
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PA Republicans Launch “Energize PA” to Counter Wolf’s “Restore PA”

For months Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has been traveling around the Keystone State pretending he’s Santa Claus, pushing a plan he calls Restore PA–a plan that will get rid of lead paint in schools, fix flooding, repair old roads, give rural residents internet access, and just about any other goody you can think of. The catch? The PA legislature must pass a Marcellus-killing severance tax to pay for it. Republicans from western PA called his bluff, offering an alternative way to fund it (see PA Senators Steal Wolf’s Thunder, Propose Drilling to Fund Goodies). But no. The $4.5 billion Wolf wants MUST come from Marcellus drillers’ pockets. That’s the only “good” way to fund all his goodies.
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US Supremes Reject Dela. Riverkeeper Lawsuit re Atlantic Sunrise

THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, along with a couple of radicals from Lancaster County flying under the name Lancaster Against Pipelines (the Clatterbucks), hoped they could convince the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case that a series of lower courts dismissed–a case that would shut down the now-operating Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline (see Riverkeeper Appeals Atlantic Sunrise Lawsuit to US Supreme Court). Miss Maya and the Clatterbucks have stuck out. On Monday, the Supremes told them they don’t have a case.
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Philly Gang of Five Win Delay of PA DEP Secretary Reconfirmation

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (Republican from Lycoming County), who serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee, has caved to pressure from five Philadelphia-area Senators (four Democrats, one RINO), to delay a hearing on reconfirming Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The Gang of Five are trying to bully McDonnell into blocking the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project by threatening him with unending investigations, and by threatening his very job. Nice folks.

UPDATE: Sen. Yaw did not cave to pressure from the Gang of Five. Something else has delayed McDonnell’s reconfirmation. See our update below.
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PA Gov. Wolf, Dem Legislators Release Even Worse “Climate” Plan

PA Gov. Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf will go down as the worst governor in Pennsylvania history. Yesterday the Democrat, along with a number of Senate and House Democrats (and a few Philadelphia RINOs, just so they can claim “bipartisanship”), announced updated changes to the state’s so-called “climate” plan (full copy below), changes that will doom the state economically.
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Anti-Gas Witch Hunt of Gov. Wolf Aide Ends – No Ethics Violations

Yesenia Bane

In 2017, a radical Big Green supporter from the Philly area by the name of Caroline Hughes filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission against Yesenia Bane, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (see Antis Target PA Gov Wolf Aide as Payback, Husband Works for EQT). Bane’s crime? Her husband worked was a lobbyist with shale firm clients (later going to work for EQT), and Bane herself (with abundant knowledge of the industry) was tasked by Wolf to attending industry-sponsored events as his liaison.
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Gang of Five PA Senators Pull Out the Long Knives for DEP Sec.

A group of four Democrat Pennsylvania State Senators and one RINO, all from the Philadelphia region, have requested the Senate committee that will hold a hearing on reconfirming state Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell to a second term, be put on hold. The gang of five are fighting the completion of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project and believe McDonnell improperly approved and has covered up problems with the project. Don’t you love it when Dems turn on their own?
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Shale Wastewater Pipelines in PA – The Next Big Thing?

Are underground shale wastewater pipelines the “next big thing” for the Pennsylvania midstream (i.e. pipeline) industry? According to Thomas Karam, CEO of Equitrans Midstream Corp. (formerly EQT Midstream), they just may be. Most of Equitrans’ pipeline business is flowing natural gas. A little bit of their business is dedicated to flowing wastewater. Karam wants to grow that little bit into a much bigger bit.
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