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Here's One Global Warming Study Nobody Wants You To See - Settled Science: A new study published in a peer-reviewed journal finds that climate models exaggerate the global warming from CO2 emissions by as much as 45%. If these findings hold true, it's huge news. No wonder the mainstream press is ignoring it. Given that environmentalists want the U.S., along with the rest of the world, to spend trillions of dollars trying to cut down on CO2 emissions — based entirely on doom-and-gloom climate model forecasts — these findings are profoundly important.

23, 2018 Bought and Paid For: Russian Oil Money Flows to US Anti-Fracking Protesters - The Connection Between Russia and 2 Green Groups Fighting Fracking in US New Yorkers who are missing out on the natural gas revolution could be victims of Russian spy operations that fund popular environmental groups, current and former U.S. government officials and experts on Russia worry.

Peer-Reviewed Anti-Fracking Study Retracted Due to Errors - A study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres was retracted in January after an “error in wind measurement” led the writers to overstate methane leakage rates.

Shale gas has saved Pa. consumers a bundle - Residential gas prices have fallen 40 percent in the state since 2007, compared with 34 percent nationwide. And the price of gas for Pennsylvania electric-power producers — the biggest buyers of natural gas — has fallen 79 percent over the decade, driving down electricity prices....

Does Fracking Really Pollute Drinking Water? - Here are two articles and a map. The connection between the three is that our local water provider, Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC) has 52 deep wells on its property surrounding Beaver Run Reservoir, the source of our drinking water.

EIA: Wyoming, Texas, and Pennsylvania Rank as The Top Net Energy Suppliers Among States - “EIA recently released State Energy Data System estimates for net energy supply, which provide data on each state’s total primary energy production and consumption. Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and North Dakota ranked as the top five net suppliers of energy in 2015."

GREENS’ INTENSIFY EFFORTS TO PERMANENTLY BAN FRACKING IN DELAWARE RIVER BASIN - The DRBC is the one place where three Democratic governors can band together and go on the offensive against Trump and the oil and gas industry.......

Fracking a safe route for energy production - Contrary to popular belief, this process has been used in the United States for nearly 70 years. It’s not a new technology; the practice has been tested and refined for decades. Another important point to remember is fracking falls under at least eight different federal regulations, not to mention state and local laws.

EIA: U.S. Refineries Are Running at Record-High Levels - Weekly U.S. refinery runs have exceeded 17 million b/d only 24 times since EIA began publishing the data series in 1990, and all of those instances have occurred since July 2015. Despite record-high inputs, refinery utilization did not reach a new record, because refinery capacity has increased in recent years.

Study Finds Fracking Doesn't Harm Drinking Water - Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released Monday. The new study’s conclusions on drinking water are in line with multiple other studies of hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking.

Oil and Gas Update for Week Ending 6/16/2017 - PAPUC Issues Annual Report on Natural Gas Impact Fees - In Appalachia, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued its annual report demonstrating that the state collected more than $173 million from impact fees from natural gas producers,

We’re [still] number one! We’re [still] number one!” - According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “The United States remained the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2016 for the fifth straight year....

Anti-Fracking Elitists: Rural America Should Remain Economically Stagnant - Rural communities are better off with economic stagnation, unemployment and abject poverty rather than the ‘harms’ of abundant jobs and a vibrant economy.

Study found no evidence of groundwater contamination due to hydraulic fracturing. - A recent study of hydraulic fracturing published in Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta found no evidence of groundwater contamination,

Pipelines


Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion: D.C. Court of Appeals Reviews FERC's Approval - The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“Commission”) approval of a pipeline expansion project (the “Leidy Project”) by Transco (the “Company”) in a May 23rd decision. See Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC, 2017 WL 2231097. The Petitioners, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s (“Riverkeeper”) objection to the Commission’s decision involved the: Natural Gas Act (“NGA”), Clean Water Act (“CWA”), and National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report - Virginia Democrats introduce Senate bill - require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to solicit more input from local communities on proposed pipeline projects. The bill would require FERC to hold a public comment meeting in every jurisdiction directly affected by a proposed pipeline, as well as hold meetings during different stages of the permitting process.

Air Source Aggregation: Compression Station and Natural Gas Wells are Not A Single Source in Pennsyl - A Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court held that air emissions from a natural gas gathering system compression station and a natural gas well pad served by that gathering system could not be aggregated for purposes of air emissions permitting because they were owned by different corporations, albeit corporate affiliates

Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Tells Third Circuit, “Don’t Tread on Me” - The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.....held that it has jurisdiction to review actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PADEP”) involving interstate natural gas pipelines, despite a 2013 decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania that held precisely the opposite.

Gas benefits highlighted at forum - The demand for natural gas across the country is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next decade and by even more in Pennsylvania, said Carl Marrara, vice president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. He said improved infrastructure is needed to move Marcellus Shale gas to manufacturers, but government officials have been holding up the growth.

Governor Wolf Announces $20.7 Million in Approved Funding for Seven Business Development Projects, S - $442,274 grant to Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC, for the extension of a gas line to serve the Borough of Montrose and Township of Bridgewater. The project, with a total estimated cost of $884,548, is anticipated to create 100 jobs and retain 80 jobs.

Delaware Riverkeeper Earning Title As the Biggest Loser - There are few organizations more litigious or nasty than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It’s earning a reputation as the “biggest loser” with the Federal Courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit slapped down THE Delaware Riverkeeper in yet another crushing defeat for the virulent anti-fossil fuel organization (and mouthpiece for the William Penn Foundation, its main funder). Even though Williams’ Transco Leidy Southeast expansion project went online some 18 months ago, Riverkeeper sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) some 14 months ago over its approval of the project.

Sunoco’s Eminent Domain Rights for Mariner East 2 - The court determined that Sunoco provides a public benefit and that its pipeline is a necessary accommodation within the public’s interest. Further, because the pipeline will provide both an intrastate and interstate service, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over that portion of the pipeline to be used for intrastate commerce.

Property Rights


New Property Owners Rights Formed - A new landowner group, UDRBC, has been formed to fight back against the DRBC and anyone else threatening the rights of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens.

DRBC Power Grab Challenged at 3rd Circuit - The Delaware River Basin Commission has made a bid for control over every aspect of life in the watershed. This DRBC power grab is not going down without a fight, though, and it’s coming from aggrieved landowners who know exactly what is at stake.

Water Quality


THE DELAWARE RIVER REVIVAL: FOUR CENTURIES OF HISTORIC WATER QUALITY CHANGE - Since Henry Hudson sailed to the bay 400 years ago in August 1609, water quality in the Delaware River has changed from pristine, to polluted, to partly recovered. Water pollution was so noticeable by 1769 that a visiting Englishman named Isaac Weld was moved to comment on the “mess” in the Delaware River at Philadelphia. Due to pollution in the river after the American Revolution, Ben Franklin left money in his will to build a drink- ing water supply system in America’s largest city.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Not Currently Affecting Drinking Water Quality - A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. These production areas include the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations, which are some of the largest sources of natural gas in the country and have trillions of cubic feet of gas.

Waters of the U.S./Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Corps of Engineers Federal - The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Corps of Engineers published a July 27th Federal Register Notice proposing to rescind the 2015 revisions to the Clean Water Act definition of “waters of the United States.” See 82 Fed. Reg. 34899. PDF for Federal Register: http://www.mitchellwilliamslaw.com/webfiles/Fed%20Reg%2034899.pdf

Filtration Decision Near For NYC's Drinking Water Supply -

Trump Administration Releases Highly Anticipated Proposal to Rescind WOTUS Rule - The 2015 Rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides (31 states and 53 non-state parties, including eNGOs, local and municipal entities, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups). The parties raised numerous substantive and procedural concerns with the Rule, including claims that the Rule allows the Agencies to assert jurisdiction beyond what the CWA allows, imposes burdensome regulatory uncertainty, was not promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act and other procedural requirements, and is otherwise unlawful

Study Finds Fracking Doesn’t Harm Drinking Water - Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released Monday. The new study’s conclusions on drinking water are in line with multiple other studies of hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking.

Delaware River Basin - Most Recent Hydrologic Conditions Report - June 13, 2017 -

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