FACT CHECK: Will Blocking Pipelines Reduce Demand For Natural Gas?

CLAIM

In a column in the New York Times, journalist Will Harlan claims that blocking pipelines from crossing the Appalachian Trail – an issue before the U.S. Supreme Court – would reduce demand for natural gas, leading instead to major investments in renewable energy:

The potential implications of this case are enormous. If pipelines cannot cross the Appalachian Trail, energy companies will have to reroute or cancel them completely, perhaps opening the door for more large-scale investments in renewables. A ruling for the trail could set off a shift away from natural gas to renewable energy.

RATING:

False

FACT

Pipeline Protesters Paralyze Canadian Rail Lines

Pipeline protesters in Canada have shut down much of the nation’s rail system, blocking passenger train service between the country’s biggest cities and preventing food, oil, gas, lumber and other drivers of the Canadian economy from getting delivered.

The protests, which are centered on a $6.6 billion natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, entered their 13th day Tuesday, a day after Canadian Prime Minister vowed to find a “quick and peaceful resolution” to the protests.

It may be too late for the quick part. As the CBC notes, protesters began holding up rail traffic east of Toronto on …

Two Questions for Senator Sanders

Washington Post opinion writer Charles Lane poses 14 questions for Democratic presidential frontrunner and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – two of which are particularly relevant to the future of American energy:

4. You seek to end all oil and gas fracking by 2025, abolishing an industry that directly or indirectly employs tens of thousands of people at often good-paying blue-collar jobs in states such as Colorado, Ohio, New Mexico, North Dakota and Texas. There are 80,000 fracking-related jobs just in Pennsylvania, which President Trump carried by 44,292 votes in 2016.

If these working-class Americans asked for a detailed plan

U.S. Energy Success Emphasized During State of the Union

In recent years, the United States has made significant progress when it comes to energy production and exports, Remarkably, this past September the U.S. made history when it exported more petroleum products than it imported for the first time since EIA records began in 1949. Earlier this week, President Trump spoke about oil and natural gas during the State of the Union and stated:

“Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far. With the tremendous progress we have made over

Natural Gas Benefits Everyone – Including Anti-Fracking Candidate Elizabeth Warren

GAIN has previously pointed out the significant economic and environmental benefits of natural gas. Increased use of natural gas has played a key role in lowering U.S. carbon emissions from the power sector. Natural gas is cleaner-burning than coal, and is domestically available in shale formations from the Permian in Texas to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania.  The natural gas and oil industry supports more than 10 million jobs each year. Furthermore, oil and gas leases alone generated $1.1 billion of revenue for states in 2018. The benefits go on and on.

Natural gas also provides royalties to mineral owners.

While …

As Nation Achieves Energy Independence, Sen. Sanders Proposes Banning Fracking, Exporting Oil

Senator Bernie Sanders – seeking the Democratic nomination for president – in recent days has introduced legislation that would ban fracking and has reportedly drafted an executive order to ban oil exports when he becomes president.

As we have noted previously, such proposals are short-sighted to American economic and geopolitical security. Energy exports are major job drivers at home, bolster the global energy market, and protect national security, especially in light of unrest and unpredictability in the Middle East.

Just as a Democrat has cautioned Senator Sanders not to oppose a pipeline in Minnesota, they are warning him about …

FACT CHECK: Would a Fracking Ban Hurt Democrats in Pennsylvania?

CLAIM: The New York Times recently reported two Pennsylvania Democrats, John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, and Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, agree “a pledge to ban all hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, could jeopardize any presidential candidate’s chances of winning this most critical of battleground states — and thus the presidency itself. So as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren woo young environmental voters with a national fracking ban, these two Democrats are uneasy.”

Is the concern from Fetterman and Peduto warranted? Would a fracking ban have significant economic impact on the state of Pennsylvania – potentially …

FACT CHECK: Activists Committed to Blocking Texas LNG Projects, Claim FERC Did Not Fully Consider Impact

CLAIM: After federal regulators declined to reconsider permits allowing three major natural gas projects to go forward in Texas at the Port of Brownsville, environmental activists say they plan to file a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Opponents argue that FERC commissioners did not take the combined pollution, noise and other impacts of the projects on neighboring communities and endangered species such as the ocelot, jaguarundi and aplomado falcon.

“These projects would disproportionately impact our already-marginalized Latino community, subject us to increased air pollution, and threaten our local tourism economy,” Sierra Club Brownsville organizer Rebekah Hinojosa said

FACT CHECK: Is the DAPL Optimization Bad For Illinois?

CLAIM: A column in Crain’s Chicago by the president of Save Our Illinois Land objects to a proposal to increase the capacity of oil that can be transported through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The objections center on two primary claims:

  • The pipeline is inherently unsafe and jeopardizes Illinois residents; and
  • The pipeline provides little to no benefit for Illinois as oil is shipped from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast.

RATING:

False

FACT CHECK:

First, the safety issue. The writer cites a 1999 accident at a pipeline in Washington state as proof that pipelines are unsafe. This neglects to acknowledge …

FACT CHECK: Do NEPA Changes “Roll Back” Environmental Protections?

CLAIM: Critics of President Trump’s announced updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) said his action is stripping away environmental regulations.

The New York Times, for example, called it a “roll back” of environmental protections:

President Trump on Thursday capped a three-year drive to roll back clean air and water protections by proposing stark changes to the nation’s oldest and most established environmental law that could exempt major infrastructure projects from environmental review.

Reps. Diana DeGette and Francis Rooney  urged lawmakers to oppose the changes:

“We invite you to join us in expressing our strong opposition to