Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.
The natural gas industry has been everywhere during the Wuhan Corona Virus pandemic:
Due to COVID-19 response, our front line community partners have been stretched thin and in need of resources because so many of our neighbors need help during this unheralded time. Today, we are hoping to help those that need it the most launching the Range Resources Community Stimulus Package, which includes our senior population as well as our youth.
This financial assistance program will provide more than $100,000 to non-profits across our footprint, including Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas. We are pulling funding ahead for our community partners and providing additional resources to address their immediate and critical needs.
On top of the stimulus package, Range has already donated protective health supplies to the Washington Health System and computers to Bentworth School District for students to be able to participate in remote learning.
This pandemic has made it clear how essential our non-profits are, but more importantly, how fortunate we are to have them within our communities. We hope our commitment today can help provide better days in the future for our neighbors.
God Bless Range Resources!
And, there’s more:
UGI Energy Services, LLC (“UGIES”), a subsidiary of UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI), has announced a $40,000 donation to several food banks and has worked with the food banks to establish virtual food drives for UGI’s employees to make contributions to programs in areas where they live and where we operate…
This program is part of an initiative conducted by the family of companies that are part of UGI Corporation to provide support to the many communities we serve.Virtual food drives and donation programs have been established with Helping Harvest, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, the CEO/Weinberg Food Bank and Philabundance…
Stated Gene Brady, Executive Director of CEO/Weinberg Food Bank, “We are grateful for the support of UGI Energy Services! As a concerned corporate partner, they are doing their part to meet the critical and urgent food needs of our community.” Weinberg Food Bank serves Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.
UGIES’s donation will contribute $10,000 to Helping Harvest, $7,500 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, $7,500 to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, $5,000 to the CEO/Weinberg Food Bank and $5,000 to Philabundance.
God Bless UGI Energy Services!
Carbon Capture Project Also Captures Truth About Fossil Fuels
This is a video about a coal project in New Mexico that is doing carbon capture. I received it from a friend in New York who writes:
My friend Scott hosts this radio program in Farmington, NM, deep in the heart of the San Juan basin and productive shale oil and gas deposits. His guest yesterday was a former NYer who worked in renewables, and now is NM supporting…you guessed…responsible fossil fuel production. Like I said…things change.
There are two fascinating aspects to this video. The first is the common sense way the fellow from New York makes the case for firm dispatchable energy that can only come from fossil fuels or nuclear energy. The second is the explanation of the concept of carbon capture, which effectively turns fossil fuels such as natural gas into energy so clean it will make renewables even more irrelevant than they are today.
Love this story about the “greatest gas well ever struck in America,” which was in New York!
[F]or more than 100 years, energy creation and distribution has been a part of Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity, which rebranded last summer as OLV Charities.
It started when Father Nelson Baker had a hunch and drilled for natural gas at the campus. And found it.
David Kersten, CEO of OLV Charities, oversees the operation, which provides IT and HVAC services across the campus and about 120 other sites regionwide from Lewiston to Dunkirk…
The operation serves as a fundraising stream as well, creating revenue to support human services provided by sister agencies.
Kersten said Baker recognized the campus had needs it could provide for itself. He had heard about natural gas deposits in nearby Canada and secured funds from the diocese to hire a company to begin drilling in 1891.
“He had these huge buildings on the campus and needed to heat them, so he decided to drill for natural gas,” he said. “They drilled for six months, at great expense, and the bishop was wondering. But lo and behold, they struck natural gas.”
A chapter about Baker in the book, “Ministry in the Gilded Age” wrote that a local paper reported on the find: “Everyone is talking of the miracle well, which Father Baker calls the Victorian gas well. It appears to be the greatest gas well ever struck in America.”
The well fueled all buildings on the campus and led to the development of an energy plant behind Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.
Today, the gas well no longer yields enough to heat everything, but OLV Charities buys and distributes power and employs a team of licensed, trained engineers. The Facilities and Plant Engineering Department has a crew of 17 who provide HVAC preventative maintenance and repair programs, electrical repairs and installations and high pressure steam production for the Ridge Road campus.
The team works in three shifts, providing 24/7 coverage and emergency work when needed and servicing 4,400 annual work orders.
A Tankful of Gas Is Your Friend
Another contribution from our poet laureate, Aaron Price:
Hi, I’m a tankful of gas
And I can’t wait for you to use me up.
Your truck’s been parked
In the driveway too long.
And your wife’s car is pleading with
Her to get in and drive.
Her car’s getting bored, too,
Of a lack of things to do.
I know you’re being good
For a reason.
And I’m proud of you
For hanging in there,
Not going anywhere,
And doing what the
President told you to.
But you can’t let fear control you,
Or ruin your life,
Or this country’s economy.
I’ve got a lot of friends underground,
And we want to help you all
Get moving around.
Gas and oil workers in Texas and Oklahoma,
New Mexico and Pennsylvania,
Are still hard at work,
Bringing the fuel you’ll need
(And friends like me!)
Out of the earth.
And those workers would like you to understand
That they, like you, are under attack.
And we can’t let the enemy win!
Gas and oil will be here for you
When all this nonsense ends.
So take a deep breath,
I’ll hang around in your tank for awhile,
Because I guess it’s not yet time
To take a spin.
But, boy, I’ll smile and you’ll grin
When you start that engine up
And get back into life again.
Hooray for America!
And, our freedom to travel!
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