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Former DEP Secretary Michael Krancer Making Moves in the Utica Shale Play with “Silent Majority” Strategies

By John Trallo

Before former Republican Gov. Tom Corbett forced him to resign after he got caught “cooking-the-books” on water contamination lab reports, Michael Krancer was just another PA/State DEP gasshole shill for the fossil fuel industry. Now, he’s just another scumbag attorney for the oil & gas industry using his political connections to shill for the industry so he can continue to line his pockets at the expense of rural Pennsylvanians.

This is the wrong direction for sustainable energy in the 21st century.

Once a crooked scumbag, always a crooked scumbag.
As I said years ago, the Marcellus – under the specious guise of “energy independence” and a “cleaner fossil fuel source” was what they’re really after – crude oil.
The Marcellus was only the beginning of the end for rural Pennsylvania, the environment, and our way of life.

Beneath the Marcellus there’s the Utica, the Heron, the Devonian, the Point Pleasant, the Matada, the Tennessee, the Paleozoic, the Jurassic, Onondaga, and other shale layers, some as deep as 43,000 feet.

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It appears that former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer is making moves in the Utica Shale Play. 

Michael Krancer and Pennsylvania Republican political operative Keith Naughton are partners in the newly formed Silent Majority Strategies lobbying and is based out of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Mission Statement:
“Silent Majority Strategies works with the energy industry to provide the public with the facts regarding the benefits of intelligent energy policy and development. SMS also works to dispel misinformation by the opponents to sensible and environmentally responsible public policy. The principals at SMS are experts at public outreach and regulatory affairs. Our products include strategic message development and delivery, consultation on public testimony, strategy for permitting and for commenting on both state and federal.” 
The Pennsylvania Department of State’s lobbying disclosure database indicates that the firm’s registration was completed on December 5, 2016, and renewed on January 17, 2017.  The group’s sole principals at the moment are Terry Pegula owned JKLM Energy & JKLM Energy LLC, which were obtained on December 5, 2016, and April 26, 2017.
While most shale gas drillers with holdings in Potter County have been idle, JKLM Energy continues to move forward with an ambitious plan to deliver natural gas found deep underground in Utica Shale formations to the national pipeline network.
The company recently hosted county and local government leaders, representatives of conservation organizations and other guests for a guided bus tour of its Potter County shale gas drilling sites. JKLM is unique, in that all of its operations are in Potter County, where the company has about 120,000 acres under lease.
At the midpoint of 2017, JKLM officials report, the plan to drill approximately a dozen more wells this year is on course. Six of those have been drilled and three have been completed as of mid-June. That brings the company’s total activity in Potter County to 14 wells drilled, six completed, and four now producing gas.
By the end of the 2017, the company plans to drill seven more wells, complete 10, and put two more wells into sales.
Additionally, JKLM plans to commence several pipeline projects this fall. JKLM officials said they’re pleased with the volume of gas that is being found in the deep shale layers and the company expects to have a presence in the county for years to come.
For now, the company is concentrating its efforts on Sweden, Summit, Ulysses and Eulalia townships. Additional locations in Hector Township and other areas could be developed in the future.* puts the Utica Shale Play 3,000 to 7,000 feet below the Marcellus Shale and it contains natural gas, natural gas liquids, and crude oil.

Editor’s note: Lycoming County should be included on the map of PA counties with Utica Shale, but by all accounts so far, there appears to be no economically recoverable oil in the Utica in Lycoming County.

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