RINOsaurs Enlist Help from Big Oil to Push Insane Carbon Tax

A group of creaking, tottering old RINO (Republican in Name Only) dinosaurs (i.e. RINOsaurs) left the golf course long enough to lobby President Trump on the insane idea of a so-called “carbon tax” back in February (see RINOsaurs Lobby Trump to Enact Socialist “Carbon Tax”). Two of them were from the Ronald Reagan Administration–George Shultz…

Mountain Valley Pipeline receives environmental impact statement

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received its final environmental review ahead of a vote on the 304-mile project carrying Marcellus Shale natural gas through West Virginia and Virginia. The environmental assessment was released Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which regulates interstate pipeline construction. The pipeline, which will have the capacity of 2…

Trump DOE Investing $18M to Figure Out How to Frack Better

The Trump Dept. of Energy (DOE) wants to make better frackers. What does being a “better” fracker mean, and how is the DOE further that cause? The DOE is doling out $20 million, of which $18 million will be used on research to “address critical gaps in the understanding of reservoir behavior and optimal completion,…

PennEnergy: Core of Marcellus Extends Under & North of Pittsburgh

Green and Washington counties, south of Pittsburgh (Allegheny County), have long been considered the “core” of Marcellus Shale play in southwestern PA. The wells there get GREAT results–a mix of dry and wet gas (wet gas being natural gas liquids, like ethane, propane and butane). But one company, PennEnergy Resources, says the data shows that…

NOAA, Natl Labs Say 100% Renewables Not Possible by 2050

Anti-frackers like Josh Fox (maker of the propaganda film Gasland) have long relied on a single, flawed research “study” that purported to make the case that the entire country could, if it wanted to, switch over to using 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. The study, titled “100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight…

EXCO Issues 2.7M Shares of New Stock in Lieu of Paying $23M

EXCO Resources was once a sizable player in the Marcellus. They still have 145,000 net acres in the Marcellus, with 124 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and in production. However, EXCO, as we pointed out a year ago, has abandoned the Marcellus at this point (see EXCO: No Marcellus Drilling in 2015/2016, NYSE Threatens Delisting). The…

Radical Enviros Now the Tail Wagging the PA DCNR Dog re Funding

As they so often do, radical environmentalists are creating chaos and confusion–this time in Pennsylvania. As MDN reported, earlier this week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of Appeals, in a sharply divided 3-2 decision, sided with a virulent anti-drilling group, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation, against the state in saying that any revenue generated from leasing…

Mountain Valley Pipeline Final Enviro Impact Statement Due Today

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is a $3.5 billion, 303-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. The project, which filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in October 2015, is being built by EQT, NextEra Energy and several other partners. The project…

Power Thirsty River Basin Commissions Out of Control

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  River basin commissions created by compacts to coordinate water resource planning have become greedy bureaucratic empires thirsty for ever more control. There is battle for sovereignty going on this country between states and river basin commissions they created long ago to jointly develop water resources. It’s like a…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Ohio anti-fracking ‘digital disruption powerhour’ a huge disappointment; FirstEnergy executive vice president James H. Lash to retire; EQT/Rice merger could make more office space available at Southpointe; Environmentalists bring PA closer to financial ruin; U.S. Secretary of…

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