Daily Archives: April 12, 2017

SC Issues Water Permits for Transco to Charleston Pipeline Project

In March 2016, Dominion filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a 55-mile pipeline project called the Transco to Charleston Project (see Dominion Files Application to Move Marcellus Gas to Charleston, SC). As the name implies, it will be a short pipeline to connect the Transco pipeline, which is in…

Dominion Cove Point to Begin LNG Exports to India in Jan 2018

Since early 2013 all of the LNG export capacity at the coming Cove Point LNG facility (on the shore of Maryland) has been spoken for–by India and Japan (see Dominion’s Cove Point LNG Facility Achieves Important Milestones). Cove Point is scheduled to go online late this year, with shipments heading to India beginning in January…

Battle Lines Drawn in PA to Prevent Nuke Energy Special Treatment

As MDN pointed out in a post on Monday, the uncompetitive nuclear power generating industry is trying to protect its business by asking for special protections and a “bailout” from ratepayers in state after state (see Expensive Nuke Plants in OH, PA Launch Attack on Cheaper NatGas). Such a strategy has worked in corrupt states…

Sierra Club Sues NJ to Stop 22-Mile Pipeline Thru Scrub Pines

In January 2014 MDN brought you the story that due to incessant nagging from the NJ Sierra Club and the NJ League of [Liberal Democrat] Women Voters the Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, nixed a plan for a new natural gas pipeline to bring cheap, clean, abundant Marcellus…

The Folly of Betting the Company on Fugitive Methane Regulations

Excuse us if we don’t shed any tears for companies dumb enough to found, base or refocus their entire strategy on the shifting sands foundation of ever-changing federal regulations–like the idiotic, hyper-restrictive regulations that every last molecule of methane must be sniffed out and stopped before it “escapes” (like a fugitive) into the atmosphere. Basing…

Pipeline Industry Walks Tightrope re Made in America Pipes

Soon after President Trump was inaugurated, some of the first Executive Orders he signed dealt with the Dakota Access Pipeline (now completed, thank God), and the Keystone XL Pipeline. Trump also signed a “Presidential Memorandum”–similar to, but not the same as, an Executive Order. On Jan. 24, President Trump signed the “Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction…

Marcellus Industry Injected $9B+ in Pittsburgh Region in 2016

The Pittsburgh, PA region has been truly blessed by the Marcellus Shale industry. Largely because of the Marcellus, last year (2016) saw the biggest year ever for capital investment in the 10-county Pittsburgh region–a mind-blowing $10.2 billion of investment! It is the highest capital investment in a single year ever. Now mind you, not all…

Federal-State Showdown Coming in NY re DEC’s Pipeline Bans

We’ve now written two posts addressing the jaw-dropping audacity of the corrupt New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation in their refusal to grant water crossing permits to a second major pipeline project (see Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks NFG Northern Access Pipeline Permit and NFG Calls Cuomo DEC Denial of Northern Access Pipe “Troubling”). The…

10 Finalists Chosen for 2017 Marcellus Shale Gas Innovation Award

Each year the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (SGICC) conducts a contest to locate companies with the best shale energy-oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched. The Shale Gas Innovation Contest awards a $20,000 prize to three companies–$60,000 purse. Ten finalists…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Apr 12, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Dominion begins $2.65M pipe replacement in Massillon, OH; Ohio DNR continues to investigate low-level earthquake, link to fracking; PA DEP fines Delco refinery for air pollution violations; Cabot O&G – oil is secondary; antis try to shut…

Jefferson County Natural Gas Production Grows by 587 Percent

EID recently reported being pleasantly surprised to see a Jefferson County well top the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s (ODNR) list of the Buckeye State’s top producing natural gas wells for the fourth quarter of 2016. This recent news prompted us to take a closer look at the county’s Utica Shale production and ad valorem…

Fractivist Journalism and Its Proficiency with Fake News

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc. … …   Fractivist journalism is one gigantic exercise in fake news – fake fracking news that is – as a story on a University of Guelph methane study illustrates. Fake news seems to be enjoying quite a run these days, but there are no better examples than those…

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