Daily Archives: April 18, 2017

M-U’s Next Mega Project: $10B Appalachian Storage Hub

In May 2016, MDN brought you the news that a researcher at West Virginia University believes an natural gas liquids (NGL) storage hub is what the Marcellus/Utica region really needs (see WVU Researcher Says Marcellus/Utica Needs an Ethane Storage Hub). According to Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, without ethane storage (and pipelines) the…

EIA Drilling Report: New Production Highs Again Coming in May

Yesterday MDN’s favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite monthly report–the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR is the EIA’s best guess, based on expert data crunchers, as to how much each of the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce for both oil and natural gas in the coming…

Southwestern Energy Refocuses from Fayetteville to Marcellus/Utica

Did you know that the second largest U.S. natural gas exploration and production (E&P) company as measured by how much natural gas it produces is Southwestern Energy? Chesapeake Energy is #1, and Southwestern is #2. Who woulda thunk? And did you know that just five years ago Southwestern’s name was synonymous not with the Marcellus/Utica…

Nuke the Nukes: Harrisburg Battle to Prop Up Failing Nuke Energy

As MDN reported last week, the battle lines have been drawn and both sides have come out swinging in a battle over whether ratepayers should bail out economically failing nuclear power plants (see Battle Lines Drawn in PA to Prevent Nuke Energy Special Treatment). Five nuclear power plants in PA provide 37.5% of all electricity…

Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Duke Pipeline in Cincinnati

Duke Energy Ohio, an LDC or “local distribution company” serves some half a million customers with natural gas in Ohio. The company has a 12-mile pipeline to flow the gas it needs, to move it from one point to another in Hamilton County (Cincinnati), in the southwest corner of the state. The Duke pipeline has…

Nuverra Environmental 2016 Update – Red Ink Slows, Some

Nuverra Environmental Solutions is one of the largest companies in the United States that handles transportation and disposal of shale drilling wastewater and leftover rock and dirt from drilling. The company has major operations in the Marcellus/Utica region. In January the company, going through tough economic times, was de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange…

FERC State of the Markets Report 2016 – Pipelines to the Rescue

Late last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its annual “State of the Markets Report” for 2016 (full copy below). Among the choice tidbits we found this statement: “Natural gas production from the Marcellus and Utica shales accounted for 30 percent of the U.S. total in 2016, due to the prolific nature of…

Williams Sells Gulf Coast Cracker Plant to NOVA Chemicals

Midstream giant Williams has been on a mission to make the company economically stronger AND produce cash that can be used for various purposes. In August, Williams announced they would sell their Canadian assets for $1 billion (see Bold Move – Williams Selling Canadian Assets). In September, Williams announced another potential asset sale–the company’s 88.5%…

Survey Predicts Shale Drillers Will Borrow & Spend More in 2017

Lately we’ve noticed a plethora of stories in mainstream media about the oil and gas industry spending more money this year. That certainly seems to jibe with our own anecdotal observations. In reporting 2016 results and drillers’ comments about what to expect in 2017, almost all of the companies we’ve reported on have said their…

Big Green’s Game Plan for Fighting a Trimmed Down EPA

Big Green is a big business. Radical enviros have worked hard over the eight years of Obama’s reign of terror to build and expand the Environmental Protection Agency far beyond its originally intended purpose. The Obamadroids’ abuses via the EPA were breathtaking–many of which were chronicled here on MDN. Things like the odious and misnamed…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Apr 18, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PA rig count stays same in April; Amercian Rivers “most endangered” scam; natgas buses coming in Florida; GE debuts first battery-gas turbine hybrid; soaring sand costs; USGS latest gas resource estimates decimates notion of “peak gas”; natgas…

Andrew Cuomo Issues Boldfaced Challenge to FERC

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Andrew Cuomo has directly challenged FERC and is likely to lose on the legal front but, politically, he is aiming to have his cake and eat it, too. He may. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his anti-pipeline stance when his Department of Environmental…

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