Daily Archives: April 27, 2017

WV Supreme Court to Rehear EQT Post Production Royalty Case, Maybe

More twists and turns to report with respect to an issue we previously reported with the potential to impact every mineral rights owner and driller in West Virginia. In December MDN reported on the huge West Virginia Supreme Court decision against driller EQT that disallows EQT from deducting post-production expenses from royalty checks, even with…

NJ DEP Temporarily Rejects PennEast Request for Wetland Permits

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has temporarily rejected PennEast Pipeline’s Freshwater Wetlands Individual Permit and Water Quality Certificate application, submitted April 6. NJDEP said in their response that PennEast has not provided enough detail about the project–leaving out key pieces of information for two-thirds of the pipeline’s 37-mile trek through NJ. NJDEP…

WV Driller Northeast Natural Energy Gets $300M Investment

Northeast Natural Energy (NNE) is a midsize driller headquartered in Morgantown, WV. NNE owns 49,000 net acres of leases “in the heart of the Marcellus Fairway,” and operates 27 Marcellus wells and over 100 conventional oil and gas wells. In 2011 NNE fought Morgantown for the right to drill a couple of wells just outside…

MarkWest Spending $300M+ This Year in WV Expansion Projects

MarkWest Energy, formerly a standalone company but bought out by MPLX (i.e. Marathon Petroleum) in December 2015, continues its aggressive expansion in the Marcellus/Utica. Particularly in West Virginia. MarkWest owns a number of processing plants in the Mountain State. This year, the company will spend $200 million to expand and upgrade its facilities in Doddridge…

Rover Pipeline Paying $2.3M for Knocking Down Historic OH House

On Feb. 3, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its final approval to Energy Transfer’s Rover Pipeline project–a $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada (see ET Rover Pipeline Gets Final Approval by FERC). Normally when FERC…

NETL Researchers Find Tiny Earthquakes Help Marcellus Production

We hesitated to use the headline that we did, given the way virulent anti-drillers bastardize the issue of fracking and earthquakes. But we used it to make a point. Quick history: The headline-grabbing “fracking causes swarms of earthquakes” in places like Oklahoma is about frack wastewater that is injected in special saltwater injection wells, deep…

Michigan AG Schuette Wishy-Washy on Support of NEXUS Pipeline

Last fall MDN speculated Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s (Republican) keynote speech at the Michigan Oil and Gas Association’s Annual Meeting was likely an effort to repair the damage he had done to his reputation in aggressively attempting to shake down Chesapeake Energy over supposed lease collusion (see Michigan Succeeds in Shaking Down Chesapeake for…

23 Drillers Sign Up to Complete Against M-U via TransCanada Pipe

TransCanada, one of Canada’s leading midstream/pipeline companies, cooked up a deal last year to pipe natural gas from Canada’s West Coast to the East Coast in order to fend off cheap supplies of Marcellus/Utica gas that will flow into Canada when/if the NEXUS and Rover pipelines get built (see TransCanada Pipe Drops Price 42% to…

Webinar: Will New Gas-Fired Power Plants Solve the M-U Gas Glut?

MDN is excited to partner with NGI to present a VERY important webinar next Thursday, on May 4th: “Super Power: Will New Gas-Fired Plants Solve the Appalachian Gas Glut?” NGI has assembled an all-star cast of speakers to discuss where natural gas-fired plants fit into the “generation stack,” with specific emphasis on the PJM Interconnection…

ENSERVCO Starting Up Water Transfer Service in Marcellus

ENSERVCO is an oilfield services company headquartered in Denver, CO. ENSERVCO’s services include: hot oiling, acidizing, frac water heating, water transfer, bacteria and scaling treatment, water hauling and oilfield support equipment rental. The company says it serves customers in various shale basins across the country, and in states including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, North…

OH & PA NatGas Production Increased More Than Other States in ’16

Would it surprise you to learn that Pennsylvania and Ohio had the largest increase in natural gas production in 2016–larger than any other natgas-producing states? If you read MDN regularly, perhaps not. Old news. However, it may surprise you to learn that from 2012 to 2016, 85% of the growth in our country’s enormous natural…

Mountain Valley Pipeline plans moving forward

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which will be co-owned by Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners, is expected to receive a key environmental impact statement from federal regulators within the next two months. EQT Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM) said in a statement accompanying the company’s first-quarter earnings that it should receive the Final Environmental Impact Statement from the…

Will LNG Make Pennsylvania Natural Gas King of the Hill?

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   Two seemingly unrelated stories from this week suggest Pennsylvania natural gas could make the Commonwealth king of the hill with a little help from LNG. Two fascinating stories this week tell me what a glorious future Pennsylvania has with respect to natural gas development. One is from Australia…

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