Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

WV Forced Pooling Lite Not Dead Yet – EQT Wants Special Session

In early April MDN reported that West Virginia’s effort to pass a law dealing with co-tenancy and joint development–what we called forced pooling lite–had gone up in pot smoke (see WV Force Pooling Lite Goes Down in Flames – Lawmakers Blame Pot). Legislators in the House go bogged down debating pot smoking and didn’t have…

Nuverra Environmental Files for Chapter 11 Bankrutpcy

Nuverra Environmental Solutions (formerly Heckmann) 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 2016, the company, going through tough economic times, was de-listed from the New…

Cabot O&G 1Q17 – Oil Turning Cabot’s Eye Away from Marcellus

Last week one of our favorite Marcellus drillers, Cabot Oil & Gas, issued its first quarter 2017 update. There’s lots to see and to discuss. First up, Cabot’s production was up 7% from the same quarter a year earlier. And while Cabot lost $51 million in 1Q16, the company profited $106 million in 1Q17. So…

Southwestern Energy 1Q17: Production Falls 14%, Profits Soar

Southwestern Energy turned in its first quarter 2017 update last week. Not widely reported is that production for the company slipped by 14% during 1Q17 over 1Q16. Why? The company shut down new drilling for a good part of last year, when prices were low. However, the company got a lot healthier last year, financially….

The Person Most Responsible for Luring Shell Cracker Plant to PA

Whenever a big, important project like the Shell ethane cracker, reported to be a $6 billion investment, goes forward, a whole lotta people were involved before the decision was made. However, if there is one universal truth in business it is this: There is always a champion at the center of any important project. The…

Dominion CEO Says Atlantic Coast Pipeline is Full Speed Ahead

Dominion CEO Diane Leopold held a conference call last Thursday to provide an update on progress for the company’s $5 billion, 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline–a natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. Leopold said on the call that Dominion has procured 85% of the land, materials, and…

Fake Science: SWPA Enviro Health Registry for Those Near Fracking

More fake “research” is on the way courtesy of the anti-drilling Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. The Project is launching a so-called public health registry. Log in to the website and if you live within five miles of a drilling site, you can report your latest headache in an attempt to link it to (and…

Southwestern Energy Fighting Ohio County, WV Fire Dept. Fee

Ohio County, WV, like many rural counties, has a string of volunteer fire departments that respond to calls in their respective localities. When an industrial activity like shale drilling shows up, local volunteers need special (ongoing) training to address the unique circumstances involved with a well pad fire. There’s also all of the extra calls…

Fed Court Strikes Major Blow to Obama Clean Power Plan

An important breakthrough in our long struggle to overthrow the odious and misnamed Obama Clean Power Plan–a plan that assassinates coal and mortally wounds natural gas (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). On Friday, a federal court granted the Trump administration’s request to suspend a myriad of lawsuits against the…

PA Town Votes to Oppose PennEast Pipe; Not Even Coming Close

Talk about a waste of taxpayer time and money. The so-called leaders of Newtown Township in Bucks County (Philadelphia orbit) took time out to compose, debate, and pass a resolution opposing the PennEast Pipeline. Even though the pipeline isn’t coming anywhere near Newtown Township. What the vote reveals is that Newtown is led by far-left…

Calendar of Marcellus/Utica Events for May 1 – Jul 31

Events related (or of interest) to the Marcellus and Utica Shale, primarily pro-drilling events. To have your event included (or if you are aware of a worthy event you believe should be on this page), please send the details and/or a link to have it included to the calendar@marcellusdrilling.com email address. Thank you! New York May…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, May 1, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Mariner East 2 constructions begins in Cumberland County, PA; Atlantic Sunrise Pipe pays grants for pool upgrades, fire equipment; Cecil Twp holding public hearing on Range Resources well pad plan; one year after pipeline explosion in Salem…

Nuclear Industry Sells Out for Public Subsidies

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  The nuclear industry has sold out. It seeks to survive against unsubsidized natural gas by feeding at the public trough in a disgusting display of cronyism.   Back in January, MDN highlighted a developing issue in Ohio that potentially impacts Utica/Marcellus shale in the region. Three…

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