Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Butler and Lewis: Takeaway is our regions need more pipelines

Per the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Appalachian and Marcellus regions do not have enough “takeaway capacity” — in other words, pipelines — to meet basic family, electric, home heating and manufacturing demand. If you don’t find this upsetting, you should. Ongoing bottlenecks and a lack of pipeline capacity could mean that many of us…

Green, OH Paying Lawyers $100K to Fund Stop NEXUS Crusade

The City of Green, Ohio, located in Summit County (south of Akron, north of Canton) seems to have no problems with spending boatloads of taxpayer money on anti-pipeline efforts. A few weeks ago Green City Council voted to give $10,000 to the anti-pipeline CORN–Coalition to Reroute Nexus. We call the group CORNballs and have written…

Patterson-UTI Huge Increase in Monthly Rig Count – SSE Factored?

As we do every month (and have for two years), MDN tracks how many rigs oilfield services company Patterson-UTI Energy reports operating–as a proxy for rig count health in the Marcellus/Utica. Patterson operates a number of rigs in the northeast, as well as other areas of the continental United States (and Canada). Patterson was our…

Southwestern Energy – Pedal to the Metal in the Marcellus/Utica

Earlier this week MDN brought you the latest quarterly update from Southwestern Energy (see Southwestern Energy 1Q17: Production Falls 14%, Profits Soar). As we noted, production was down, but profits up. Southwestern is investing 85% of their budget in the Marcellus/Utica this year. In covering the Southwestern story, we neglected to bring you a portion…

Dominion Faces Hostile Crowd in Ithaca re New Market Project

In June 2014, MDN told you about the Dominion New Market Project–a project that will build two new compressor plants and upgrade one other compressor station in upstate New York–to help flow more abundant, cheap and clean-burning Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania (and beyond) into the northeast (see Dominion Asks FERC for New Compressors in…

New Coalition Forms in NY to Push for More NatGas, Pipelines

Something has to be done about New York’s out-of-control governor (Andy Cuomo) and his opposition to natural gas pipelines. MDN’s beloved home state uses more and more natural gas each year–yet Cuomo refuses to allow new pipelines to be built allowing more gas supplies into the state. He is strangling the state economically–particularly Upstate. Two…

PA Supreme Court Rejects Range Resources Well Contamination Case

For years we’ve followed the story of Range Resources and their (former) wastewater impoundments in Washington County, PA. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined Range a whopping $4.15 million for violations in September 2014 (see PA DEP Fines Range Resources $4.15M for Wastewater Impoundments). Some of the nearby neighbors claimed that Range’s leaky…

High Stakes Game of Chicken Between Westinghouse & Mariner East 2

Westinghouse Electric tried “an ambitious new approach to building nuclear power plants” by building sections of the plants in one location before sending them to the construction site for assembly. They tried the process with two nuke plants–one in Georgia and the other in South Carolina. The process they “innovated” failed and took the company…

Commerce Secretary: Shale Gas is the Future of West Virginia

More than 300 people attended the West Virginia Manufacturers Association’s Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference in Morgantown yesterday. Among the topics discussed–the need for faster approvals of pipelines, and the positive economic of shale on the Mountain State. Among the speakers was new State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher–who spent most of his career in the…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, May 3, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: FERC to complete EA for Dominion’s Eastern Market Access by mid-June; Range recalls ‘incredibly creative solution’ for Marcellus/Utica ‘problem’; coal-fired plants in East threatened by gas-fired plants; LNG export terminal on the Chesapeake Bay; 9 permits issued…

Renewables Face Reality: The Subsidies Aren’t Enough

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   Renewables are facing a hard reality; the business models, even with big subsidies, just don’t make economic sense for consumers, government or investors. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal, often a fan of corporatist cronyism, had an interesting story about a SEC investigation into Elon Musk’s empire. That empire is…

The Senate Needs to Restore Reason on Methane Emissions

Thomas J. Pyle President of the American Energy Alliance … …   Thomas J. Pyle explains why the regulation of methane emissions on Federal lands are over the top and need to be rescinded to restore any sense of reason. Our friends at the Institute for Energy Research shared this guest post with us, which was recently published in Morning…

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