Daily Archives: May 9, 2017

Exclusive: What’s Going on with Fairmont Brine?

Last week MDN was contacted by a vendor working in the oil and gas business who is owed money by Fairmont Brine. The vendor’s question to MDN: What have you heard about Fairmont? Are they heading for bankruptcy? We’ve had our eye on Fairmont Brine Processing, headquartered in Fairmont, WV, for a number of years….

Fracking is Legal in New York? Yes! Using LPG

Every now and again a gift lands in our lap, unexpectedly. Such is the case today. A third year law student at the University of Buffalo School of Law, Kelsey Hanson, has researched and written a masterful paper on the potential for LPG (liquefied propane) fracking in, yes, New York State. The paper, titled “Hey…

Federal EPA Writes a PennEast Pipeline Love Letter to FERC

Once upon a time, during the Obama reign of terror, the out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as headed by the odious Gina McCarthy, blasted the PennEast Pipeline project (see Obama EPA, National Park Service Try to Rain on PennEast Parade). The Obama/McCarthy EPA made an outrageous claim: That building PennEast “may” end up causing arsenic…

NY DEC Grants Water Permits for Atlantic Bridge Pipeline Project

Very good news for Spectra Energy’s Atlantic Bridge project in (of all places) New York State. In January the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its final stamp of approval for Atlantic Bridge (see FERC Approves Atlantic Bridge Project for New England/Canada). Atlantic Bridge will beef up capacity on the Algonquin Gas Transmission and Maritimes…

Allentown-Based Talen Energy (Elec Generator) Laying Off Workers

Talen Energy was birthed in June 2015–a combination of PPL Energy Supply and certain assets of Riverstone Holdings. The company, headquartered in Allentown, PA, is one of the largest competitive energy and power generation companies in North America. Talen owns or controls 16,000 megawatts of generating capacity in wholesale power markets, primarily in the Northeast,…

Anti Group Trains to Fight New Drilling Permits in Westmoreland, PA

This is a heads-up to drillers and landowners in Westmoreland County, PA (essentially Pittsburgh suburb). A group of virulent anti-drillers, funded with money from Big Green groups like the Philadelphia-based and misnamed Clean Air Council, are running a “workshop” to train nutters how to spot any changes in permits for shale wells–so they can, do…

Seneca County, OH – Where All Forms of Energy Come Together

Generally speaking, the western side of Ohio is seeing a lot of activity with new solar and wind installations. And the eastern side of the state is seeing a lot of activity with shale drilling and natural gas pipelines. But there is one county, Seneca County (slightly left of center, in the northern part of…

40 Ohio Groups Band Together to Oppose FirstEnergy’s Nuke Bailout

In April, MDN brought you news of an effort underway in Ohio to tax Ohio ratepayers $5.4 billion and give that money to FirstEnergy to prevent some of its nuclear power plants from closing (see OH Law Would Bailout Nuke Plants for $5.4B, Kill NatGas Plants). Given stiff regulations, nuke plants face stiff competition in…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, May 9, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Update on Marcellus/Utia pipeline takeaway projects; rig count declines in PA, WV last week; NYS energy policy – nukes yes, pipelines no; RINO Sen. Portman on the fence re Obama methane rule; signs of drilling industry coming…

What’s the Matter with New York?

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  New York State has long passed the tipping point where rational public policy is possible. The reason? The state is hopelessly urban with no grasp of land. I’m often asked by Upstate New Yorkers and residents of other states why New York does such inexplicable things. My answer,…

Nobel to exit West Virginia, Pennsylvania

Nobel Energy will sell its assets in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania for $1.2 billion. The post Nobel to exit West Virginia, Pennsylvania appeared first on Shale Gas Reporter. Continue Reading: Shale Gas Reporter

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