Daily Archives: May 16, 2017

Tight Supply Boosts Natural Gas Prices In 2017

A year ago, most analysts were bearish about natural gas prices. I wrote that natural gas prices might double and they did. Today, most analysts are again bearish about gas prices and again, I think that they are probably wrong at least for 2017. The mainstream narrative is that new pipeline capacity—notably the Rover Pipeline—out…

Second Natural Gas Plant on Way to Lackawanna County

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  Archbald Energy Partners, LLC is one step closer to building a second natural gas plant just off the Casey Highway with DEP issued air quality permit in hand. The largest (so far) Marcellus Shale-gas fired electric plant in Pennsylvania is currently under construction in Lackawanna County,…

Goldboro LNG Export Plant on the Hunt for Marcellus Assets

Just last week MDN told you that Pieridae Energy has signed a labor agreement to build the Goldboro LNG export facility along the shore of Nova Scotia, Canada (see Update on Goldboro LNG – Labor Agreement Signed to Build). The U.S. Dept. of Energy approved the plant for exporting to non-free trade agreement counties in…

DEP Grants Air Permit for 2nd Gas-Fired Elec Plant Near Scranton

The largest (so far) Marcellus Shale-gas fired electric plant in Pennsylvania is currently under construction in Lackawanna County, PA (near Scranton). The Lackawanna Energy Center, being built in Jessup by Invenergy, will produce 1,480 megawatts of electricity. However, there is a second, smaller Marcellus-fired electric plant also in the works. Last October, MDN brought you…

DEP Appeals $4.5M Wastewater Leak Fine Against EQT to Supremes

There’s a reason hospitals and court rooms are frequently the settings for soap operas on TV–there’s always so much drama surrounding medicine and the law–the latter of which is our focus today. In January MDN reported what seemed like the final chapter in a long, drawn-out case between Marcellus driller EQT and the Pennsylvania Dept….

Turns Out OEPA & Columbus Dispatch Were Lying – Rover NOT Fined

Early last week MDN brought you the news that Energy Transfer’s Rover Pipeline project has been fined by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) for $431,000 for “18 incidents involving mud spills from drilling, stormwater pollution and open burning at Rover pipeline construction sites have been reported between late March and Monday” (see Ohio EPA…

ME2 Drilling Leaks 575 Gal of Bentonite Mud into Delco Creek

When pipeline companies lay a pipeline–they dig a trench. But what happens when you come to a road, or a river, or a creek or another structure where you can’t just dig a trench? For those places, you drill horizontally underground–kind of like what shale drillers do. When drilling horizontally underground, the drill bit gets…

Murrysville, PA Drilling Ordinance – Anatomy of a Compromise

Pennsylvania State regulations require a “setback” of 500 feet from the bore hole of an oil or gas well when it’s drilled. That means there can be no habitable structures (house, school, barn, etc.) within 500 feet of where the hole gets drilled. Last fall in Murrysville Township (Westmoreland County), the town council proposed a…

Time to Tear Down the DRBC’s Iron Curtain in Pennsylvania

Wikipedia: “The Iron Curtain was the name for the boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991. A term symbolizing the efforts by the Soviet Union to block itself and its satellite states from open contact with the…

Huntingdon Family Lawsuit Against ME2 Pipeline Fails, Game Over

You may recall our story about the daughter of a Huntingdon County, PA landowner, radicalized by Big Green groups (as evidenced by her association with well known protesters previously arrested), who took to a tree on her mom’s property in order to illegally stop crews working on tree clearing for the Mariner East 2 pipeline…

Dem Candidate for NJ Gov Opposes PennEast, After He $upported It

There is a primary and general election later this year for the office of governor in New Jersey. Democrats are crawling over themselves to try and win the nomination. All of them have made the PennEast Pipeline a campaign issue by opposing it (“I hate it”…”No, I hate it more!”). It is an appeal to…

2017 Shale Gas Innovation Contest Winners Share $60K in Prizes

Envelope please! (No, this is not Warren Beatty, we have the correct envelope.) Each year the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) runs a contest and awards a $20,000 prize to three companies ($60,000 purse) for the “best shale energy-oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, May 16, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Utica Shale adds another rig, Marcellus remains steady; heavy equipment apprentices train in PA; Cheniere offers $1 billion in notes; 3 important deadlines in Trump energy plan; concerns about reliability of natgas for electric generation overblown; OPEC…

Pieridae eyeing natural gas assets purchase

Canadian LNG project developer Pieridae Energy is looking to invest in natural gas resources to secure supply for its proposed Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia.  Speaking to Reuters, Alfred Sorensen, Pieridae’s chief executive said the company is eyeing assets or a company with producing assets in western Canada or in the Marcellus shale in the…

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