Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

Coos County Refuses to Coo for Fractivists

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Coos County voters do not back down to fractivists and reject a measure to ban to construction of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal. Following what generally was a quiet two weeks for shale news, a major decision came a sparsely populated area of the West Coast…

Lease Offer in Harrison County, WV: $1500/Acre + 14% Royalties

It’s not often we read about lease offers these days. We’re sure they happen regularly, but the only ones you read about are offers made to lease publicly owned land. Such offers for public land are a useful gauge for private landowners. So when we noticed a story about an offer made by Arsenal Resources…

MDN Guide to the PA DEP 2016 Annual Oil & Gas Report

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) yesterday published its 2016 Oil and Gas Annual Report. This year the DEP has published the report in an interactive, electronic (i.e.online) format ONLY, with a stated purpose “to improve public access to well information.” This is the first time the report has been published electronically. While it’s…

Ultra Petroleum 1Q17 – Holding on to 72K Marcellus Acres, for Now

Ultra Petroleum, based in Houston, TX, is an independent exploration and production (E&P) company mainly focused on drilling in the Green River Basin of Wyoming. Ultra also drills for oil in the Uinta Basin/Three Rivers area in Utah. In addition, Ultra maintains a “non-operated” (someone else does the drilling) position in the Pennsylvania Marcellus shale…

Digital H2O Comes to the Marcellus/Utica

Digital H2O is a “digital oilfield water management solutions company.” What the heck does that mean? Water is not only the key ingredient in life, it’s also the key ingredient in the shale industry. It takes a lot of water to drill and frack a shale well. Locating sources for that water, getting it shipped…

Dela. Riverkeeper Asks Senate to Delay FERC Nomination Hearings

President Trump, who will not be impeached, regardless of what press whores on fake news outlets like CNN say, recently nominated two extremely qualified people to be Federal Energy Regulatory commissioners (see Trump Nominates 2 New FERC Commissioners – Powelson & Chatterjee). As we pointed out in a story yesterday, liberal Democrats have been hounding…

Tiresome: Philly RINO Rep Gene DiGirolamo Intros Severance Tax Again

Pennsylvania State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, a Republican-in-Name-Only (RINO) from the Philadelphia area, has been trying to punish the Marcellus industry in the state since 2011 when he first introduced legislation to impose a Marcellus-killing severance tax. And pretty much every year since then he has re-introduced a severance tax bill. Sometimes it’s for 3.2%. Other…

New Study: 1 Million New Jobs Coming in Gas/Oil Thru 2035

A couple of weeks ago the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a new study that shows private investment in U.S. natural gas and oil infrastructure could (and likely will) create over 1 million new U.S. jobs. That is an incredible number! The study also shows that private investment may exceed $1.3 trillion for new oil…

Google Needs to Crack Down on Fake Fractivist News

Back in June 2015, MDN told you about an edgy new pro-fracking website called FrackFeed.com–designed along the lines of BuzzFeed, a news and entertainment site aimed at Millennials (see FrackFeed Site Uses Pop Culture to Spread Truth about Fracking). FrackFeed, like BuzzFeed, contains short, “pithy” articles–but in FrackFeed’s case the articles respond to and expose…

Why does Big Oil Continue to Support Horrible Paris CO2 Treaty?

Something has befuddled us for a long time. Why would Big Oil companies–like ExxonMobil, Shell and BP–actually support the international climate agreement that caps carbon dioxide emissions from the fuels they extract? In December 2015, then-President Barack Hussein Obama signed the Paris Agreement (otherwise known as COP21) that forfeits the national sovereignty of the United…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, May 18, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Dead-end NY can’t create any jobs Upstate following frack ban; big air quality improvements coming to OH, thx to fracking; oil production in Utica shows modest increase; Air Products may shut down Luzerne County LNG manufacturing plant;…

Noble Energy sells stake in Marcellus midstream MLP for $765M

Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) announce May 18 plans to sell its stake in a Marcellus midstream master limited partnership for $765 million in cash. The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter, comes less than a month after Noble announced a $1.2 billion deal to sell all of its upstream…

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