Daily Archives: May 31, 2017

EPA Issues 90-day Stay on Methane Rule Targeting Oil and Gas Industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday issued a 90-day compliance delay on the controversial Obama-era methane rule targeting new and modified oil and gas infrastructure. In a press release announcing the official action that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt committed to last month, the EPA states, “Using its Clean Air Act authority, the agency…

WV Rights/Pooling Case May have Big Impact on Shale Industry

A court case from Marshall County, WV decided in April 2016 is heading to the WV Supreme Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court). The stakes in Contraguerro v Gastar Exploration could not be higher for the Marcellus industry in the Mountain State. In brief, 70 years ago a 106-acre track of property was sold….

Rover Pipeline Says Part of Phase 1 Will be Delayed Nearly a Month

Rover is Energy Transfer’s $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), charged with overseeing interstate pipeline projects, granted final approval for the project in early February (see ET Rover Pipeline Gets Final…

Sunoco LP CEO Mike Hennigan Defects to MPLX/MarkWest Energy

Mike Hennigan was, until late last year, president and CEO of Sunoco Logistics Partners–builder of the Mariner East pipeline projects and operator of the Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia. Sunoco LP has (for years) been a subsidiary of Energy Transfer (ET). Last November, ET announced it was combining two subsidiaries together into one operation–Sunoco LP…

Antis Score Small Victory Against ME2 Pipeline re Eminent Domain

The radical Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council (CAC) has scored a very small, but notable, victory in it’s battle to block Sunoco Logistic Partners’ from building the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project. Last Thursday a judge with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas allowed a case filed by CAC to proceed. The case claims that Sunoco…

WV Supreme Court Justice: EQT Royalty Ruling “Legal Sophistry”

Last December the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled in a case to disallow Marcellus driller EQT from deducting post-production expenses from royalty checks, even with signed contracts in place (see WV Supreme Court Rules EQT Can’t Deduct P-P Costs from Royalties). The justices, in their ruling, said that drillers can “not deduct from that (royalty)…

Vermont Gas Pipeline Fined $58K for Killing 77 Sunflower Plants

How long does it take to lay 43 miles of natural gas pipeline? If you live and work in the socialist paradise of Vermont, it takes at least two years. In May 2015, MDN reported the following: “The fossil fuel hating nutjobs are out in force in Vermont. Anti-drillers who hate fracking because they hate…

Study: New England Electric Shortage from Lack of NatGas by 2025

There is a coming shortage of natural gas to fire electric power plants in wintertime in New England. So says an analysis presented last week to the ISO-New England Planning Advisory Committee. ISO New England Inc. is the independent, non-profit Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) that manages the electric grid for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,…

Watch Out Marcellus/Utica, Here Comes Gas from the Permian

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article appearing in today’s edition that points out the Permian Basin shale play (in West Texas) may, in a few years, “rival new gas output” from the mighty Marcellus Shale. Really? Where did that come from?! It makes a great deal of sense. The Permian is an oil-focused…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, May 31, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PSEG shuts down its last coal plant; Marcellus merry-go-round; PA rig count jumps by 2 in May; Shale Crescent movement a lesson in teamwork; self-driving drilling rigs will arrive sooner than self-driving cars; big rigs pave way…

The West Virginia Royalty Mess

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   The law on West Virginia royalty payments has been much like a yo-yo but don’t expect lawmakers to straighten it out. On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court changed its State’s law with regard to royalty payments to landowners. In the case of Leggett v. EQT…

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