Daily Archives: June 2, 2017

The Atlantic Sunrise Needs Your Help: Attend a Hearing

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.     The Atlantic Sunrise needs your support to get approval and start building this very important piece of energy infrastructure. Atlantic Sunrise is at a critical moment, and we need your voice now more than ever.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened a 30 day public…

WV Drillers & Landowners Want New Law re Post-Production Issue

Earlier this week MDN reported on the recent West Virginia Supreme Court decision to reverse it’s earlier decision and allow EQT (and by extension, other drillers) to deduct some post-production expenses from royalties paid to landowners (see WV Supreme Court Reverses Itself, Post-Production Deductions OK). The Leggett v. EQT case turned on the meaning of…

Uptick in Utica Drilling Predicted for Jefferson County, OH

Jefferson County, OH is not the first (or even second or third) county you think of when you think “Utica drilling.” But that may soon change. Jefferson shares borders with other counties that are heavily drilled–Carroll, Harrison and Belmont. There has been some drilling in Jefferson in the past, but with the slowdown over the…

Former Head of Fed Pipeline Agency Sticks Up for Rover re Leaks

We’ve spilled plenty of digital ink covering the Rover Pipeline and its recent troubles with “inadvertent returns” (i.e. leaks) of non-toxic drilling mud, called bentonite (see Rover Pipeline Accident Spills ~2M Gal. Drilling Mud in OH Swamp). Rover and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) have been in a spat over “numerous” leaks–with OEPA claiming…

Air Products Closing Wilkes-Barre LNG Manufacturing Plant

Air Products owns a manufacturing plant located on the outskirts of Wilkes-Barre, PA. If you’ve ever heard of the Air Products business, you may conjure up an image of small cylinder tanks of helium or other “rare” gases sitting inside a chain fence. Yes, Air Products sells gases by the tank, but they also manufacture…

Canadian Co. Uses Virtual Pipeline to Sell LNG in New England

For some time, MDN has had an eye on a trend we find exciting: “virtual pipelines,” by which we mean facilities located along a pipeline that compress natural gas, load it onto tanker trucks, and then distribute that gas to businesses that are not fortunate enough to be located near a natgas pipeline. With irrational…

Wireless Device Monitors Abandoned PA Wells for Fugitive Methane

What if there was a small device, about the size of a paperback novel, that could sniff the air and detect fugitive methane, escaping into the atmosphere? And what if that small device was operated with rechargeable batteries, and the batteries recharged every day using solar energy? And what if that device could also then…

Must-Attend 37th Annual IOGANY Summer Meeting

We all know that currently, New York State is closed for business when it comes to shale drilling (see After 6+ Years, Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York). New York is also closed for business with regards to interstate gas pipelines (although that may soon reverse, see Constitution Pipeline Still Waiting on “Biggie” Court…

Three Cheers! Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Horrible Paris Climate Treaty

We wonder how many people actually watched President Trump’s address yesterday, announcing his decision to pull out of the horrible (and so-called) Paris climate treaty? Did *you* watch it? Or did you rely on the non-stop “hate Trump” mainstream media tirade that reported, endlessly, that we’re now all fried and the future of Mom Earth…

The Truth About EPA’s “Mass Advisory Board Firings”

What role should appointed (i.e. not-elected) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boards have with respect to environmental regulations in our country? It’s a valid question and timely, given the recent negative news coverage over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s action in not automatically reappointing some board members. The way the press howls about it you would think…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jun 2, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Rover and other Marcellus/Utica pipelines to the Midwest/Canada; boosting renewable energy sources in NY requires gas too; Blue Mountain lodge gets green light, but won’t build without PennEast Pipeline; PA pipeline fight could upend intl oil flows;…

What the Pipeline Industry Needs to Learn and Soon

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.     The pipeline industry has been a very slow learner when it comes to combating fractivists and the reasons are relatively easy to understand if you know both. The pipeline industry (“mid-stream” in oil and gas lingo) has flopped, floundered and, far too often, failed in its dealings with…

A Warning for Scotland: Push Forward on Natural Gas

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  Scotland is in the middle of a fracking fight and it is eerily similar to what we’ve see in some parts of the US. A warning: now is the time to push forward. A few months ago Daniel Mrakind wrote here about American Liquefied Natural Gas making its way to Scotland….

Trump plans to open Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling

President Donald Trump’s plan to balance the federal budget includes opening the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The post Trump plans to open Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling appeared first on Shale Gas Reporter. Continue Reading: Shale Gas Reporter

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