Daily Archives: June 8, 2017

OPEC Cuts Production in Losing War with Fracking

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Thanks to the shale revolution, U.S. production is up and costs have dropped significantly. Yet, OPEC is trying to increase prices by cutting its production. First shale oil and now offshore deep-water oil are reducing their costs of production, making it more difficult for OPEC’s policies to have the…

Wyoming County Landowners Organize re Low Royalties; Arbitration?

Pennsylvania’s landowners, at least many of them, continue to be angry about getting low–or no–royalty checks. That’s not what they signed up for when leasing their property. A group of 200+ landowners packed a meeting last week in Wyoming County, PA to discuss the situation, and what to do next. The meeting was organized by…

Public Hearing Held for Harrison County, WV NatGas Electric Plant

Tuesday night in Clarksburg, WV, the state Public Service Commission heard public comments about a non-utility utility–the Energy Solutions Consortium Harrison County Power plant project. The project is a Marcellus-gas fired electric generating plant that will produce 580 megawatts of electricity to sell to the PJM power grid serving 13 states. Hence our label of…

Unmasking PA DEP’s War on Shale via Methane Regulations

Since the beginning of this year, MDN has warned our readers about a push by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to revise methane emissions rules, something called Air Quality General Permit 5 (GP-5), and Air Quality General Permit 5A (GP-5A). According to the DEP, proposed GP-5 and GP-5A, “establish updated Best Available Technology…

Attack of the Clones: 10 PA Legislators Use Fractivist Form Letters

It seems the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has some air cover in its war against the Marcellus Shale industry (see Unmasking PA DEP’s War on Shale via Methane Regulations). The DEP has support from 10 PA legislators who have become fractivist tools by all using the same form letter/template in writing to the…

Franklin County, VA Landowners Use Sheriff to Eject MVP Surveyors

In May, MDN noted a disturbing trend in the Commonwealth of Virginia of entangling law enforcement in the non-criminal issue of surveying for a federally-authorized pipeline project (see VA Landowner Uses State Police to Eject Pipeline Surveyors). A small minority of landowners continues to use (we’d call it abuse) local law enforcement in their zeal…

PA Court Rules Compressor, Gas Well Not “Single” Emission Source

A somewhat obscure court case in Pennsylvania has potentially big implications for drillers who also own pipeline subsidiaries. In Lycoming County, PA, Seneca Resources (subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company) drilled a series of wells on a pad called Well Pad E. Another NFG subsidiary, NFG Midstream, connected gathering lines to Well Pad E. NFG…

Group Forms to Shill for High Electric Prices from PA Nuke Plant

Exelon Corporation, the company that operates the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg (yes, THAT infamous TMI), is accomplishing what it set out to do. Nuclear power simply can’t compete against low-cost, abundant, clean-burning natural gas. And it’s losing. Just like coal did. But nuke plants produce a lot of electricity. And until…

Liberal DC Court Asks EPA to Respond to Lawsuit by Radical Enviros

Yesterday we reported on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s wise move to begin the process of rolling back Obama-era regulations on methane, designed to regulate the oil and gas industry (see Beginning of the End: EPA Issues 90-Day Stay for Methane Rule). Big Green groups with deep pockets sued a few days later, claiming the…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jun 8, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: NJ electric & gas bills going down thx to Marcellus Shale; fossil fuel industry pushes back against divestment in NY; Nexus Pipeline hopes for speedy FERC approval; permitting up in OH Utica in May; 41 drilling permits…

When it Comes to the News, Where’s the Media?

Last week the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a study that reiterates the conclusions of an already overwhelming list of peer-reviewed papers and studies that found hydraulic fracturing is not a major threat to our nation’s drinking supplies. So why did the media at-large ignore this peer-reviewed study from a credible institution that puts…

So New York Fractivists Need More Gas? Say It Ain’t So!

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.     An economic impact study on the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline Project  offers nice data, but the real story is New York Fractivists need gas. Williams just released a very nice report from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University documenting the…

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