Daily Archives: June 22, 2017

Ohio Anti-Fracking ‘Digital Disruption Powerhour’ a Huge Disappointment

This summer is certainly not off to a great start for fringe Ohio anti-fracking environmental activists, as their efforts to organize continue to be epic failures. Today’s “digital disruption powerhour” in Cincinnati was the worst event yet, with only five attendees, according to the following social media post. At least their Facebook page is more…

Energy Economics: Production Up, Costs Down

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   As the natural gas industry grows, it is also streamlining how energy is produced. Keeping costs down now takes less manpower, which is just good economics. In the debates over energy markets and climate change policy, people often cite dueling statistics over jobs. Two recent examples concern the…

Marcellus/Utica Region Could Support 4 More Crackers, but Will It?

In March of this year, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation released a report called “Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing” (see PA Study Finds Marcellus/Utica Can Support 4 More Ethane Crackers). The report is derived from a comprehensive study conducted by powerhouse oil & gas consulting firm IHS Markit. According to the report, Pennsylvania…

Shell’s Ethane Pipeline “Right on Track,” Construction Starts 2019

Quite a bit of news came from the recent Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction conference held earlier this week in Pittsburgh. One session featured a Shell rep talking about Shell’s Falcon Ethane Pipeline, a pipeline with two “legs” that will feed Shell’s mighty ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA (see Shell Working on 94-Mile Ethane…

Drilling Costs Rise in Marcellus/Utica; Workforce Becomes Issue

The petrochemical conference in Pittsburgh earlier this week wasn’t the only event in town. The DUG (Developing Unconventional Gas) East conference and exposition took place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, several blocks from the petchem event. The reporting from one session in particular caught our attention. A panel of drillers and service companies…

Anti 2Fer: Nutters Rally & March at 2 Marcellus Events in Pittsburgh

It’s kind of humorous when a small group of insane anti-fossil fuelers participate in a march that they call “Stop the Madness.” Kind of meta, dontcha think? An anti reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tagged along (who could tell the difference?) to “report” on a group of “about 100 protesters from 11 organizations” who rallied…

Primoris Lands Another Pipeline Contract for $53M in PA Marcellus

Primoris Services Corporation, a pipeline building company based in Dallas, TX, has built a number of gathering pipelines in the Marcellus region. We’ve been covering some of the projects Primoris has been involved with since 2013 (see our Primoris stories here). Their announcements don’t name the customer. The amounts are typically in $10-$90 million range….

Fixing the Nearly Unfixable EPA – Abuses, Collusion & Coverups

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has been a rogue agency for years under the previous Obama administration. To be fair, the agency has been a problem long before that–pretty much since its inception. Now that President Trump is attempting to reign in the EPA by trimming its budget and focusing it on its original intent–to…

Anti-Fracker Josh Fox Refuses to Give ISIS a Hug

It’s hard to overestimate the damage to the fossil fuel industry in general, and the natural gas industry in particular, from the propaganda film Gasland, created by Josh Fox. The movie is full of lies and misinformation, but it’s good entertainment and in a culture that disdains the use of logic and reason, someone else’s…

Frack Company Using Rocket Fuel Hires Former NASA CFO

Canadian company RocketFrac Services Ltd. has an interesting twist on waterless fracking technology–they use solid rocket fuel. No danger of leaks. No worries about transporting it. No water involved. The company makes some pretty big boasts: “We are confident that our fracing process will rapidly become a valuable alternative, perhaps even the preferred choice, for…

Duke, Piedmont Ask FERC to Extend Atlantic Coast Pipe Contract

It takes a lot longer these days to get a big pipeline approved than it used to. In April 2014, Dominion promoted an open season for what would later become the $5 billion, 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline–a natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. By September 2014,…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Appalachian NGL storage study nearing completion; Appalachian Basin takes center stage at Pittsburgh conference; Six well permits issued in Ohio’s Utica Shale; Fracking money has repaired bridges and saved farmland in Lancaster County; Sabal Trail adding pipeline…

Teamsters: Pipeline Projects Mean More Local Jobs

Richard Stern Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund … … Pipeline projects such as the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline mean more local jobs, the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund told DEP last week. Last week, I offered the following testimony at a Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania hearing on the very important Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. A copy of…

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