Daily Archives: July 6, 2017

Scranton Times Advice to Act on Methane All Wrong

Bill desRosiers External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas   The Scranton Times-Tribute recently criticized the Think About Energy series in an editorial titled Act on Methane, but their facts are all wrong. Recently the Scranton Times-Tribune published an editorial titled Act on Methane. I found this editorial to be a disservice to their readership. Not only…

Actor James Cromwell Going to Jail for Blocking NY NatGas Plant

It looks like Hollywood actor and anti-fossil fuel activist James Cromwell will get to enjoy prison food for a week. For the last couple of years, MDN has reported on a $900 million Marcellus gas-fired electric generating plant coming to Orange County, NY (see Orange County, NY Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant OK’d by Judge). The CPV…

Demand Picks Up for Pipeline Workers in PA Downstream

Here on MDN we talk a lot about big interstate natural gas pipelines–like Rover and NEXUS, Atlantic Sunrise and Atlantic Coast. But we don’t talk so much about the tiny (in diameter) gas pipelines that connect to people’s homes. In oil and gas industry parlance, those pipelines belong to the “downstream”–or the end users of…

The Man You Can “Thank” for PA’s Enviro Rights Amendment Mess

Franklin Kury was a young lawyer and PA House of Representatives member back in the late 60s/early 70s. He was, at that time, the author of Pennsylvania’s so-called Environment Rights Amendment (Article I, Section 27 of the PA Constitution). For 40 years the ERA didn’t have much of an impact–but then activist, liberal, leftist judges…

Ohio State Research Finds Microbes in Utica Well May be Corrosive

Last year MDN brought you the story of researchers who found microbes (bacteria) living nearly two miles down in Utica Shale wells. They dubbed one of the never-before-seen bacterial “lifeforms” in the well Frackibacter. We immediately labeled it a different name: Frackenstein (see Frackenstein! Researchers Find New Life Form in Fracked Utica Wells). One of…

Green Energy Device Generates Electric from Compressor Station Fans

Green electric generation has just come to pipeline compressor stations across the fruited plain–potentially in the Marcellus/Utica. If you’ve ever visited a pipeline compressor station–used to pressurize pipelines to keep the gas flowing along–one thing you will immediately notice is a ginormous fan (or more than one fan if there are multiple compressors at the…

Wind & Solar Powergen 3-4x More Expensive to Build than NatGas

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, has done us all a huge favor. Yesterday we brought you a post by EIA’s Today in Energy that points out in 2016 some 81% of all the energy we used in the US of A came from fossil fuels (see Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate…

Would Antis Oppose Pipelines If They Flowed Beer Instead of Gas?

Antis have lots of excuses for why they don’t want pipelines built. Digging trenches will cause erosion. Drilling mud may get spilled into ecologically sensitive areas, like swamps (i.e. wetlands). Landowners are “forced” to accept easements on their property and can’t build things over top of where a pipeline runs. But mostly, it’s because of…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jul 6, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Marcellus/Utica rig count stays near 2017 high; NY towns say NO to wind farms; WNF fracking helps fund OH schools; Philly refinery works threaten to strike over cut benefits; tale of two counties–Susquehanna & Broome; MI antis…

Kathryn Z. Klaber: Region’s identity crisis hindering investment

We may be having an identity crisis in Pittsburgh. At a recent conference for oil, gas and petrochemical industry professionals here, our region was referred to in at least three different ways: “Appalachia,” the “Marcellus/Utica basin,” and the “Northeast.” These monikers create different impressions of geography and attributes for each of us. Why does it…

Shale Rejuvenating Small Town America One Play at a Time

Samuel Cook Managing Editor, Oilman Magazine … …  The shale play is breathing new life into Small Town America bringing along jobs, investments in the local community and a new sense of pride. The oil industry has always had a stunning fascination with numbers. To the casual observer, it may at times seem that the…

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