Daily Archives: July 12, 2017

Washington County Rakes in Marcellus Impact Fees

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Washington County, Pennsylvania has raked in some $32 million in Marcellus Shale Impact Fees; whoever said Pennsylvania has no severance tax is just wrong. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reported its annual impact fee distribution this month, and Washington County topped the list of recipients with more…

CONSOL Energy’s Split into 2 Companies Nearly Complete, New Name?

CONSOL Energy, headquartered in Pittsburgh, began life as a coal company some 150 years ago. For the past half dozen years MDN has reported on CONSOL’s transformation from coal company to natural gas company. That transformation is now nearly complete. Yesterday CONSOL filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission that lays out a plan…

Sunoco Extending Public Water to Homes Affected by ME2 Drilling

MDN previously reported about problems experienced last week in Chester County, PA (suburb of Philadelphia) with underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) by Sunoco Logistics Partners for its Mariner East 2 Pipeline project (see ME2 Pipe Work in Chester County Creates Water Well Issue for Some). Sunoco is accepting the blame for fouling a dozen private…

West Goshen Pulls Legal Stunt in Attempt to Stop ME2 Pipeline

Last March MDN told you about the desperate last stand taken by liberal anti-pipeliners in West Goshen Township, in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester County (see West Goshen’s Last Stand to Stop Mariner East 2 Pipeline). West Goshen signaled it would deny Sunoco a zoning permit for a valve on the pipeline. Sunoco politely, but…

Ohio Steals $15M from O&G Severance Tax Fund for Non-O&G Purpose

The Ohio Controlling Board, part of the Office of Budget and Management, has raided (i.e. stolen) $15 million from Ohio’s severance tax fund to use in settling a lawsuit from the late 1990s–a lawsuit that has nothing whatsoever to do with oil and gas. According to the American Petroleum Institute Ohio, the misappropriation of the…

Williams Hillabee Project Goes Online, NatGas Flowing to Florida

We have a correction to a previous story. In June MDN brought you the news that the Sabal Trail Transmission pipeline, a $3.2 billion, 515-mile interstate natural gas pipeline in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, had been placed into service, flowing natural gas to Florida electric generating plants (see Marcellus Gas Hitches a Ride to Florida…

Va. Landowners Illegally Block MVP Survey Crew on Bent Mountain

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 continue to use (abuse) local law enforcement in their zeal to oppose the…

Lack of FERC Confirmations Now Critical – $25B & 75K Jobs at Risk

The lack of a quorum (enough voting members) for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is has gone beyond amusing and angering–it’s now critical. Early in the new Trump presidency we noted the curious behavior of liberal Democrats, who are also virulent anti-drillers, in their hammering of Trump over lack of nominating people to FERC…

Fracking Makes More Babies…Who Knew?

We’re not quite sure how to present this news. In some respects, we want to roll around on the ground laughing. In other respects, we’re angry at the semi “racist” overtones of a new “research” paper. We’ll report, you decide. A couple of researchers from the University of Maryland’s Dept. of Economics have published a…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PA PUC’s Coleman gets reappointed for another 5-year term; US largest clean coal plant turns to natgas; Halliburton hiring 100 per month in Texas; states & cities can’t uphold Paris climate agreement on their own–it’s illegal; US…

If It’s Not Dispatchable, It’s Not Helpful, But Hurtful

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Solar and wind energy can be useful supplemental sources of energy but they’re not dispatchable and hurt more than help when they become the main source. It’s remarkable how few people understand the dynamics of energy; that it’s not enough to be able to produce it but, rather, must…

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