Daily Archives: July 18, 2017

To meet climate goals, California should produce more oil, not less

It is often forgotten that California has a robust, century-old oil and gas industry that has helped power the state’s rise into a cultural and economic superpower, all while operating under the strictest environmental regulations in the nation. This is why recent anti-industry attacks from activists suggesting California should curb its oil production are far…

New Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant Coming in Clinton County, PA

It seems like Marcellus gas-fired electric generating plants are popping up faster than early summer dandelions around Pennsylvania. However, appearances can be deceiving. Decisions and plans to build these vitally important energy infrastructure projects aren’t made at the drop of a hat. They take years. For example, we spotted an article about the groundbreaking for…

“Privileged White” Actor James Cromwell Jailed for Power Plant Protest

Hollywood actor James Cromwell is not only a privileged, spoiled 77-year old, he’s also self-loathing–because he’s white. That’s what we take from an article appearing in People magazine and its interview with Cromwell, who starred in movies like Babe, The Sum of All Fears and (one our favorites), Star Trek: First Contact. Cromwell, a Manhattanite,…

EnerVest Goes Bust, from $2 Billion to $0 – Impact in M-U?

Private equity firm EnerVest owns a lot of acreage and wells (most of them conventional) in the Marcellus/Utica region. In addition to investing in land and wells, EnerVest also has its own upstream subsidiary, EV Energy Partners. In March of this year, EnerVest put 360,621 acres of leases and 1,100 wells in the Appalachian Basin…

PennFuture Tries to Bully Allegheny County re Lease Revenue

The true colors of PennFuture, a radical anti-drilling group, are now revealed for all to see. In June, MDN warned you that Big Green groups like PennFuture are attempting to “weaponize” a recent PA Supreme Court ruling (see PA Anti Strategy: Weaponize Recent Court Ruling Against Shale Dev). The Supremes, in a sharply divided decision,…

Rover Still in Hot Water w/FERC Over Demolishing This Old House

In May 2015, Rover purchased a house in Carroll County, OH, located near where the pipeline, and a compressor station for that pipeline, is due to run. Rover bought the house to use for offices for several Rover affiliate companies. After buying it, Rover determined the house was “ill-suited for its intended purpose” and decided…

EIA July Drilling Rpt: US & M-U Production Hit New Record Highs

Yesterday, MDN’s favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued our favorite monthly report–the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR is the EIA’s best guess, based on expert data crunchers, as to how much each of the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce for both oil and natural gas in the coming…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: M-U rig counts double those of a year ago; natgas is saving farms and building communities in PA; discrimination lawsuit in the Marcellus; it’s not your father’s Haynesville Shale; China opening up to US oil; why nuclear…

Decarbonization War Against Natural Gas Futile

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Decarbonization has no place in America’s energy plan. It relies on technology not developed yet, to reduce carbon dioxide, which natural gas is already doing at record rates.  “With a clean electricity system comes opportunities to reduce fossil fuel usage in these sectors: for example, electric vehicles displace…

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