Daily Archives: July 26, 2017

Ná Fracáil, But LNG Go Braugh in Ireland

Nick Grealy Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog …. …. Ireland has said no to fracking (“Ná Fracáil”) but eagerly signed onto LNG from America. It’s a beautiful thing for Texans but hugely hypocritical for Eire. Ireland recently decided to ban shale gas , adding to a small  list of paragons, mostly with little to no shale potential such as…

Showdown: Millennium Asks FERC for Permission to Ignore NY DEC

This is it folks. This is the case that will crush New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s blockade of important pipeline projects in the Empire State. For 19 months the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has dithered around, at the prompting of Andrew Cuomo, and has refused to grant federal Section 401 Water Quality…

PA Enviro Judge Puts 2-Week Pause on ME2 Pipeline Drilling

Anti-fossil fuelers who irrationally hate anything to do with natural gas, including the super-safe pipelines that flow it, have found a sympathetic judge inside the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Hearing Board to side with them in a campaign to stop the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. At least temporarily. Yesterday Environmental Hearing Board Judge…

UGI Marcellus-fed LNG Plant in NEPA Now Online

In May 2015, MDN brought you news that UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of northeast PA utility giant UGI Corporation, announced they will spend $60 million to build a new LNG production plant in Wyoming County, PA (see UGI Building LNG Plant in NEPA, Local Marcellus Gas to Feed It). The facility will liquefy locally…

Teacher’s Unions to PA: We Want Drillers’ Money – for Us!

The lengths to which the leadership of the Democrat Party in Pennsylvania is willing to go to tax Marcellus Shale drillers is amazing. And alarming. As we have pointed out, repeatedly, PA does not have a revenue shortfall problem–it has a spending problem. Like an alcoholic you can’t reason with and convince to stop drinking,…

WV Trade Groups Defend Antero’s Wastewater Recycling Facility

The heads of both WVONGA (West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association) and IOGA WV (Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia) teamed up to write a column in the Charleston Gazette-Mail by touting (defending?) Antero Resources’ Clearwater Facility–a $275 million frack wastewater recycling facility due to go online later this year. WVONGA and…

Youngstown Frack Ban Vote on November Ballot – for 7th Time

In May, MDN told you that virulent anti-drillers in Youngstown, OH, puppets of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), have once again circulated a petition to put a so-called Community Bill of Rights ballot measure on the ballot this November (see Youngstown Antis Seek to Legalize Anarchy with 7th CELDF Petition). The same people…

WV Senators Ask Trump to Create NGL Storage Hub Commission

West Virginia’s U.S. Senators, Shelley Moore Capito (Republican) and Joe Manchin (Democrat), continue to be a driving force in advocating for a $10 billion NGL storage hub to be located in WV, PA or OH. Back in May, Capito and Manchin introduced a bill to study such a project (see WV/OH Senators Intro Bill to…

UPenn Discovers Cheap Alternative to Steam Cracking Ethane

When huge ethane crackers like the proposed Shell cracker in Beaver County, PA use steam to “split” or “crack” ethane to form ethylene (the raw material used to make plastics), it takes a lot of energy, and there’s a lot of “leftover” energy and leftover carbon dioxide (CO2). As the mythology goes, more CO2 in…

Oil & Gas DUCs Now Flying in Different Directions

A quick oil & gas lesson, for new MDN readers. A DUC is a Drilled but UnCompleted well. Many times drillers will drill the initial hole in the ground, but then not “complete” (or frack) the well. Why do that? For a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is usually because the commodity price of…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jul 26, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: World’s first ‘transparent’ shale well operating in Morgantown, WV; natgas production up 13th straight year in WV; can Millstone nuke plant survive natgas; shortage of fracking crews slows the shale boom; frac sand demand breaking records; 2…

West Virginia DEP halts Rover Pipeline construction in two counties

The state Department of Environmental Protection halted construction for one of the West Virginia legs of the Rover pipeline on Tuesday, The State Journal reported. Construction stopped in Doddridge and Tyler counties for the $4 billion project by Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP). The DEP’s order comes after two inspections earlier this year were not up…

Enough of This Nunsense: These Atlantic Sunrise Opponents Use Gas!

Keep It Grounded In Fact (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)    The radical nuns who are making a spectacle of themselves opposing the Atlantic Sunrise are as wrong as wrong can be and are hypocritical natural gas users. If you searched the Internet for news accounts and images of the recently constructed outdoor “chapel” that…

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