Daily Archives: August 1, 2017

American-Made Plastic Making a Comeback — Because Shale

Natural gas is a resource with a lot of uses. Not only can it heat homes and supply electricity — things most people would typically associate it with — it can also be used to make many of the everyday items Americans take for granted. For example, it is because of natural gas that we…

World Bank Data Show US Flaring Decreased 25 Percent in 2016

With the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) controversial venting and flaring rule targeting oil and gas infrastructure on public lands postponed indefinitely, evidence continues to mount showing why the regulation has frequently been called a solution in search of a problem. New data from the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) shows that…

Consol plans to add 3rd rig in 2018

Consol Energy Inc. plans to add another rig sometime next year. The Canonsburg-based Consol (NYSE: CNX) has been running two rigs running for natural gas, one in western Pennsylvania and the other in the dry Utica Shale region of Monroe County, Ohio, about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. It’s another sign of improving fortunes in…

Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee is Working (Better Than Severance Tax)

Brittany Ramos Coordinator, External Affairs Cabot Oil & Gas    Once again Governor Wolf calls for a severance tax in the budget, ignoring facts showing the current impact fee is not only working; it’s generating more. Summertime, it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing…

Gulfport 2Q17: Most Active Utica Quarter Ever, 29 Wells Added

Yesterday Gulfport Energy released the company’s second quarter 2017 operational (not financial) update. Gulfport is one of those companies that teases by separating the two. Normally we’d wait and report both together, but there is some interesting news coming from the operational side. Gulfport, which drills mainly in the Utica (but also the SCOOP, in…

Energy Transfer Sells 32% Ownership in Rover Pipe to Blackstone

In a surprise move, Energy Transfer Partners has sold what amounts to be 32.44% of the ownership of the still uncompleted Rover Pipeline to Blackstone, a private equity and so-called alternative equity firm based in New York City. In fact, Blackstone is the largest alternative equity firm (investing in things other than stocks/bonds/cash) in the…

Update on “Evolving Giant” Utica Shale – from Range Resources

In early April of this year the 2017 AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Annual Convention & Exhibition was held in Houston, TX. During one of the sessions, William Zagorski and Taylor McClain delivered a talk called “Discovery of the Utica Shale: Update on an Evolving Giant.” The interesting thing is that Zagorski and McClain…

Two Democrat Backbenchers Try to Interfere in Rover Pipe, FERC

A United State Senator from Washington State (left coast) and a Congressman from New Jersey, both of them liberal Democrats, have sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over “troubling reports” regarding Energy Transfer Partners and the Rover Pipeline project. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is a ranking member of Senate Energy and…

2 Marcellus/Utica States Produce More Energy than They Consume

When a state produces more energy than it consumes, that state is a net energy “supplier” (or exporter). States consume energy in the form of oil, gas, coal and electricity, primarily. They produce energy in the same way. Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, recently released State Energy Data System estimates for…

Sierra Club Asks NC Regulators to Revoke AC Pipeline Contracts

The radicals at the Sierra Club are taking another run at stopping Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project in its tracks–before the first inch of pipe is laid. ACP is a $5 billion, 594-mile natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. This time Sierra Club nutters are…

Update on NG Advantage Virtual Pipeline near Binghamton

What’s the latest with the proposed virtual pipeline in Broome County, NY? NG Advantage wants to build a “virtual pipeline” operation in a suburb of Binghamton. The location NG picked, after considering up to six locations in the region, was selected because of it’s proximity to major highways, proximity to the Millennium Pipeline, and availability…

Is Truck Traffic the Culprit in Fracking’s So-Called ‘Health Effects’

West Virginia University professor and researcher Dr. Michael McCawley, chairman of the Dept. of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, has been studying the health effects of fracking since 2012. Dr. McCawley launched the Marcellus Shale Energy and Environment Laboratory (MSEEL)–a project that drilled a test well is providing real-time…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Aug 1, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Oil & gas commission in Ohio full of vacancies; don’t balance PA’s budget on the backs of Marcellus drillers; pipeliners in WV must follow the rules; new bill in Congress aims to expedite LNG approvals; shale oil…

It’s Sunset for the Lancaster Stand Against the Atlantic Sunrise

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Turnabout being fair play, it’s a beautiful thing; Williams, developer of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is sunsetting the Lancaster Against Pipelines Stand. “The Stand” had been sunsetted. According to the Houston Chronicle: CONESTOGA, Pa. (AP) — A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas is…

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