Daily Archives: August 3, 2017

Energy Tax Increases Threaten Pa.’s Economic Opportunity

Natural gas development in Pennsylvania supports more than 320,000 jobs and contributes more than $45 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers study confirms. The report, conducted on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, also found that energy development supports good-paying jobs, with nearly $23 billion in wages provided to hard-working Pennsylvanians. This latest…

Range Resources 2Q17 – Hints at Selling NE PA Marcellus

Range Resources, the very first driller to sink a Marcellus (back in 2004), released its second quarter 2017 results and held a conference call yesterday to discuss it. Range had a great 2Q17, with record production of close to 2 billion cubic feet per day (up 37% from 2Q16). Range’s Marcellus/Utica gas production was up…

Dominion: Cove Point LNG 95% Complete, Online in 4Q17

Dominion Energy released its second quarter 2017 update and held a conference call yesterday to discuss those results. Dominion is a huge producer and transporter of energy with its fingers in a lot pies. Dominion produces 26,200 megawatts of electricity, owns 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines, and owns 6,600 miles…

Judge Hears Arguments For/Against Broome Virtual Pipe, Delay Stays

Yesterday both sides were in court in Broome County, NY to put forward their best arguments for why a natural gas transfer station (i.e. virtual pipeline) project in the Town of Fenton, near Binghamton, should (or should not) get built. We’ve covered this story from the beginning–because we like virtual pipelines which get natural gas…

Shell Needs 450 Welders to Work on Ethane Cracker Plant

Good news if you’re a welder, or interested in a welding career, and you live in southwestern Pennsylvania. Shell needs you. Shell is in the process of building a massive, $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA (northwest of Pittsburgh). Cracker plants have lots of pipes that need to be welded as the…

Anti-Pipe Objections Aired in Wrong Forum in Morgan County, WV

As MDN has previously reported, Mountaineer XPress Pipeline includes 165 miles of new pipeline with approximately 2.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day of transportation capacity from existing and future points of receipt along or near the Columbia pipeline system–most of it located in West Virginia (see Details on Columbia Pipeline Mountaineer XPress Pipeline Project)….

Nova Scotia’s Bear Head LNG Sees Surge of Interest

For the past few years, MDN has tracked the progress of an LNG export plant planned for the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, the Bear Head LNG project (see our Bear Head LNG stories here). Of all the Canadian LNG export projects, Bear Head seems to have the most momentum. The project has received most…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Aug 3, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: NY politicians don’t let facts on fracking stand in way of ignorance; rig count rises in OH Utica; class-action lawsuit against Range Resources over wages; Atlantic Coast Pipeline debated at WV DEP hearing; WV Northern Panhandle needs…

Wolf Postures and Wastes Time While DEP Permits Languish

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thinks it’s more important to waste time demagoguing clean air issues than solving them by issuing stalled DEP pipeline permits. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been a huge disappointment, an incompetent political showboat. He has routinely tried to appease the wacko element of his…

Solar Squeezed As Net Metering Scam Comes to End

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Solar energy makes sense when it’s not subsidized with net metering scams but sales dependent on those scams are being squeezed out as they are phased out. Rooftop solar installations have seen explosive growth, but that growth explosion is expected to change this year. Bloomberg News Energy Finance…

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