Daily Archives: August 11, 2017

Job Creators ‘Punch Back’ Against Massive Energy Tax Hikes

Pennsylvania job-creators “punched back” – as the Associated Press reports – this week against the wave of new and even higher energy taxes passed recently by the state senate that will harm manufacturers, small businesses, and consumers alike. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers – which pay an impact tax that’s generated…

One of Nation’s Largest NatGas Microgrids Coming to Philly Navy Yard

We’re starting to see more and more news about natural gas-fired microgrids, used for “peaking”. Microgrids are small electric generating plants, most often powered by natural gas. They usually produce a few megawatts of electricity. The concept of “peaking” means that during times of high electricity demand, these small microgrids kick on and produce electricity…

FERC Quorum Restored; New Chairman; List of Stalled Pipe Projects

A bunch of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) news to report. On Tuesday, FERC commissioner nominee Neil Chatterjee was sworn in, bringing the voting tally to two (of five). Yesterday, nominee Rob Powelson was sworn in, bringing the vote tally to three of five–which is now a quorum. Hooray! There are some $50 billion worth…

No Objections at Columbus Hearing on Lordstown NatGas Elec Plant

It looks like the trouble Vienna Investments tried to make for Clean Energy Future in wanting to build a second natural gas-fired electric generating plant in the same office park where the first is being built (near a building owned by Vienna) has amounted to nothing. Bupkis. The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) held a…

PA House Beginning to Cave on Severance Tax? Maybe…

MDN has covered the ongoing budget debate in Pennsylvania for months. The PA Senate and House are controlled by Republican majorities–but not necessarily conservative majorities. The Republicans fell into a trap set by the Democrats. They passed a ~$32 billion budget with only enough revenue to pay for $30 billion–meaning there’s a $2 billion gap…

EXCO Resources 2Q17: Still No M-U Drilling, but Considering It

EXCO Resources was once a sizable player in the Marcellus. They still have 184,000 net acres in the Marcellus, with 124 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and in production. However, EXCO, as we pointed out a year ago, has abandoned the Marcellus at this point (see EXCO: No Marcellus Drilling in 2015/2016, NYSE Threatens Delisting). The…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Aug 11, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Will shareholders vote ‘yes’ on EQT/Rice merger?; no drilling mud reached Canton, OH water supply; Utica Shale counties show highest income growth in OH; Bowling Green charter amendment to ban fossil fuel infrastructure in trouble; judge tells…

New Study on Fracking and Schools Comes to a Surprising Conclusion

In recent years, we’ve seen no shortage of scary headlines about how shale development is harmful to schools. Anti-drilling groups say development occurs too close, or that air emissions could harm students’ health (curiously, those claims are rarely supported by any data, and the data that do exist actually suggest the opposite). That’s why we…

Are Electric Vehicles the Answer or Just New Packaging?

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Electric vehicles are interesting, but do consumers want them, are they affordable and are they anything more than a new way to package the same fuels? Globally, the number of electric vehicles on the road in 2016 was 2 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). China,…

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