Daily Archives: August 15, 2017

PA Rep. Ortitay Intros Watered-Down Minimum Royalty Bill

Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Ortitay, Republican from South Fayette (Washington & Allegheny Counties), PA who replaced Jesse White in January 2015 (see Pro-Driller Ortitay Replaces Anti-Driller White in PA House) has introduced a new bill in the PA House to bridge the gap between landowners who want a guaranteed minimum royalty of 12.5% regardless of post-production costs,…

WVONGA Makes Plans to Push Forced Pooling Lite in 2018

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) plans to push, once again, for what MDN calls forced pooling lite in the next session of the legislature scheduled for early 2018. Forced pooling legislation in West Virginia has been put forward five times in the past seven years–and each time it has failed to…

More Evidence PA House Repubs Beginning to Cave on Severance Tax

We continue to read articles about the ongoing effort by Pennsylvania Democrats and some squishy Republicans to slap a severance tax on top of an existing impact tax on natural gas drilling in the Keystone State. As we pointed out yesterday, Philadelphia teacher’s unions are in the forefront of a plan to grab money from…

Big Green Groups Stage Walkout at PA DEP Atlantic Sunrise Hearing

Last night the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) held one final public hearing for the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project–in Lancaster. As we previously reported, anti-fossil fuel nutters planned to gather prior to the meeting so they could choreograph a “walkout” of the meeting, as a form of protest (see PA DEP to Hold…

EIA Makes Big Changes to Monthly Drilling Report, Combines M-U

MDN’s favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), has just made big changes to 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…

Update on MarkWest Processing Plant Proposal for Smith Twp

The MarkWest Harmon Creek Complex planned for Washington County, PA continues to make progress. Last fall NGI’s Shale Daily reported that MarkWest planned to build a new processing plant to process natural gas for Range Resources (see MarkWest Building New Processing Plant in Washington County, PA). But following the initial announcement, all went quiet and…

Michigan County Tells FERC NEXUS Won’t Clean Up After Itself

The Washtenaw County (Michigan) Road Commission has written a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), requesting FERC deny a certificate to build the NEXUS Pipeline because (they claim) NEXUS has bullied them. It seems the Road Commission has been working with NEXUS over the past year to prepare for the pipeline. The Road…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Appalachinan Basin provides economic boost to northeastern US; Delaware Riverkeeper blithely ignores the rules; Monroe County, OH Chamber preps for economic growth from o&g; pipelines and coal mines intersect under Hare Krishna shrines in WV; update on…

Dimock Fractivists Do Weapons Grade Deflection and Obfuscation

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Unbelievable as it may be, fractivists are trying to pull their Dimock tale out of the dustbin of history by defending a “weapons Grade” uranium charge. It’s time to do one of those “you can’t make this stuff up” stories. This one, predictably has to do with Dimock,…

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