Daily Archives: August 18, 2017

Constitution Pipeline developers lose federal appeal

The developers behind the proposed 121-mile Constitution Pipeline lost another bid to bring natural gas into New York after a federal court of appeals Friday dismissed its lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to block the project. The investors and gas companies behind the project sought to spend $875 million to build a pipeline between northeastern…

Shell Cracker Plans to Build Truck Facility in Washington County

It looks like Shell is going to build a trucking dispatch operation for its ethane cracker–but it won’t be located anywhere near the cracker site. The new trucking facility will be located in Washington County, PA–more than an hour away! MDN was one of the first to announce Shell’s final investment decision to build an…

Lawrence County, PA O&G Production “Inching Upward Again”

Lawrence County, located along Pennsylvania’s border with Ohio, is not the first county you think of when discussing Marcellus/Utica drilling in western PA. There have been no permits to drill new shale wells in Lawrence so far this year. However, the county does have 58 operating shale wells–and the amount of gas those wells produce…

EXCO Resources Receives 3rd NYSE Notice of Delisting

EXCO Resources has just been threatened by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with delisting their stock–for the third time. EXCO 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 the company, as we pointed out a…

Utica Shale Powers Ohio’s Economy with Massive $68B Investment

The Utica Shale’s economic impact on Ohio has been nothing short of “staggering.” In fact the shale revolution has fundamentally changed the United States over the past 10 years. But nowhere is it more obvious than in the Buckeye State. Our friends at Energy in Depth have assembled the results of several research studies of…

If NatGas Pipeline is Blocked, NY Elec Plant Will Use Oil Instead

For the past 2+ years MDN has chronicled the journey of Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to build a $900 million Marcellus gas-fired electric plant in Wawayanda, NY, called the Valley Energy Center. Early on the project faced court challenges, but a judge gave final approval to build it in September 2015 (see Orange County, NY…

Marc/Utica Pipeline Troubles Led to Goldman Sachs Losing $100M

Yes, lack of pipelines in the Marcellus/Utica does hurt many people and businesses. When drillers can’t get their product to markets that fetch higher prices, the existing markets where they sell becomes saturated and the price drops. That means less money in royalty payments for landowners, less money in the pockets of drilling companies, less…

The Legal Dance Between States and FERC in Pipeline Approvals

MDN has enthusiastically covered the story of Millennium Pipeline’s challenge of the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) refusal to (so far) grant a federal Clean Water Act stream crossing permit for a short, 7.8-mile pipeline from Millennium to natgas-fired electric plant currently under construction in Orange County, NY. States are given a year…

The Many Types of Skilled Trades Jobs Needed to Build Pipelines

The Oil and Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee, led by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and North America’s Building Trades Unions, released a study this week on union pipeline employment across the county. The study outlines the many (many!) different types of jobs involved in building pipelines. You may think it’s just welders and their assistants….

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: OH Utica permits resume rise in July; Shell cracker plant’s reach impacting OH; NJ tries to screw-up oil trains shipments with onerous bill; teaching old Dog Anadarko Basin some new shale tricks; the Permian Basin will provide…

Did Governor Wolf’s Tax on Natural Gas Scare Away Foxconn?

Gordon Tomb Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives  … …   Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, who was considering PA for a new plant, may have had a change of heart due to Governor Wolf’s tax record. The governor of Wisconsin and industry statistics provide Pennsylvania House Republicans more reasons to resist proposals for…

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