Daily Archives: August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse Causes No Electrical Grid Issues, Thanks to Natural Gas

Solar companies and grid operators across the country spent ample time planning for this week’s solar eclipse, particularly in California and North Carolina, which dominate the country in solar output. Those efforts paid off, as consumers faced no issues, even as solar output was cut in half in California, dropping from 6,000 megawatts (MW) to…

PA State Senator Floats Bill to Make Criminal Protesters Pay

PA residents in Lancaster County have a keeper in freshman Senator Scott Martin. Back in May MDN reported that Martin was cooking up legislation to send the cleanup bill for illegal protests–to the protesters (see PA State Senator Introducing Law to Send Protesters Cleanup Bill). The bill is now here–Senate Bill (SB) 754 (full copy…

New 870 MW Gas-Fired Electric Plant in NW Ohio Begins Operation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich officiated at a ceremony to launch a new Utica gas-fired electric generating plant in Oregon (Lucas County), near Toledo, yesterday. CME Energy’s Oregon Clean Energy Center plant will generate 870-megawatts of electricity, enough to power 700,000 homes. The plant cost $900 million to build and employed close to 1,000 people during…

KM Plans to Convert Tennessee Gas Pipeline to Flow M-U NGLs South

Here’s a story that wasn’t actively on our radar. It’s an old story, but is now in the news again with the recent quorum reestablished at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In August 2013, exactly four years ago, midstream giant Kinder Morgan and competitor midstream company MarkWest Energy (now part of Marathon Petroleum) signed…

Hypocrite Maryland Gov Hogan Throws Switch on NatGas Elec Plant

Must be Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (Republican in Name Only) didn’t read the rest of the memo from his Big Green pals. You may recall Hogan, a first-term Republican, campaigned on a platform of supporting natural gas development in his state and after getting elected, he caved to radical Big Green extremists and signed a…

Using FOIA, Antis Discover 2 Minor Infractions by Rover in WV

Anti-fossil fuel activists attempting to stop the unstoppable Rover Pipeline are doing their best to smear and prejudice people against the project. Rover has had its share of problems. We’ve chronicled those problems–like leaking 2 million gallons of drilling mud in Ohio when performing underground horizontal directional drilling (see Rover Pipeline Accident Spills ~2M Gal….

Coal Supporters Still Trying to Stop WV NatGas Electric Plants

The West Virginia Public Service Commission will hear public hearing tomorrow on a proposed power plant in Brooke County, WV. The 750-megawatt Marcellus-fired electric plant will be built by Energy Solutions Consortium–the father and son team of Andrew and Matthew Dorn (based in Buffalo, NY). The Dorns are currently building another gas-fired plant–in Marshall County…

Antis Pressure Virginia DEQ to Delay or Deny Permits for 2 Pipelines

Anti-fossil fuelers, aided and abetted by liberal local media, continues the drumbeat to pressure the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality to either block, or greatly slow down, approvals needed to build both the $5 billion, 594-mile Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project and the $3.5 billion, 301-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Both pipelines start in…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: 2nd Circuit decision may not mark the end of the Constitution Pipeline after all; OH Gov Kasich not backing nuclear bailout; Indiana PA Chamber goes to Louisiana, has eyes opened re petchem; WV Congressman advocates for ethane…

Wild-Eyed Eric Schneiderman Takes Russian Oil Money?

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   It’s hard to imagine a more despicable demagogic pol than Eric Schneiderman, New York’s wild-eyed Attorney General and NRDC shill. But, Russian oil money? Eric Schneiderman may be the nastiest, most under-handed politician in America. He promotes and does the dirty work of the NRDC gang. He harasses tiny…

Constitution Case Ensures NY More Winters of High Energy Prices

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   The Constitution Pipeline was denied in court, questioning how long will NY continue making pipelines a political issue and forcing energy prices higher? The Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s appeal of the refusal by the New York Department of…

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