Daily Archives: September 1, 2017

Utica Shale Gas Production Continues to Climb in Second Quarter

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced today second quarter oil and gas production totals from horizontal shale wells, and once again the Utica Shale continues to impress. Natural gas production rose by 16 percent compared to second quarter 2016 production and also rose slightly compared to the first quarter of 2017, rising by…

Labor Unions: A Key Partner in Pa. Energy Development

Against the Labor Day backdrop, while many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, the key partnership among our region’s building trades unions, energy producers and midstream companies is worth taking stock in and celebrating. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer has affirmed before, “our industry is deeply grateful for the critical and growing…

Rover Gas Pipeline Gets Phase 1A Approval

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the go-ahead to the Rover natural gas pipeline project’s Phase 1A, which will transport gas from Cadiz to the Midwest Hub, near Defiance in Ohio. The hub will serve as a distribution center for 68 percent of the gas Rover transports across the States. The US$4.2-billion pipeline, still…

Corrupt NY DEC Denies Water Permit for 7.8 Mile Power Plant Pipeline

Environmental radicalism has now fully metastasized at the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The organization is nothing more than a political tool of the environmental far-left (and corrupt Gov. Cuomo), as evidenced in the DEC’s latest outrageous decision to deny federal water crossing permits to a 7.8 mile pipeline to feed an electric…

Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Gets Water Permits from Army Corps, PA DEP

Great news to report! Both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) have now issued federal Clean Water Act stream crossing permits for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline–a $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with…

Big Portion of Rover Pipeline Now Up & Running – Thru Most of Ohio

On August 18th, Energy Transfer sent a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin flowing gas through a large portion of the Rover Pipeline project–called Phase 1A of the project–by August 31st (see Rover Pipe Ready to Flow! Seeks FERC Permission for Aug 31 Start http://ift.tt/2vSFB7q). We’re happy to report the gas…

M-U’s Biggest Drillers Increase NGL Production for Extra Money

When a driller sinks a hole in the ground looking for one hydrocarbon–like natural gas–other hydrocarbons also come out of the ground. Sometimes its oil. Sometimes condensate. Sometimes natural gas liquids (NGLs), including ethane, propane, butane, pentane, etc. In northeast and central Pennsylvania where the Marcellus Shale is prolific, most of what comes out of…

Crestwood’s Orange County, NY Rail NGL Terminal Opens Sept 6

In February MDN told you we had made a discovery in reading through Crestwood Equity Partners (formerly known as Crestwood Midstream) quarterly update: the company is “developing a greenfield rail-to-truck NGL terminal in Montgomery, NY that will increase propane supply reliability across the Northeast markets” (see Crestwood Building Rail-to-Truck NGL Terminal in Orange County, NY)….

PA DEP Reports: Air Emissions from Shale Industry Improve in 2015

The Pennsylvania State Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) keeps track of emissions from various sources–including the shale industry. When drillers drill and pipeline companies pipe, the equipment used leaks some nasty stuff into the air. Frankly it’s no different for any industrial activity or business. Even homes. We all emit stuff into the air. The…

PA DEP Plans Redo of Chapter 78 Conventional Well Regs in 2018

It looks like Pennsylvania’s conventional (non-shale) oil and gas drillers will get a reprieve from onerous new drilling rules–at least until next year. PA Gov. Tom Wolf has been obstinate in demanding onerous new drilling rules for the conventional, as well as unconventional (shale) drilling industry since he took office. Reworked drilling rules for both…

Did Shell Pull a Fast One on Big Green Groups re Air Permit?

Earlier this week MDN reported that Shell had settled an action brought by Big Green groups against an air permit issued for their now under construction ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA (see Shell Cuts Deal with Big Green Groups re Cracker Plant Air Permit). In 2015, two Big Green groups–the Philadelphia-based Clean Air…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Sep 1, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: 12 permits issued in OH Utica; OH pipelines pump up Wooster Airgas; landowners advised to document (with pics) pipeline impacts; natgas plant vital for Rhode Island; o&g industry fuels…Florida?!…with jobs and revenue; after Harvey, attention turns to…

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