Daily Archives: September 14, 2017

New Book Declares “Golden Age” of American Natural Gas

Energy Expert Dr. Agnia Grigas discussed her latest book, The New Geopolitics of Natrual Gas, earlier this week at a special book launch event hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. She asserted that three factors have combined to create a new “golden age” for natural gas: the US shale gas revolution, the liquefied…

Higher Energy Taxes are a “Boneheaded Move” Risking Jobs, Investment

Our abundant natural gas resources give Pa. manufacturers an energy advantage, as low-cost, reliable natural gas has created new generational business opportunities. Harnessing our energy resources for end-use opportunities in power generation and manufacturing can “be the engine of new growth” for the Commonwealth, Chevron Appalachia’s Stacey Olson and Peoples Natural Gas’ Morgan O’Brien wrote…

Video/Pictures: Boulder Fractivists Embarrass Themselves Again

Knock knock. Who’s there? Not Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones, because she doesn’t live here. That’s what happened early Sunday morning when anti-fracking activists staged a nearly hour-long protest at the wrong house in Boulder, Colo. This comes as a surprise since Jones is well known as an anti-fracking Boulder County Commissioner, and to have “Keep It In…

Governors from PA-NY-DE Vote to Ban Fracking in Dela. River Basin

Well they did it. Yesterday at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), representatives for the five voting members voted to begin the process of formalizing a permanent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. It wasn’t unexpected, but it was hotly contested–by both sides in the debate. As we’ve…

PA House Holds the Line – Passes Budget with No Severance Tax

Three cheers for Pennsylvania House Republicans. Hip hip, hooray! House Republicans did the near impossible–they held the line against a cockamamie plan to raise all sorts of taxes, including slapping a severance tax on the Marcellus gas industry (on top of the existing impact tax). You may recall our story about a group of hardworking…

Senators Try to Remove Sev. Tax Stain by Chiding Wolf re DRB Vote

Following yesterday’s vote by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to take the first step in a permanent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin (DRB), reaction from those who support drilling was swift. The American Petroleum Institute issued a statement saying, among other things, that the DRBC’s intention to permanently ban fracking in…

Monroeville, PA Passes Restrictive Seismic Testing Ordinance

Monroeville, PA (Allegheny County, suburb of Pittsburgh) voted last night to restrict seismic testing within municipal boundaries–a move meant to restrict future shale well drilling in the area by Huntley & Huntley. In a July story, MDN brought you the news that Cougar Land Services, a subcontractor working with Huntley & Huntley, is planning to…

Mountaineer NGL Storage Project Delayed Until 2018

Mountaineer NGL Storage wants to build a new underground NGL storage facility in Monroe County, Ohio, near Clarington, along the Ohio River (see New Company Announces Open Season for NGL Storage in Ohio Utica). As we reported in April, the company need customers to sign up to use the facility–a minimum of 1 million barrels…

Westmoreland Water Authority Expects $3M in Gas Royalties This Yr

In an incredible story of how Marcellus Shale drilling benefits local communities, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (i.e. the water authority) reports that it expects royalties received from 52 shale wells drilled on authority-owned land will jump another $1 million this year, to a total of over $3 million. The authority is still pushing…

PA AG Criminal Lawsuit Against XTO Energy Dismissed After 4 Yrs

Four years after then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane decided to turn an accident into a criminal prosecution against XTO Energy, the final chapter has been written. Anti-drilling Kane attempted to criminalize the accidental spill of a small amount of recycled wastewater by XTO that happened years before she took office (see PA AG Abuses Her…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Mountain Valley Pipe sidetracked, but still needed; ODNR issues 16 permits in OH Utica; Delco RINOs push severance tax; Okla. earthquakes blamed on fracking in new lawsuit; Gulf Coast energy hub “too important to fail”; Big Tech…

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