Daily Archives: September 15, 2017

Big Win for Millennium Pipeline: Big Loss for New York DEC

Attorney Thomas S. West Founder and Managing Partner The West Firm, PLLC   FERC just gave Millennium Pipeline a big win and blew New York State DEC out of the water with a much deserved put-down and precedent for other pipelines. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an important decision today in favor of Millennium…

Energy Industry Workers Share Compelling Stories at Legislative Hearing

Recently, the California State Assembly’s held a hearing on the economic impacts of energy policy and energy industry professionals took time away from the oil patch to share their personal stories with lawmakers. As it always has in California, the industry acknowledged the importance of mitigating climate change and general environmental stewardship but also reminded…

Is Pennsylvania Jeopardizing Drilling to Fix the Budget Shortfall?

Keith Naughton Principal, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC   Pennsylvania is once again trying to pass a severance tax, to help balance a budget shortfall, leaving the natural gas industry worried about their future. JKLM Energy is extremely disappointed with current developments in which the Senate passed an amended Tax Reform Bill to include a severance…

PA Court Case May Create Loophole for Landowners to Bust Old Leases

According to expert analysis by the legal beagles at the Blank Rome law firm, a recent decision by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania disregards established precedent law and has created a new law in PA, possibly “leaving lessees [drillers] in limbo, possibly giving unscrupulous lessors [landowners] a unilateral tool to terminate oil and gas leases,…

PA House Should Nuke Anti-Landowner Section 1610 of Budget Bill

In July when the Pennsylvania Senate passed their awful budget bill that includes a variety of new taxes, including a new severance tax on the Marcellus industry, they also slipped in Section 1610 which changes established lease law with respect to oil and gas wells that no longer produce anything (see PA Senate Slips Anti-Landowner…

Big Green Begs FERC to Delay Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

Last week the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the final permit needed by Williams to begin construction on Atlantic Sunrise, a $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County (see PA Issues Final…

Pinelands Commission Approves Pipeline Thru N NJ Scrub Pines

Anti-fossil fuel radicals behaved badly, as they usually do, at yesterday’s New Jersey Pinelands Commission meeting. Using “whistles, cowbells and shouts,” and holding “Pinocchio noses to their faces,” radical antis from groups like the Sierra Club tried to bully commissioners into denying approval of a $130 million, 28-mile natural gas pipeline proposed by New Jersey…

UGI Adds Marcellus Gas Service to Town Between Scranton, W-B

It is a story we see happening more and more frequently–local distribution companies (LDCs, your local gas & electric company) are adding new customers in places previously not served by natural gas lines–because of the presence of the abundant, cheap, and clean-burning Marcellus Shale. The latest such story we noticed of this type comes from…

Time for FERC, Congress to Slap States into Line re Pipe Refusals

West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) capricious decision to yank a permit it previously granted for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is “the last straw” according to the legal beagles at the Blank Rome law firm. Last week WVDEP, under pressure in a lawsuit brought by the radical Sierra Club, decided to revoke a previously…

Liberal Short Seller Says Shale Oil & Gas on “Road to Ruin”

Ever notice how liberal mainstream news organizations, like CNBC, call someone “renowned” when they echo the media narrative of the day? Such is the case with an investor, Jim Chanos, who is betting against the shale industry by short selling–taking stock positions that bet stock prices for shale companies will go DOWN. So this big-time…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Rover Pipeline sends more Marcellus/Utica shale gas west; Maryland antis hold public meeting to trash talk short pipeline under Potomac River; LNG exports picking up post-Hurricane Harvey; Sabal Trail pipeline operated safely through Hurricane Irma; Texas frac…

DRBC Action Is Simply Defensive Move in War for Land

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   The DRBC decision yesterday to sometime consider something we haven’t yet seen is getting press but it’s only a defensive move in a bigger war over land. I don’t have a lot to add to the post I wrote yesterday prior to the DRBC vote on its resolution….

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