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The Power Grid Needs Stability, Not Ripping Off the Band-Aid

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  Many believe that we can shut down fossil fuel plants today and rely directly on renewables. Our power grid says otherwise.  Some things in life are better suited to be done quickly. The slower the motion, the more pain that is inflicted. Ripping off a Band-Aid is one example…

Penn State Gets Into the Fracking Weeds and Sprays Hyperbole

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Penn State University has done another study. This one is on the fracking weeds and while the conclusions are reasonable PSU is spraying a lot of hyperbole. Two friends sent me a copy of an article from the Penn State News about a new study the University has…

US Natural Gas Reserves Now at 52-Year High and Growing

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  Estimates have been released that show our natural gas reserves are up by tens of trillions over 2014 estimates; enough to last 104 years.  Natural gas is changing the world. It is leading to a world-wide change in mentality as more and more countries are deciding to use it over…

Revisiting a Stanford Study on GHG Emissions from Aging Oilfields

Stanford University released a study this week that finds greenhouse gas emission intensity from oilfields increases “in some cases over tenfold” over a 25-year timeframe, because more energy is required to extract crude as oilfields age. The study didn’t garner much media coverage, but a write-up in E&E News headlined “Emissions surge as production areas…

Chesapeake Tries to Wiggle Out of PA Royalty Lawsuit on Technicality

In December 2015, Pennsylvania’s felony-indicted Attorney General, Kathleen Kane (now gone), brought a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy, Anadarko and Williams accusing them of, among other things, royalty fraud (see PA Atty General Sues Chesapeake Energy, Williams for Royalty Fraud). In May 2016, MDN reported that Chesapeake and Anadarko had filed to dismiss Kane’s complaints against…

New Frack Wastewater Well on the Way in Allegheny County, PA

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is the agency in charge of approving oil and gas wastewater injection wells, will hold a hearing next Wednesday in Plum, PA (Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh) on whether or not to approve an application and plan from Penneco Environmental Solutions (division of Penneco Oil Co.) to convert a…

New Penn State Frack Wastewater “Study” Beats a Dead Horse

Not long after Michael Krancer was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection in 2011, he “requested” (which was more order than request) that municipal sewage treatment plants still accepting and processing Marcellus drilling wastewater stop the practice. At the time there were 15 plants accepting Marcellus wastewater. Under pressure from Krancer, they…

WV Chemical Trade Group Hints Many New Downstream Projects Coming

We spotted an editorial in the Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail written by Kevin DiGregorio, executive director of the nonprofit Chemical Alliance Zone (CAZ). According to the CAZ website, the organization “works with partners across West Virginia to boost and maintain investments and jobs in the chemical industry and related industries, including natural gas, manufacturing, and technology…

Research: Shale Dev in PA Leads to Spread of Invasive Plants

While we wrote about a Penn State research study today that appears legitimate, but seven years too late (see New Penn State Frack Wastewater “Study” Beats a Dead Horse), there is another recently published Penn State study that is also legit that is not yet a huge issue, but certainly has potential to be a…

Supporters, Antis Turn Out for 2 NC Public Hearings on AC Pipeline

This past week, the North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held two public hearings on Dominion’s proposed $5 billion, 594-mile natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. One hearing was in Fayetteville, the other in Rocky Mount. Both had more people opposed to the project than…

Report: Marcellus/Utica Contains 39% of ‘Potential’ NatGas in US

The Potential Gas Committee (PGC), a private non-profit organization loosely affiliated with the Colorado School of Mines, performs a comprehensive study of potential supplies of natural gas in the United States every two years. In April of 2013 MDN reported the committee’s findings of just how much gas is down there (see Marcellus Region Contains…

Select Energy, Rockwater Merge to Create Huge Shale Water Provider

Rockwater Energy Solutions is a “leading provider of comprehensive water management solutions to the North American unconventional oil and gas industry” and the only company that provides complementary chemistry products and expertise in connection with its water solutions. Rockwater operates in the Marcellus/Utica region, among other shale plays. Select Energy Services is a billion dollar…

The Real Russia Scandal: Russia Funds U.S. Anti-Fracking Groups

We’ve been listening to fake news about a supposed connection between Russia and the Trump campaign for so long now, we’re ready to puke. It’s a totally fabricated story without even an allegation of wrongdoing. Fake news outlets like CNN run this garbage endlessly (so we’ve been told, we NEVER watch CNN). So perhaps you…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jul 21, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: MPLX’s expanded plan for piping Marcellus/Utica NGLs; Vermont clamps down on windmills; gas industry worried that Trump push for coal may affect gas-fired plants; US House votes to streamline pipeline reviews; why Millenials won’t work in the…

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be…

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