Tagged Pennsylvania

Lawyer to PA Drillers: No Royalties? Time to Terminate the Lease

For the past couple of years MDN has covered the issue of low and no royalties for landowners in Pennsylvania and other states because of the low commodity price for natural gas–and because drillers are deducting post-production expenses. The problem, from the landowner’s perspective, is that gas is still getting pumped–and they aren’t getting anything…

PA Enviro Justice Listening Tour Continues to Draw Almost No One

Last December the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it would go on a “listening tour” in early 2017, to focus on so-called environmental justice (see PA DEP to Conduct ‘Listening Tour’ for ‘Environmental Justice’). The DEP finally set up a schedule for its listening tour, which began in March in Greene County (see…

Pipeline Routing Negotiation Illustrates A Better Way

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.   Landowners truly concerned with the impacts of pipeline development have a great example of how to negotiate to get what they want with the Atlantic Sunrise. Something very interesting happened with respect to the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline happened last week. It demonstrates how landowners and others with meaningful…

Shale Gas News – April 22, 2017

Bill desRosiers External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas   The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Rover Pipeline, storage hubs, pipeline jobs and much more last week. Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural…

Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

Institute for Energy Research …. ….   Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career. New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a…

Penn State Misses Trees for Forest Fragmentation

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  In a recent Penn State study, partially funded by the anti-drilling Heinz Foundation, researchers claim pipelines cause forest fragmentation. Researchers from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State have just published a new study/paper in the Journal of Environmental Management titled, “Linear infrastructure…

Why Every State Should Care About the DRBC Lawsuit

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  The DRBC lawsuit now before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if states surrender their sovereignty to bureaucracies when they enter compacts. Late last month, I reported here on the status of the DRBC lawsuit, which, following some blistering observations from the district court judge about…

PA Launch 1st of 29 CNG Stations for Public Transit Buses

Yesterday Pennsylvania officials converged on Cambria County to unveil what is the first of 29 total CNG (compressed natural gas) fueling facilities that are being built in a public/private partnership for PA’s public bus transit fleet. Beginning this year and stretching through 2021, Trillium CNG will build and operate a total of 29 CNG fueling…

Shale Gas Wastewater Tech Inventor Chosen ‘Inventor of the Year’

The Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA), a group of more than 180 intellectual property lawyers in Western PA, bestowed their Inventor of the Year award to Dr. Shyam V. Dighe, founder and president of AquaSource Technologies Corporation, earlier this week. It is the 34th year in a row PIPLA has made such an award….

PA Lib Dem Introducing Bill to “Fix” Strippers Once and for All

The kerfuffle over strippers in PA continues–stripper wells, that is. In brief, in 2012 Pennsylvania passed the Act 13 law that includes a fee on wells targeting shale layers, including the Marcellus. Snyder Brothers, headquartered in Kittanning, PA, drills mostly conventional (vertical only) wells in southwestern PA. In 2011-2012 they drilled 45 vertical-only wells, but…

Elizabeth Twp Hearing re Alternate Location for Gas Power Plant

In January 2016, Invenergy announced their intention to build a natgas-powered electric plant in Elizabeth Township, in Allegheny County (see Invenergy Eyes SWPA for Second Marcellus-Powered Electric Plant). The proposed Elizabeth plant, modestly sized at 550 megawatts, would be built on a brownfield site near Pittsburgh. Even though the site is a former landfill where…

PennFuture Radicals Want to Deny Rural Folks Access to NatGas

Yesterday MDN reported that NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners), under the watch care of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) member Rob Powelson, currently the president of NARUC, has launched an effort that tries to help rural (and poor) folks without access to cheap, clean-burning natural gas, get access (see NARUC Creates Group to…

Thoroughbred Cabot O&G Ready to Bolt When Pipeline Gate Opens

Cabot Oil & Gas had the highest production in the county with the highest amount of production (Susquehanna County) in 2016 in Pennsylvania. Cabot had the second highest amount of production (coming from that single county) in PA for all of 2016, not far behind Chesapeake Energy. Last year using their “Gen 4” completions in…

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