Daily Archives: June 7, 2017

New York AG Once Again Changes Justification for Anti-Exxon Probe

The attorney general of New York has once again changed the focus of his investigation of Exxon Mobil, shifting from his original claim that the company was publicly trying to downplay the risks of global warming to a position that the company may have actually inflated the risks. The new focus marks the second time…

Youngstown Extremists Seeking to Legalize Civil Disobedience

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  Fractivists in Youngstown, who are growing tired of losing, are taking the extreme approach to try and change the rules and legalize civil disobedience. Anti-fossil fuel agitators in Youngstown, aided and abetted and whipped into a frenzy by the radical Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF),…

Rutgers Study Says Williams Pipeline to NYC Econ Boost of $327M

In May 2016, Williams’ Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company (Transco) pre-filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a project called the Northeast Supply Enhancement project (see Williams Pre-Files with FERC to Expand Transco Pipeline in PA, NY). The new project will increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets. In particular, Transco…

Rex Energy’s Stock Out of Woods, NASDAQ Won’t De-List

Rex Energy, a driller focused mainly on the Marcellus/Utica (headquartered in State College, PA), has had its share of financial challenges. It has swapped out IOUs for new IOUs, converted debt into equity (shares of stock), sold off assets in other basins–a whole lotta stuff to keep on drilling (see our Rex Energy stories here)….

Senate Committee Votes to Approve Trump’s FERC Nominees

In May, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (see 5 Climate Jihadists Disrupt Senate FERC Nominee Hearing). Neil Chatterjee, energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Robert Powelson, a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission member and president of the…

TransCanada Sells 4 Northeast Powergen Assets, 1 in Marcellus

Canadian-based TransCanada, famously known for wanting to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, didn’t want to be left out of the most important midstream story of the century (the Marcellus/Utica), so they bought Columbia Pipeline Group–closing on the sale in July 2016 (see TransCanada and Columbia Pipeline Tie the…

Youngstown Antis Float New Ballot Measure to Rig Elections

Anti-fossil fuel agitators in Youngstown, aided and abetted and whipped into a frenzy by the radical Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), have grown tired of losing. Six times now they have gotten enough signatures to put a so-called Community Bill of Rights (i.e. anti fracking) measure on the ballot for voters. And six times…

DOPEs Get Ready to Fight 13 Mile Pipeline Near Cincinnati

As MDN previously reported, Duke Energy needs to replace an aging pipeline, built in the 1950s, near Cincinnati, OH–or some people in Cincy will have to go without natural gas (see Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Duke Pipeline in Cincinnati). Duke has proposed a 13-mile, 20-inch pipeline along two potential routes. Both routes are opposed by…

Crystal Ball: Marcellus/Utica Production Over the Next 5 Years

When it comes to analysts and those who evaluate the oil and gas industry, one of the brightest stars in the firmament is RBN Energy. RBN is founded and directed by Rusty Braziel, one of the co-founders of Bentek Energy (now owned by Platts). Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money on CNBC, calls Rusty “the…

Beginning of the End: EPA Issues 90-Day Stay for Methane Rule

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama/McCarthy reign of terror, far overstepped its charter by seizing power that didn’t belong to it. In May 2016, the EPA issued new methane rules in a back-door way to try and regulate the oil and gas industry (see EPA Does it Again: Tries to Destroy O&G…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jun 7, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Rig count in tri-state area down by one; NY AG witch hunt now says Exxon TOO alarmist on global warming; small O&G, pipeline companies push back against One Call expansion; public bus natural gas fueling station opens…

Despite Repeated Failure, Anti-Fracking Activists Continue Efforts to Stop Youngstown Economic Development

Despite six consecutive failed attempts to pass a so-called “Community Bill of Rights” in Youngstown, Pennsylvania-based environmental activist group Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and fellow out-of-state fringe environmental groups are once again targeting the city. Their goal? To not only end oil and gas development — which has pumped $50 billion into Ohio’s…

Why Is Pennsylvania DEP Ignoring Reality on Methane?

Tom Shepstone Shepstone Management Company, Inc.     Pennsylvania DEP is determined to target shale producers with insane methane regulations regardless of the facts and achievements in reducing such emissions. There is something very weird going at Pennsylvania DEP. The agency is directly targeting the Commonwealth’s shale producers with punishing discriminatory regulations for which there…

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