Shale Gas News – November 18, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about frac sand, the shell cracker, NGL storage hub and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had David Blackman an independent energy analyst/consultant based in Mansfield, TX and regular Forbes contributor and Tammy Geanangel a 31 year member of and graduate of the apprentice of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 in Pittsburgh.

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The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the November 18th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • Arkansas Frac Sand Getting Barged to Ohio for Marc/Utica Fracking. Here’s something you don’t read about every day: frac sand being mined in Arkansas. Usually you read about sand being mined in Wisconsin or Illinois, or maybe in Oklahoma or even Texas. But we’ve never read about sand coming from Arkansas. Here’s something else you don’t read about every day: Sand from Arkansas is about to be barged up the Mississippi River, onto the Ohio River, and unloaded at a dock somewhere in Ohio. The sand, which will come from Select Sands, will be used for fracking Utica and Marcellus Shale wells.
  • Milestone: Construction Begins on Shell Cracker Plant Buildings. A major milestone has been reached in the mighty Shell $6 billion ethane cracker facility project. Over the past year or so site preparation has been vigorous. Work at the site in Monaca (Beaver County), PA has included building bridges, relocating a state highway, improving existing interchanges, repositioning a rail line, and preparing foundations for the new complex.
  • Tyler County, WV Mentioned as Candidate for $10B NGL Storage Hub. In May 2016, MDN brought you the news that a researcher at West Virginia University (WVU) believes a natural gas liquids (NGL) storage hub is what the Marcellus/Utica region really needs. According to Brian Anderson, director of WVU’s Energy Institute, without ethane storage (and pipelines) the Marcellus/Utica region risks seeing its abundant ethane leave the area, mostly heading to the Gulf Coast. We need that ethane here, in our area.
  • Out with the Old: Rice Energy Sign Comes Down Day of EQT Merger. Yesterday the Marcellus/Utica experienced a fracking earthquake of historic proportions. That is, a fracking earthquake metaphorically speaking. Yesterday Rice Energy was merged into EQT, creating the largest onshore natural gas producing company in these United States. The $8.2 billion deal was first announced back in June. There was plenty of drama along the way–primarily opposition to the deal by evil corporate raider Jana Partners, in collusion with Atlas Energy.
  • China Agrees to Invest Amazing $83.7 BILLION in WV Shale, Petchem. The “Art of the Deal” is still alive and well for Donald Trump. Trump along with an entourage of various state officials are currently on a trade mission in Asia. This morning (our time) a flurry of announcements were issued about Trump (and others) convincing China to invest $250 billion (a staggering number!) in various projects in the U.S. A whopping $83.7 billion of that (a full third!!) will be invested in one state–West Virginia. And the WV investment, according to the announcement, will be in “shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects.” The investment will come over the next 20 years, so yes, we’ll believe it when we see it. However, we cannot overstate how big and how good this news is for our friends in the Mountain State.

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