Will Winter Storm Cleon Affect Marcellus/Utica Pipelines?

Can foul weather mess with the shale gas market? Sure it can. If a bunch of snow (or freezing rain) drops, it can slow drilling operations–trucks and personnel coming and going to drill sites may be stopped for a time. However, one thing you may not think could be affected but sometimes is affected, are pipelines. Not because of snow and freezing rain, but because of super low temperatures.

Natural Gas Intelligence/Shale Daily published an article yesterday about winter storm Cleon (yes, they’re now naming winter storms, can you believe it?!) and its impact on natural gas pipelines. Some pipelines have announced they are increasing flows ahead of Cleon just in case (so there’s plenty of supplies). Cleon, with brutally low temperatures, is moving from West to East and will soon affect the northeast–the Utica and Marcellus in particular. Pipelines are “hardened” against cold weather (and baby it’s going to get cold outside). However, prolonged foul weather (especially cold weather) sometimes interrupts pipeline flows…

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