Shell Files PA Application for Ethane Pipe to Feed Cracker Plant

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Shell’s long-talked about ethane pipeline, called Falcon Pipeline, is finally official. That is, official in the sense that Shell filed an application with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection last week, looking for permission to build it. Brief history: In February 2016, MDN brought you exclusive news that Shell had begun approaching landowners in Beaver County to get them to sign easements for two ethane pipelines to feed the mighty cracker plant they plan to build in the county (see Exclusive: Shell Leasing Land for 2 Pipelines to PA Cracker Plant). At that time Shell had still not fully committed to building the cracker–something they finally did in June 2016 (see Breaking: Shell Pulls the Trigger, PA Ethane Cracker is a Go!). NGI’s Shale Daily broke a story in August 2016 that shed new light on the project–news that Shell is working on a 94-mile ethane “pipeline system” with two “legs” to feed the cracker, confirming the tip we received in February (see Shell Working on 94-Mile Ethane Pipeline to Feed PA Cracker). As NGI reported at that time, the new ethane pipeline system has a name: the Falcon Ethane Pipeline System. In October 2016 Shell launched a binding open season for the Falcon pipeline (see Shell Launches Open Season for PA-WV-OH Falcon Ethane Pipeline). You might justifiably think that with open seasons and a scad of easements signed between landowners and Shell, that the project had already filed for permission to build. Not so. Last week Shell made it official by filing that paperwork–for the portion of the pipeline running through PA…

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