Was PA Supreme Court Right to Tax Strippers? PIOGA Pushes Back

Did the Pennsylvania Supreme Court err in its judgment declaring so-called “stripper wells” can be taxed under the 2012 Act 13 law, slapped with an impact fee assessment, if those wells produce more than 90,000 thousand cubic feet per day (Mcf/d) of gas in a single month (see PA Supreme Court Rules Strippers Not Exempt from Impact Fee)? We have a different take on the high court’s decision than others.
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County DA’s ME2 Pipe Criminal Probe Evidence: Instagram Post

Chester County DA Tom Hogan, conducting a sham criminal investigation of ME2 Pipeline

Since when did calling a woman on Instagram a “retard” and a “c–t” become a crime? Sure, the language is crude and offensive. But a crime?! A pipeline worker in the Philly area used that language responding (in exasperation) to an anti, and his comments appear to be all the evidence Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has so far in his “criminal” probe of Mariner East 2 pipeline.
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Franklin County, Va. Approves MVP Gate Station Permit

Despite setbacks from Big Green groups launching a blizzard of lawsuits and regulatory challenges, Equitrans’ (EQT Midstream) 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is now 70% built (see Shocker: Mountain Valley Pipeline Now 70% Built, Online by 4Q19). The project continues to see positive momentum, the latest example coming from Franklin County, Va.
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Finalists Announced for 2019 Northeast Oil & Gas Awards

Once again Marcellus Drilling News is happy to partner with and support the Oil & Gas Awards, for 2019. The Awards boys have just released the of finalists for the Northeast Awards, being held March 14 in Pittsburgh. This year six of the entrants for the awards contracted with MDN editor Jim Willis to help them prepare their entries. It was a blast for Jim to dig in and understand more about the companies submitting an application for the awards–and to help them craft what we hope are winning entries! Jim worked with some true professionals from the companies entering the awards, it was a pleasure. Below is a list of the finalists. Good luck!
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jan 17, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Gov. Wolf re-nominates Pat McDonnell for DEP, Cindy Dunn for DCNR secretary; Tri-State Shale Coalition helping region compete; Canadian engineering firm opens first U.S. office in Pittsburgh; FERC: West Rockhill site ‘optimal’ for compressor station; NATIONAL: EIA expects relatively flat natural gas prices, continued record production through 2020; EIA forecasts world crude oil prices to rise gradually, averaging $65 per barrel in 2020; Frack jobs peaked last May/June; The top Oil & Gas industry trends to watch in 2019; U.S. natural gas demand for electricity can only grow; FERC appointment critical to setting market-driven energy policy; Exxon argues for Texas justice as it defends self from climate change lawsuits; Shell names new Upstream director; EPA nominee Wheeler would not call climate change ‘the greatest crisis’ facing the planet.
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Landowner Group Sues NY State to Allow Propane Fracking

This news is a bit dated, but still interesting and is new for us: Last October a group of landowners in Tioga County, NY filed a lawsuit to force the NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to quit dragging its feet and set a date to consider the groups application to allow LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, i.e. propane) fracking for a shale well.
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Antero “Nuisance” Lawsuit Heard by WV Supreme Court Temp Judges

Three years ago lawsuits filed by some 200 West Virginia residents against Antero Resources were combined into a class action lawsuit (see More People Pile on Antero, Seek to Join Mass “Nuisance” Lawsuit). The lawsuits are called “nuisance” lawsuits because, according to the plantiffs, Antero is a nuisance to them–truck traffic, noise, lights at night, etc.
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Peregrine Energy Buys Royalty Rights in Greene County, PA

There are companies that will purchase landowners’ (rights owners) royalty payments–giving them a lump sum payment up front in return for signing over all future royalty payments to the company buying the rights. Peregrine Energy Partners is one such company and has just purchased an unspecified amount of royalty payments in Greene County, PA.
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Delayed ME2 Pipeline Cost PA a $675M Plastics Plant + 1K Lost Jobs

Braskem USA, headquartered in Philadelphia had a decision to make in 2016: Locate a new polypropylene plant in their own backyard, at the Marcus Hook refinery site on the outskirts of Philly–or locate it in Texas. They picked Texas because not enough NGLs (propane) were flowing to Marcus Hook due to delays (caused by Big Green lawsuits) in the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Jan 16, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Supreme Court may consider challenge to MVP, Natural Gas Act; Gov. Tom Wolf comes out as Pennsylvania’s ‘Encourager-in-Chief’ in inaugural address; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: U.S. ethane company with Russian ties set to break into Chinese market from Texas; NATIONAL: EIA’s 2019 Henry Hub price forecast slips to $2.89; little relief seen in 2020; U.S. natgas output, demand seen rising to record highs in 2019; Williams Companies targets LNG upside via Transco expansions; Ex-Halliburton chairman Dave Lesar to start new oil-services company; INTERNATIONAL: Reports of OPEC’s demise have been greatly exaggerated; Yellow Vest protests in France, Canada.
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