Big News: ETP “Rover” Marcellus/Utica Pipeline to Midwest/Canada

big newsMidstream company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced a major new Marcellus/Utica Shale pipeline infrastructure project yesterday that will transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of northeast shale gas to markets in the Midwest and Canada. Dubbed the Rover Pipeline Project, ETP says they already have three important (and big) customers lined up to use the new pipeline system, including Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners, Antero Resources and Range Resources. A binding open season to sign up more customer begins today and runs for a month. The first leg of the new pipeline will connect PA, WV and southeast OH processing plants by crossing Ohio, following an existing pipeline route. A second leg will connect northwestern OH to Canada by slicing up through Michigan. Here’s the particulars, along with a map…
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Range Announces Multiple Agreements to Sell Natgas & Ethane

A big, important announcement from Range Resources yesterday to go along with the big, important news that ETP will build a new Marcellus/Utica pipeline (see today’s lead story). Range confirmed ETP’s announcement yesterday that they (Range) will be a customer for the new Rover Pipeline that crosses Ohio and will eventually connect to Canada. In fact, Range says they are the “foundation” shipper on that new pipeline, which is due to be in service October 2017. Range will ship 400,000 million Btus (or 388 million cubic feet) per day on the Rover Pipeline–for 20 years. In addition, Range also announced agreements to sell their Marcellus gas for export via the Cheniere LNG export facility in Sabine Pass and via a second unnamed LNG facility. And the really big news (for MDN)–Range has signed up to become the second source of ethane for the Odebrecht WV cracker plant. They also plan to sell ethane to the Sasol cracker plant planned in Lake Charles, LA…
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Lebanon PA Anti-Drillers Plot Ordinance Against Williams Pipeline

The hippie anti-drilling pipeline protesters from Lebanon Pipeline Awareness (Lebanon, PA) once again failed to get more than 50 people to turn out for another stop-the-Atlantic-Sunrise-Pipeline meeting, held last night held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon. As MDN previously predicted, last night’s meeting was to plot a strategy to launch frivolous lawsuits (see Lawsuits Next Act for Anti-Pipeline Group in Lebanon County, PA?). An ambulance-chasing lawyer from out of town showed up and told the anti-drillers in attendance that their best chance of stopping the pipeline is not, however, frivolous lawsuits–it is instead an illegal zoning ordinance…
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Athens, OH Anti-Drillers Lose Appeal to Stop Injection Well

In January of this year, the anti-drilling Athens County Fracking Action Network (ACFAN) filed a legal challenge to the permit issued by the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) that approved a new injection well in Athens County (see Athens County, OH Anti-Drillers Sue to Stop New Injection Well). Earlier this month the Ohio Oil & Gas Commission, the organization that hears such appeals, dismissed the appeal by ACFAN…
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ICF’s Elusive Report Says # of Marcellus/Utica Wells Way Up

In what appears to us to be a waste of a good press release, ICF International, a consulting company, issued a release yesterday to announce the release of a new ICF report that is a “complete outlook for U.S. and Canada natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL) and oil production through 2035.” The release is a waste because if you visit their website, we defy you to locate where you can request or look at a copy of said report, which is titled “2014 Detailed Production Report.” There are, however, a few good tidbits in the press release itself that touch on production and lateral spacing for the Marcellus and Utica Shale…
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Will NJ Gov Christie Veto Frack Wastewater Ban a 2nd Time?

In September 2012 the New Jersey legislature passed a bill that would ban New Jersey from accepting and processing wastewater from the Marcellus Shale. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the measure (see NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Frack Wastewater Ban Bill). The NJ legislature yesterday just “opps, I did it again” passed another bill–essentially the same as the one from two years ago–and has sent it on to Gov. Christie. Will he sign it this time?…
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JLCNY to Cuomo: Authorize Seneca Propane Storage Facility

For years MDN has told you about the proposed Inergy (now Crestwood Midstream) plan to open a badly needed underground propane storage facility along the shore of Seneca Lake in New York–in an already depleted salt mining cavern. In March 2013, 12 virulent anti-drilling protesters were arrested for blocking access to the facility–a facility that hasn’t yet been fitted for propane (see NY Protesters Arrested for Blocking NatGas Storage Facility). We’ve also pointed out New Yorkers pay nosebleed rates for propane because our governor refuses to permit the facility (see Northeast Propane Shortage – Andrew Cuomo Partially to Blame). There is a new effort under way to get some action on the Seneca propane storage facility from the 70,000-member Joint Landowners Coalition of New York…
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2 Companies Merge to Form Top 5 Frack Services Company

On Wednesday, C&J Energy Services, a smaller completion services company focused on the Permian and Eagle Ford Shale plays, announced they will merge into Nabors Industries, a completion and production company with operations in many on- and off-shore areas, including a major presence in the Marcellus Shale. The $2.86 billion deal will produce a new company using the C&J name but essentially owned by Nabors that will be in the top 5 fracking services companies in the U.S. They will compete with giants like Halliburton and Baker Hughes…
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Buyouts in Oilfield Services Sector Impact Marcellus/Utica

A second oilfield services companies merging story today. Yesterday New Source Energy Partners announced their buying out two smaller companies–Erick Flowback Services and Rod’s Production Services. Both companies being purchased are headquartered in Oklahoma but both have meaningful operations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. The $117 million deal means that New Source’s footprint in the Marcellus/Utica just got a lot bigger…
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