NY Pro-Drillers Lose 2nd Important Shale Drilling Court Case

agony of defeatYet another defeat for shale drilling in anti-drilling New York. First, the most important case that will hamper drilling in the Empire State was lost just a few weeks ago (see Shale Drilling in NY is Over – High Court Upholds Town Bans). Yesterday, a lower court decided to toss out the “Article 78” lawsuit brought by the 70,000-member Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and Norse Energy against Gov. Andy Cuomo, DEC Sec. Joe Martens, and former Dept. of Health Sec. Nirav Shah (see D-Day: JLCNY Files Lawsuit Today Against Cuomo, Martens, Shah). The Article 78 lawsuit would have forced them to finally release new drilling rules as they are obviously colluding to stop the release. Other states take two years or less to review and allow shale drilling (see today’s story about North Carolina). It’s been over six years in New York, and with this decision, there is literally no end in sight…
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Fire at CONSOL Well Pad Site in Greene County, PA

CONSOL Energy experienced a small fire yesterday around 3:30 pm at their Green Hill 11 drill pad near Waynesburg (Greene County), PA. There are precious few details, but we know that no one was injured, and the fire was out and the fire department left the scene within two hours–meaning it was fairly minor…
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North Carolina Shames New York: Fracking Begins in 2015

It’s taken six long years and New York State still has no regulations in place to allow high volume hydraulic fracturing–to it’s utter shame and the shame of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. When it is allowed (and it will be allowed at some point, you can bank on it), the fight will go local because of a bone-headed decision by the state’s highest court (see Shale Drilling in NY is Over – High Court Upholds Town Bans). By this time next year, North Carolina will have active fracking and shale drilling. How long did it take that state? Two years from the time they placed a moratorium on fracking (in 2012) until last week when the Republican governor of North Carolina signed a law to allow it by next year…
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Chesapeake Sells Off Another 162 Compressor Plants for $135M

In February of this year, Chesapeake sold off a boatload of compressor plants. They sold 103 “compression units” in the Marcellus/Utica to Access Midstream (Access is now being bought by Williams). At the time, they sold another 334 compressors to Exterran Partners. Proceeds of that fire sale were $520 million for Carl Icahn’s pocket (see Chesapeake Fire Sale Continues: Marcellus/Utica Compressor Plants). Word came yesterday that Chessy isn’t done with selling off their compressor plants. They’ve now sold another 162 units for $135 million to Exterran…
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24 Anti-Drilling Protesters Arrested by Homeland Security in DC

MDN reported yesterday on the massive flop of a protest in Washington, DC against the Cove Point, Maryland LNG export facility (see Anti-Cove Point LNG Protest in DC Flops Bigtime). The so-called protest literally got no coverage from the media–except for the terrorist-loving Al Jazeera America network. What to do? Some of the more virulent protesters desperately craved some media attention, so they did what they often do–break the law. More than 30 anti-drilling “protesters” locked arms and blocked the entrance to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission building in downtown DC yesterday. Homeland Security arrested 24 of them…
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Dominion to Begin Cove Point LNG Construction in Next 2 Mos

Despite the best protest efforts by anti-drillers against the Cove Point, Maryland LNG export facility in Washington (see our stories from yesterday and today), Dominion waits for final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory commission (FERC) to begin construction. Dominion previously got a green light from the Dept. of Energy last September (see Celebrate! Dominion Wins DOE Approval for MD LNG Export Facility). Dominion also got an initial green light from FERC (see FERC Final EIS: Cove Point Won’t Hurt Environment). However, Dominion needs a final approval from FERC before they can begin construction. They expect that approval very soon…
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CONSOL Update: Gas Production Up 34%, New Utica Wells Online

CONSOL Energy reports today results for a number of their Utica wells in Noble County, OH. Their “much anticipated” 3-well NBL19 pad went online last week and initial production for each of the three wells averaged 23 million cubic feet per day or more–very impressive indeed! A CONSOL well near the NBL 19, the NBL16A, is averaging 12 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. However, the 16A is also producing 768 barrels of oil per day! CONSOL’s aggressive program has helped drive production up 34% in second quarter 2014 over 2Q13. Below is CONSOL’s operations update issued this morning…
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GreenHunter’s Unidentified Barge Facility Pipeline Destination

John Jack, VP of business operations for GreenHunter Water, is being a bit cagey. Two weeks ago GreenHunter announced they will build three new, short pipelines for different purposes: one for frack wastewater/brine, one for fresh water, and one for condensate (see 3 New (Short) Pipelines from GreenHunter in Tri-state Area). Two of the pipelines will originate in southwestern PA and one in WV. All of them will connect with one of GreenHunter’s barge terminals on the Ohio River. That’s what Jack is being cagey about: where will the three pipelines connect? Which barge terminal?…
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Magnum Hunter Proved Reserves Up 10.7%, Marcellus/Utica Tops

Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) provided a mid-year update yesterday that shows the company’s proved reserves increased an impressive 10.7%–just since December 2013. The Marcellus/Utica has also become more important for MHR. As NGI’s Shale Daily points out in a story published yesterday, “Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. said Monday the Appalachian Basin now accounts for approximately 80% of its total proved reserves, up from 70% at the end of last year as it continues to divest non-core assets to focus on developing nearly 200,000 net Marcellus/Utica acres.” Translation: MHR is inching ever closer to becoming a “pure-play” driller. Here’s yesterday’s update from MHR:
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July DPR: Marcellus Production Up 28%, No End in Sight

The Marcellus Shale continues to be a monster for production. Yesterday the Energy Information Administration released their latest monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) and it shows the Marcellus will average 15.235 billion cubic feet a day this month, up 28 percent from a year earlier. The Marcellus now produces 16% of all natural gas in the United States. Below is the full DPR issued yesterday, along with a couple of charts not in the DPR that MDN finds useful…
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NE Shale Innovators: July 25 Deadline for Shale Insight Showcase

One of the biggest and best Marcellus/Utica conferences will happen, once again, in September. The next edition of Shale Insight changes locations this year–moving from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh for 2014. Once again, for a third year running, MDN editor Jim Willis will be there (more on that in the near future). However, the point of today’s post is to alert suppliers of emerging technologies of an important opportunity to showcase your innovations to natural gas producers, midstreamers and the supply chain community. Like previous years, a Technology Showcase session will be held on the day before the regular conference begins. Here’s some important deadline dates…
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