New York Caves to Anti-Drillers Again: Discloses Oil Train Movements

target on the backWhen an oil train in New York explodes from a terrorist act, don’t say we didn’t warn you. The blood of it will be on the hands of eight environmental groups (including Earthjustice, Sierra Club and Riverkeeper). New York State officials caved and decided to turn over details about Bakken crude oil train movements through the Empire State in response to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request (see NY Enviro Groups Seek to Use Oil Trains to Their Advantage). The anti-drilling (and complicit) Albany Times Union newspaper helpfully published the details…
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Google Spy Car Colludes with EDF to Map “Leaky” Methane Pipelines

Apparently Google wasn’t content with snooping on your private home computer network, grabbing your passwords and online activity as their spy car sneaked down highways and city streets supposedly taking pictures for Google Maps (see Google Loses Appeal in Street View Snooping Case). Google and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) colluded to secretly outfit Google’s spy cars with so-called methane leak detectors to monitor methane leaking into the atmosphere because, you know, methane causes (don’t laugh) man-made global warming (*cough* most brutal winter in the past 25 years followed by a cooler-than-normal summer *cough*). EDF decided to out themselves and Google with the following press release:
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Martians Demand School Board Ban Fracking Outside its Own Orbit

Turning down $1 million wasn’t enough for the lib anti-drilling parents in Mars (Butler County), PA. They continue to try and deny Rex Energy their lawful right to drill shale wells on non-school property 3/4 of a mile away (see Martians Threaten Lawsuit Against PA Town to Prevent Drilling). Meanwhile, the Elk Lake School District in Susquehanna County, PA has two wells drilled on school campus grounds–with no pollution or harm to the kiddies–and continues to rake in the dough (see Rural NE PA School Nets $1.7M in Royalties from 2 Marcellus Wells). Earth to Mars! Pull your heads out of the sand…
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More Housing for Marcellus/Utica on the Way in Pittsburgh Region

A New Jersey-based real estate investment company, UMH Properties, Inc., announced yesterday they’ve purchased four manufactured home communities in the Pittsburgh, PA area for $12.2 million. The reason? To expand in the Marcellus/Utica region. The company plans to build homes for sale and for rent to those who work in the Marcellus and Utica Shale…
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Antero Resources: Marcellus/Utica Program Going Gangbusters

Antero Resources, now with 488,000 acres of leased land in the Marcellus/Utica region, issued a very impressive update yesterday. According to the update, Antero is running 15 drilling rigs in the Marcellus and 5 rigs in the Utica. Some 26% of their acreage is now classified as “proved reserves.” Those proven reserves have risen by 19%–to 9.1 trillion cubic feet (13% liquids) from year-end 2013 numbers. Wow! They drilled and completed 22 Utica wells (added them to proved developed reserves) in the first six months of 2014. Those wells include: 4 rich gas (1100-1200 Btu), 2 highly-rich gas (1200 to 1225 Btu), 3 highly-rich gas/condensate (1225 to 1250 Btu) and 13 condensate (1250 to 1300 Btu) wells. Here’s the very full and rich update from Antero:
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Kinder Morgan CEO: TGP a Star, Gulf Coast Benefits from Marcellus

Kinder Morgan (KM) and its various subsidiaries is the country’s largest pipeline company and fourth-largest energy company of any kind. KM Energy Partners issued a “first six months of 2014” update yesterday (that’s what we call it anyway). The news continues to be good for KM. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder said the company’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline in particular is a star performer for the company: “TGP’s services continue to be in high demand due primarily to ongoing growth in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. Earnings were boosted by a number of TGP expansion projects that came online last November, along with the approximately $175 million Utica Backhaul project which began service in April.” He also said the Gulf Coast is hugely benefiting from the Marcellus/Utica…
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Philly City Council Continues to Diddle Around on PGW Sale

The (lazy) Philadelphia City Council went on summer recess before doing the city’s business of evaluating the $1.86 billion deal to sell the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works to UIL Holdings Corporation, a Connecticut-based investor-owned gas and electric utility (see Phila. Gas Works Deal in Jeopardy Due to Vacationing City Council). They’re excuse for heading to the Jersey shore before doing their jobs? They need more “studies”. Their lackadaisical handling of the deal means UIL could, as of yesterday, walked away from the deal. Fortunately for Philadelphians, UIL has decided to stick around–for now…
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Developer Lawsuit Over Denied Marcellus Boarding House Project

As MDN told you a month ago, Washington, PA City Council would rather have a long-abandoned eyesore and former convent stay that way rather than have it improved and used as housing for Marcellus Shale workers (see Washington, PA Votes to Reject Marcellus Boarding House). The developer of the property is not taking City Council’s “no” answer lying down in the gutter, like those who hang around the abandoned convent. Lawyers for the developer have filed a lawsuit to force the issue…
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