In His Own Words: Quigley’s Positions on Fracking, NY Ban, Etc.

Digging for the TruthMDN has done some more digging on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice to run the all-important (for Marcellus Shale drilling) Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley. As it turns out, we didn’t have to dig very far. Quigley himself writes a blog site called “John Quigley’s A Green Thing blog.” The name about says it all. We went looking through his previous statements and found more that concerns us about his impending stewardship of the greatest economic miracle to hit PA in more than 100 years. One of the things Quigley repeatedly lobbies for is a rapid transition from water-based fracking to waterless fracking, something that isn’t remotely possible in the next 10 years…
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Coal Company Leases 6K Acres for Natgas Drilling in Belmont, OH

Murray Energy Corp. is a coal mining company headquartered in St. Clairsville (Belmont County) in eastern Ohio. In 2013, Murray’s CEO and founder, Robert Murray, sued Aubrey McClendon when McClendon named his new company American Energy Partners. Murray, you see, operates a subsidiary coal mining company called American Energy Corp. (see McClendon Gets Sued in OH Over New Company’s Name). We haven’t heard anything since that time, so presumably it’s all blown over by now. What’s interesting is that Murray, whom we assumed has a grudge against natural gas, has just leased 2,076 acres of his coal mining property owned by American Energy Corp., along with 3,849 acres from another Murray subsidiary mining operation, The Ohio Valley Coal Co., to Gulfport Energy so Gulfport can drill for natural gas under the coal mines…
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Fracking on the Way in the Bluegrass State? Quite Possibly

What’s this…fracking in Kentucky?? Maybe! No, it’s not the Marcellus or Utica Shale. Actually, the Marcellus underlies a small sliver of Kentucky where the state shares a border with West Virginia and Virginia–but no one is interested in fracking the Marcellus there. The shale play that’s driven “hundreds” of new leases to be signed in 2014 is called the Rogersville Shale in eastern Kentucky (see map below). Kentucky has been largely resistant to pipelines crossing the state. Will fracking also encounter resistance? It already is…
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ODNR Still Investigating Triad Hunter Well Blowout in Ohio

On December 13, 2014, Triad Hunter’s Stalder 3UH well in Monroe County, OH experienced a blowout (see Triad Hunter Well Blowout in Monroe County, OH – No One Injured). Some 50 residents in 28 homes were displaced–too dangerous to be close to a well venting methane that might explode if an ignition source is close by. Those residents were out of their homes for 10 days but finally returned on Dec. 23 (see Triad Hunter Well Blowout in Ohio Fixed, Residents Go Home). It’s now been five weeks since the blowout. What do we know about the cause? According to the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, the “accident” that caused the plugged well to start flowing uncontrollably is still not known…
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New Life for Ashtabula Gas-to-Liquids Plant, Files for Permit

In Sept. 2013 MDN told you about a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant planned for Ashtabula, OH (see Utica Shale Gas-to-Liquids Plant Planned for Ashtabula, OH). The plant would convert Marcellus and Utica Shale gas into diesel fuel, lubricants, solvents and waxes. The technology used for the plant is provided by a UK company called Velocys. In June 2014 Velocys bought out the Astabula operation and took up the reigns of the project (see UK-based Velocys Buys Ashtabula, OH GTL Plant). Since then we’ve not heard anything. Until now. Ashtabula Energy, a division of Velocys, has filed for a permit with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that would allow the plant to discharge wastewater into Lake Erie. Seems the project is once again up and running…
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PennEast Pipeline Listens to Landowner Concerns, Modifies Route

PennEast Pipeline, a pipeline that will run from Luzerne County in northeast Pennsylvania to the Trenton, NJ area, recently announced they’ve changed the route for the pipeline in a few spots, especially near the end where it will connect. The changes mean there will be an extra two miles of pipeline added and the last 20 or so miles of the pipeline’s route will be affected. Why has the route changed? Because of feedback and input from landowners, agencies and public officials. PennEast has been holding a series of open houses to elicit feedback. The purpose of PennEast’s open houses and the scoping hearings run by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is to hear people’s concerns, and to work with them. That’s what PennEast is doing. Rather than the unreasonable and childish “No, not in my backyard” response from groups like Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, the people at PennEast behave like adults. They listen. They educate. They may argue. But in the end they listen and sometimes, they change course to accommodate concerns…
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Indians on the Anti-Pipeline War Path – Part 2

Last week MDN told you about Indian Chief Carlos Whitewolf from the Northern Arawak Tribal Nation of Pennsylvania (see Indians on the War Path Against Pipeline in Lancaster County, PA). Chief Whitewolf’s tribe doesn’t have any land in Lancaster County, PA. And there are no surviving members of the Conestoga tribe that once did have land in Lancaster County. But that hasn’t stopped Chief Whitewolf from carrying out his stated threat. The good chief warned that he would “make noise, protest and rally, block bulldozers” to prevent the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline from taversing the “sacred land” of the now-dead Conestogas. What we didn’t realize is that he’d already done so, getting himself arrested on Jan. 5…
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CORNy Opposition to NEXUS Pipeline in Eastern Ohio

A group opposed to the NEXUS gas pipeline met over the weekend in Oberlin (Lorain County), Ohio in a “private strategy meeting” to plan how they will stop the pipeline from coming through their area in eastern Ohio–Lorain, Medina, Fulton, Lucas and Summit counties. The NEXUS, you may recall, is a 42-inch, $1.5 billion natural gas pipeline that will carry Utica and Marcellus Shale gas spanning 11 counties in Ohio, 3 counties in Michigan, and eventually connect to the Dawn Energy Hub in Canada (see NEXUS Gas Pipeline Pre-Files with FERC, New Details Come to Light). The small group meeting in Oberlin is trying to get the pipeline re-routed. They call their group CORN–or Coalition to Reroute NEXUS from Lorain, Medina, Fulton, Lucas and Summit counties…
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Feed the Beast: Southwestern Seeks $2.34B from New Stock Offering

As MDN previously pointed out, Southwestern Energy has racked up a lot of expenses lately. They picked up 413,000 acres and 1,500 wells from Chesapeake Energy, and another 46,700 acres and 63 Marcellus wells from WPX in 2014 (see Southwestern Energy on a Tear – Doubles Marcellus Budget for 2015). Southwestern has to pay for that rapid expansion somehow. Early last week they announced they would float 20 million new shares of stock (see Southwestern Energy Floats 20M New Shares of Stock). Later last week the number of shares was increased and we found out how much money they hope to raise: $2.34 billion. What will they do with the money?…
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Transco Pipeline Hits New Record High in January

As MDN pointed out last week, Williams is spending $100 million per month in the northeast (see Williams Spending $100 million Per Month in the Marcellus/Utica). Some of that money is spent to expand/extend/enhance the might Transco pipeline–a 10,200-mile pipeline that runs from South Texas to New York City. It is one of the most important natural gas pipelines in the country. Williams recently reported the might Transco hit another new record high in early January for the amount of gas it flows…
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