ETP Announces $1.5B Revolution Pipeline/Plant Project in SWPA

revolutionAn important new project in the Marcellus/Utica was announced by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) yesterday. The project, dubbed the Revolution Project, includes a new 100-mile gathering pipeline system in Butler County, PA along with a new cryogenic gas processing plant to be constructed “in western Pennsylvania.” The processing plant will be called the Revolution Plant. A pipeline (called the Revolution Pipeline) will be constructed to connect the Revolution Plant to Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East NGL pipeline to handle NGLs coming from the plant. Another pipeline will be built to connect the plant to ETP’s Rover pipeline to handle natural gas coming from the plant. Also part of the Revolution Project will be a new fractionation facility to be built at the Marcus Hook refinery in the Philadelphia area. Total price tag for the whole shebang: $1.5 billion…
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Utica Crude Oil Barged Down Ohio River to Marathon Plant in KY

This one kind of slipped by our radar. Marathon Petroleum, the nation’s fourth largest refiner (headquartered in Findlay, OH), has just brought online a new $170 million condensate splitter at its refinery complex south of Catlettsburg, Kentucky. The purpose of the new splitter, which took two years to build, is to process sweet crude oil being produced in the Utica Shale of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. And how, you may ask, is all that Utica crude getting to the facility? By barge, along the Ohio River…
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New Marcellus-fired Electric Plant Coming to Cambria County, PA

We’ve heard plenty about Marcellus-powered electric generating plants in northeastern Pennsylvania (see Panda Power Building 3rd Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant in PA and Invenergy Buys Land in NEPA for Natgas Electric Generating Plant and 7 Small Marcellus-Powered Electric Plants Coming to NEPA). We’ve also heard about a string of new Marcellus-powered electric plants coming to West Virginia (see Big News: 3 More Marcellus-Powered Electric Plants Coming to WV). Plus there’s a batch of plants planned for Ohio, to tap into Utica Shale gas (see List of 6 New Natural Gas-Fired Electric Plants Coming to Ohio). We haven’t heard much about southwestern or south central PA as a potential site for a new electric generating plant…until now. A Boston company plans to build a new Marcellus-powered electric plant in Cambria County…
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NY DEC Claims Their Sham Studies Better than Federal EPA Study

Even though faced with overwhelming scientific evidence that fracking has and is being done safely everywhere it’s tried (see EPA Draft Report Says Fracking Doesn’t Pollute Groundwater Supplies), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t relent and change his mind to allow fracking. That’s the upshot of comments by Cuomo’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC would rather use sham “studies” perpetrated by anti-drilling radical environmentalists rather than believe a four year, in-depth study by the federal EPA on whether or not fracking can be done safely. But then, we didn’t expect Cuomo would change his mind, because his decision was 100% political–not based on science at all…
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Mariner East Invokes Eminent Domain Against 2 SWPA Landowners

Another “nobody wins” eminent domain lawsuit has been filed by a pipeline company. This time it’s Sunoco Logistics filing for their Mariner East pipeline against two different families/landowners in Washington County, PA. The landowners don’t want the pipeline but Sunoco insists it’s necessary to have those specific properties. The problem is, will an eminent domain claim hold up in court? Last July, two independent administrative law judges working for the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC) ruled that Mariner East is not, according to the definition, a “public utility” (see Setback for Mariner East NGL Pipe – Judges Say Not Public Utility). But then in October, the full board of Commissioners for the PUC voted to send the case back to those judges with instructions to “reconsider” their decision (see Major Milestone: PA PUC Rules Mariner East IS a Public Utility). Sunoco has a lot riding on whether or not their claim to be a public utility will hold up in court. If Mariner East is not a public utility, they have no claim to eminent domain powers…
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CORNy Letter to FERC: NEXUS Pipeline will Contaminate our Creeks

The anti-drillers who inhabit Oberlin (Lorain County), OH are nothing if not determined. In November 2013 Oberlin voted to commit economic suicide by passing a so-called Community Bill of Rights law, which is nothing more than a ban on shale drilling (see Economic Suicide Avoided in 2 OH Cities but Oberlin Pulls Trigger). Of course so-called “home rule” laws have since been overturned by the Ohio Supreme Court (see OH Supreme Court Strikes Down Home Rule in Gas Drilling Case). The NEXUS gas pipeline is planned to run through the Oberlin area, so a group calling themselves CORN–Coalition to Reroute NEXUS–popped up in Oberlin and surrounding counties to oppose the pipeline. Why? Because it will flow nasty, evil fossil fuels. We call it the CORNy opposition. A member of CORN from the Oberlin City Council has written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)–which is reviewing the NEXUS project–to say if the pipeline is built, it will “result in the contamination of the streams that produce water for the city’s domestic use.” Just one CORNy lie right after another…
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List of Republican Senators Who Voted to Confirm Quigley @ DEP

Last week the Pennsylvania State Senate held hearings and voted to accept John Quigley, who used to work for the anti-drilling PennFuture, as the Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (see Spineless Senate Republicans Confirm Quigley to Head PA DEP). Inexplicably, otherwise solid, pro-drilling Republican Senators, like Sen. Gene Yaw from northeastern PA, voted to confirm Quigley. Below is a copy of the roll call votes and who voted for Quigley, and the brave four Republicans who voted against. If your senator voted to confirm (a “yea” vote below), perhaps you’d like to make your displeasure known to your senator? We’ve also included a list of the senators and their party affiliations and mailing addresses to make it easy to send a hand written note
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Newsweek Names Hess #1 “Green” Big Oil Company

Perhaps this is anti-“green” day on MDN (see our story on the G7 today). We have nothing against people and companies who pretend to be better than the rest of us by saving the planet (“go green”), or saving the whales/polar bears/snail darters/whatever. Knock yourself out if supporting some “cause” makes you feel better/worthy/superior. What we do take exception to are people who want to force the rest of us to participate in your cause. We don’t see anti-fossil fuelers ever showing us how it’s done–how to stop using fossil fuels in their day to day lives. Their come back is that we all have to engage in this lunacy together for it to work. We say–you go first. You show us how it’s done. You show us the “superior” way to save the planet. When it comes to using the “green” banner, what’s really funny to us is when fossil fuel energy companies pretend to be “green” and “sustainable”. We think that’s laugh out loud funny. Here’s the latest example, courtesy of Hess, one of the planet’s biggest fossil fuel companies (and a driller in the Ohio Utica Shale), proud of being ranked #1 among energy companies for being “green” in a ranking by a magazine nobody reads anymore–Newsweek
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Hunger Games: G7 Seeks to End all Fossil Fuel Use This Century

The Hunger GamesThere is no escaping the fact that when a group of hardened socialists get together, bad things happen. Witness the meeting called the G7 that took place in Germany yesterday. The assembled “leaders” of seven of the world’s biggest economies, including Barack H. Obama, agreed to commit their respect countries to committing economic suicide–i.e., ending the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. By the middle of this century (35 years from now), they aim to reduce burning fossil fuels by “40 to 70 percent in the 2010 global emission levels of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.” What happens when, by 2050, everyone figures out that mankind burning fossil fuels actually doesn’t cause so-called global warming? The threat of global warming is yet another sham, another way to convince people to willingly give up their freedom so so-called smart people will “save them” from themselves. It’s sick…
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THIS is the Loyal, Anti-Drilling Opposition in WV?? [Video]

It always helps to know who the loyal opposition is. When we witness anti-drillers at public hearings we’ve attended about regulations and pipelines, we often marvel. This is the opposition? How on earth do they achieve the successes they achieve? We also wonder, do people “in the middle” who haven’t made up their minds about who to believe in the great fracking debate–do they know that these are the people behind the push to eliminate fossil fuels? Would it make a difference if they did know?…
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