Important New CSU Study Reveals Shale Supply Chain Opportunities

We are SUPER excited about a new study dated September 2015 but released just yesterday by economists and researchers at Cleveland State University (CSU). The study, broken into three parts, looks at economic development opportunities offered by Ohio’s Utica Shale. One of the three parts is titled, “Economics of Utica Shale in Ohio: Supply Chain Analysis.” We eagerly goggled it up and found that the authors use charts very similar to those developed by MDN and our own Supply Chain Tutorial (see Where Does YOUR Business Fit in the Marcellus/Utica Supply Chain? [FREE]). We have a copy of all three sections of the new CSU study (below). We *highly recommend* this study as worth your while to digest. Before we developed our own Supply Chain Tutorial we had not seen anyone mapping NAICS codes to each stage of the drilling and midstream process. The CSU study adopts MDN’s convention of mapping NAICS codes and goes well beyond our tutorial, which is why we’re so excited. If you work for a company that wants to see if there may be an opportunity to win business in the Marcellus/Utica industry, plan to spend some time with this study!…
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Shake-up at the Top of Marcellus Driller Mountaineer Keystone

A little over a year ago, Mountaineer Keystone, a pure play Marcellus/Utica driller headquartered in Pittsburgh, bought out PDC Mountaineer for half a billion dollars, creating a company with 181,000 net acres totally focused on the northeast (see Major New Player in the Marcellus Emerges: Mountaineer Keystone). Mountaineer Keystone got its start in 2010 when founder/CEO Rob Kozel formed the initial management team from former Texas Keystone people. In 2011 the company took a boatload of money from First Reserve, an energy investment firm. We don’t have the back story, but on Tuesday Mountaineer announced that Kozel is out as CEO and in his place the board has selected David Wood, the current Chairman of the Board at Mountaineer Keystone. Kozel will remain on the board in a “non-executive role.” As we said, we don’t know what happened, but it sure smacks to us of a palace coup–that Kozel was forced out of running the company he founded (we’ve seen it happen before, it ain’t pretty)…
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Herding Cats: DEP Sec. Quigley Unhappy with Pipeline Task Force

The thin-skinned Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley, showed his irritation yesterday with his own hand-picked 48 members of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (see PA Gov Wolf Packs Pipeline Task Force with His Own Minions). Last week Quigley released a 355-page draft report supposedly compiled by the Task Force that will govern how rural gathering pipelines will be regulated (see PA Gathering Pipeline Draft “Recommendations” from Wolf Task Force). However, it seems the Task Force may not have authored the document after all. It appears to us that Quigley wants Task Force members to rubber stamp *his* proposed recommendations (i.e. regulations). At yesterday’s meeting, some Task Force members took issue with portions of the draft document, which had Mr. Quigley in a grumpy mood. Adding to Quigley’s grumpy mood was THE Delaware Riverkeeper herself, Maya van Rossum, who had to be escorted out of the meeting by Capitol police…
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Wrath of Kann: PA Anti’s Disorderly Conduct Conviction Overturned

Kimberly Kann, a resident of Conestoga Township in Lancaster County, PA, decided she would break the rules at a town meeting this past April. The meeting was to discuss so-called home rule and the role it should play in the town with respect to regulating pipelines, like the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline project from Williams. The ground rules for the meeting were simple: ASK QUESTIONS ONLY. Kann decided she would use it as a public forum to pontificate and rail against pipelines. She wouldn’t ask questions and was repeatedly warned–so when she wouldn’t shut up, they arrested her and threw her out of the meeting (see Wrath of Kann: Lancaster Anti-Driller Arrested/Ejected from Mtg). In July she was found guilty as charged (see Wrath of Kann: Lancaster Anti-Driller Guilty of Disorderly Conduct). Kann should have paid her $325 fine/court costs and ended it–but she kept fighting. It eventually would cost her $3,000 in legal fees, but Kann, like the character played by Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II, has had the last laugh. In a hollow victory, Kann got her conviction overturned by a Lancaster County judge…
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Coordinated Attack? MassPLAN Uses Riverkeeper Pipeline Delay Tactic

In what appears to be a coordinated attack on new natural gas pipelines, the Massachusetts Pipe-Line Awareness Network (MassPLAN) is using the same delay tactic to slow down Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project running from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts as was pioneered by THE Delaware Riverkeeper to slow down the PennEast Pipeline project running from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Last month MDN exposed Riverkeeper’s sleazy strategy of encouraging thousands to sign up as “intervenors” with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)–even running “intervenor training” to show them how to do it (see Delaware Riverkeeper Scams FERC in Review of PennEast Pipeline). MassPLAN is using a chapter from Riverkeeper and has asked FERC to extend the time allowed to sign up as intervenors, so they can jam pack as many crazies as possible onto the intervenor roster…
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PA Lib Dems Don’t Like Paying High Education Tax Themselves

Pennsylvania Democrats are unhappy with their governor. They were all jazzed and giddy at the thought of taxing Republicans (i.e. drilling companies) to raise mountains of money for Big Education (i.e. Democrat voters). In the end, Gov. Tom Wolf had to settle for taxing other Democrats because, as Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says, the drilling industry is “on its back” and more taxes would shut it down. Lack of a Marcellus Shale tax makes PA Dems grumpy–because they themselves (and their voters) will now pay for Wolf’s rash promise to Big Education. Hey, how does that shoe feel when it’s on your own foot, Lib Dems?…
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OH ‘National Day of Action’ Against Fracking a Huge Flop

Looks like Tuesday’s so-called National Day of Action against fracking was an even bigger bust than we thought it would be (see Here Comes Another “National Day of Action” Against Fracking). In Painesville (Lake County), OH we spot three protesters who put on a skit (creative folks, those radical environmentalist). In Weathersfield Township (Trumbull County), OH we spot five protesters. It was Athens County, OH however where the biggest concentration of nutters was to be found. Upward of 40 protesters gathered near a fracking site in the Torch/Coolville area. The Willis Family reunion had more people in attendance this past summer–but we didn’t spot any news cameras around to record the event. Perhaps if we had held anti-fracking signs we would have been featured on the evening news?…
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Anti-Drilling MA Attorney General: We Don’t Need No Pipelines

Is it us, or does it seem like all Democrat politicians have dictatorial aspirations? Obama clearly does. If he doesn’t like what the Constitution says, he just makes up his own Executive Orders–Constitution be damned. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the same–just strip away the Constitutional property rights of everyone in his state by instituting an illegal frack ban. New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is the same. He’s abusing his office in an elaborate government shake down of fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobil–rubbing his hands together at the thought of forcing them to pay him billions. Here’s another prominent Dem to add to the list: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. She’s appointed herself an expert on whether or not New England needs new natural gas pipelines to carry Marcellus Shale gas to the region. Yes, we know–an Attorney General should have nothing to do with such a decision–but that’s life in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. Healey doesn’t care a whit about the free market or capitalism–she personally wants to control every aspect of the lives of New Englanders. But Dems like Healey know that unless you’re Obama with a group of gutless Republicans in Congress who won’t hold you accountable, you can’t get away with just ruling by fiat. You have to convince (i.e. hoodwink) people. So Healey has to go to the trouble of making things up. Here’s her latest: She just released a “study” to say New England’s electric supply over the next 15 years will be just fine without new natgas supplies to power electric plants–so long as everyone keeps their thermostats turned down to 50 degrees in the winter and layers up with three or four sweaters (that’s always the Dem solution). The study (full copy below) is, of course, a joke. It was created by a group of people with glaring conflicts of interest…
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Two Top O&G Trade Groups to Merge: ANGA & API

The low price of oil and natural gas affects more than drillers and landowners–it even affects trade (i.e. advocacy) associations. For months going on years, the scuttlebutt has been that America’s Natural Gas Association (ANGA) might merge with the more flush American Petroleum Institute (API). Yesterday the two organizations announced that indeed they will merge, as of January 1st. Drillers are looking to cut expenses anywhere and everywhere they can–including paying less money to trade associations. This merger was a financial necessity for the relatively young ANGA (founded in 2009)…
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EPA Chief Says Banning Coal/Oil/Gas on Fed Lands Not “Extreme”

It shouldn’t surprise us, but it does. Drunk on her own power, Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, says it’s not a radical or extreme position to ban coal, oil and gas production on federal lands. Do we need any further evidence that the Obama Administration means to harm this country economically? Here she is, Gina McCarthy, in her own radical words…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: bill would ban Marcellus exports; pipeline to Canada to transport more Marcellus; CNG station opens in Carrollton; Apex applies for multiple drill pads in W PA; energy snobs snub Philly energy hub; Ingraffea peddles same old lies in PA; utility properties increase value in Marcellus region; South Portland, ME opts for natgas over biomass; NC county plans to ban fracking; Boone Pickens dumps some oil cos, buys others; and more!
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