Decision-time for Landowners in Demchak/Chesapeake Royalty Case

lawsuitIs the long, sordid affair over Chesapeake Energy screwing Pennsylvania landowners out of royalties finally near an end? Chesapeake and some landowners, part of the “Demchak” class action lawsuit–certainly want you to think so. A year ago MDN told you about a settlement between “several thousand” Pennsylvania landowners and Chesapeake over the royalty issue–Chessy deducting post-production payments by pipeline companies in what some call a scam that leaves landowners signed with Chesapeake receiving royalty checks that are pennies on the dollar compared to what they should receive. The new settlement for those “several thousand” would be 2/3 of $11 million, after the lawyers get their 1/3 cut (see Chesapeake & PA Landowners Settle Royalty Lawsuit…Again). Many PA landowners who are leased with Chesapeake now face a decision–and doing nothing is not an option. The lawyers and the court are about to close the door on what is called the Demchak class action lawsuit. PA landowners with a “market enhancement clause” in their lease should have already received a form letter announcing that unless they opt out of the settlement, they will be included. Below we have an excellent outline of what your options are according to the PA National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), along with the opinion of one Bradford County landowner who is less than thrilled with the Demchak settlement…
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DUC DUC Goose! The Growing Backlog of Uncompleted Shale Wells

Ever hear of a DUC? No, we didn’t forget the “K” on the end of DUC. It stands for Drilled but UnCompleted (DUC) wells. Completing a well means taking the final step of fracking the well and hooking it up to production. Lately there’s been a lot of talk about DUCs–a large inventory of wells drilled (holes in the ground) not yet completed. Completing a well takes a lot of sand, water and money. There’s little incentive to complete wells when commodity prices for oil and gas are so low. In some cases drillers will drill the borehole and not complete a well as a way of holding their acreage before a lease expires. In other cases, they’d love to finish the job–but the price they will get is too darned low, so they put completion on hold. Sometimes a driller has contracted for a rig and crew to operate it–instead of canceling and owing that money anyway, they go ahead and drill. How many DUCs are there in general, and in the Marcellus/Utica specifically? The honest answer is, no one knows for sure. But smart analysts can make some pretty good guesses, based on company reports and their own industry knowledge. Below we bring you the latest we can find on DUCs–specifically how many DUCs there are in the Marcellus/Utica…
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Shale Gas Faces Double Trouble: Low Prices & Pipeline Opposition

According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the natural gas industry faces a double “new normal” that hobbles the industry: (1) low prices for natural gas for the foreseeable future, and (2) public opposition to pipeline expansion, especially in New England. Here’s what IEEFA’s executive director, Sandy Buchanan, says about this double threat to our beloved industry…
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PA Senate Committee Votes to Recommend AG Kane’s Removal

Last Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Senate committee investigating PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane recommended to the full Senate that she be removed from office. Now. Before any more damage is done to the office of the AG. We’ve long covered the scandal that is about to bring down Kathleen Kane (see our Kane stories here). The scandal bringing her down has nothing to do with the Marcellus Shale, other than it will rid us of a liberal Democrat who illegally targets the drilling industry. No–she has herself to thank when she finally walks (or is dragged) through the exit door. She is a mean, vindictive person who sought to discredit a political enemy by leaking privileged grand jury testimony to a reporter (a felony), and then lying under oath about it (which is perjury, another felony). In fact she’s been indicted on a number of crimes. Last week the PA Senate said “enough is enough, it’s time for her to go.” And what did Kane do? Once again, like a broken record, she said a bunch of dirty old men who work for the state and who swapped porn using their state email accounts are out to get her because she discovered their dirty little secret…
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Jimmy Stewart Makes the Case for NEXUS Gas Pipeline in Ohio

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Jimmy Stewart, president OGA

Jimmy Stewart (no, not that one, another one!) is the former Majority Leader of the Ohio Senate. After his days in the Senate, Stewart joined the Ohio Gas Association as its President. Perhaps feeling the need to push back against the steady drumbeat of negativity coming from anti-frackers who also oppose pipelines in the Buckeye State, Stewart wrote a powerful guest column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to make the case for major new natural gas pipelines in general, and to make the case for Spectra Energy’s NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline in particular. Here is that powerful column…
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Will Low Oil/Gas Prices Lead to ‘Social Unrest’? $25/Bbl Coming?!

The low price of oil (and gas) is blamed for a lot of things. You can add one more to the list: social unrest. You might think oil and gas prices being obscenely high would lead to “social unrest,” but according to analysts at RBC Capital Markets, it’s the opposite. The theory goes like this…In big oil countries like the U.S., Russia or even “wealthier” Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, when the price of oil crashes, they have the national resources to ride out the price collapse (i.e. keep welfare programs going)–until the price rebounds. But not all oil exporting countries are so fortunate. What if the price of oil hits the $25 per barrel range next year, as is predicted by RBC Capital Markets? According to their analysts, there are some (socialist) countries that will stop paying for public programs, and that will lead to “social unrest” as those addicted to the public teat get weened (think Greece). Among those countries are what RBC calls “the Fragile Five”–countries where ISIS is believed to be active. Which countries are they?…
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Paris Climate Summit Jazzes Obama…Why it Doesn’t Matter

Yesterday our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama (BHO), addressed global warming nutters from around the world who came to Paris to agree to less freedom for citizens of the United States (and to sentence developing countries to lifetimes of misery). That about sums up what the United Nations twenty-first conference of the parties (COP-21) is all about. It’s about limiting economic activity in countries around the world under the pretense of man-made global warming. What’s funny about yesterday is that even one of their own, BHO, was a little too windy for the assembled nutters. Apparently you can have too much wind–who knew? BHO, like other world leaders to address the assembled warmers, was given a 3-minute time slot to spout his opinions blaming the USA for global warming. But BHO, like the Energizer Bunny, just kept going and going and going. At the nine minute mark the Frenchies started to hit the buzzer and kept stabbing it periodically to signal BHO it was time to get his @$$ off the stage. But the tone deaf BHO kept right on jabbering until he was done reading the last word the teleprompter told him to read–some 11 minutes after he began. Below we have the story of BHO’s long-winded address to COP-21, along with some rational views about what this ill-fated conference is really all about, and why no agreement BHO signs will ever see the light of day (or matter) in the good old US of A…
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Free Book: Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming

All eyes are currently on Paris and the United Nations twenty-first conference of the parties (COP-21). COP-21 is an attempt to force all of the nations of the world to sign on to the myth of man-made global warming–and force them to reduce carbon output, which they believe will lower said global warming. In reality not even the people attending really believe in this nonsense–they use it as a method of controlling the citizens of the world. It’s about power–and the abuse of power. But let’s pretend there are some who do really believe this childish nonsense. What arguments do they use? One of the chief arguments is a lie so often repeated it’s now believed–that there is a “consensus” of scientists that man-made global warming is real. Something like 97% of all scientists believe it. Thing is, that statistic is pulled from an artificially low, select number of scientists. It’s not real. Yesterday, as COP-21 got under way, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) released a new book titled “Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming: The NIPCC Report on Consensus” (get a free copy below). This important new book lays bare and refutes the claim that there is a “scientific consensus” on the causes and consequences of climate change…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Dec 1, 2015

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: natgas price expectations & EQT; PA opportunity zones for natgas; PA pipelines are for the common good; PA’s ERA (Environmental Rights Amendment); New England needs more natgas with nuke closing; hedge protection for gas producers disappearing; Chesapeake heading for bankruptcy?; the energy story Obama won’t tell; Russia & Turkey & energy; and more!
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