A “Virtual Pipeline” for NatGas Goes Live in Upstate New York

virtual pipelineWe’ve written about the concept of a “virtual pipeline” a couple of times before, in October (see NY Paper Plant Opts for “Virtual” NatGas Pipeline Over Real One and Florida Co. Building Big CNG “Mother Station” in Marcellus Region). The simplified version is this: Instead of laying a pipeline in the ground, which is more or less permanent, use trucks and even trains to transport compressed natural gas (CNG) to a central facility and from that facility distribute the gas–either by local pipelines or by trucks. Sort of a hub and spoke system applied to moving natural gas. We find it intriguing. For the second time in the past few months such a system is being created in New York State. But this time it’s being created by a large/major utility–New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG). NYSEG is allowing new customers to sign up for natural gas in the Mechanicville (Saratoga County), NY area with the addition of a new “virtual pipeline” of CNG trucks that deliver CNG to a centralized facility in town. Here’s how that gas will help Mechanicville economically expand and provide new jobs…
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Anti-Pipeline Loons March on Concord Today – Play the Bagpipes!

Break out the bagpipes! It’s time to get blasted and stumble down the streets of Concord, New Hampshire to show your love of Mother Earth and that you object to that evil, vile Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline that will bring carbon-reducing, clean-burning, fracked natural gas to the Granite State. Protesters will assemble at the corner of Storrs and Theatre Street in Concord at 10:00 am this morning, and then stumble along for a half-mile while (no lie) bagpipers and drummers play. The goal–if they make it that far–is the State House where a bunch of “dignitaries” will deliver hate speeches against natural gas and pipelines and Big Oil and Gas and Satan and Donald Trump and whatever else they feel like railing against. Should be a real fun time…
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FERC Confirms “Intervenors” Slowing Down Pipeline Approvals

As we’ve previously warned, anti-fossil fuel kooks are being effective in slowing down new pipeline projects by using a sleazy strategy of individually filing as “intervenors” in pipeline applications. An intervenor is supposed to be someone with a legitimate interest in a project who wants to provide data, information, opinion–and also someone (typically a group) that should be kept informed each step of the way what is happening with a pipeline application. Intervenors are usually towns, utility companies, large businesses, etc. In a scam and abuse of the system, antis are attempting to get all of their crazy followers–including children–to register as intervenors (see Delaware Riverkeeper Scams FERC in Review of PennEast Pipeline and Coordinated Attack? MassPLAN Uses Riverkeeper Pipeline Delay Tactic). It overloads the FERC system and slows down the approval process. Want proof? It comes directly from the mouth of a sitting FERC commissioner, Tony Clark…
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TGP Gets FERC Pushback on Need for 2 NED Compressor Stations in NY

Kinder Morgan and their Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) subsidiary have gotten some pushback from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over their planned Northeast Energy Direct pipeline plans in Schoharie County, NY. Kinder’s plans call for two different portions of the NED project–the Supply Path portion that comes from the gas fields of northeastern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, and the Market Path portion that goes from Schoharie County into Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and back into Mass. near Boston. The two different pipelines in Schoharie will use two different compressor stations under Kinder’s existing plan. FERC wants to know why they cant’ be combined into a single compressor station to reduce footprint. FERC is giving Kinder 20 days to respond…
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Rockland, Maine City Council May Block NatGas Electric Plant

In October MDN told you that the only nuclear power plant operating in Massachusetts, the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, MA, is closing down (see Massachusetts’ Only Nuclear Plant Closing – NatGas to the Rescue!). Which makes natural gas pipelines to the region all the more urgent and necessary. Natural gas is the only viable alternative fuel for producing electricity in New England. The region already has the highest electric rates in the country–typically four times that of other regions. Without more electrical generating plants, it’s not a choice of paying even more–it’s a choice of going without. As in brownouts and blackouts. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant produces 680 megawatts of electricity. Every megawatt counts, so a company in Rockland, Maine, calling itself the Rockland Energy Center, has proposed building a new natural gas-fired power plant that would produce 35 megawatts of electricity. Some of the crazies who live in the town object because the plant will use a “fossil fuel” to power it–so City Council is set to consider a six-month moratorium on any new power plants to give them time to figure out how to permanently disallow such plants. Rockland Energy is talking about walking away from the community and taking the considerable amount of tax money they would pay with them. Talk about stupid people who sit on city councils!…
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Marcellus Companies Among Winners at Platts Global Energy Awards

Publishing company Platts held their annual Global Energy Outlook Forum yesterday on Wednesday in New York City. MDN editor Jim Willis has gone for the past couple of years–but this year Platts uninvited media, including MDN, to attend. So unfortunately we have no news for you from the Forum. However, Platts holds an evening award ceremony each year, following the Forum. It’s called the Platts Global Energy Awards and Wednesday was the 17th running of the awards. Energy companies from seven countries won 18 awards. One company, a company with a growing presence in the Marcellus/Utica, stole the show by winning three awards. That company was Repsol, the Spanish oil giant with a love affair with American shale. Here’s a recap of the event, and the list of winners…
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Gulfport Energy Gives $500K to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Kudos to Gulfport Energy for making a half million dollar donation the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). The grant money will support projects that increase quality of life, create access to opportunities, or identify and implement solutions to community needs in those communities where Gulfport drills. This is called giving back–and the right way to give back–in those areas where you operate. The details…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: NY AG pushes to stop oil trains; other operators may face charges from PA AG same as Chesapeake; proposed oil storage terminal in Pittsburgh “dead”; Chevron slashes 2016 drilling budget; Obama’s climate hypocrisy; the “social cost” of methane; and more!
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