OH Couple Illegally Blocks Rover Pipeline Workers from Their Land

A somewhat misguided couple who own land in Harrison County, OH and object to Rover putting a pipeline through their land have decided to break the law. Contractors working for Energy Transfer to clear trees and dig a trench to lay pipeline across their land have been working on their land, on an off, for the past three weeks. Sheila Bittinger and her husband Stanley say they’ve had enough and the couple parked several vehicles across the entrance to their property to prevent any more work on the pipeline. It sounds as if they want to get arrested and that they know this particular bit of “civil disobedience” will result in absolutely nothing. But they’re doing it all the same. If you watch the video (below) you get the impression these are honest, country folks who feel like they’ve gotten a raw deal. We wonder if these landowners have been manipulated by slick lawyers who see a big payday coming from a lawsuit against Rover Pipeline…
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Leach XPress Pipeline Begins Drilling Under the Ohio River

Leach XPress Map Showing BM-111 Loop – click for larger version

In August 2014, MDN told you that Columbia Pipeline Group decided to move forward with investing $1.75 billion dollars for two new projects: the Leach XPress and Rayne XPress pipeline projects (see Columbia Gas: $1.75B for 2 Projects to Send Marcellus Gas to Gulf). Leach Xpress will begin in Marshall County, West Virginia, cross Ohio and end up in Leach, Kentucky. In January 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the two projects (see FERC Approves $1.8B Leach & Rayne XPress Pipeline Projects). Construction has since begun. Part of the Leach XPress project is a sub-project called the BM-111 Loop, three-mile segment of 36-inch diameter pipe, extending from Columbia’s existing Burlington, OH (Lawrence County) meter station. That segment will go under the Ohio River. Work on the BM-111 Loop, which will employ 140 people during construction, has just begun…
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Michigan Judge Rules Rover Pipeline Can Access Holdout Properties

On Feb. 3, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its final approval to Energy Transfer’s Rover Pipeline project–a $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada (see ET Rover Pipeline Gets Final Approval by FERC). When FERC approves a project like Rover, the project automatically gets the power to invoke eminent domain against landowners who refuse to sign easements to allow the pipeline. Rover has done that in several states, including Ohio and Michigan. Landowners who own 116 tracts of land in Michigan where Rover will traverse have refused to negotiate or allow Rover access to their land. Those days are over. A federal judge in Michigan has just ruled Rover can immediately seize land along the route of the pipeline and begin tree clearing and construction…
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EXCO Lost $225M in ’16; Screwing Shareholders to Avoid Bankruptcy

EXCO Resources was once a sizable player in the Marcellus. They still have 145,000 net acres in the Marcellus, with 124 horizontal Marcellus wells drilled and in production. However, EXCO, as we pointed out a year ago, has abandoned the Marcellus at this point (see EXCO: No Marcellus Drilling in 2015/2016, NYSE Threatens Delisting). The company flirted with bankruptcy for some time. They were able to slow the bleeding in 2Q16 (see EXCO Still Hammering Midstreamers re Contracts, Bleeding Slowed). In 3Q16 EXCO finally turned a profit, going from losing $355 million in 3Q15 to making $51 million in 3Q16 (see EXCO 3Q16: Turns a Profit! Marcellus Production Continues to Fall). That was an astonishing turnaround for a company razor close to bankruptcy. EXCO has just released its fourth quarter and full year 2016 update, along with details on a plan to keep the company out of bankruptcy court. The update shows the company lost $35 million in 4Q16. EXCO lost $225 million for all of 2016, versus losing $1.2 billion in 2015. The bleeding has slowed. In a surprise move, they added 1 Marcellus well to production in 4Q16. EXCO’s master plan to stay out of bankruptcy includes selling $300 million in bonds to a group of investors–effectively turning over control of the company to its creditors and screwing existing shareholders. Believe it or not, there is a connection between EXCO and the Trump Administration…
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“Religious” Anti-Fracking Protesters Arrested in Annapolis, Maryland

There is a concerted effort by a small group of fossil fuel haters to strip away the Constitutional property rights of all Marylanders by passing a permanent ban on fracking in the state. They’ve already convinced the Maryland House to pass a ban bill. The haters spew outright lies about fracking and attract local media outlets with gullible reporters who never question their outlandish claims. While they make false claims about fracking, that it pollutes water, air and in general kills everything, make no mistake–the root of their objection is that fracking extracts fossil fuels which, in the religion of environmental extremists, causes man-made global warming. That is what animates them. Unfortunately, as we have previously observed, Christian pastors from liberal denominations are claiming that the issue of fracking is a “moral” issue, a “good vs. evil” conflict (see Global Warming Jumps the Shark – Into Maryland Churches). These apostate pastors have left their first love, Jesus Christ, and traded away Our Lord for a bowl of environmental pottage. How sad. And how tragic for the flocks they’re leading–right into the abyss. A group of so-called “faith leaders” and others blocked the entrance to the Maryland State House yesterday, and were promptly arrested and removed…
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NY’s AG Schneiderman Sowing the Seeds of His Own Destruction

New York’s corrupt Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is getting desperate. We want to go on record as one of the first to say he’s sowing the seeds of his own destruction. Schneiderman is a train wreck waiting (and about) to happen. We refer, of course, to Schneiderman’s eerie similarity to Captain Ahab in Moby Dick in attempting to hunt down ExxonMobil, Schneiderman’s great white whale. Recently Schneiderman, in cooperation with a sycophantic mainstream media, released information that former CEO Rex Tillerson (now Secretary of State) had a second email account. But unlike Hillary Clinton, Tillerson’s second account was not on a private server and was not used (as Schneiderman alleges) to secretly discuss how Tillerson “knew” burning oil and other fossil fuels causes mythical man-made global warming. Schneiderman’s action in running to the press to “reveal” a “secret” email account is a faint–a way to misdirect people from the real story, which is that Schneiderman continues to refuse to disclose his own emails that prove this whole Exxon witch hunt began when Schneiderman colluded and closely coordinated with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, and billionaire green activist Tom Steyer. A log of emails shows coordination just prior to the launch of the #ExxonKnew campaign for which Schneiderman is the point man. He’s desperate to avoid releasing his own emails–emails that will implicate him…
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Horray! Trump Budget Fires 20% of EPA Staff, Trims 31% of Budget

Yesterday President Trump released a detailed budget proposal which includes reducing the way-overbloated (and insidiously bureaucratic) Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31%. The budget would also ax some 3,200 EPA employees–about 21% of the 15,000 employed at the agency. It is sheer brilliance and long overdue. The EPA, under Barack Obama, sought to enforce national regulation of the oil and gas industry–something not permitted under the Constitution. It’s about time the agency was right-sized and its mission reigned in. Of course the reaction by the left has been predictable–from apoplexy to terror (snowflakes always melt so quickly). Here’s how the EPA budget news is being spun by mainstream media…
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EPA Administrator Pruitt Questions CO2 as Source of Global Warming

Scott Pruitt

MDN is not a blog/news site about debunking global warming flummery. However, we do mention it from time to time because a religious belief (against any objective proof) that mankind is causing Mom Earth to toast is at the center, the core, of so-called environmentalists who oppose fracking, pipelines and anything to do with burning fossil fuels. In an interview on March 9th with CNBC, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he does not agree that carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary contributor to “the global warming we see.” He said measuring human activity’s impact on climate change is challenging to do. He is on solid scientific ground–and honest scientists, who happen to believe in man-made global warming, agree with his statements…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Local Rover Pipeline construction begins; Alex Lotorto plays student again in anti-pipeline stunt; EQT Foundation awards record $6.2 million in grants, scholarships & charitable contributions in 2016; oil to start flowing through Dakota Access Pipe next Monday; CH2M deal with Shell; oil prices fell 12% last week–did anyone notice; the glutted gas world; Trump to repeal Obama fracking rule; and more!
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