Marathon Completes 49-Mile Utica Condensate Pipeline in Ohio

Click map for larger version – Harpster & Lima in the center

In February MDN reported that Marathon Petroleum had begun to build a 49-mile condensate pipeline, called HALI–the Harpster to Lima Pipeline (see Marathon Begins to Build New 49-Mile Utica Pipeline in Ohio). The purpose of the project is a pipeline “for efficient and safe delivery of condensate from the Utica Shale to refineries where it can be processed into gasoline and diesel in order to meet the needs of producers, mid-streamers, marketers, diluent blenders, and refiners as the Utica Shale continues to develop.” At the time, the pipeline was expected to go online in July. It’s not quite July, but the good news is that the pipeline is now online and delivering…
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NG Advantage Meets with Virtual Pipe Neighbors in Broome County

NG Advantage is making a concerted effort to dispel false rumors and misunderstanding on the part of neighbors who live near a proposed “virtual pipeline” site that is a series of compressor stations grabbing gas from the Millennium Pipeline in a Binghamton suburb, compressing it and loading onto tanker trucks. As MDN reported yesterday, two different groups have now filed lawsuits to stop work at the site, one by a local elementary school (more than a half mile away) and one by residents living nearby, including a local Catholic church parish (see Church Asks NY Court to Stop Broome County CNG Virtual Pipeline). Last night officials with NG held a meeting for area residents (with more meetings scheduled for tonight) to answer questions and get the truth out about the facility. Two items in particular were front and center: (1) There are no emissions from the compressor station–it is a series of compressors (4 initially, up to 12 in all) that are powered with electricity, not diesel. So there are zero emissions from the plant. NONE. (2) The plant will be quieter than the Interstate highway it sits next to. If you are walking in the nearby Port Dickinson park (as MDN editor Jim Willis sometimes does), you will continue to hear the highway which runs overhead–but you won’t hear the compressor station. Neither will neighbors like the Catholic church hear it. Here’s a summary of last night’s meeting…
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PA Anti Strategy: Weaponize Recent Court Ruling Against Shale Dev

It’s clear that radical environmentalists who (irrationally) oppose the use of fossil fuels believe the recent decision by Pennsylvania Supreme Court is a gift from Gaia (Mother Earth goddess). As MDN previously reported, last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of Appeals, in a sharply divided 3-2 decision, sided with a virulent anti-drilling group, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation, against the state in saying that any revenue generated from leasing and drilling on state-owned land MUST be used solely for conservation and the environment (see PA Supreme Court Hands Antis Partial Victory re State Land Drilling). However, denying the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DCNR) from funding itself with lease/royalty revenue was inconsequential, a distraction from the real aim. The decision, according to the radicals, further strengthens the state’s so-called Environmental Rights Amendment to the state constitution. What it means, in very practical terms, is that the antis now plan to use a decision ostensibly about how a single state agency gets its funding, to apply the philosophical underpinnings (the right to a clean environment) as a weapon against judges and the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), to force them to consider whether or not issuing a given permit for a project “harms” the “rights” of PA citizens to a “clean environment.” In other words, the radicals are weaponizing a court decision to use against the shale industry–and they’re signaling, via their sycophantic mouthpieces at StateImpact Pennsylvania, that’s exactly what they intend to do…
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Pittsburgh Suburb Moves to Regulate Seismic Testing by H&H

One of the first steps before a company decides to drill for shale gas (or oil), is to conduct a seismic survey–bouncing sound waves through the rock layers a mile or more down–to “see” what the geology looks like. It helps drillers target locations with the best possibility of success, which is a good thing for everyone (no unnecessary “misses” when drilling a well). One of objectives of the original Act 13 law passed in PA in 2012 was to provide uniform zoning ordinances for the oil and gas industry, so drillers don’t have to work with a crazy quilt patchwork of zoning requirements in every new town in which they drill. That failed when seven selfish towns filed a lawsuit that ultimately went to the PA Supreme Court, where the towns won the right to pass their own zoning regulations for oil and gas drilling (see PA Supreme Court Rules Against State/Drillers in Act 13 Case). So now drillers have to face different standards/restrictions/rules in every town where they drill. Thank you seven selfish towns! Huntley and Huntley is one of those drillers. In May MDN told you that H&H is conducting seismic surveys in Westmoreland County (see Huntley & Huntley Targets New Drilling in Westmoreland County, PA). H&H now wants to conduct seismic surveys in neighboring Allegheny County, in the Borough of Oakmont (suburb close to Pittsburgh, northeast side of the city). Because of H&H’s interest, Oakmont has (surprise!) proposed a new seismic survey ordinance. We have a copy of the 9-page ordinance below. Oakmont will hold a special meeting on July 3rd to discuss it…
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Free at Last! EPA, US Army Corps Rescind Obama WOTUS Rule

In May 2015 the Obama rogue Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Obama U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a finalized rule clarifying what “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) means vis a vis what can be regulated under the federal Clean Water Act (see EPA Power Grab: Redefines Waters of the U.S. to Include Everything). Essentially the rule change redefined everything down to mud puddles (no, we’re not exaggerating) as being subject to the federal Clean Water Act. It was yet another attempt to bring oil and gas regulation under the purview of the federal government, a violation of the U.S. Constitution. In October 2015, a federal judge stopped WOTUS from going into effect while it’s litigated (see Sixth Circuit Court Stops EPA from Implementing WOTUS Anywhere). Eventually 31 states along with other entities filed briefs with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opposing the rule (see 31 States Ask Court to Dump Obama WOTUS Rule as Unconstitutional). A number of Senators and Congressmen joined the lawsuit (see 21 Senators, 67 Representatives Join Case Against EPA WOTUS Rule). You can see just how unpopular the rule was/is. So it is with enormous pleasure and pride we bring you the news that the Trump EPA and Army Corps of Engineers has reversed course, filing a new rule to rescind the Obama WOTUS rule…
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Pro Oil & Gas “Recapitalizes” with PE Firm Intervale Capital

Pro Oil & Gas Services (formerly Pro Oilfield Services) is an oilfield services company (OFS) providing wireline, pumping services, flowback, frac stacks, wireline lubricators and pressure control, surface drilling and more. The company is headquartered in Houston, TX operating in a number of shale plays, including the Marcellus/Utica. We were unaware of the company until spotting a press release that announces the company has been “recapitalized” by Intervale Capital, a private equity (PE) firm that invests money in companies, adding them to its “portfolio.” The terms of the recapitalization were not disclosed. What all of this high finance language means is this: Pro Oil & Gas was just bought out by Intervale Capital. We expect all of the personnel to remain the same, including the founder/CEO. But make no mistake, Intervale now pulls the strings. It’s their money at risk, and they are now calling the shots…
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New Study: Domestic NatGas Generated $550 BILLION Benefit in 2015

A new study from ICF International (commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute) reveals some truly mind-blowing numbers. The natural gas supply chain–those companies involved in providing goods and services to the industry–generated $550 billion in economic activity in 2015. More than half a trillion dollars! That’s almost 3% of the country’s GDP. From a single industry. Staggering. Equally staggering: Because we are finding and extracting natgas here at home, American consumers will have saved more than $100 billion on the cost of natural gas by 2040. That’s a private (non-governmental) $100 billion invested in our economy over the next 25 years. The 268-page study, titled “Benefits and Opportunities of Natural Gas Use, Transportation, and Production” (full copy below) projects total employment related to the natgas industry will reach 5.9 million people by 2040. Can you even begin to wrap you brain around this?! The report contains information and data for how natgas benefits EACH of the 50 states. This is a professional study by a professional firm, not just rah rah unsupported pablum like you get from radical environmentalists. These are real numbers you can believe. Frankly, the numbers tell one of the most incredible stories of the 21st century…
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Stanford Geophysicist Obliterates Sierra Club Lies re Fracking

Last week Stanford University held their annual Silicon Valley Energy Summit debate. Mark Zoback, head of Stanford’s Natural Gas Initiative (after teaching geophysics at Stanford for 30 years) said of course fracking is safe, and beneficial. On the other side of the debate was a loopy anti-fracker from the abominable Sierra Club. Zoback verbally spanked her–obliterating her arguments against fracking. The question before the debaters: Do U.S. benefits of fracking gas and oil outweigh environmental costs? Arguing for fracking were Zoback and Dane Boysen, the former director of research operations at the Gas Technology Institute. Arguing against fracking were Lena Moffitt of the Sierra Club and Briana Mordick of the equally horrible National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Below is a summary of the debate, along with a full video of the hour-long debate…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Utopia (pipeline) one step closer to reality; public hearing for Trumbull Energy Center; pipeline security training; community college students get a thrill from visit by Shell CEO; PA severance tax a jobs killer; MVP will help build a better WV; fracking rarely linked to earthquakes; Trump energy plan will make America the new Saudi Arabia; Perry unnerves gas drillers with grid study; FERC commissioner leaving Friday; LNG fuels nearly 50% of Japan’s powergen; and more!
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