Harrisburg Job Fair Oct 6-7 Looks to Fill 400 Pipeline Jobs

Listen up job seekers in eastern Pennsylvania: The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is looking for 400 people to work on building Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline–a $3 billion, 198-mile natural gas pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. The job fair is happening TODAY (Friday) and TOMORROW (Saturday) ath the Harrisburg-Hershey Crown Plaza located at 23 South 2nd Street in Harrisburg (8am-4pm both days). According to the Teamsters, there are “hundreds of jobs to fill” and they are “looking to expand our workforce quickly.” Qualifications? You need to be 21 years old or older, have a driver’s licence, and be willing to travel. Construction experience is a plus, but not required. Here’s the deets…
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Shell Holding Career Expo in SWPA Oct 12 to Discuss Cracker Jobs

While the Teamsters are holding a job fair today and tomorrow in Harrisburg to recruit for pipeline workers (see today’s lead story), next week Shell and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) will hold two back-to-back career expos on the other side of the state, in the Pittsburgh region, to “inform residents about all the current and emerging job opportunities” at Shell’s ethane cracker plant. On Thursday, Oct. 12, Shell will host the Pennsylvania Chemicals Military Petrochemical Day from 8am to 2pm–for former military service members. The event will be held in room 9103 of CCBC’s Learning Resources Center. Then at 6pm on the 12th, a free career expo will be held at the CCBC Dome–open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged. This is your chance to meet with folks face-to-face who can help you land a job working on (or in) the mighty Shell ethane cracker. Don’t miss it!…
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India’s RIL, Carrizo Sell NEPA Marcellus Assets for $210M

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the single largest company in India, and one of the largest energy companies in the world. RIL invested $3.5 billion in a Marcellus joint venture with Atlas Energy in 2010, and later battled Chevron to buy Atlas–but Chevron won, so RIL became a jv partner with Chevron. RIL currently has 3 U.S. shale joint ventures: the Chevron jv in the Marcellus (owns 40% of that acreage), a jv with Carrizo Oil & Gas in the northeast PA Marcellus (owns 60% of that acreage), and a jv with Pioneer Natural Resources in the Texas Eagle Ford (owns 45% of that acreage). Back in 2015, RIL signaled they are looking to dump all of their U.S. shale assets (see Indian Giant RIL Looking to Dump its Marcellus Joint Ventures). It took a few years, but earlier today Banpu, Thailand’s largest coal producer, announced that is has purchased all of the RIL/Carrizo jv (from both RIL and Carrizo) in northeastern PA–for $210 million. Does Banpu sound familiar? It should. This is the fifth investment Banpu, via its American subsidiary Kalnin Ventures, has made in the northeast Marcellus…
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Carbon Natural Gas Buys 780K Acres, 3,100 Mi. of WV Pipe for $41M

Carbon Natural Gas Company, through its affiliate Carbon Appalachian Company, announced earlier this week that the company has purchased another 780,000 acres of conventional (non-shale) leases, along with 3,100 miles of gathering pipelines located “predominantly” in West Virginia–for $41.3 million. You may recall Carbon Natural Gas picked up all of Cabot Oil & Gas’ conventional assets in WV for $21.5 million back in August (see Carbon Natural Gas Buys Cabot’s Conventional Wells in WV-OH-VA). Once again Carbon does not name the seller for this latest round (they also did not with the Cabot deal, MDN pieced that information together). This time we don’t have any evidence or clues to tell you who did the selling. One thing is clear: Now with a total of 1.7 million acres of leases, 7,900 operating conventional wells and 4,700 miles of pipelines, Carbon Natural Gas is locking down much (most?) of the conventional gas business in the Mountain State…

Oct 7, 2017 Update: An MDN source tells us the seller was EXCO Resources. We have not been able to independently verify the tip, but our source is reliable and we wanted to pass along the tip.
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ME2 Pipe Blasting in Lebanon County Uncovers Old Pollution

Blasting and drilling work in Lebanon County, PA related to building the Mariner East 2 Pipeline may have caused old deposits of MTBE (a gasoline additive) that had been stored at an old Sunoco facility to dislodge and migrate–into a nearby farmer’s water well. A subcontractor doing blasting work on Sept. 11 experienced “complications” during a detonation. Pieces of rock and debris hit a nearby house and swimming pool. Not a good thing. That blasting may also have led to the migration of MTBE to a nearby farm where MTBE had not previously been detected. Also not a good thing. Sunoco used to operate the Quentin terminal from 1940 to 1993 that served as a petroleum storage facility for the original Mariner East Pipeline–that flowed petroleum. That pipeline has since been repurposed and now flows natural gas liquids. Leaks from the old storage facility were known to have contaminated the ground in the area. It appears the blasting may have disturbed some of the pollution sitting under ground…
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FERC Issues Final Approval for Delmarva Pipeline Expansion

In July 2016 MDN told you about a smallish, but important pipeline project in the Delmarva Peninsula area, which includes most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia. Eastern Shore Natural Gas’ 2017 System Expansion project will bring new sources of natgas from an interconnection Eastern Shore has with the mighty TETCo (Texas Eastern Company) pipeline near Philadelphia (see PA/MD/DE Pipeline Project Heats Up with Open House Mtgs This Week). The project includes 22.7 miles of new looping pipeline (laid next to existing pipeline) in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware; a 16.9-mile extension to a pipeline in Sussex County, DE; and upgrades to compressor and valve stations. Chesapeake Utilities, the parent company, calls the project the single largest such expansion in Eastern Shore’s history, a project that will bump up gas delivery volumes by 25%. In May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave the project a glowing environmental review (see Delmarva Pipeline Expansion Gets Positive FERC Enviro Review). A favorable EIS from FERC is typically prelude to a full, final approval. And such is the case with this project. On Wednesday, FERC issued a certificate approving the project–a final approval. The next step will be for Chesapeake Utilities, the parent company building the project, to request FERC permission to start the bulldozers and backhoes…
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Southwestern Energy Reduces Methane Leaks, WITHOUT Onerous Regs

The debate rages, both nationally and on the state level (in Pennsylvania, anyway) about the best way to reduce fugitive methane. That is, to stop methane from leaking out of pipes and into the atmosphere where it supposedly contributes to mythical man-made global warming. Leaving aside the nonsensical global warming stuff, it’s in the best interests of any producer (or pipeline company) to ensure no methane molecules leak out of the system. It’s the stuff they extract and sell! They don’t want their inventory flying away into heaven. The debate is how best to ensure less methane leaks. On one side you have the typical Big Government types that want to regulate everything, down to the type of equipment you use to detect leaks and the methods for fixing it. We have nothing against common sense regulations, but as everyone knows, government tends to screw things up, rather than fix things. On the other side you have drillers and midstream companies who content “just give us a standard and let us figure out how best to meet that standard.” Case in point is Southwestern Energy. Southwestern launched a leak detection and fixing program five years ago–and has dramatically cut the amount of methane leaking from its operations. Southwestern, and others, show us the way it should be done, WITHOUT needing onerous regulations from the federal government or from the regulation-happy PA Gov. Tom Wolf…
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PA DEP Offers $1M in Grants for CNG, Propane Refueling Stations

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering $1 million in grants to companies willing to build “alternative fuel infrastructure projects” in Pennsylvania. What the heck is that? CNG (compress natural gas) fueling stations, propane fueling stations, and electric vehicle charging stations. The catch? The fueling stations must be open and available to the general public, and must be located with the “designated alternative fuel corridors” of certain interstate highways: I-76, I-276, I-476, I-70, I-95, and I-80. PA wants to goose the use of alternative fuels. Here’s the deets on the program…
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Big Green Group PennFuture Targets Shell Cracker w/Smear Campaign

Last week the radicals at Big Green group PennFuture launched an advertising campaign that targets both U.S. Steel Corp. and the might Shell ethane cracker. The ad campaign, called “Your Toxic Neighbor” includes big ads on the sides of buses and on billboards in the Pittsburgh region. From the beginning of PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, PennFuture radicals have populated his administration. Two PennFuture radicals previously in the Wolf cabinet are now gone: former Secretary of Policy, John Hanger (now gone, supposedly to spend more time with his wife and daughter in Massachusetts) and former Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection, John Quigley (fired for conspiring with Big Green groups and getting caught doing it). The one remaining PennFuture radical still in the Wolf cabinet is Secretary of the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Cindy Dunn. Time for Wolf to show her the door too (see Time to Fire Cindy Dunn, Last of Wolf Admin’s PennFuture Radicals). PennFuture tries to pass itself off as some sort of reasonable, pro-environment “let’s just make PA a better place to live” kind of group. Nothing of the sort. They are completely out of the mainstream, which is why we call them what they are: RADICALS. Here’s the latest smear campaign from a fringe group…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Oct 6, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PA Gov. Wolf says he can “indefinitely” keep plugging the budget gap; PA poised to attract more plastics manufacturing; energy, environment key issues in Virginia gov race; the biggest source of methane emissions in California is agriculture and waste, NOT o&g; Congressman on panel say o&g industry needs a “better narrative”; wastewater driving investment in shale; o&g industry attacks Perry plan to save nukes & coal; end of two pipeline projects in Canada; and more!
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