The Circuitous Route Marcellus Gas Takes to Get to Nova Scotia

Yesterday MDN brought you the exciting news that Marcellus shale gas molecules have been/are finding their way all the way to Nova Scotia, Canada (see Marcellus Gas Now Flows All the Way to Nova Scotia). A paper mill in Nova Scotia has been buying Marcellus gas since this summer to power the plant, via a now-reversed portion of the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (M&NE). Today we spotted a different article that sheds more light on how our gas is getting to our Canadian cousins. In yesterday’s post, the paper mill operator was quoted as saying: “For the majority of the summer I’ve been importing Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania and some from an exchange in Ontario.” Which we thought odd. We searched every map resource we could find and found no pipelines from Ontario to Nova Scotia–they don’t exist. The only pipeline into (out of) Nova Scotia is M&NE. Enter the article we spotted today. The article below chronicles the fight in Weymouth, Mass. to block the expansion of a compressor station there. Enbridge (i.e. Spectra Energy) plans to expand the compressor as part of the Atlantic Bridge project. Atlantic Bridge will flow more Marcellus gas north into Maine, and potentially beyond Maine into Canada, via the M&NE. The compressor is needed to flow more gas along the existing pipeline. While the article is largely about the fight over the compressor station and implications of further delays in building it, it is the other details that supplied the missing pieces of the puzzle that explain how our gas currently gets all the way to Nova Scotia…

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