PA Residents More Likely to Die Falling on Stairs than by Pipeline

Well this wasn’t supposed to happen. The Delaware County (PA) Council hired a company in July of this year at a cost of $115,000 to conduct an independent risk assessment study of both the Mariner East 2 (ME2) and Adelphia Gateway pipeline projects (both running through Delaware County), to assess just how much risk each pipeline poses to residents in the county, a heavily populated Philadelphia suburb. A group of antis paid $50,000 to Quest Consultants for the same thing. The antis released their “report” in October (see Sham “Risk Assessment” of ME2 Pipeline Released by Philly Antis). Perhaps the antis sensed that the forthcoming independent report wouldn’t paint the same wild, nightmare scenario their fake report paints. And right they were. The Council’s study, paid for with taxpayer money and just released, finds residents of Delaware County stand a far better chance of dying from falling down a flight of stairs, a house fire, or a car accident than they do from an explosion from either ME2 or Adelphia.
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Annual Survey Shows O&G Investors Prefer Places Other than M-U

Each year (for the 12th year running) the Canadian-based Fraser Institute surveys petroleum industry executives and managers (256 of them for 2018) asking them their opinions on the barriers to investing in exploration and production in various geographies across the globe. That is, what makes them more likely or less likely to spend money drilling in a particular location? The Global Petroleum Survey (full copy below), tallies the survey responses and ranks each geography from most desirable place to invest, to least desirable. Last year West Virginia was ranked as the fifth most desirable place to invest (see Survey Indicates O&G Investing in WV More Attractive than PA or OH). This year? WV didn’t even make the survey!
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Range Resources CEO: We’re Nation’s 3rd Largest NGL Producer

Jeff Ventura

Range Resources’ CEO Jeff Ventura recently sat down for an interview with Paul Gough, ace reporter for the Pittsburgh Business Times. Paul asked Jeff some good questions. Among the interesting tidbits we learned from their exchange is that Range is now the nation’s third-largest independent NGL (natural gas liquids) producer. Wow! Who knew?! Ventura also talked about the long lateral craze, exports, and the company backing off in the Haynesville Shale.
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FERC Grants Portland XPress Project Environmental Approval

Map of Portland Natural Gas System (click for larger version)

TransCanada is attempting to do what so far, no one else has been able to accomplish: Increase flows of Marcellus/Utica gas into New England. The way they’re doing it is via the Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), a 295-mile pipeline that spans New England from the Canadian border to pipeline connections in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. No, TransCanada is not proposing to build any new pipelines as part of their plan. In fact, there is very little construction in what TransCanada is calling its Portland XPress Project (PXP). Phase I is now under construction and Phase II will soon be under construction. TransCanada filed for Phase III in June. Earlier this week FERC issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) for Phase III of the project, which is prelude to issuing a final approval.
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WV O&G Pays $138M in Severance Tax in ’18, Up 4.3% from ’17

The preliminary numbers are in from the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, and the numbers show that severance taxes paid by drillers in Mountain State hit a new high of $138 million, up 4.3% from in 2017. Six Marcellus/Utica shale counties–Doddridge, Wetzel, Ritchie, Tyler, Marshall, and Harrison–received $1 million or more of that back into county coffers. At the county level, the tax revenue goes for vital public services including first responders, community projects and social programs. Here’s a high-level rundown on who got what from this year’s severance tax honeypot.
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NEPA Schools LOVE Natural Gas…and Shale Wells, and Fracking

Two schools in rural Susquehanna County, PA are saving big bucks and helping the environment at the same time–by switching to burning natural gas. One of those schools, Elk Lake, has made millions of dollars in royalties by hosting two shale wells *on school property* (see Elk Lake School LOVES Their 2 Marcellus Shale Wells & Gas Heat). No, Elk Lake doesn’t stick a pipe into their wells (the gas has to get cleaned up first). But Elk Lake, and the Montrose School District, are beneficiaries of gas produced literally in their own backyards. Students are the ultimate winners. The money saved by switching to natural gas heating gets spent on the kids, rather than going to buy oil from Saudi Arabia.
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Justice Served: Former PA AG Kathleen Kane Goes to Jail

It takes a loooong time for the wheels of justice to turn, but (usually) turn they do. In 2016 Kathleen Kane, former Pennsylvania Attorney General who prosecuted and persecuted others, particularly in the gas drilling industry, was convicted of committing perjury (i.e. lying under oath) about leaking privileged grand jury information in a case unrelated to gas drilling. She was, in October 2016, sentenced to jail (see PA’s Anti-Drilling AG Kathleen Kane Sentenced to Jail for Perjury). But so far, she hasn’t served a single day of her sentence. That all changed yesterday when Kane began serving a 10-23 month sentence.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Nov 30, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: PSC agrees to BPU natural gas pipeline purchase; Letter to the Editor: Pipeline workers live here, too; India’s Gail in wants to swap Cove Point LNG cargos; Danos reaches two safety milestones; Sabine Pass LNG cargo heading for UK; U.S. crude oil and natural gas proved reserves set new records in 2017; Steyer hits natural gas prices to advocate for full phase-out; Gazprom Board of Directors reviews prospects of shale gas and LNG sectors.
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