All of Mariner East 1 NGL Pipe Shut Down Indefinitely by PA PUC

MDN previously reported that last Sunday a new sinkhole appeared exposing a tiny section of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) NGL pipeline in Chester County, PA, prompting Sunoco Logistics Partners to close down ME1 in the Greater Philadelphia area (see New Mariner East 1 Sinkhole Appears, PA PUC Shuts Down Pipeline).
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PA AG Will Continue Chesapeake Royalty Lawsuit in Bradford Co.

PA AG Josh Shapiro

Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, held a public meeting last night in Towanda (Bradford County), PA to talk about the state’s now three-year-old lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy, a lawsuit alleging the company has shafted landowners out of gas royalty money.
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Fed Court Allows PA Royalty Lawsuit Against Chesapeake to Proceed

Coincidentally on the topic of royalty lawsuits (see today’s companion story, PA AG Will Continue Chesapeake Royalty Lawsuit in Bradford Co.), MDN came across a story (and a lawsuit) we previously had not heard about. An important case brought by¬†landowners in Wyoming County, PA.
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PA IFO Report Says Record High Impact Tax for 2018 – $247M

Since 2012, Pennsylvania has collected the equivalent of a severance tax from Marcellus Shale drillers via something called an impact fee. Same concept as a severance tax. You drill a well, gas comes out, you pay a tax. Except with an impact fee you pay whether or not anything comes out of the ground–a more reliable source of tax revenue than a severance tax!
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Westchester NatGas Moratorium Begins to Bite NYC/Cuomo on the Butt

Utility company Consolidated Edison recently announced it will slap a moratorium on hooking up new customers for natural gas in Westchester County (NYC suburb) beginning March 15 (see Moratorium on New NatGas Customers Coming in NYC Area). Realtors and county officials in Westchester are now up-in-arms that Con Ed had the audacity to actually announce it.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Jan 25, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: House Democrat Policy Committee hears testimony on oil & gas industry methane leakage; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Colorado property owners claim forced pooling law unconstitutional; NATIONAL: What the Covington story tells us about fractivists; FBI bomb technician says shutdown prevented meeting on pipeline safety; Peak oil theory’s no good terrible very bad week; Shale stumbles: now OPEC can decide what price they want; Shale pioneer Hamm: output growth could fall by 50%; INTERNATIONAL: Electric cars are ALWAYS greener than petrol and diesel vehicles.
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