Enbridge Trying to Restore 1 Bcf/d on Exploded Tetco in Ohio

A 30-inch segment of Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Transmission Company (Tetco) interstate natural gas pipeline exploded one week ago today, sending two people to the hospital and destroying two nearby homes when fires from the blast spread (see Texas Eastern Pipeline Explodes in Noble County, OH – Injuries). Enbridge is hoping to restore partial service along the line early this week.
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FERC Gives NYC Transco Pipeline Expansion Favorable Enviro Review

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Some great news for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project–a project to beef up capacity along the Transco pipeline system going into New York City. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), after delaying a decision for four months, has just issued a final *favorable* environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.
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Trend: Marcellus/Utica Drillers Will Drill Less in 2019

There’s just no getting around the obvious–that the shale industry is once again heading into something of a dip. We’re not just talking about shale oil drillers scaling back drilling new wells in places like Texas and North Dakota. We’re talking about big gas drillers in the Marcellus/Utica who are signaling that 2019 will see less spending and less drilling, although production won’t decline.
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National Park Service “Reconsiders” Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipe

Since early December Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been idle, not able to do any new construction due to a cockamamie ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (see 4th Circus Clowns Refuse to Clarify Decision re Atlantic Coast Pipe). The Fourth Circus clown judges are making Dominion wait until end of March for the next phase of a lawsuit brought by Big Green groups challenging a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) permit.
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PA PUC Begins Geologic Testing Near ME1 Sinkhole

A couple of developments to share with you about the Mariner East 1 NGL pipeline which has been completely shut down since Jan. 21 when a new sinkhole appeared in Chester County exposing a few feet of the bare pipe (see New Mariner East 1 Sinkhole Appears, PA PUC Shuts Down Pipeline).
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O&G Opposes Plan to Raise WV Severance Tax to Fix Roads

We didn’t think it would take long for the oil and gas industry to push back against efforts to raise the state’s severance tax from 5% to 6% and use the “extra” money to fix secondary roads in the state (see WV Republican Senator Wants 6% Severance Tax to Fix Roads). What we didn’t know about (until now) is that a second such bill was introduced in the House by a Democrat, the second bill raising the severance tax by 50% to 7.5%! Talk about nuts!!
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Jan 28, 2019

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Newport, R.I., suffers through days-long natural gas outage; R.I. Gov. Raimondo says state is investigating natural gas outage; NATIONAL: America needs more oil and natural gas pipelines; America cannot afford to ‘keep it in the ground’; INTERNATIONAL: China to use nuclear bomb detonator to mine shale gas in quake zone; Natural gas plan gets boost in small Canadian towns; US LNG landing in Portugal; Europe tops buyers for U.S. LNG with winter cargo influx.
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