PA AG Investigates Shale Drillers for “Enviro Crimes”

PA AG Josh Shapiro – searching for enviro crimes

It turns out Pennsylvania’s current Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, is not much different than his predecessor, Kathleen Kane (who is sitting in jail for committing perjury). Kane, and now Shapiro, have targeted the Marcellus Shale industry, accusing drillers of committing crimes against the environment. It’s cheap and it’s sleazy and a total abuse of the office, all for political grandstanding.
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Banpu Opens Field Office in NEPA, Looks to Invest $300M in 2019

(From Left to Right) Mr. Chanin Vongkusolkit, Chairman, Banpu; Ms. Somruedee Chaimongkol, CEO, Banpu; and Mr. Christopher Kalnin, CEO, Kalnin Ventures (click for larger version)

Banpu Pcl, Thailand’s largest coal producer, invested over $500 million in 2016-2017 to buy existing Marcellus wells and acreage in northeast Pennsylvania (see our Banpu stories here). The last such purchase was in December 2017 (see Banpu/Kalnin Buys 5,289 Ac & 35 Wells in NEPA Marcellus for $105M). Banpu is back–in a big way.
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FERC Responds to NY Radicals re Pipeline Impacts on Global Warming

This post is about a pipeline project we’ve written quite a bit about over the past few years–Dominion Energy’s New Market project that ever-so-modestly expands an existing pipeline in Upstate New York. But at its heart, the issue is much deeper. Anti-fossil fuel radicals are challenging this project, in court, as a way to force the government to consider man-made global warming when approving such projects.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Jan 29, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Lawmaker calls on officials to investigate pipeline players; WV’s Northern Panhandle resurgent; officials cite natural gas, remediation projects; Rover Pipeline donates $40,000 to 4-H; Dominion Energy, Dominion Energy Midstream complete merger; NATIONAL: U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions increased in 2018 but will likely fall in 2019 and 2020; EPA highlights decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and deregulation in annual review; Kinder Morgan sets 2019 budget with emphasis on natural gas projects; Heavy-duty natural gas truck sales down in 2018; New shale tech provides real-time picture, avoids frack hits.
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