OH Man Arrested for Making Bomb Threat Against Marcellus Biz in PA

Last week an Ohio man was arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat last November against Myers Well Service, located in Eighty Four (Washington County), PA. A cell phone belonging to Ryan Dougherty of Belmont, OH was used to make the threat. Dougherty claims he called the business, but didn’t make any threats. The investigation took three months. Last Tuesday authorities arrested and charged Dougherty.Continue reading

FERC Says More of Mountaineer XPress Pipeline OK to Start Up

In January the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave permission to TransCanada’s Columbia Pipeline group to start up a portion of the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline in West Virginia (see FERC OK’s Mountaineer XPress Pipe to Start Up in WV). Yesterday FERC gave Columbia permission to start up a wee bit more of the project.
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OH Court Says Marketable Title Act Applies to O&G Rights

We’ve written extensively over the years about the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act (DMA) and even about the Ohio Marketable Titles Act (MTA), both of which impact Utica shale rights. There has been an ongoing question of whether or not the MTA can be used to return previously severed mineral rights back to a surface landowner. The answer to that question appears to have been rendered in a court decision made earlier this month.
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Fed Court Tosses One NEXUS Lawsuit, Hears Another

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NEXUS Pipeline, a $2.6 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that runs from Ohio into Michigan, has been fully online for the past four months (see More of NEXUS Pipe Goes Online, FERC Approves Compressors). Yet anti-fossil fuel groups continue to litigate and try to shut it down. One such lawsuit was just tossed by one federal court, and another lawsuit just filed briefs in a different federal court.
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Radical Green Groups Try to Block NY Marcellus Landfill Expansion

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New York benefits from the PA Marcellus in a very minor way–we sell a few hotel rooms, and a few restaurant meals to workers passing through. About the only way we tangibly benefit from PA shale is by accepting drilling cuttings in a few of our landfills. Yet antis want to take that away too.
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PEDF Once Again Demands Court Gut Funding for PA DCNR

Big Green insanity continues at the so-called Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF). The only thing they “defend” is their own twisted philosophy of trying to gouge out the eyes of the oil and gas industry in PA–even at the expense of de-funding their own beloved PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
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MDN Featured in PublicSource Story re Shell’s PA Cracker

More than a month ago MDN editor Jim Willis was contacted by PublicSource, an independent non-profit news organization based in Pittsburgh. A reporter wanted to know if Jim would grant an interview as part of a story he was doing on the Shell cracker, pipelines and the petchem industry in southwest Pennsylvania. Jim said yes.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Feb 26, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Legislators grill Con Ed on fast-approaching natural gas moratorium; Trump’s verbal smackdown of Cuomo over fracking, northeast pipeline access still reverberates; NATIONAL: Prominent environmentalist Shellenberger rips into AOC re Green New Deal; The 10 most insane requirements of the Green New Deal; INTERNATIONAL: Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’; Saudi Aramco is finding so much natural gas it could export at least 3 Bcf/d by 2030; BP’s ‘peak oil’ demand prediction falls flat; Why Europe won’t go for American natural gas.
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