Southwestern Energy Grows M-U Prod 21%, Likes WV Upper Devonian

Southwestern Energy, one of the largest Marcellus/Utica drillers, issued its 2018 (and 4Q) update last Friday. The company reports growing M-U production 21% in 2018, to 702 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). That works out to be 1.9 Bcfe per day. Quite an accomplishment when you consider those numbers happened even after Southwestern sold off their Fayetteville Shale assets last year.
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FERC Says Rest of Mountaineer XPress Pipeline OK to Start Up

On Friday TransCanada, owner of Columbia Gas Transmission, issued a press release to say the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the startup of the remainder of the Mountaineer XPress pipeline project. Just last week we told you that FERC had approved more (but not the rest) of the project to go online (see FERC Says More of Mountaineer XPress Pipeline OK to Start Up).
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Chester County Commissioner Uses Pipeline Lawsuit as Fundraiser

This is super sleazy. You might want to put on a rain slicker to keep the crap from sticking to you as you read it. Last week Chester County, PA commissioners asked to join a lawsuit against Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline projects. The commissioners also voted to end easements allowing Sunoco access to the pipeline as it runs through county property, access needed so they could do work on it.
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Cincinnati DOPEs are Back to Oppose Critical Pipeline Project

Duke Energy has a plan to build a critically-needed natural gas pipeline near Cincinnati, OH to replace an old pipeline built in the 1950s. A group calling themselves NOPE–Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension, is trying to defeat the project. We call them DOPEs–Dummies Opposing Pipeline Extension. The DOPErs are back, claiming a brand new pipeline through the area will be less safe and more dangerous than the old, worn-out pipeline.
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Some M-U Molecules Go to Canada East Coast via US Gulf Coast

This is wack. Instead of expanding and connecting pipelines to carry Marcellus/Utica natural gas to New England and from there on to the Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island), some M-U gas now heads there after traveling all the way to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility on the coast of Louisiana.

NOTE: Please see below for a correction to this post.
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CNG Trailer Rolls Over in Upstate NY, Closes Interstate

Credit: Fulton County Area News (click for larger version)

A tractor trailer hauling CNG (compressed natural gas) overturned Sunday morning on Interstate 88 near Cobleskill in Schoharie County, closing the Interstate for a few hours. This is one of those “virtual pipelines” we’ve written plenty about (see our stories here).

3/8/19 UPDATE: The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the crash. See below.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Mar 4, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Ohio moves into top five for recoverable shale natural gas reserves; Cap-and-trade climate petitioners resubmit entire petition to PA EQB; Governor presses for severance tax to repair levee; Wolf promotes proposal to fund high-speed internet expansion; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Energy Transfer natural gas pipeline ruptures in Missouri; NATIONAL: Andrew Wheeler confirmed by Senate as EPA chief; U.S. crude oil production, exports hit record levels; INTERNATIONAL: Drinking and gambling outpace oil, natgas revenues in Canada’s top-producing province; Global oil & gas drilling set to surge in 2019; Russia’s Arctic LNG project aims to tempt fuel-hungry Japan.
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