EQT Hires New COO for $1.1M – Tells Him to Cut Costs (Giggle)

EQT yesterday announced they’ve hired a new Chief Operating Officer–Gary E. Gould, hired away from Harold Hamm at Continental Resources where he oversaw production and resource development (essentially the same position). Gould is being paid $550,000 a year with a $500,000 signing bonus ($1.1 million total), for his first year. His salary goes up from there. Gould’s charter from EQT CEO Rob McNally? Cut costs. Which made us giggle.
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Encino Belle of the Ball at OOGA’s 72nd Annual Meeting

The Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) is currently holding their 72nd Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will address the event today. Cool! Kallanish Energy is at the event. They report that Encino Energy, which bought out all of Chesapeake Energy’s considerable Ohio Utica assets last year, was the “center of attention” yesterday.
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Where Will New Fortress Energy’s Marcellus LNG Port be Located?

We’ve been tracking the story of a coming $800 million LNG export plant that will be built in rural northeastern Pennsylvania (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA). Two days ago we shared the news that some of the Marcellus molecules from the plant will go to Puerto Rico to power electric plants (see PA Marcellus Gas to Power Electric Plant in…Puerto Rico?!). But between northeast PA and Puerto Rico, somewhere, somehow the LNG must get loaded onto a ship. Where will that happen? We think we know.
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Philadelphia LNG Export Plant One Vote Away from Happening

Russian native Boris Brevnov (former Enron executive) and his partner Charles Ryan (a Radnor native, once the chief country officer in Moscow for Deutsche Bank), are now one vote away from Philadelphia City Council approving a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility, to be built on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW).
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PA Supreme Court Tires of Strippers – Turns Down PIOGA Request

In late December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that so-called “stripper wells” can be taxed under the 2012 Act 13 law, slapped with an impact fee assessment if those wells produce more than 90 thousand cubic feet per day (Mcf/d) of gas in a single month, any month (see PA Supreme Court Rules Strippers Not Exempt from Impact Fee)?
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List of 16 Marcellus/Utica Gas Processing Plants

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, published a post yesterday on the topic of “U.S. natural gas processing plant capacity and throughput have increased in recent years.” In that post EIA links to a handy dandy online tool that lists all of the active natural gas processing plants operating in the U.S. We used the tool to download all of the plants in PA, OH and WV, and further trimmed out the low volume (conventional only) processing plants, leaving a list of sweet 16 Marcellus/Utica processing plants–where they are located and how much they process.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Mar 8, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA Senate’s next job: consider confirmation of DEP, DCNR, Agriculture secretaries; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: South Dakota shows how to play offense against pipeline opponents; New Mexico bill proposes ending natural gas, coal for for power gen; NATIONAL: ‘Green New Deal’ would hit minorities the hardest; Nine projects receive $18 million to advance technology for natural gas vehicles; Biggest threat to once-prized gas is getting kicked out of homes; “60 Minutes” Softball (video).
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