Williams Announces Transco Competitor to PennEast Pipe in NEPA

Did Williams just float an alternative/competitive pipeline to PennEast? Sure looks that way to us. On Friday Williams announced a binding open season to add 34 miles of looping pipeline next to existing Transco pipeline along with beefing up some of it’s compressor stations, in a bid to increase flows along the Transco from Luzerne County, PA (where PennEast would originate) to Mercer County, NJ (where PennEast would terminate).
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Tree Clearing Begins at PTT Cracker Site in Belmont County, OH

As we keep pointing out, PTT Global Chemical, the company that says they want to build a $6 billion ethane cracker plant complex in Belmont County, OH, keeps hinting that a “final investment decision” (FID) will come soon. Any day now. Just around the corner. They’ve been saying it for nearly two years.
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FERC Approves Empire Pipe Request for 2 New Compressors in PA, NY

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Well well well–this news is sure to ruin the day of irrational fossil fuel haters in New York and Pennsylvania. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week approved a request by National Fuel Gas Company subsidiary Empire Pipeline to build two new compressor stations along the Empire Pipeline–one in Tioga County, PA, the other in Ontario County, NY, to flow an extra 205 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of yummy fracked PA gas into the Empire State (don’t tell Cuomo).
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Antis Ask Westmoreland Co. to Stop CNX Drilling Near Reservoir

Anti-fossil fuelers are once again riding their high horse “demanding” that the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County block any more shale drilling on county-owned property located near Beaver Run Reservoir. Even though CNX’s shale drilling has been going on there since 2011 with zero impacts on the reservoir and its water supply.
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Encino Says They’ll Do it Better in the Utica than Chesapeake Did

Last Friday MDN reported that Encino Energy CEO Hardy Murchison and COO Ray Walker (formerly of Range Resources) spoke at the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) 72nd Annual Meeting in Columbus (see Encino Belle of the Ball at OOGA’s 72nd Annual Meeting). We have two more reports on their talk that mentions things not covered in the first report.
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Court Challenge to Plum Zoning Against Injection Well Proceeds

In early 2018, the federal EPA approved a new Marcellus wastewater injection well for the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum Borough (see Federal EPA Approves Permit for Plum, PA Wastewater Injection Well). The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) also needs to approve it. They held a public hearing in October to elicit input, a hearing where every single person who spoke was against the project (see Plum Injection Well Hearing Draws Solid Opposition).
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Questerre Energy Picks Up Another 753K Utica Acres in Quebec

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Last year the Canadian province of Quebec decided to ban pretty much all oil and gas drilling (see Quebec to Ban Utica Shale Drilling, Most Other Drilling Too). The ban hits Questerre Energy, a Canadian driller who has patiently waited for years to begin drilling on their extensive Utica acreage in the St. Lawrence Lowlands of Quebec, the hardest. Yet even with the ban Questerre continues to buy more Utica acreage.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Mar 11, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Larry Cain misses Rice Energy; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Cheniere completes Sabine Pass LNG train 5; Why the shale boom left California behind; Maine becomes the most recent blue state to reject a carbon tax; NATIONAL: New U.S. power plants expected to be mostly natural gas combined-cycle and solar PV; Oil majors strut into Houston for annual energy conference; The compression sector is on fire; Bloomberg had success against coal, but faces tougher challenge with oil and gas; INTERNATIONAL: Second wave of U.S. shale revolution is coming, says IEA; America is set to surpass Saudi Arabia in a ‘remarkable’ oil milestone.
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