PA Commonwealth Court Keeps Chesapeake Royalty Lawsuit Alive

In December 2017, a Bradford County, PA judge turned down Chesapeake Energy’s attempt to wiggle out of a royalty lawsuit on a technicality (see Bradford County, PA Judge Keeps Chesapeake Royalty Lawsuit Alive). However, the judge punted the case to a higher court, Commonwealth Court, to settle what he calls “novel questions of law”–rather than spending more time and money on such issues at the county court level. On Friday Commonwealth Court ruled…
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PA DEP Signals Approval for Adelphia Gateway Pipe Near Philly

Adelphia Gateway map (click for larger version)

In January the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable environmental assessment for New Jersey Resources’ Adelphia Gateway pipeline project in the Philadelphia area (see Adelphia Gateway Pipe Enviro Assessment Approved by FERC). On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) indicated it will soon issue a federal “401” Clean Water Act stream crossing permit for the project.
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Cuomo’s $250M Bribe Didn’t Work, Westchester Under Gas Moratorium

On Friday MDN told you that Consolidated Edison’s deadline to apply to be added as a natural gas customer in Westchester County had arrived (see Moratorium on New Gas Hookups in Westchester County Begins Today). We also told you about a last minute “program” (i.e. bribe) of $250 million of state taxpayer money that could be used in Westchester to hopefully convince Con Ed to not go forward with their new customer moratorium. The bribe didn’t work.
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NH Granite Bridge Pipeline Unicorn – Still Alive, Cost Up 30%

Last May, Liberty Utilities, located and operating in New Hampshire, announced a new pipeline project called Granite Bridge–27 miles of new natural gas pipeline to be buried along Route 101 from Stratham to Manchester, along with an LNG storage facility located midway along the pipeline (see Liberty Utilities Floats Plan for 27-Mile Pipeline in Southern NH). The project faces more regulatory approvals, but the new/good news is that it continues to make progress.
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CERAWeek: We Need New England Pipes & Yes, ACP/MVP Will Get Built

CERAWeek (by IHS Markit) is held each year in Houston, Texas. There is no doubt it is the world’s premier energy event. Last week U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed attendees, as did Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee. Movers and shakers. Everyone from Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs to wildcatting frackers from America’s shale plays were there.
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Lessons Learned from Fracking Help Understand Human “Gut” Health

In the same way America’s “unnecessary” and audacious effort to put a man on the moon in the 1960s produced the unintended consequence of discovering new materials and inventions that have fundamentally changed our society (practical applications, like computers), so too has the “unnecessary” practice of hydraulic fracturing led to new discoveries and information about how the human body works–enlightening scientists, ultimately improving human health.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Mar 18, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Proposed water quality certification published for Columbia East & West pipeline project; Gillibrand’s shifting views on fracking; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Dominion to keep Connecticut Millstone nuclear plant in service; With Houston’s natural gas, oil expertise, FERC eyeing city as regional office; NATIONAL: US oil and gas rig count rises on week to 1,086; Green New Deal: Collateral Damage (video).
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