Man Killed in Accident at Hilcorp Well Pad in Lawrence County, PA

An Indiana County, PA man was working at a Hilcorp drill pad in North Beaver Township (Lawrence County), PA, helping to load “large sections of steel pipeline and drilling equipment” onto a truck when the load became unstable and a large pipe fell from the truck and struck/killed the man. Leonard Clair Long, Jr., 60 years old, died at the scene. He worked for Hilcorp subcontractor Ziegenfuss Drilling.
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Williams & Canada Pension Plan Form $3.8B JV in Marcellus/Utica

The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! Actually, they’re already here. Last summer we brought you the bombshell news that Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP) had purchased all of Chesapeake Energy’s Ohio Utica assets (see Stop Press: Chesapeake Sells ALL of its Ohio Utica Assets for $2B). What’s not obvious in that headline is that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is Encino’s joint venture partner and put up virtually all of the money, and owns 98% of EAP. CPPIB is doing it again, this time buying a significant stake in Ohio Utica (and Marcellus) pipelines.
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Revisiting PA Bill to Allow Shale Drilling Across Multiple Units

Two days ago MDN brought you news about a new bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, HB 247, which would allow fully leased parcels that are part of one drilling “unit” to be combined with parcels in a different unit (see PA Floats Bill to Allow Shale Drilling to Span Multiple Units). “Cross-unit drilling,” if you will. We connected a few dots and made some observations that maybe were not quite on the mark. This post presents “the other side” of the HB 247 issue.
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Ohio O&G Industry Puts Out Call for More Workers

The “great crew change” is taking place in the oil and gas industry in general, and in the Marcellus/Utica in particular. Older workers are nearing retirement and exiting the industry in increasing numbers, and the industry isn’t attracting enough newer workers to fill the ranks. According to the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, the need for new workers in Ohio’s O&G industry is pressing. Everything from welders and truckers to people working with technology.
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FERC Compressor Stn Hearing Near Wilkes-Barre Turns Up 1 Anti

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is conducting a series of four public meetings (called scoping sessions) for both the Williams Leidy South Project (see Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA) and the National Fuel Gas Company FM100 Project (see NFG FM100 Pipe Project in NW PA to Feed Marcellus Gas to Transco). Both projects work together to flow more Marcellus gas to the Transco Zone 6 region.
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Former Range Exec Who Went to H&H is Now at Encino

Last October MDN told you that the man largely responsible for the huge success of Range Resources in drilling in the Marcellus Shale, Range’s former senior vice president in charge of the Marcellus, John Applegath, left retirement to head on over to Huntley & Huntley, to helm the drilling program there (see Retired Range VP of Marcellus Heads to Huntley & Huntley as COO). He didn’t stay long.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Mar 19, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA House Environmental Committee meeting on DRBC March 20; Homeowners take fight against Atlantic Sunrise to U.S. Supreme Court; Natural gas-fired power outpaces coal for first time in PJM; Utilities, fossil fuel could win big from Ohio bill to reduce regulations; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Oregon House approves 10-year ban on ‘fracking’ for oil, natural gas exploration; Drilling company operating in Tyler completes $19 million natural gas drilling rig; Environmental groups push for ‘fracking transparency’ in Illinois; NATIONAL: The U.S. Gulf Coast became a net exporter of crude oil in late 2018; Tallgrass Energy promotes Bill Moler to president and COO; The frac sand revolution; Wastewater – private equity’s new black gold in U.S. shale; INTERNATIONAL: The Trump Administration can’t have it all when it comes to oil; All the world a stage: Rising U.S. oil clout on show in Houston; OPEC defers decision on oil production cuts to June.
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