Shell Sells NWPA Assets, Possibly Tioga County Assets Too

MDN recently received a hot tip from a reader that says Shell (i.e. SWEPI) may have recently sold its Tioga County, PA assets in northcentral PA. Yesterday, Pin Oak Energy issued a press release to say they have cut a deal to buy Shell’s northwestern PA assets, some 43,000 acres in the Utica. Which all feeds into the rumor we shared with you last November that Shell is pulling out of PA drilling (see Is Shell Pulling Out of Pennsylvania Marcellus?).

4/9/19: See important update below provide by Shell
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NY DEC Nervous that FERC Will Overturn Constitution Pipe Ruling

The Cuomo-corrupted New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is spitting and sputtering, “warning” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that if they (FERC) decide to rule that NY took too long to approve the Williams Constitution Pipeline and now gives the project a go-ahead, the DEC intends to rain down all sorts of legal hell on the agency. Which tells us one thing: the DEC is VERY nervous that their power to block pipeline projects is about to be neutered.
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Sunoco, DEP Settle on $200K Fine for ME1 Pipe Leak in 2017

The Mariner East 1 pipeline sprung a small leak and spilled 20 barrels (~840 gallons) of ethane and propane in Berks County, near Philadelphia, on April 1, 2017 (see Mariner East 1 Sprang a Small NGL Leak Near Philly, on Apr 1). Sunoco Logistics Partners (i.e. Energy Transfer), builder and maintainer of the pipeline, shut it down and fixed it over the next several days. It took the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which oversees regulation of the pipeline, a year and a half to investigate.
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Exploded Tetco Pipe in Ohio Back Online – 10 Weeks Later

A 30-inch segment of Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Transmission Company (Tetco) interstate natural gas pipeline exploded in January, sending two people to the hospital and destroying two nearby homes when fires from the blast spread (see Texas Eastern Pipeline Explodes in Noble County, OH – Injuries). The pipeline is now, after 10 weeks, fully back online and flowing at 100% capacity. We have an update on how the outage affected flows in the region, and the likely cause for the explosion.
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Living with ME2 Pipeline Construction in Your Back Yard

We spotted a story about landowners in the Philadelphia suburbs who currently have to live with construction of the Mariner East 2 pipelines (plural, there are two of them, ME2 and ME2X), literally happening in their back yards. While we are strong supporters of the ME2 project, we are not unsympathetic to landowners and the hassles they have to endure while it’s being built.
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Rhode Island Lefties Proclaim They Want More Gas Pipes

We about fell out of our chair when we read an editorial appearing in the far-left Providence (Rhode Island) Journal. We call Rhode Island the “People’s Republic of Rhode Island” because it’s about as far left as North Korea or China. Most folks in the state irrationally hate all fossil fuels and believe renewables will save them from man-made global warming. At least, that was our impression. We were shocked to read an editorial in yesterday’s Journal that makes a strong case for, pleads for, new natural gas pipelines to get built in New England.
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NFG CEO Tanski Retiring in July, Replacement Named

David P. Bauer – NFG’s next CEO

National Fuel Gas Company (NFG) is headquartered in Western New York State, operating drilling subsidiary Seneca Resources and pipeline subsidiary Empire Pipeline. Via Seneca Resources, NFG drills wells in northcentral and northwestern PA. Via Empire Pipeline, they build and maintain hundreds of miles of pipelines. Big company. Important company. NFG’s CEO, Ronald Tanski, has just announced he’ll retire in July.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Apr 4, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Dominion Energy, American Red Cross present April 6 preparedness day at nine Ohio locations; Pa. Senate bill aims to aid state nuclear plants; Dominion Energy CEO: Making the switch from coal to natural gas; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Pacific Northwest sees highest daily natural gas spot prices in the U.S. since 2014; California’s oil industry collapses despite shale boom; Chesapeake opens ‘green’ natural gas vehicle fueling stop in Dover; Washington state rail bill could put 150,000 b/d of Bakken oil shipments at risk; NATIONAL: U.S. natural gas prices unmoved by colder winter, low inventories; The U.S. oil boom is sinking OPEC imports; INTERNATIONAL: Top 10 destinations for US LNG exports; South Korea’s crude oil imports from the US could surpass 40 mil barrels in H1 2019; LNG will be big part of China-U.S. trade once tensions resolved; U.S. LNG producers offer alternative pricing to woo buyers.
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