Trump Visiting Houston Wednesday to Sign Pipeline Exec Order

Last week MDN reported that the white hot chatter that President Trump will soon issue an Executive Order (EO) overruling states like New York from preventing critical federal pipeline projects is about to become a reality (see Trump Exec Order Coming to Overrule NY on Blocked Pipelines). And indeed it is. This coming Wednesday, Trump will visit a union training center in Houston where he will announce (and presumably sign) the EO.
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British Tabloid Smear Job on Mariner East Pipe Targets Gov. Wolf

We’re in the unusual position of defending Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, arguably the worst governor PA has had in a generation. But defend him (and his staff) we must, because the Wolf Administration is the object of a false and disgusting smear campaign by a prominent London tabloid called The Guardian.
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Radicals Continue Tree Sitting >200 Days in SW VA to Protest MVP

We thought the tree sitting weirdos trying to illegally block construction of Equitrans’ Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in Virginia had long returned to earth. But as we reported in early March, there are still a couple of wackos sitting, still engaging in a crime, in Montgomery County, VA (see Still a Few “Tree Sitters” Left Blocking Section of MVP in Va.). An illegal out-of-towner from Texas (24 years old) has now been up his tree for over 200 days and counting.
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Questerre Keeps Pushing to Drill in Quebec Utica, Despite Ban

You gotta give Questerre Energy Corporation credit–they keep trying, even in the face of total opposition. Questerre, a Canadian driller, has patiently waited for years to begin drilling on their extensive Utica acreage in the St. Lawrence Lowlands of Quebec–even though last year Quebec all but permanently banned such drilling (see Quebec to Ban Utica Shale Drilling, Most Other Drilling Too).
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“Responsible Gas” Certification Expands, Gains Another Driller

Last September MDN reported that Southwestern Energy was the very first driller to earn the label of producing “responsible gas” from the Independent Energy Standards Corporation (IES)–what they call their TrustWell™ Responsible Gas Program certification (see Southwestern Sells 1st Certified “Responsible Gas” to NJ Resources). Southwestern is considering expanding the designation to more of their operations. Meanwhile, a driller in the Rockies is the second company to earn the designation.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Apr 8, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: ATI lands $45M pipeline contract, plans to hire workers in Harrison; Wolfs supports studying petition to cap greenhouse gases; Natural gas pipeline proposal concerns area residents; Our View: Severance tax seems hopeless; PennEast challengers rehash nixed claims, DC Circ. hears; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: The Permian Basin is now the world’s top oil producer; NATIONAL: NETL, Dedicated to fossil energy research; Low storage, prices equals bad news for U.S. gas producers; Is fracking out of gas as a hot?button Democratic issue?; Chesapeake Energy Corp. – an interesting outcome to debt refinancing; Mueller’s ‘foreign agent’ prosecutions may lead to probes of green groups; INTERNATIONAL: Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change; Canada’s natural gas industry really needs LNG.
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