Shale Wastewater Pipelines in PA – The Next Big Thing?

Are underground shale wastewater pipelines the “next big thing” for the Pennsylvania midstream (i.e. pipeline) industry? According to Thomas Karam, CEO of Equitrans Midstream Corp. (formerly EQT Midstream), they just may be. Most of Equitrans’ pipeline business is flowing natural gas. A little bit of their business is dedicated to flowing wastewater. Karam wants to grow that little bit into a much bigger bit.
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AECOM Wins Contract to Service Shell Cracker Plant

Bechtel, a huge multi-national engineering firm, is the company building the mighty Shell ethane cracker in Monaca, PA. Shell won’t divulge when they think the cracker will be up and running (still a year or more away), but in what we consider a very good sign that the cracker will be operating sooner rather than later, Shell has just awarded another huge multi-national engineering firm, AECOM, the contract to maintain all the machinery at the cracker plant once it’s built and running.
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EQT COO Awarded $5M+ if He Stays for Next 3 Years

Gary Gould

In early March, EQT hired a new Chief Operating Officer–Gary E. Gould, hired away from Harold Hamm at Continental Resources where he oversaw production and resource development (see EQT Hires New COO for $1.1M – Tells Him to Cut Costs). Gould is being paid $550,000 a year with a $500,000 signing bonus ($1.1 million total), for his first year. Turns out that doesn’t come close to the money he’ll make if he sticks around a few years.
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Did Range Shale Well in Lycoming County Cause Methane Migration?

In August 2017 Range Resources and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) officially settled alleged methane migration from a well Range drilled in 2011 in Lycoming County, PA (see Range/DEP Lycoming Well Settlement: From $8.9M Fine to $0). That settlement caused “outrage” with anti-drillers back then, and continues to cause outrage to this day. Hence another story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dredging up the same old story once again, trying to make out Range to be an evil big corporation screwing over PA residents who suffer to this day.
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Williams NEPA Compressor Stn Tour Opens Reporter’s Eyes

Williams is planning to build two new compressor stations in eastern Pennsylvania as part of its Leidy South Project (see Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA). One of the new compressor stations will get built in Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre area), and the other in Schuylkill County (shares a border with Luzerne County, sort of in the Philadelphia orbit). A reporter from Schuylkill recently got an exclusive tour of an existing Williams compressor station similar to the one that will get built in Schuylkill. The reporter’s article is fascinating. It shows the reaction of someone who has an open mind about these kinds of projects.
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NY & MA AGs Continue to Hide Secret Communications with Big Green

We continue to be disturbed by the double standard and (we maintain) lawless behavior of the Attorneys General in both New York State and Massachusetts. Both AGs have colluded with Big Green groups in a scheme to shake down ExxonMobil, and both are doing their best to cover up their collusion. We told you in 2016 of the AGs’ refusal to comply with subpoena issued by Congress for copies of their communication records (see NY & MA AGs Refuse to Comply with Congressional Supeona). The AGs continue, to this day, refuse to turn over their communication records for the public to see. What are they hiding?
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FERC Report: Still More Demand than Supply for NatGas in 2018

Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its annual State of the Markets report–for 2018. The report summarizes FERC’s assessment of natural gas, electric, and other energy market developments during the past year. The revelation (for us) coming from the report was in reading that although the U.S. had record high natural gas production and demand last year (from electric generation and LNG exports), the growth in demand for natgas outpaced the growth in production.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Apr 23, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Senate Enviro Committee to consider renominations of McDonnell (DEP), Dunn (DCNR); Pennsylvania utility regulator speaks out against state Senate’s nuclear bailout bill; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: ‘Ramifications for gas markets’ as nuclear subsidies approved in New Jersey; NATIONAL: Celebrate Fossil Fuel Appreciation Day; U.S. shale DUC wells: Time bombs waiting to go off on OPEC?; Amid the furor of the Green New Deal, don’t overlook the shale revolution; Elizabeth Warren has a lot of bad ideas, but her anti-drilling plan might be the worst; TruStar CNG fueling milestone underscores ‘success story’ of natural gas; U.S. exports transform NGL markets; Unreliable nature of solar and wind makes electricity much more expensive, major new study finds; Pulitzer Prize administrator defends process after prize goes to board member’s wife; INTERNATIONAL: ExxonMobil agrees 20-year LNG deal with China’s Zhejiang Energy.
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