EQT Announces Good 1Q19, Drills Longest Marcellus Well Ever!

Two days ago EQT issued its first quarter 2019 update. Yesterday they held a conference call to discuss the company’s performance. EQT performed better in 1Q19 both financially and operationally than it did in 1Q18. What most caught our interest were CEO Rob McNally’s remarks, both his prepared remarks at the beginning of the conference call, and his unscripted remarks during the Q&A. We gained some important insights on where and how much EQT plans to drill for the balance of 2019.
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Rice Brothers Sue EQT to Prevent Proxy Manipulation

In addition to EQT’s 1Q19 update yesterday, Toby and Derek Rice filed a lawsuit against EQT, alleging the company is trying to confuse shareholders by requiring some of board candidates the Rice boys are proposing get commingled with EQT’s own slate of candidates. The Rice boys say the lawsuit is aimed at “preventing EQT from manipulating shareholder election.” The Rices want to elect their own board, tossing out the existing board and following that, tossing out EQT’s current senior management.
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Huge Sinkhole Forms Near ME2 Pipe in Delaware County, PA

Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer (click for larger version)

Our lead story yesterday was the rumor there has been another sinkhole open up in Delaware County, PA near an existing (old) pipeline temporarily being used as part of the Mariner East 2 (ME2) NGL pipeline system (see PUC Investigates ME2 Bypass Pipe in Delaware Co. for New Sinkhole). Indeed there was. Officials report a 12 foot by 12 foot sinkhole in the right-of-way for several Sunoco-owned pipelines. The good news is that no bare pipe was exposed, the hole has already been filled, and ethane/propane continue to flow through ME2.
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PUC Won’t Let ME2 Work Restart in Chester Co. Due to Court Case

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted 5-0 to deny Sunoco Logistics Partners permission to restart construction of Mariner East 2 pipeline in West Whiteland Township in Chester County. Why? Because construction at that location (Shoen Road), along with three other locations, is currently under review in Commonwealth Court. In other words, for the time being (until the court rules), the PUC’s hands are tied.
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Gang of Five PA Senators Pull Out the Long Knives for DEP Sec.

A group of four Democrat Pennsylvania State Senators and one RINO, all from the Philadelphia region, have requested the Senate committee that will hold a hearing on reconfirming state Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell to a second term, be put on hold. The gang of five are fighting the completion of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project and believe McDonnell improperly approved and has covered up problems with the project. Don’t you love it when Dems turn on their own?
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The Case Against New York Blocking Pipelines (Video)

Our friend Mark Mathis with the Clear Energy Alliance has done it again with a new video titled, “Pipeline Pinch” (watch it below). We think it’s his best video yet. In the video, Mark explains in under 5 minutes the issues surrounding New York’s blockade of new pipelines–and how that action is affecting not only New Yorkers, but also the six New England States. It’s all here in the video, everything you need to know about this critically important issue.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Apr 26, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PennDOT audit finds $4.2 billion diverted from repairing roads, bridges; Group of PA lawmakers introduce package of bills to trim state’s 153,000 regulations; Congressman Scott Perry: Natural gas the ‘Green New Deal of the last 10 to 15 years’; Leaders celebrate start-up of new MarkWest plant, largest natural gas facility in nation; Antero Resources sets new 12-month stock price low at $7.31; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Tellurian works on financing in tandem with equity partnerships for Driftwood LNG; NATIONAL: 7 more things you need to know about Oxy’s new bid for Anadarko; Occidental CEO says she will prevail in bidding war for sought-after oil driller Anadarko; Trump’s removal of this 100-year old law is good news for natural gas; Natural gas and the electric power sector: What are the latest trends?; Methane emissions intensity declines in top shale basins; INTERNATIONAL: America wants to challenge rogue petrostates.
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