NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC

Hey New York Islanders NHL team–you’re screwed. No new stadium because your governor, Andrew Cuomo has just directed his corrupt Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny a permit to build the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) natural gas pipeline, a pipeline your new stadium needs or won’t get built. You can thank Andy for blowing your billion dollar project. Oh, and residents in NYC’s tenement buildings who won’t have heat next winter because their landlords are being forced by the city to dump fuel oil and now have nothing to switch to? They can thank Andy too, as they huddle with their winter coats on in their freezing apartments.
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Pin Oak Already Planning 1st Utica Well on Protege Acreage in OH

Yesterday MDN told you that Pin Oak Energy Partners has purchased Protégé Energy’s 10,000 acres of Utica Shale leases (and other assets) located in Washington and Noble counties in Ohio, and Wood County in West Virginia (see Pin Oak Buys Protege Energy’s Utica Assets in Ohio, W.V.). It didn’t take long for Pin Oak to form their first drilling unit in Washington County, called Big Red. We have the details on where it is, and which properties are included.
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Epsilon Energy Drilling 4 “Lower Marcellus” Wells in NEPA

From time to time we check in on Epsilon Energy, which concentrates most of its effort on the Marcellus in Susquehanna County, PA. Does Epsilon actually do any of its own drilling? No. They partner with (give money to) other companies and the other companies do the actual drilling. Epsilon, according to their website, owns ~4,000 net acres in the PA Marcellus–down from 5,750 net acres which their website showed in February. Epsilon released their first quarter 2019 update earlier this week.
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Enbridge Buys NW Ohio Pipe – Flows Utica Gas to Toledo

Holy Toledo! Enbridge, a really big pipeline company headquartered in Calgary, Canada, is in the process of buying the 23-mile Generation Pipeline located in northwest Ohio for $100 million. Enbridge owns the Texas Eastern Transmission Company (Tetco), as well as a 50% share in the NEXUS Utica Shale pipeline in the Marcellus/Utica region. It is that later project, NEXUS, that prompted Enbridge to pursue a purchase of Generation Pipeline.
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NJ Commission Remains Paralyzed on Revoking Pipeline Approval

Another chapter in the long-drawn-out saga of the effort to build a 22-mile pipeline in New Jersey. In February MDN reported that New Jersey radicals had succeeded in scuttling a plan to convert an old coal-fired electric plant into using natural gas (see Cape May NatGas Power Plant Dead – Scrub Pines Pipeline Too?). At the time we raised the question about whether the pipeline that would feed the plant would still get built. A state commission that previously approved the pipeline indicated in March they would unapprove it, given the power plant project is now dead (see NJ Commission Pulls Approval for Short Pipe Thru Scrub Pines). However, the commission still has not officially revoked permission to build the pipeline. Why?
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Shale Industry Impacts on WV Roads Big Topic at WVONGA Meeting

WV roadway with potholes

The condition of roads in West Virginia, and how/why they are as bad as they are, was a big topic on Day Two of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) spring meeting. A rep from the WV Dept. of Transportation talked with oil and gas folks about WV roads and what can be done. Much of the conversation, judging from reports, revolved around perceptions.
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Capturing the Interest of the Next Generation to Work in PA Shale

The best teachers (people) and the best teacher (method of instruction) have the same thing in common: Hands on. As in tactile, doing stuff, rather than sitting in a chair attempting to learn by information dumping. Particularly with elementary-age kiddies. Cabot Oil & Gas and Southwestern Energy recently sponsored the annual Vehicular Career Day where 400 fifth graders from school districts across Susquehanna County climbed into big rigs, buses, and emergency vehicles. The shale industry was well-represented. Needless to say, the kids loved it.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, May 16, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA House begins debate on bill to compensate Delaware River watershed drilling rights owners over $10 billion; Wolf makes closing pitch for infrastructure plan ahead of start of budget season; Steel Nation expands operations; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Broomfield approves six-month oil and gas moratorium; NATIONAL: 6 reasons why it’s time to stand up for natural gas; Bill Nye in defense of the Green New Deal: ‘The planet’s on f—king fire!’; Bipartisan senators seek sanctions on Russian pipeline work.
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