Analysts Say NatGas from Permian, Midcontinent to Limit M-U Growth

Several analysts at last week’s LDC Gas Forum Northeast conference in Boston offered their opinion that further growth in production for the Marcellus/Utica region is on the cusp of stalling. Why? Because they don’t see any new major pipeline projects on the horizon beyond the final “big 3” (Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline, and PennEast Pipeline), and because major LNG export plants along the Gulf Coast will receive most of their gas from bountiful associated gas that comes from plays much closer to the Gulf, including the Permian and Midcontinent regions.
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New Fortress May Soon Get Federal Approval to Move LNG by Rail

LNG by rail car

Last week the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) approved a plan put forth by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River at the former DuPoint dynamite factory site, to export LNG that will arrive already liquefied from northeastern Pennsylvania (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). How will New Fortress get the already-liquefied LNG from landlocked NEPA to the Delaware for loading onto tankers? Via special trucks. However, New Fortress would also like to use railroads. That’s about to become a reality.
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ET Appeals PA DEP Order on Revolution Pipeline to Enviro Court

Energy Transfer continues to squabble with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) over the fate of the still-closed Revolution Pipeline in western PA. In May the DEP issued an order to Energy Transfer, builder of Revolution, to “identify and restore or mitigate all streams and wetlands that it illegally eliminated or altered during the construction” of the pipeline (see PA DEP Claims Energy Transfer Illegally Damaged Streams, Wetlands). DEP claims ET “illegally” eliminated at least 23 streams and changed the length of another 120 streams.
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NESE Pipeline Emissions LOWER than None-Pipeline Alternatives

It’s time to smoke out irrational fossil fuel haters and use their own science against them. National Grid has just released a study (full copy below) commissioned with researchers from M.J. Bradley & Associates that shows there are FEWER so-called greenhouse gas emissions from using the proposed Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline to New York City than by using alternatives being pushed by New York State–alternatives like heat pumps. You read that right. LESS emissions by using a pipeline than the so-called “green” alternatives. If that doesn’t beat all.
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PA PUC Launches “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes – Antis Rejoice

Pennsylvania antis from the Philadelphia area who don’t want pipelines running through their neighborhoods (NIMBY types) have beat the drums of war so loud and for so long, they’ve finally begun to intimidate the non-partisan, shouldn’t-be-intimated PA Public Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC last Thursday launched a “major review of its safety regulations for hazardous liquids pipelines” in response to pressure from Mariner East 2 pipeline foes. It’s sad to see a government body cowed by a few loudmouthed troublemakers.
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NY Antis Justify Support for Big Electric Line, Reject Small Pipeline

So-called environmentalists in the Albany, NY area are fine with a 333-mile underground electric cable that will pass through the area to bring hydro power from Quebec to New York City, but they object to a 7-mile underground natural gas pipeline that will increase supplies of natgas to the region–because natgas is vile and filthy “fracked gas” and these so-called environmentalists have an irrational (certifiably nuts) aversion to using fossil fuels as an energy source. It truly boggles the mind. Will anyone be left in New York State in another 20 years?
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Jun 17, 2019

PA State Rep. Martin Causer

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Rep. Causer introduces bill to separate conventional oil & gas regulations from shale; Judge in Exxon case to NY AG: stop stalling; Anti-Energy activists are trying to make Pennsylvania the next California; No need to tarnish the gas impact fee with severance tax; Unique partnership pairs Tunkhannock students with trout; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: ENGIE enters Massachusetts natural gas markets; Colo.’s new oil and gas law shifts rulemaking landscape; NATIONAL: Chesapeake Energy is losing its battle to stay afloat; A history of shale pessimism: “Always with you it cannot be done”; Will the red ink ever wash out of the U.S. shale gas industry?; Trump’s tariffs disrupt USMCA and the U.S. oil & gas boom; INTERNATIONAL: Canada natural gas said economic, possible avenue for shortages in U.S. Northeast; President of Poland visits Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Cameron.
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