Ohio Issues First Permits to Drill Under Wayne National Forest

This is a momentous occasion, nearly 13 years in the making. The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued permits on June 28 to drill two Utica Shale wells in Monroe County. Both wells begin on privately owned land, but then travel under sections of Wayne National Forest (WNF). As near as we can tell, these are the first two such wells to pass under WNF land. Below we tell you exactly where they’re located, and which company received the permits to drill them.
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Columbia Asks FERC to OK Louisiana XPress, M-U Gas to Gulf

Columbia Transmission is on a mission to flow more Marcellus/Utica gas south–all the way to the Gulf Coast in Louisiana. Earlier this week Columbia filed a new application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build the Louisiana XPress Project, a project to beef up flows along the existing Columbia pipeline system by an additional 850 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) by adding and expanding several compressor stations in Louisiana. Most, if not all of the M-U gas that will flow through it, is heading to Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Lake Charles.
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KM Says Elba Island in “Advanced Stage” of Commissioning/Startup

Kinder Morgan (KM), perhaps the largest pipeline company in the United States, was first out of the chute yesterday with a financial and operational update for the second quarter. While KM maintains a number of pipelines in the northeast, primarily the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, our main focus in reviewing yesterday’s update is for new information about the long-delayed Elba Island LNG export facility along the coast of Georgia. Elba Island will export Marcellus/Utica molecules.

We updated this post on 7/19/19 with new information.
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18 Virginia Legislators Oppose Atlantic Coast Pipe, 122 Don’t

A small cabal of 18 leftist Virginia state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulator Commission (FERC) last week trash talking the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) proposed by Dominion Energy. The odious Sierra Club “applauds these legislators for standing up to polluting corporations like Dominion Energy that are putting their profits over people.” Same old tripe the Clubbers always peddle. What the Sierra Club doesn’t tell you is that there are 140 Virginia legislators, meaning 122 legislators either support, or certainly don’t oppose, ACP. Translation: The vast majority of Virginia residents and their representatives are in favor of ACP.
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WVONGA Hits Back Hard Against Leftist Charleston Gazette-Mail

Anne Blankenship, WVONGA

Last December MDN pointed out the biased “reporting” now coming from the Charleston (WV) Gazette-Mail (see Antis Get a Reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail). Reporter Ken Ward, Jr. now has most (all?) of his salary paid by anti-fossil fuel organizations, and his “reporting” on the shale industry reflects the bias of his paymasters. Following a couple of recent grossly biased “articles” penned by Ward and fellow “reporter” Kate Mishkin, the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association is hitting back–hard.
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Researchers Mix Power Plant + Frack Wastewater, Get Clean Water!

Lance Lin, civil and environmental engineering professor, is the lead investigator of a research project aiming to reduce the use of fresh water resources by the nation’s power plants.

We love how innovative our industry, and indeed academic researchers, are. Who would ever think to combine wastewater coming from electric power generating plants with wastewater from oil and gas wells? Both industries, the power industry and the O&G industry, produce a LOT of wastewater. Researchers at West Virginia University have combined both wastewater streams to produce “water that is clean enough to reuse.” How cool is that?!
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Finnish Study Finds Humans Don’t Cause Global Warming

Here’s a major scientific study that’s being suppressed and ignored by mainstream “news” (i.e. propaganda) outlets: A recently published study by Finnish researchers finds that human activity, specifically burning fossil fuels for energy, doesn’t even move the needle on global average temperatures. They point out a major flaw in climate modeling used by “mainstream” alarmists–in how they use a computer model that overestimates warming by a factor of 10.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jul 18, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Marcellus Shale R&D test site continues advancements with NETL support; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Kinder Morgan receives FERC approval for Gulf LNG export project; Natural gas merely a ‘byproduct’ for producers in US shale oil plays; NATIONAL: Natural gas leads clean electricity production; How rising baseload demand for gas is reshaping seasonal patterns; Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff admits the Green New Deal is not about the climate.
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