EQT COO Gary Gould “Resigns” – Company Eliminates Position

After Toby and Derek Rice seized control of EQT following a bruising proxy fight to control the board, Toby was named CEO of the company. Not long after that, Toby went on record to say he wasn’t cleaning house (see Toby Rice, EQT’s New CEO, is NOT Cleaning House re Top Management). And yet, that’s what it looks like from our point of view. In addition to former CEO Rob McNally and company attorney Jonathan Lushko getting the boot, the company’s chief operating officer (COO), and at least one other senior official, have exited.
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Chester Co. DA Abuses Office, Arrests ME2 Pipeline Security Guards

Chester County, PA District Attorney Tom Hogan has sunk to a new low. We told you back in January Hogan and his highly-paid staff, motivated by politics, were investigating Energy Transfer, their Sunoco Logistics division and anyone/anything to do with ET’s Mariner East pipeline projects, looking for “crimes.” All he found were minor violations by two off-duty PA constables (see Chester County DA: Using Off-Duty Police as ME2 Security a Crime). Yesterday Hogan’s office, in an act of supreme shame, arrested those two off-duty officers for having the gall to moonlight as security guards for the ME project.
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Anti-Drilling Activist Bad-mouths Fracking at Murrysville Hearing

A paid political activist who is not a doctor but works for the so-called Physicians for Social Responsibility (left wing group), told a hearing in Murrysville (Westmoreland County), PA on Wednesday that she could not prove fracking leads to negative health affects on those living near the activity, but in the very next breath she essentially said it does, saying there’s a “strong correlation” between fracking an ill health. Her proof? A list of Big Green-paid for “health studies” (propaganda campaigns).
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Long Island Community Rallies Against Cuomo Pipeline Ban

Lynbrook, NY

There’s one municipality on Long Island that is not taking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline ban lying down. Political and business leaders from the Village of Lynbrook (Nassau County, Long Island) rallied earlier this week to say the “feud” between Cuomo and utility company National Grid, which has put a moratorium on any new natgas customer hook-ups, is “absolutely, unconditionally unacceptable” and is causing the village “great harm.”
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Deal is Done: Anadarko Petroleum Now Part of Occidental Petroleum

Anadarko Petroleum, as an independent company, is no more. The company has officially sold itself and is now merged into Occidental Petroleum in a cash, stock and assumption of debt deal worth $55 billion. At one point Chevron had a deal to buy Anadarko, but Anadarko left them at the altar, along with a $1 billion deal abortion payment (see Anadarko Leaves Chevron at the Altar to Elope with Occidental).
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Democrat Presidential Candidates Must Stop Vilifying O&G Workers

We don’t know if you watched any of the most recent round of Democrat presidential debates. We couldn’t hack it personally. But some brave souls did, including Katie Klaber, former (founding) head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and now head of her own consulting firm. Katie points out Bernie Sanders said the oil and gas industry is willfully destroying and planet and said those of us in the industry are engaging in “criminal activity.” You might just dismiss it as “just crazy Bernie,” he always talks that way. Except other candidates said equally disturbing things about the fossil fuel industry too. Katie says it’s time for candidates to stop vilifying our industry. She’s right.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Aug 9, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: NJDEP extends NESE comment period – sign now!; Dimock pigs to rigs lawyers lose control of Dimock client?; Trump reschedules visit to Beaver County; Pipelines are the safest option for Pennsylvania; NATIONAL: The U.S. leads the world in new oil & gas demand; Halcon Resources files for bankruptcy again; Trees to the Rescue! (video).
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