PA Gov. Wolf Meets Mariner East Antis F2F, Won’t Shut Down Pipes

To his credit (we don’t often heap praise on him), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured a Mariner East 2 pipeline construction site in Chester County near Philadelphia last Thursday, along with some Democrat politicians, and told anti-pipeline residents “NO” to their faces when they asked him to shut down the Mariner East pipeline system. He was polite, but firm, telling them he disagrees with their position of the need to permanently shut down the Mariner pipelines. “Do a better job” with construction and impacts from the project? Sure, according to Wolf. Shut it all down permanently? NO.
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NEXUS Pipe Replacing Section in Green, OH < 1 Yr After Startup

Last October NEXUS Pipeline, a $2.6 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that runs from Ohio to Michigan, received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to begin partial operation (see Yes! NEXUS Pipeline OK’d by FERC to Begin Service). It wasn’t long before the entire pipeline began to flow a full 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Utica Shale gas to Michigan, and from there on to Sarnia, Ontario. Although the pipeline has been online for less than a year, Enbridge (the builder) is about to replace a half-mile segment of it in the City of Green–which has local residents hopping mad.
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CNX Resources Lays Off Another 20 Workers – 14% Now Gone

Last Wednesday MDN brought you the news that CNX Resources had laid off some 50 employees, with rumors circulating that more layoffs were coming (see CNX Resources Lays Off 10% of Total Workforce – More Cuts Coming?). Looks like the rumors were right. The company let go another 20 people late last week, making the new total 70 out of work–some 14% of the CNX workforce.
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Wolf’s PA Severance Tax Now Much Less Likely – Enviros Oppose

Can it be possible that the shale industry and anti-shale environmentalists (those who irrationally espouse the end of using all fossil fuels) can actually agree on something? Turns out, we can! The something we agree on is opposition to PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to tax a single industry, shale drilling, $4.5 billion in order to use that money for Big Government programs.
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H&H Adding Another 4 Shale Wells to Pad in Plum Township

In October 2017, officials in Plum, PA (Allegheny County) approved a plan by Huntley & Huntley (H&H) to drill a series of Marcellus wells on a single well pad in their municipality (see Plum, PA Gives Huntley & Huntley Green Light for Shale Drilling). H&H ended up drilling a single well on the pad, but now they’re back and have plans to drill another four wells on that same pad.
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NYC Dems Blame National Grid Instead of Cuomo for Gas Mortatorium

How dumb must you be to not understand that if there’s not enough gas supply, you can’t hook up new customers to the distribution grid? Yet some New York City legislators, 17 of them, are vilifying National Grid, one of NYC’s two main natural gas utilities, because National Grid continues to deny new customers who want gas service to be hooked up. It’s clearly Andrew Cuomo’s fault–he denied permission to build a pipeline to bring new supplies of gas to the region. Yet the legislators close ranks for this putz and blame the company that can’t get those new supplies. Some of these same legislators OPPOSE the pipeline! Yet they want more natgas. What kind of mental gymnastics does that require?
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Will New GTL Plant in Sarnia, Canada Use M-U Molecules?

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Here’s some exciting news. A Canadian-based company, Ainsworth Energy, is planning to build a C$1.9 billion (US$1.4 billion) gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The plant will convert natgas into methanol, then convert the methanol into gasoline. Since Marcellus/Utica molecules flow all the way to Sarnia via the NEXUS and Rover pipelines, we think there’s a good chance our gas will help feed this plant.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Aug 26, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Shell Pipeline completes big segment of Falcon Pipeline; Stick with an energy solution that’s already working; NATIONAL: Mysterious group behind climate crusades dinged for allegedly skirting financial regulations; ‘Sustainably fracked’ shale producers seek a green label for their natural gas; Bernie Sanders’ green energy dystopian fantasy; Oil companies persuade states to make pipeline protests a felony; Drillinginfo announces name change to Enverus.
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