Partial Service Restored to Exploded TETCO Pipe in Kentucky

What the TETCO Kentucky explosion looked like the morning after (click for larger version)

On August 1, Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Pipeline Company (TETCO) pipeline exploded in Lincoln County, Kentucky–killing one and sending six to the hospital (see TETCO Pipe Explodes in Kentucky Killing 1; Southbound M-U Gas Stops). Actually TETCO operates three pipelines in that area, all located next to each other in the same right-of-way and collectively called TETCO. Line 15 is where the explosion occurred. Yesterday morning Enbridge announced it had restarted flows along TETCO Line 25.
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Enterprise Looks to Expand ATEX Ethane Pipeline to Gulf Coast

ATEX route (click for larger version)

The Appalachia-to-Texas Express (ATEX) ethane pipeline was completed and began to flow 125,000 barrels per day of Marcellus/Utica ethane to the Gulf Coast in 2013. Enterprise Products Partners, the builder and operator of the pipeline, is now considering upgrades that will expand capacity along the pipeline another 50,000 barrels per day.
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Rice Addresses Belmont County, OH Landowners in Town Hall Mtg

EQT’s new CEO Toby Rice made the rounds and conducted four town hall-style meetings with landowners (see Road Trip! EQT CEO Toby Rice Talks to Landowners in Town Hall Mtgs). We found and brought you local media coverage for both the first and third meetings–in Waynesburg, PA and Bridgeport, WV, respectively (see EQT CEO Toby Rice Hits a Home Run with Landowner Meetings and EQT CEO Toby Rice Explains Combo Drilling at WV Town Hall Mtg). There was a meeting in between those two, held in Belmont County, OH. We’ve been accused of bias for not writing about that meeting.
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Yet Another Defeat for ME2 Pipeline Antis in PA Court

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The wheels of justice sometimes grind sloooooowly–but they do grind and eventually decisions are made. In 2017, rich, snobbish homeowners in an “upscale” Philadelphia suburb development asked a Pennsylvania appeals court (Commonwealth Court) to stop Sunoco Logistics from building the Mariner East 2 pipeline through the edge of their high-priced development (see Rich Homeowners in Philly Suburb Claim ME2 Work Stirring up Arsenic).
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Deep Dive into Future of Mariner East Pipes & Marcus Hook Terminal

The Mariner East pipeline projects (plural) are an important part of the shale energy story in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. As is the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex (what we call the Marcus Hook refinery). Currently between Mariner East 1 and 2, somewhere around 170,000 barrels of NGLs (mostly ethane and propane) flow to Marcus Hook and most of that gets exported to other countries. Mariner East 2X is currently under construction and due to come online next year, increasing that number significantly. For many Marcellus/Utica drillers, selling NGLs is the difference between being profitable and not profitable.
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WV Shale Industry Gets Ready for Next Legislative Session

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) is already hard at work on legislative priorities for next/upcoming session of the WV legislature–which actually does not begin until Jan. 8, 2020. In WV the full legislature only meets for 60 days each year (other states can learn a lesson). IOGAWV is planning both a defensive (protect what we have) and offensive (new initiatives) strategy for next year. What’s on the list?
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After Merging 2 Yrs Ago, TechnipFMC Splitting in Two Again

In May 2016, U.S.-based oilfield services company FMC Technologies announced they would merge with their much larger quasi-competitor, France-based Technip, in an all-stock deal to create a new company called TechnipFMC (see FMC Technologies & Technip to Merge, Create $13B Oilfield Giant). FMC had some operations in the Marcellus/Utica, hence the merger had implications for our region. That merger finally happened in May 2017 (see Fat Lady Sings – Technip & FMC Now TechnipFMC). And now, a little over two years after the merger–the combined company has just announced they’ll split again!
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Aug 27, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Natural gas bags: Pols scream at the results of their own war on fossil fuels; Rep. Keller gets crash course in education for gas workers; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Feds approve billion dollar conversion of LNG plant on Mississippi coast; NATIONAL: US shale industry credited with driving 10% of US GDP growth; Bullish EIA data unable to stop natural gas price slump; LaFleur exit fuels concern of future FERC slowdown; Seasoned association CEO tapped to head U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute; Green “Real” Deal? (video).
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