1200 MW Gas-Fired Power Plant Files to Build in Mon County, WV

Artists rendering of Longview Power Clean Energy Center (click for larger version)

Last Thursday Longview Power filed an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission to build and operate a Marcellus gas-fired electric generating facility in Monongalia County, WV, near Maidsville. The Longview Power Clean Energy Center, as it’s called, will include a 1,200 megawatt combined cycle power plant AND a 70 megawatt solar farm–both built next to Longview’s existing state-of-the-art 710 megawatt coal-fired power plant. A real “all of the above” type of facility.
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EmberClear Drops Plan to Build Gas-Fired Elec Plant Near Scranton

Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas-fired electric plant, Invenergy’s 1,480 megawatt, $1 billion project called the Lackawanna Energy Center, has been completely done and fully online since earlier this year (see Huge Marcellus-Fired Power Plant Near Scranton Now 100% Complete). In 2016 EmberClear announced it wanted to build Lackawanna County’s second Marcellus-fired electric plant project, going so far as to get a required air permit. Plans for EmberClear’s Lackawanna project are now dead.
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Another Mariner East 2 Pipe Sinkhole Opens in Delaware County

Credit: PA Environment Digest Blog (click for larger version)

Once again drilling work to install Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Middlefield Township in Delaware County, PA (near Philadelphia) has resulted in a sinkhole. This one is about the size of a 15×15 swimming pool. Sunoco reports the hole exposed a 12-inch pipeline flowing NGLs (no holes, no leaks in the pipeline). The company immediately filled in the sinkhole and covered over the NGL pipeline.
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NEXUS Pipe Gets Fed Approval to Buy Toledo Pipe for $160M

Generation Pipeline map (click for larger version)

Here’s one we had not previously heard (or reported) on: NEXUS Pipeline, built and operated by DTE Energy and Enbridge, wants to buy a small 23-mile pipeline in the Toledo area that connects to local utility companies in the region. The smaller pipeline is called the Generation Pipeline and is owned by North Coast Gas Transmission, which in turn is owned by Somerset Gas Transmission.
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PA Town Passes Ordinance Blocking Pipelines Near Appalachian Trail

Nice try, but no cigar for Plainfield Township in Northampton County. The Plainfield Board of Supervisors last week passed a new zoning ordinance that prevents pipelines (and cell phone towers, and solar farms, and wind mills, and and and) from being built near or under the 1.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail as it passes through their township. Thing is, when it comes to pipelines (like PennEast Pipeline) that are federally regulated, Plainfield can’t stop it. Their ordinance isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
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Which Way will PA Supreme Court Rule on ‘Rule of Capture’ Case?

Last week MDN told you that oral arguments would be heard on Thursday at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in what we believe is one of (perhaps THE) most important shale cases ever in the Keystone State (see Most Important Court Case in PA Shale History Heads to Supremes). The case deals with whether or not the age-old oil and gas principle called “the rule of capture” applies in PA shale drilling.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Sep 16, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: A fracking ban would eliminate thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania; Gas industry drivers get partial certification in Pa. FLSA case; NATIONAL: U.S. natural gas production reaches a new record despite low prices; Dipping low – ethane prices bottom out, spurring a huge inventory build; No need for energy poverty; INTERNATIONAL: Iran attacks Saudi Arabian oil refinery & oil field; Iran-backed attack strikes the heart of global oil markets – U.S. must act; How Trump is using attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil to his advantage; The oil industry needs a U.S./China trade deal.
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