EIA Sep ’19 Drilling Report: M-U Growth Slows, Still a New Record

According to the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration, our favorite government agency), in the coming month of September, the U.S.’s seven major shale plays will produce a combined 82.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas, and 8.8 million barrels of oil per day–a brand new record high for each. However, the rate of growth for both is finally starting to slow from the previous blistering pace we’ve seen over the past year or so.
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St. Louis Marcellus/Utica Pipeline Ready to Flow Nov. 15

In February 2017, Spire, a natural gas utility company based in St. Louis, Missouri, filed an official application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build the Spire STL Pipeline, a 65-mile, 24-inch diameter pipe that will flow 400 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of yummy Marcellus/Utica gas from the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline to St. Louis (see Spire Files Plan with FERC to Flow Marcellus/Utica Gas to St. Louis). Construction on the project began this past December (see St. Louis Marcellus/Utica Pipeline Begins Construction).
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WV Coal-to-Liquids Plant Using NatGas Gets State Approval

Mason County, WV

In June MDN brought you news of a “first of its kind” coal-to-liquids plant planned for Mason County, WV (see Proposed WV Coal-to-Liquids Plant Uses Natural Gas). The $1.2 billion project will create “ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, gasoline and other liquids.” The main two ingredients in the process are coal and (you guessed it), natural gas. Good news: the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection has approved the project, issuing a draft construction permit.
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NY Islanders Break Ground for $1.3B Arena…with No Gas Heat?

We have a bona fide mystery on our hands–a mystery that may signal a happy ending for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project getting approved. One of the first statements (threats) utility company National Grid made in relation to NESE is that if NESE, a Williams Transco Pipeline project meant to increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets, including to Long Island doesn’t happen, National Grid will not connect natural gas to a new $1.3 billion stadium complex on Long Island to host the New York Islanders hockey team (see Cuomo’s Catch-22: No New NatGas Pipe? No New Long Island Arena). The company building the new arena recently began to clear the site for construction.
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Ohio Newspapers Call Out Pro-Nuke/Anti-Referendum Ads as Lies

Not even Ohio’s left-leaning news organizations can go along with the phony commercials being run by First Energy in a desperate attempt to block a referendum to overturn House Bill (HB) 6 (see FirstEnergy Runs Attack Ad, Claims China Controls OH NatGas Plants). HB 6 was recently passed to prop up two FirstEnergy bankrupt nuclear power plants and several coal-fired plants (see Ohio Nuke Bailout Law Means Fewer Natgas-Fired Electric Plants).
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The Tangled Web of Lawsuits Atlantic Coast Pipe Still Faces

Last week we brought you an update on outstanding litigation and the status for Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline project (see Dominion Confident Courts Will Restart Atlantic Coast Pipe). We attempted to simplify where things stand in relation to two court cases. Truth be told, there are multiple court cases in two different courts. It is a complex situation. We have a more detailed look at what’s blocking thousands of workers from returning to work on this critical project…
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PBS Goes to Scotland, Discovers Shale/Plastics Aren’t Bad After All

PBS reporter Reid Frazier should enjoy what is likely to be his one and only trip to Europe on the StateImpact Pennsylvania company dime. He’s gone there to follow Marcellus molecules exported from Pennsylvania, to see how they’re used. Frazier’s first stop is Scotland where they use our ethane to create plastics. Frazier’s report is actually (shock warning, please sit down) pretty fair and balanced–even complimentary of the Marcellus Shale and the plastics industry! Frazier’s overlords inside the William Penn Foundation (big financial backers of StateImpact) are NOT going to be happy with his reports if they continue like this one.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Sep 17, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: The crackers and frackers could hold the keys to 2020; Ohio subsidy sausage (video); OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Cheniere inks gas supply deal with EOG Resources; California regulators assert natural gas still power gen necessity; Should N.J. ban fossil fuel power plants? Question may be heading for voter ballot; NATIONAL: Former oil CEO aims to change how the U.S. exports natural gas; US oil and gas rig count hits 29-month low at 949: Enverus DrillingInfo; Energy executives, environmentalists remember ‘visionary’ T. Boone Pickens; Trump cites natural gas boom in wooing New Mexico; INTERNATIONAL: 12 things to know about the strikes on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure; Natural gas downside seen as Saudi attack a reminder of oil’s geopolitical risks; Frackers to stand pat, reap profits after attacks on Saudi oil; Freeport LNG launches private cargo trading storefront inside the Redwood Marketplace; India poised to become a huge market for US gas?; LNG Ltd to supply gas to Vietnam from Louisiana project.
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