DRBC Reconsiders New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River

There, now that’s the DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission) we know and expect–obsequiously bowing before the likes of THE Delaware Riverkeeper and her environmental cousin, the Sierra Club. In June the DRBC approved a request by New Fortress Energy to build a $96 million 1,600-foot-long pier on the Delaware River (see DRBC Approves New Fortress LNG/NGL Shipping Dock on Dela. River). After being hounded (and threatened) by Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club for months over that approval, DRBC voted last week to “reconsider” its earlier decision. Their true colors shine through.
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Eco-Energy Buys 600-Mile Gas Gathering System in KY, TN & VA

Stone Mountain Gathering System (click for larger version)

A company we hadn’t previous heard of (Eco-Energy) has purchased a large natural gas gathering pipeline system and processing plant in southern Appalachia that we also hadn’t heard of (Stone Mountain). What we had heard of is the contracted customer who uses the Stone Mountain Gathering System: Magnum Hunter Production (now part of Montage Resources). At first blush this appears to be a gathering system for conventional wells, but after digging, we’re not so sure.
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Politicized NC Regulators Object to MVP Southgate Pipe Expansion

MVP Southgate map (click for larger version)

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is obviously populated with leftist climate warriors, hellbent on blocking any new fossil fuel projects in the state. Last November Equitrans (formerly EQT Midstream) filed an application to extend the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline that stretches from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA *another* 70+ miles south–into North Carolina–called the MVP Southgate project (see EQT Makes it Official, Files with FERC to Extend MVP into NC). NC DEQ is doing anything and everything it can to stop Southgate.
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Another Mass. Utility Slaps Moratorium on New NatGas Customers

A third regional natural gas utility company in Massachusetts has adopted a moratorium blocking new gas customers from connecting to their system. Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department (Middlesex County) has just issued a ban on the installation of natgas services to multi-family homes, apartment buildings and condominium buildings. No new pipelines to Massachusetts? No new gas customers. That’s the new reality spreading across the Bay State.
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Out-of-State, Paid Protesters Continue to Hassle MVP in WV, VA

What appears to be an organized, ongoing effort to stop legal construction activity for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) continues in both Virginia and West Virginia. Out-of-state (paid) protesters chain themselves to equipment and block roads in a “death by a thousand cuts” approach to prevent the completion of the 85% completed MVP project. Is it time to bring racketeering charges against the groups and people behind these activities? We think it is.
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PA House Committee Approves 2 Bills to Fix Sloooow DEP Permits

Two of the eight Pennsylvania House bills that are part of an initiative called Energize PA have been voted out of the PA House State Government Committee. Both bills, House Bill (HB) 1106 and 1107, are aimed at streamlining and speeding up the permitting process at the semi-dysfunctional Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Enviro-leftists are spitting nails and hopping mad. These bills have momentum and now go to the full House for a vote.
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Bankruptcy Judge Approves Schramm Plan Over Debtor Objection

Schramm, headquartered near Philadelphia in West Chester, PA, is a major manufacturer of drilling rigs. In June the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to the “prolonged downturn” (less drilling) in the oil and gas industry (see PA Rig Manufacturer Schramm Files for Ch. 11 Bankruptcy). From the beginning of the bankruptcy process, one of the company’s biggest creditors, DNOW LP, challenged the Chapter 11 bankruptcy application–implying the bankruptcy as structured will hand over ownership to existing owners, preserving their equity in the company, at the expense of wiping out the company’s debts to companies like DNOW (see Schramm Scam? Debtor Owed Big Money Disputes Ch. 11 Sale Terms). The bankruptcy judge has just ruled–against DNOW.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Sep 18, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: 5 permits awarded for Utica-Point Pleasant drilling; Klaber’s Viewpoint: Breaking through the fog on energy; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: San Jose set to become largest U.S. city to enact natural gas ban; NATIONAL: Natural gas and wind forecast to be fastest growing sources of U.S. electricity generation; Global natural gas glut may linger five years, threatening U.S. cargoes in 2020; Capital dries up as new crude, gas and NGL infrastructure comes online; INTERNATIONAL: In the UK, fracking is not a thing — so shale gas from the U.S. has become their workaround; Attack on Saudi oil is boon for Trump in China trade war.
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