Williams Successfully Blocks Blue Racer Midstream IPO…for Now

Here’s a story that slipped under our radar for the past few months, but is now out in the open for all to see. In June Blue Racer Midstream, a gathering and processing system with 700 miles of pipelines in Ohio and West Virginia in the “heart” of the Marcellus/Utica, began the process to file for an initial public offering (IPO)–to become a publicly traded company. Blue Racer hopes to raise $600-$750 million with an IPO, money to expand. Midstream giant Williams, which owns roughly 29% of Blue Racer, sued in July to block the IPO.
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Williams Gets Extra Month to Refile NESE Pipeline Permits in NJ

Most of the drama surrounding Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project has centered on New York State and its corrupt Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who denied a federal Clean Water Act Section 401 water crossing permit for the project (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). However, a similar situation is also playing out in neighboring New Jersey, where its liberal Democrat Governor, Phil Murphy, is doing the same thing (see NJ DEP Rejects Williams NESE Pipe Permit, but Allows a Do-Over).
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PA Driller HHEX Renames Itself Olympus Energy

It’s hard to believe that Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration (HHEX), a shale driller headquartered in Southpointe (Washington County), PA that leases land and drills in the Pittsburgh suburbs, is only seven years old (founded in 2012). The company has amassed over 100,000 acres within the core Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian fairways in southwestern PA. As of yesterday, the company no longer goes by the name Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration. The new name is Olympus Energy, signalling a new chapter for the growing company.
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Antero Resources Works Hard to Improve West Virginia’s Roads

The shale industry often gets a bad reputation for poor conditions along roadways where they operate–especially in West Virginia. In April, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who is pro-coal (because much of his personal fortune comes from coal), took a swipe at shale drillers claiming shale is responsible for the poor condition of roadways in the Mountain State (see WV Gov. Justice Blames Shale for Bad Roads, Wants Higher Taxes). However, the fact is the oil and gas industry has spent $110 million on secondary road repairs and improvements in just last five years (see Oil & Gas Industry has Already Spent $110M Fixing WV’s Bad Roads).
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KY Utility Hints at Defunding Local Arboretum Blocking New Pipe

The radical environmental left continues a campaign to deny construction of new pipelines–ANY new oil and gas pipelines–as their way of strangling the use of fossil fuels. Here’s the latest example: Environmentalist wackos at the Bernheim Arboretum (about 25 miles from Louisville, Kentucky) have refused to grant an easement for 4,000 feet of land they bought *after* the Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) already had a state-approved plan to build a new pipeline over that land as part of tiny 12-inch, 12-mile pipeline. The Arboretum’s refusal, along with a few other property owners, means 62 homes and businesses have been denied the right to connect to LG&E’s natgas local utility system.
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PHMSA Issues 3 New Regulations to Beef Up NatGas Pipeline Safety

Detractors of the Trump Administration pretend the only thing the Administration does is “roll back” safety and environmental regulations, lowering protections for citizens, making it more dangerous to live and work anywhere in our great country. In fact the Trump Administration has done an excellent job in correcting some of the wild over-regulation from the Obama Administration. But it’s grossly inaccurate to say the current Administration has only repealed regulations. Case in point: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has just transmitted three significant new final rules (regulations) to the Federal Register that will strengthen the safety of more than 500,000 miles of onshore gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines throughout the U.S.
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Private Sector has Already Solved the “Climate Change” Issue

We spotted a great article in the Washington Examiner which points out that new technology from several private-sector companies can now capture and use carbon dioxide to create energy. One of those companies is one we previously highlighted, NET Power (see NET Power Pioneers “Zero-Carbon” Gas-Fired Electric Plants). But there are others too. The main point of the Examiner story is that we in the U.S. don’t need the heavy hand of government to “solve” the so-called issue of man-made global warming, which “environmentalists” claim comes from burning fossil fuels that release CO2 into the atmosphere. Why don’t we need government? Because the private sector has already figured out how to do and IS doing it!
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Sep 26, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Dominion Energy offers $1.2 million in critical community needs grants; Cuomo’s wrong on natural-gas pipelines; Outrage grows as National Grid’s denial of gas service to new customers spreads after state rejected pipeline project; Long Island senators quiet on gas moratorium, pipeline; INTERNATIONAL: BP pursuing bigger share of global LNG with new supply deals in U.S., elsewhere; IEA has no plans for gas reserves, urges members to boost gas security.
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