PA DEP Shuts Down 2 Marcellus Wells for Not Paying Impact Tax

Xtreme Energy Co., headquartered in Victoria, Texas, has been ordered by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to shut down/stop producing at two Marcellus wells operated by the company located in Somerset County, PA, in the southwestern part of the state. Why? Because, says the DEP, Xtreme has not paid its impact fee (i.e. severance tax) for those wells for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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Fed Judge Tosses $54M Award to Atlantic Sunrise Pipe Landowner

Here’s a cautionary tale for landowners who think they can go court-shopping on the other side of the country to settle their differences with pipelines that cross their land. Don’t do it. A Pennsylvania landowner in Schuylkill County, PA thought he could force Williams’ (Transco Pipeline) into arbitration to compensate him for allowing the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline crossing his land. Except the landowner filed for arbitration in California! Williams/Transco refused to participate in the arbitration since Cali has NOTHING to do with Pennsylvania when it comes to arbitrating compensation for eminent domain.
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8 OH Counties Rake in $142M in Real Estate Taxes from Utica Shale

Eight of Ohio’s top Utica Shale development counties collected nearly $142 million in real estate property taxes on oil and natural gas production from 2010 through 2017, according to an updated report by Energy In Depth (EID) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA). The Utica Shale Local Support Series report titled, “2019 Update: Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry Property Tax Payments” (full copy below) analyzes the economic impacts of oil and natural gas real estate property taxes (called “ad valorem” taxes) paid in eight counties: Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Monroe and Noble.
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PA Dems Intro Bill to Block New Marcellus-Fired Power Plants

Leftist Democrats in Pennsylvania are still hopping mad that they couldn’t block Invenergy’s 1,480 megawatt, $1 billion Marcellus gas-fired electric plant called the Lackawanna Energy Center, located near Scranton, PA (see Huge Marcellus-Fired Power Plant Near Scranton Now 100% Complete). So they’ve decided to NEVER let it happen again. How? By introducing what they’re trying to pass off as a “reasonable” new law to establish “minimum standards for host community agreements between new power plants and their surrounding communities and school districts as well as a minimum host community fee.” In other words, the new law will micromanage and tax any prospective new gas-fired power project right out of the state.
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Chesapeake Utilities Exits Natural Gas Marketing Business

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution and transmission; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution; and “other” businesses. One of Chesapeake’s subsidiary companies is Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, which builds pipelines in the Delmarva Peninsula area, including most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia (see Eastern Shore Natural Gas Looks to Expand Pipe in Delmarva/). Eastern Shore’s mothership, Chesapeake Utilities, has just announced it will exit the natural gas marketing business.
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MSC Debunks Faulty Data by FracTracker re Pine Creek Watershed

The so-called FracTracker Alliance is a group of leftist anti-fossil fuelers who heavily shade the truth (i.e. lie) about the “health impacts” of shale drilling in western Pennsylvania. In May some two dozen FracTracker “volunteers” visited the Pine Creek Watershed in parts of Clinton, Lycoming, Potter and Tioga counties. Their stated purpose was to “catalog the impacts of the unconventional oil and gas industry and related infrastructure on the landscape.” The effort resulted in a false map misrepresenting even basic facts about shale drilling in the region. The Marcellus Shale Coalition could not keep silent about FracTracker’s false and misleading narrative, and wrote to set the record straight.
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D.C. Forum Tackles Tensions Between Pipelines & Landowners

News of a recent forum held in Washington, D.C. caught our attention because of the topic discussed: property rights and pipelines. Representatives from both sides attended in an effort to find a way to “ease tensions” with landowners in having pipelines cross their property. Inevitably these things usually boil down to compensation–how and how much. We have a few thoughts of our own on the subject.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Oct 10, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Marriage of plastics industry and Penn College flourishing; Natural gas pipelines are the topic of Oct. 17 webinar; 2nd Circ. won’t send NY pipeline appeal to DC Circ.; EPA settles Clean Air Act violations at ARG refinery in Bradford, Pa.; NATIONAL: US upstream companies continue on conservative path in Q3; UPS makes major investment into natural gas fleet; Halliburton cutting 650 jobs in U.S. as oilfield business slows; The next secretary? DOE’s No. 2 behind the scenes; EPA Administrator says new WOTUS to be finalized by winter; INTERNATIONAL: Natural gas increasingly ‘vilified’ and ‘demonized,’ says BP’s Dudley; Petrobras, Equinor tie up for natural gas projects; Most Germans who switch energy source in heating opt for natural gas – study; Canada to add nearly 25% of new global crude oil supply.
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