FBI Investigates Wolf Admin for Corruption re ME Pipe Permits

(Sacrificial) lamb roasting on a spit

Earlier this week the Associated Press, which sometimes can and sometimes can’t be trusted, broke an exclusive bombshell story in which they claim “sources” have told them the FBI has launched an investigation into the Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf administration over how permits came to be issued for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. The focus of the investigation is on whether Wolf and his administration “forced environmental protection staff to approve construction permits” and whether Wolf or his administration received anything in return for those permits. Favors. Corruption. Kickbacks. That’s what’s being implied by the leakers who, of course, spoke only on condition of anonymity.
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PennEast Pipe to Appeal Bungled Fed Court Decision to US Supremes

In September, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedent-setting decision that disallows PennEast Pipeline from using the federally-delegated power of eminent domain to cross properties either owned by, or with easements granted to, the state of New Jersey (see Federal Court Rules PennEast Pipe Can’t Run Thru NJ State Land). PennEast asked the full court (all of the judges) to rehear the case, which they refused (see Fed Court Refuses to Reconsider PennEast Bad Decision – Now What?). We outlined two possible options for PennEast’s next move, one of them an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. PennEast chose that option yesterday.
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Psychotic Cuomo to Cancel National Grid Gas Franchise in 2 Weeks

Man-child Andrew Cuomo, “governor” of New York State, is a truly desperate man. And desperate, corrupt politicians like Cuomo do desperate, mean, vicious and corrupt things–especially to protect their own backsides. Cuomo is following through on a recent threat he made to de-certify National Grid’s natural gas utility service that serves all of Long Island and parts of New York City. Just take it away from National Grid and (very corruptly) give it to another company (no doubt with lots of kickbacks to Cuomo’s campaign to follow).
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Risberg PA-to-OH Pipeline Project Ready to Start Dec. 1

The Risberg Line, a 60-mile pipeline from Crawford County, PA to Erie County, PA, and from there across the border into Ashtabula County, OH, began construction in February (see Construction Begins on “Massive” PA to OH Risberg Pipeline). In October RH energytrans, the builder, said the project would be ready by Dec. 1 (see Risberg PA-to-OH Pipeline Project Almost Done, Ready by Dec. 1). And by golly, it is! Earlier this week RH energytrans asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to start it up by Dec. 1.
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Spire Pipeline Ready to Flow Marcellus/Utica Gas to St. Louis

Spire STL Pipeline route (click for larger version)

In 2016 Laclede Group, a St. Louis-based natural gas utility, said they want to build a 65-mile pipeline from St. Louis through southwest Illinois and connect to the Rockies Express (REX) and Panhandle Eastern Pipeline (see New Midwest Pipeline to Tap REX’s Marcellus/Utica Gas). The new pipeline would bring low-cost Marcellus and Utica Shale gas from REX to the utility–not only for resale to gas customers, but also potentially for new natgas-powered electric plants.
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Montage Resources to Operate Just 1 Rig in 2020

Montage Resources, which formed in a merger of Eclipse Resources and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (formerly Magnum Hunter Resources) in March of this year, announced in July they would cut back from two to one active drilling rig in the second half of 2019 (see Montage Resources Cuts Drilling Program to 1 Rig in 2nd Half 2019). They did. Last week the company, which is totally focused on the Marcellus/Utica region, issued its third quarter update and announced they will continue to operate just one rig in 2020.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Nov 15, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Wolf breaks with Pittsburgh’s Peduto on nat gas, enraging environmentalists; Bankrupt Philly refinery gets interest from 15 potential bidders; aims for a January auction; Rep. Keller touts Williams partnership; Pennsylvania pipeline protests go too far; Amid opposition to fracking and plastics, moderate Dems walk a fine line on climate policies; NATIONAL: DOE authorizes long-term small-scale LNG exports; EIA improves its propane and other hydrocarbon gas liquids data; Mesa Natural Gas Solutions and Crusoe Energy Systems target 50 MW of flare-to-computing projects next two years; EIA 2020 Henry Hub spot price forecast slips again, to $2.48; INTERNATIONAL: U.S. LNG cargo set to arrive at U.K. South Hook terminal; Global natgas market still oversupplied in 2020; weak pricing seen threatening U.S. LNG.
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