Kentucky Launches New Study of Rogersville Shale Potential

The CSRC horizontal research well will be drilled from the pilot hole of the Bruin Exploration 1 Young well, highlighted in red (click for larger version)

The State of Kentucky is spending $7.4 million ($5.9 million coming from the U.S. Dept. of Energy) to study the oil and gas potential of the Rogersville Shale (and other formations) located in eastern Kentucky. Which is big news for us in light of previous failed attempts to drill in the Rogersville.
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PennEast Pipe Still Hopeful, Asks FERC for 2-Year Extension

The companies behind PennEast Pipeline, a $1.2 billion new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ, have not given up on the long-delayed project. As we told you in November, PennEast filed will file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court (on Feb. 3) to overcome a lower court ruling that prevents PennEast from using eminent domain in New Jersey for some of the route (see PennEast Pipe to Appeal Bungled Fed Court Decision to US Supremes). Apparently the builders believe they have at least something of a chance to get the Supremes to review the case because PennEast has just asked FERC to extend the deadline to build.
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OH Supreme Court Keeps Door Open to Reverse $1B Nuke Bailout

The Ohio Supreme Court, on Christmas Eve, threw a lifeline to an effort to overturn an Ohio law that provides corporate welfare in the form of $1 billion of ratepayer (taxpayer) money to FirstEnergy (which recently changed its name to Harbor Energy). The Ohio law provides the funds to FirstEnergy so they can keep two economically failing nuclear power plants up and running, giving the plants an unfair advantage over gas-fired plants that don’t receive corporate welfare.
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Minuteman’s 5-Year Battle for Justice Against Former PA AG

One of the companies in the Marcellus industry targeted for extinction by Pennsylvania’s former Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, was Minuteman Environmental Services (see PA’s Anti-Drilling AG Charges Minuteman with Enviro Crimes). Kane filed charges against the company in 2014, charges that were later dropped, but in the meantime she forced the company into bankruptcy. Since May 2015, the owner of Minuteman has fought back (i.e. sued) to regain his good name and to ensure prosecutorial abuses like what he’s experienced never happen to anyone else. He continues to fight to this day, and the PA AG’s office continues to block his efforts to obtain justice.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jan 2, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: CEO of top U.S. power market is under fire even before he starts; Appalachian gas valuations: the bad, the ugly, (and the good); OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Natural gas development not responsible for Pavillion’s water issues; Cameron LNG kicks off production from Train 2; Burn, pay, or shut it down: three evils for Permian drillers; NATIONAL: Biden, Sanders and Warren present the oil and gas industry with a stark choice in 2020; INTERNATIONAL: European import terminals plan expansions as U.S. LNG volumes grow; The top energy stories of 2019.
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