NY DEC Approves Landfill Expansion to Accept More PA Drill Cuttings

Location of C&D Hakes Landfill (click for larger version)

This no longer qualifies as a minor miracle, it’s a MAJOR miracle. The Cuomo-corrupted New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has just approved the only remaining way NY benefits from the Marcellus–by allowing a landfill in Steuben County to expand so it can accept more drill cuttings from PA Marcellus drillers.
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PA Superior Court Rules Landowner Can’t Nix Lease for Shut-ins

A recently decided court case, while not precendential (doesn’t apply to anyone else other than the landowners/drillers in this case), is still instructive. This story begins when the Wilson family in Armstrong County, PA (western part of the state) leased three different tracts of land totaling 473 acres to Synder Brothers in 2003 for vertical drilling.
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Big Green Tries to Whip Up Opposition to PTT Ohio Cracker

Big Green is doing its best to stir up opposition to PTT Global Chemical’s proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio. Big Green is also trying to hide its involvement and pass itself off as organic, local community opposition. Not true. Last week the same so-called community organizer addressed an anti meeting at a local church and organized a “protest” a few days later.
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Logistics Co. Opens Warehouse in Bradford, PA Targeting Marcellus

Phoenix Logistics, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, targets supply chain companies in a number of industries with warehousing, distribution, and transportation. One of the industries they target is the oil and gas sector. Phoenix has just opened a new 400,000 square foot warehousing facility in Athens (Bradford County), PA, targeting companies in the Marcellus.
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New Fortress Energy Gets $800M Loan to Build LNG Projects

New Fortress Energy has a unique business model. The company builds the plants to liquefy and export natural gas (LNG), the facilities (in other countries) to import the LNG, and even some of the gas-fired power plants that will use the gas to produce electricity in those countries. Our primary interest in New Fortress is a series of LNG export plants they are building in landlocked northeastern Pennsylvania (see Work Continues to Clear Site for NEPA Landlocked LNG Export Plant). The company has just signed a deal for $800 million loan to fund its LNG “terminals and infrastructure around the world.”
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THE Dela. Riverkeeper Tries to Shame FERC to Reject PennEast Pipe

Last week three Big Green groups–the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, The Watershed Institute, and THE Delaware Riverkeeper–asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission via a joint letter to not issue an extension to the PennEast Pipeline, long-delayed largely because of those groups’ ongoing lawsuits (see Big Green Groups Ask FERC to Deny PennEast Pipe More Time). Two days later THE Delaware Riverkeeper sent a followup letter to FERC to make “further comments” bashing PennEast.
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NY AG Gives Up on Trying to Shake Down Exxon After Court Decision

As we reported in December, New York Attorney General Tish James and her highly-paid associates were thoroughly, completely, 100% humiliated in court when their case against Exxon Mobil accusing the company of screwing shareholders by keeping secret knowledge they are toasting Mom Earth, is itself toast (see Judge Finds Exxon Not Guilty in Fraud Case – NY AG Humiliated). Exxon is being sued by other states, including Massachusetts, for the same thing. Those cases are also close to collapse. The good news is that Tish has had enough humiliation–she won’t appeal the Exxon case to a higher court. That is, NY has lost, Exxon has won. There is still justice in the wacky world of New York State–who knew?
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Jan 13, 2020

NATIONAL: E&Ps continuing to pull back as U.S. rig count plunges further; Energy sector predictions for 2020; Mild winter sends U.S. natural gas prices tumbling; INTERNATIONAL: BC authorities investigating deadly traps discovered along Coastal GasLink route; Russian gas pipeline to Europe faces delay due to U.S. sanctions.
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