PA DEP OKs Dominion Pipeline to Feed PA NatGas to OH Power Plant

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Dominion Energy’s West Loop Project will flow natural gas from western PA into Ohio to feed a new natural gas-fired electric plant being built there. We first noticed this small (but important) project in June 2019 (see Dominion Pipeline to Feed Western PA NatGas to OH Power Plant). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued final approval for the project in December (see FERC OKs Dominion Pipeline to Feed PA NatGas to OH Power Plant). And now, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the project.
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Adelphia Gateway Pipe Files to Upgrade 13 Sites in Southeast PA

It’s full speed ahead for the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline project in southeastern Pennsylvania. In December the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final approval for the project (see FERC Issues Final OK for Southeast PA Adelphia Gateway Pipeline). Last week Talen Energy sold the actual pipeline to New Jersey Resources so the project can commence (see Talen Energy Sells PA Pipeline to Adelphia Gateway for $155M). NJ Resources/Adelphia has just filed a request with PA for permits to move dirt around at 13 locations. We have the list.
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Seneca Resources: Productive 2019, Reducing Rig Count in 2020

Seneca Resources, the drilling arm of National Fuel Gas Company, does most of its exploration and production in central and western Pennsylvania (although it also does some drilling in California). A spokesman for Seneca recently went on the record to talk about the company’s prolific 2019 production, with a forecast for 2020 (production is going UP). However, the company plans to ax one of its three rigs in 2020.
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Another Marcellus Driller Converts to Electric Fracking

Electric fracking (or e-fracking) continues to displace traditional fracking in the Marcellus/Utica. What’s the difference between the two? Traditional fracking uses diesel-fueled engines to produce electricity to power pressure pumps for hydraulic fracturing operations. Electric fracking uses natural gas from the well pad to power turbines to create electricity. Electric fracking fleets are roughly half the size of traditional diesel fleets–and a whole lot quieter.
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Dutch Pension Fund APG Buys 2 NYC Gas-Fired Electric Plants

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on a mission to reduce, actually eliminate, the use of natural gas to produce electricity in the state (see New York Pulls the Trigger, Commits Energy Suicide with New Law). Yet a consortium led by Dutch pension fund investor APG has just cut a deal to buy two natural gas-fired electric plants operating in New York City. Go figure.
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Price of NatGas Craters – Goes Under $2 First Time in Four Years

Last Friday (and again yesterday) the price of natural gas futures–the NYMEX NGc1 futures price (based on gas selling at the Henry Hub)–went below $2 per MMBtu (or Mcf). It was the lowest price we’ve seen in nearly four years. In fact, as this post is being written, the latest price NGc1 (Tuesday morning) is trading at is $1.93. Is there any hope for prices to increase?
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9th Circuit Throws Out Fossil Fuel Lawsuit by Brainwashed Kids

Nearly a year ago a lawsuit brought by greedy lawyers (ab)using a group of 21 children against the United States for not doing enough about mythical man-made global warming began in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (see Global Warming Lawsuit by Brainwashed Kids Begins at 9th Circus). After a number of twists and turns, including a refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene, last Friday the judges of the Ninth Circuit tossed out the bogus lawsuit–something that should have been done years ago.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Jan 21, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Area residents respond to oil, gas documentary about plastic problem; FERC decision this week for PennEast Pipeline; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: San Francisco bans natural gas in new, remodeled municipal buildings; Protests target a ‘carbon bomb’ linking two major pipelines outside Boston; Persistent fog reduces activity at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG terminal; NATIONAL: EIA expects U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions to decrease annually through 2021; Schlumberger plans U.S. pullback as shale oil drillers struggle; Natural gas 2019 review and what lies ahead in 2020.
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