EDGE Expands Op to Convert Stranded Marcellus Gas to LNG in NEPA

Last June MDN brought you the news that Edge Gathering Virtual Pipelines 2 LLC (EDGE) had successfully deployed a special LNG unit to a remote Marcellus well in PA, converting gas from the well into LNG, selling that gas to a utility in New England (see Stranded PA Marcellus Gas Converted to LNG, Trucked to New England). EDGE’s “virtual pipeline” solution aims to solve the problem of flaring, lack of pipelines, and (frankly) lack of good local markets into which to sell the gas. Great news! EDGE is expanding its service in the Marcellus, converting gas into LNG from a “large producer” located in Tioga County, PA.
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WV Drillers Take Issue with Landowners re Lease “Release” Bill

Something of a kerfuffle has kicked up in West Virginia over the issue of drillers issuing lease “release” (some call it “cancelation”) notices–issued after a lease has expired. Senate Bill (SB) 554 dominated debate on Tuesday at a meeting of the WV Senate Energy Industry and Mining Committee. WV landowners (and rights owners) say a lot of older leases don’t have a release provision/notice, something landowners need so they can explore leasing with another driller after an existing lease expires. Drillers say the bill as proposed will create a logistical and administrative nightmare of paperwork.
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Latest F&M Poll Shows 48% of PA Residents Favor Frack Ban

A new Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) poll released today shows a befuddling result. F&M keeps tabs on a variety of political issues in the Keystone State. The latest poll’s findings on the issue of fracking raise some red flags for us. The results are mixed. The poll surveyed 628 registered voters over six days in January. It found 48% of voters support shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania, compared with 44% who oppose it. Pretty thin margin. However, 48% of those same voters favor a ban on all fracking in the state, versus 39% who oppose a ban. Can anyone say schizophrenia?
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Chesapeake 4Q19 Update – Using Pad Compressors in Marcellus

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Chesapeake Energy released preliminary 2019 fourth quarter production and operational results yesterday. The company said it’s making progress with reducing its mammoth debt. Oil production, which the company increasingly focuses on, was 6% higher in 4Q19 than 4Q18. But the stock price remains low, bumping along just above $0.50 per share (in danger of being delisted, see NYSE Warns Chesapeake Energy Stock to be Delisted…Unless). As always, our interest is in Chesapeake’s prolific Marcellus program. Although the Marcellus only gets a brief mention in this update, what they said certainly caught our attention.
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Nuverra Uses Blockchain to Streamline Marcellus Wastewater Hauling

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Nuverra Environmental Solutions (formerly Heckmann) is one of the largest companies in the United States that handles transportation and disposal of shale drilling wastewater and leftover rock and dirt from drilling. The company has major operations in the Marcellus/Utica region. Yesterday Nuverra announced the successful completion of its 2000th field ticket for its operators in the Marcellus and Utica basins using…blockchain. What the heck is that?
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Construction to Begin on Southeastern Trail Expansion Pipe in VA

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In April 2018 Williams filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand capacity along the mighty Transco Pipeline to increase the amount of gas the pipeline can flow to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S by 296 million cubic feet per day. The Southeastern Trail expansion project (SET), as it’s called, was given final approval by FERC in October 2019 (see FERC Approves Transco Southeastern Trail Expansion Pipe Project). Last Friday Williams asked FERC for permission to begin construction in Prince William and Fauquier counties in Virginia.
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Williams Joins Environmental Partnership to Help Lower CH4 Emissions

America’s natural gas and oil industry announced “a landmark partnership” in late 2017 called the Environmental Partnership, to “accelerate improvements to environmental performance in operations across the country” (see NatGas, Oil Industry Partnership to Accelerate Methane Reductions). The latest O&G company to join up and help reduce methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions is…Williams!
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jan 30, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Fracking ban is unwarranted and would be costly to Virginia residents; NATIONAL: Oil and gas industry applauds Trump signing of USMCA into law; ‘Gasmageddon’ is here, with natgas prices averaging $1.99 in 2020, say analysts; Natural gas prices are poised to move above $3 as production declines; UPS jumps into the future with plan to buy 10,000 electric vans; INTERNATIONAL: No, banks don’t hold the key to climate change; Russia, China and the U.S. are forever changing the global gas market.
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