Cuomo PERMANENTLY Bans NY Fracking in Now-Adopted Budget

While no one was paying attention, distracted with literal life and death issues due to the coronavirus pandemic, the uber-corrupt and sleazy Andrew Cuomo (worst governor EVER) slipped in a permanent ban on fracking into the annual state budget bill which is now the law of our fallen (and sick) land. This is truly a sad day for those of us who live in New York State. We seriously doubt there will ever be a Republican legislature and governor in NY to reverse the horrific damage now done to our civil liberties. Freedom died yesterday in New York State. We now live behind enemy lines.
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Earthworks Accuses PA DEP of Ignoring Complaints Due to COVID-19

The radical organization Earthworks has been exposed for making a false accusation against the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), claiming the DEP ignored complaints of potential environmental violations in the shale patch due to distractions over the coronavirus pandemic. Earthworks claimed a frack wastewater treatment plant in Potter County is leaking onto the ground. DEP said it did investigate and no, there is no leak.
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Enbridge Plan to Import M-U Gas to Ontario, Export to New England

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A proposed new pipeline project from Canadian midstream giant Enbridge has caught our attention. It’s called by a couple of different names: the “Dawn Parkway Expansion Project” and the “Kirkwall-Hamilton Project.” The project involves constructing 10.2 kilometers (6.3 miles) of 48-inch pipeline from the Kirkwall Valve Site to the Hamilton Valve Site in Ontario, Canada. According to Enbridge, some 90% of the gas flowing through the pipeline will be used in Ontario. We’re interested in this project for two reasons. (1) The source for some of the gas that will flow through it will come from the Marcellus/Utica, according to media reports. (2) Some of the gas this pipe flows will scoot across the rest of the Enbridge pipe system and some of it will be exported into New England.
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FERC OKs Phase 2 of NGPL Pipe that Flows M-U Gas to Gulf Coast

One year ago MDN told about a Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) project that carries Marcellus/Utica gas from the Midwest all the way to the Gulf Coast to feed just about any of the existing or under construction LNG export plants in the region (see NGPL Pipe Will Flow M-U Gas to Gulf Coast for LNG Export). Phase 1 of NGPL’s Southbound Expansion project was placed in service in October 2018, providing an extra 460,000 Dth/d (460 MMcf/d) of gas from NGPL’s interstate pipeline interconnects in Illinois, Arkansas and Texas to markets in NGPL’s South Texas zone. Phase 2 of the project just got Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permission to begin construction.
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Patterson-UTI Lowers 2020 Spending by 60%, TechnipFMC Down 30%

Both Patterson-UTI Energy and TechnipFMC are big oilfield services (OFS) companies–drilling, fracking, completions, etc. Both have operations in the Marcellus/Utica region, as well as operations in other shale plays (TechnipFMC has ops in other countries). Both companies run in the same pack with much larger (but similar) companies like Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes. Because of their presence in the M-U, it caught our attention that both Patterson and TechnipFMC announced major cuts to their capital expenditure budgets for the balance of 2020. Patterson is axing more money from an already axed budget–now 60% lower than what they spent in 2019. TechnipFMC is trimming 30% from their budget this year over last.
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National Rig Count Falls Another 45, M-U Rig Count Holds Steady

Last week we told you about the biggest rig count drop in four years with a loss of 47 rigs in a single week (see Biggest Rig Count Drop in 4 Years – Who’s Still Drilling?). What has to be the second biggest rig count drop in the past four years happened over this past week, with the U.S. seeing another 45 rigs idled in the last seven days. The good news, if there is such a thing, is that the rig counts in both the Marcellus and Utica remained the same–although one rig changed locations from the “dry” Marcellus to the “wet” Marcellus.
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Trump Says Saudis, Russians Agree to Major Oil Production Cut

It’s pretty amazing what a single tweet can do. It can move the price of oil up by $5/barrel! Yesterday President Trump tweeted: “Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!” The markets reacted quickly bidding up the price of oil to $25.32/barrel for WTI. Let’s hope it continues.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Apr 3, 2020

NATIONAL: Cheniere Energy’s Jack Fusco on the future of LNG; Surviving the coronavirus? Thank fossil fuels.; Oil and gas M&A deals crash along with prices; INTERNATIONAL: As oil sinks, some companies float idea of ‘zero clause’ in trades; Barclays aiming for net zero emissions by 2050, portfolio realignment starts with energy sector; Global natgas prices for 2020 expected even lower, set to feel COVID-19 symptoms for years; Chinese buyers snap up U.S. oil purchases at widest discounts ever.
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