Mountain Valley Pipe Permit in Va. Delayed After Montana Decision

Disgusting anti-fossil fuel lunatics have hassled the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the Midwest with frivolous lawsuits for years. Last week an Obama-appointed liberal judge serving in Montana, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, vacated a permit for the Keystone project, once again stopping construction. The permit vacated was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is called a Nationwide Permit 12–the equivalent of a Section 401 permit under the Clean Water Act–allowing projects like pipelines to be built across or under streams, rivers and “wetlands” (swamps). The problem with the judge’s action is that it potentially affects all pipeline projects across the country using an NP12 permit–including the delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile Marcellus/Utica gas pipeline from West Virginia to southern Virginia.
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Antis Worried Pandemic Means They Can’t Stop Va. Pipeline Project

Virginia Natural Gas (VNG), a company that serves customers in northeastern Virginia, wants to build new natural gas infrastructure in Prince William and Fauquier counties. VNG is seeking state approval to build 24 miles of new pipeline and two new compressor stations (expanding a third compressor), connecting to the mighty Transco pipeline system to flow Marcellus/Utica gas to the region. The Header Improvement Project, as it’s called, will help service VNG’s 300,000 natural gas customers and is needed to deliver natural gas to two proposed new gas-fired power plants.
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Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines Continues Building During COVID-19

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New Jersey Natural Gas’ (NJNG) $130 million, 22-mile natural gas pipeline project called the Southern Reliability Link (SRL) pipeline project to connect NJNG’s distribution system serving customers in Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth counties (in NJ) has been under construction since last summer (see Pipeline Thru NJ Scrub Pines Under Construction Despite Opposition). Although NJ Gov. Phil Murphy has shut down construction projects in general, the SRL has been allowed to continue work.
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Fed Court Rejects Rhode Island Indians’ Attempt to Stop Pipeline

The Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island won’t be smoking the peace pipe any time soon. The Tribe tried to block construction of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) Connecticut Expansion pipeline project as a violation the National Historic Preservation Act by not protecting “ceremonial stone landscapes” supposedly found along the path of the pipeline (see Indian Tribe Fights FERC Over Tiny Pipeline in Mass. The Tribe asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its approval of the project, which FERC refused, so the Tribe sued in federal court last summer (see Rhode Island Indians Take FERC to Court re Massachusetts Pipeline). The federal court ruled the Tribe did not have standing in February, and yesterday the court refused to reconsider their decision.
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Philly Petchem Workers Isolate 28 Days to Make Virus Equipment

Marcellus/Utica propane flows from eastern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania all the way to southeastern PA via the Mariner East pipelines (ME1 and ME2). A petrochemical facility operated by Braskem America in Marcus Hook (near Philadelphia) processes some of that propane, turning it into polypropylene–the raw plastic used to make N95 masks, hospital gowns, and sanitary wipes–items in critical demand right now to protect health care workers against the COVID-19 coronavirus. This will bring tears to your eyes as it did ours: Some 40 workers at the Braskem plant voluntarily decided to stay at the plant for 28 days straight–working 12-hour shifts–not leaving once during that time so they could be sure of no COVID contamination while they worked to make polypropylene that in turn would be used to make personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. We salute them one and all!
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Faux “Conservative” Tom Ridge Attacks Republicans re Environment

Former PA Gov. Tom Ridge

We have no use for so-called establishment Republicans who claim to be “conservative.” They’re liars, and chief among them is former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge. Yesterday Ridge published an op-ed in the left-of-Communist Mao Zedong The Atlantic magazine, on “Earth Day,” to attack the Republican Party. Ridge says he’s a conservative Republican (he’s not) and he targets his own party for “abandoning environmental issues.” Ridge decries the party’s quest to fix the ultra-radical lunacy of recent years. Shame on Ridge. Has he (finally) gone senile?
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Michael Moore Documentary Exposes Renewable Energy Farce

Michael Moore, the uber-leftist filmmaker, has just trained his sights on destroying his own leftist brethren in the Big Green movement. Two days ago Moore released a full-length documentary on Youtube called “Planet of the Humans” (embedded below) questioning the claims of “green” wind and solar farms, pointing out the environmental destruction being caused by so-called “renewables.” Moore is no longer on the Christmas card list of Big Green groups after this one.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Apr 23, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: CNX Responds to the COVID-19 Crisis; Montgomery County to receive $181,000 rebate for using compressed natural gas; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Reeling Oklahoma oil producers win right to keep leases while wells shut; NATIONAL: ‘Roller coaster’ continues at full speed for natural gas futures; Senators call for federal government loans to U.S. energy producers; Baker Hughes confident natural gas markets improving; Class 8 natural gas truck sales increase nearly 30 percent.
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