Ohio Supreme Court Accepts AG Case Against Rover Pipeline

In Nov. 2017 the Ohio Attorney General’s office under then-AG Mike Dewine (RINO swamp dweller, now governor) sued Energy Transfer at the prompting of the Ohio EPA claiming the company’s Rover Pipeline project was guilty of “polluting state waters while constructing a natural gas pipeline across Ohio” (see OH EPA Director Manipulates Atty General to Sue Rover Pipeline). A Stark County judge threw the case out in March 2019 (see OH Judge Tosses AG’s Lawsuit Against Rover Pipe Enviro Violations).
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PA Gas-Fired Power Plant Hedges NatGas Prices with Ethane Use

CPV Fairview Energy Center

Competitive Power Ventures’ (CPV) Fairview Energy Center, a 1,050-megawatt natural gas AND ethane-fueled combined-cycle electric generating plant in Cambria County, PA, went online ahead of schedule back in December using Marcellus methane (see CPV Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant in Cambria Goes Online Early). However, the plant is designed to mix ethane in with methane and burn the mix. The new plant completed tests and began blending in Marcellus ethane in March (see ‘First of Its Kind’ Methane/Ethane PA Power Plant Now Online). Why blend? To keep costs down.
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Why Shale Oil Can’t Simply Turn the Spigot Off and Stop the Flow

We’re learning far more about the oil business than we ever thought we would, due to the price crash brought on by the coronavirus and the Saudis and Russians dumping. Yes, oil and gas are an industry that goes together–but natural gas really is a different kind of business overall. Different kind of drilling, different kind of pipelines, different economics. We don’t know about you, but we always thought an oil driller could simply shut-in a well (essentially turn off a valve) and later, when the economics returned, just open the valve again and let the oil flow. Boy were we wrong! Shutting in a well is a major decision with long-term consequences. It’s not just flipping a switch or turning a valve.
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Oil & Gas Experts Say Industry Itself to Blame for Oil Price Crash

Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global strategy and marketing consulting firm along with Rice University surveyed 195 oil and gas industry experts from around the world. They published their findings in a report titled “2020 Oil & Gas Crisis Study.” The upshot, the sentiment, is that the current crisis faced by oil companies is largely homegrown. We did it to ourselves.
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MDN New Feature: Weekly Permits Issued for PA, OH, WV

MDN is floating a potential new feature. We’d like your feedback. Below are lists of new shale drilling permits issued for the past four weeks for each state: Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Permits issued are a strong indicator of future drilling activity. Typically it is a matter of weeks to perhaps a month or two after a new permit is issued when a driller begins work on a new well. Permits are one of the best ways of predicting future drilling activity.
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MDN Website Passes 20,000th Post!

MDN editor Jim Willis isn’t much into tooting his own horn. But, well, this is kind of slow news day, so we’ll toot. Marcellus Drilling News began as a hobby and side project in January 2009. Little did Jim know that it would grow to become his full-time job and in April 2020, the blog/news site would surpass having 20,000 posts. That milestone was reached last week.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Apr 29, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Marcellus Shale Coalition donates to Wayne Memorial Hospital; CNX Resources announces pricing of $300 million of convertible senior notes; NATIONAL: Trump could use ‘nuclear option’ to make Saudi Arabia pay for oil war; In 2019, U.S energy production exceeded consumption for the first time in 62 years; Here’s why oil majors may struggle to find bargains in the shale patch; Demise of U.S. shale means global oil price spikes this decade; Big changes impacting ethane and LPG markets; The ripple effects of COVID-19 on natural gas power generation; INTERNATIONAL: How these two countries could doom earth, according to UN chief.
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