Is Cabot O&G Sniffing Around Chesapeake Energy’s Shale Assets?

A warning right up front: This post is speculation and rumor. As you know if you’ve read MDN (or any other media source covering oil and gas in the past two weeks), on June 28 Chesapeake Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (see Chesapeake Files for Bankruptcy – Debtors to Take Ownership). With something like $11 billion in outstanding debt and a market value of just over $100 million (a tiny fraction of the debt), it’s obvious debtors will take over the company. What happens then? We spotted a rumor that Cabot Oil & Gas may be interested in a purchase.
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Revisiting the PA AG Royalty Case Against Chesapeake Energy

It’s time to revisit a long-festering royalty lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy and Anadarko Petroleum filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. The case has been through several layers of courts and finally ended up at the PA Supreme Court last fall (see PA Supremes to Consider Long-Running Chesapeake Royalty Lawsuit). The lawsuit hinges on the answer to this question: Are landowners/royalty owners the buyers or the sellers in cases of royalty leases?
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PennFuture Wages War Against Fossil Fuel Jobs in PA re HB 1100

Last week we brought you the rumor that a bill to allow incentives for petrochemical plants willing to build new facilities in Pennsylvania (generating hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of investment in the state) appears to be back on after the bill was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this year (see Bill to Bring Cracker-Type Investment to Northeast PA Resurrected). The radicals at PennFuture, a profoundly partisan/leftist organization fueled with Big Green donations, is raising the alarm that House Bill (HB) 1100 is back on and that Wolf is ready to sign a revised version.
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What is “Due Diligence” in Severed Mineral Rights Cases in Ohio?

How much of an effort is “enough” when a surface landowner in Ohio tries to locate the owner(s) of the belowground mineral rights under his or her land using the Dormant Mineral Act (DMA)? Is it enough to search the public record archive in the county where the land is located? The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled in a case to say no, it’s not enough to run a quick search in one county when attempting to locate mineral rights owners.
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After Killing ACP, Antis Attempt to Do Same to MVP Southgate

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Anti-fossil fuel nutters, emboldened by the cancelation of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline project (see Dominion Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipe, Sells Pipe Biz for $9.7B), have turned their hopes and dreams and desires on defeating a much smaller project–the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate pipeline.
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Biden Speaks from Both Sides of Mouth on Fracking to Buy Votes

Joe Biden is not only corrupt and senile, he’s now trying the same old ruse politicians always pull when trying to get elected: He’s outright lying in order to buy votes. All through the primary Biden has promised to kill off fracking and eliminate the use of oil and natural gas in the United States. Those are his words (see Biden Promises to End All U.S. Oil Drilling, Fracking in CNN Debate). It’s crazy. It’s the utterings of a lunatic. But that’s what the irrational left demands from its candidate. And yet in an interview with a northeastern PA TV station last week, Biden said: “Fracking is not going to be on the chopping block.” If you believe that, we have a great deal on a bridge we’d like to sell ya…
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Jul 13, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Pandemic, politics threaten Marcellus jobs; Riverkeeper says it wants a DRBC of unlimited power; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Lebanon-Hanover natural gas project no longer in the pipeline; NATIONAL: In 2019, the United States produced and consumed record volumes of natural gas; U.S. drilling rig count lowest since 1975 as shale boom fades; Activist judges increasing risk to oil and gas companies.
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