PA DEP Fines CNX $310K for Minor Violations re Pipe Construction

On Friday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it has fined CNX Resources and its subsidiary CNX Midstream $310,000 for two incidents in which 65 barrels (2,730 gallons) of non-toxic brine (salty water) leaked into the ground and 43 gallons of non-toxic drilling mud leaked into a creek. The DEP says CNX did “not adequately maintain erosion and sedimentation best management practices.”
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Hearing Officer Approves New Fortress Dela. River LNG Export Dock

In May the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) held a virtual public hearing on the issue of the DRBC’s prior decision to approve construction of a dock in the Delaware River that will allow New Fortress Energy to load LNG tanker ships with LNG transported to the dock from a new liquefaction plant being built in northeastern Pennsylvania (see DRBC, New Fortress Crush Antis’ Arguments Against LNG Export Dock). Both New Fortress and the radicals at THE Delaware Riverkeeper were given time to make their case for and against. The hearing officer (i.e. judge) recently announced his decision…
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Potential Expansion for the Risberg PA-to-OH Pipeline

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The Risberg Line, a 60-mile pipeline from Crawford County, PA to Ashtabula County, OH, went into service with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a literal turning of the valve by Ohio Lt. Governer Jon Husted last December (see Risberg PA-to-OH Pipeline Starts – Flows Marcellus Gas to OH). Risberg cost roughly $86 million to build and now flows 55 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of gas from the PA Marcellus to the northern tip of Ohio in Ashtabula County. You may have thought (as we did) that this project was over and done. Think again…
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Ohio Welding Co. Expands Thx to Marcellus/Utica Work

We love a good supply chain story. Crozier Welding, founded in 1980, started by servicing coal mining operations. Eventually, the company, located in Coshocton County, transitioned from coal to welding pipelines for the oil and gas industry. Today the focus of the company is on welding pressure vessels (holding tanks) for the shale industry. The company is moving and expanding, thanks to an abundance of work coming from the M-U.
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PA Small Business Compliance Advisory Ctte Votes NO on Carbon Tax

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has a number of committees under its umbrella. Volunteers from business, non-profit groups and other sectors sit on these committees in an effort to provide helpful feedback to the department from the people who must live under the regulations (sometimes onerous) the DEP cooks up. The Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee (SBCAC) is one such committee. SBCAC has just voted against Gov. Wolf’s cockamamie plan to tax “carbon” from gas-fired electric plants.
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The Coming Price Meltdown for Marcellus/Utica Gas This Fall

The price of natural gas and what it fetches (by geography) is always a top concern for both drillers and landowners. Recently the price of natgas nationwide has been trading at a 25-year low (see U.S. Natural Gas Price Hits 25-Year Low, Storage Nearly Full). The price natgas will fetch for Marcellus/Utica drillers is possibly heading, according to the experts at RBN Energy, for a “meltdown” this fall. We don’t like the sound of that…
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Jul 27, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA DEP climate consultant did not authorize the use of its name on a letter supporting Wolf carbon tax; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: NH Democrat gubernatorial candidates split on proposed gas pipeline; NATIONAL: Environmentalists threaten suit over push to transport liquefied natural gas by rail; NRG in $3.6B deal to acquire Centrica’s Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest natural gas retailers; Oil, gas cash for Trump in 2020 trails previous GOP candidates; Schlumberger cutting 21,000 jobs in reorganization after bruising quarter; LNG news: U.S. cargo cancellations set to ease as demand rises.
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