Range Sells Haynesville Assets to Japan for “Pennies on the Dollar”

Range Resources has cut a deal to sell its Haynesville Shale assets (220,000 acres plus the wells they’ve drilled since buying those assets) to Castleton Resources, a privately owned company majority-owned by Tokyo Gas, for $245 million (plus an extra $90 million, maybe, contingent on the price of gas). Range bought those assets in 2016 for $4.4 billion (see Range Resources Buys Louisiana Driller in Deal Worth $4.4B). Yeah, Range just took a bath, selling their Haynesville assets for pennies on the dollar…
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Price of NatGas Up Huge $0.30 in 1 Day as LNG Exports Pick Up

Yesterday the price of natural gas trading on the NYMEX futures exchange, a price based on the spot price at the Louisana Henry Hub trading point, zoomed up, closing 30 cents higher than the trading day before (up 14%). There does not appear to be a single, specific reason why trading took off like wildfire. Some speculate it rose based on the good news that U.S. LNG exports are once again on the rise. Others say short-term forecasts are now predicting continued hot weather. Whatever the reason, we’ll take it!
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New Fortress Cracks the Code to Sell LNG Anywhere in the World

New Fortress Energy (NFE), which is building an LNG liquefaction facility in northeastern Pennsylvania and a dock on the Delaware River to export their PA LNG, is expanding rapidly. NFE issued its 2Q20 update yesterday. In reading a transcript of a conference call with analysts, the light bulb went off for MDN. NFE has figured out how to deliver (sell) LNG to just about any market on the planet. It’s pure genius. We’ll explain it below.
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PA Senate Democrats Introduce New Carbon Tax Bill

What is it with Democrats and the urge to tax everything–even things that breathe? They have a particular fascination with taxing carbon dioxide–the building block of life and the substance every living thing breathes out with every breath. The latest Democrat who wants to tax CO2 is Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, Jr. (from Pittsburgh) who introduced Senate Bill (SB) 15. Costa falsely calls it a “cap and invest” plan. In reality and normal plain English, it’s a tax plan–taxing natural gas-fired power plants.
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M-U Gas May Have Trouble Getting to Other Markets This Fall

The experts at RBN Energy have been analyzing pipelines and natural gas flows out of the Marcellus/Utica region and warn of a coming problem this fall. Production in the M-U remains high. Storage is quickly filling up. The gas needs to exit the region in order to fetch better prices. According to RBN, “This fall, the situation could be even worse and may force producers to shut-in gas for a second time this year.” Pipeline constraints are coming, and that spells problems.
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Oil & Gas Supply Chain Heading for Permanent Downsize

It’s been a tough past five months in the shale industry. While it’s been tough in the gas-focused plays like the Marcellus/Utica, it’s been tougher in the oil-focused plays like the Permian. Employment in the O&G space has shrunk, by one account, by some 86,000 jobs. We’re now at the same employment level as we were following the downturn in 2014-2016. “But everyone knows this industry is cyclical. It’ll bounce back again, right?” This time it may be different. According to analyst John Kemp, this time some of the jobs (and companies) leaving the industry will be gone for good…
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Aug 4, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: EQT donates more than $200,000 to local first responders; National Fuel completes acquisition of Shell’s integrated upstream and midstream assets in Pennsylvania; PA DEP hosting fake webinar August 6 to push Wolf’s carbon tax; Rockwool decides natural gas over coal at Jefferson County plant; Alternative energy, social responsibility in focus for scaled-down Dominion; Governor Cuomo signs legislation regulating oil and gas related waste; Chesapeake Utilities Corporation completes acquisition of Elkton Gas; NATIONAL: Natural gas futures post jaw-dropping 30-cent gain; cash strong too; It’s harder than you think to stop using fossil fuels; The many distortions of the Jones Act; Basis for Biden climate plan challenged by experts; Marathon Petroleum divests Speedway stores.
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