List of 41 Active & 4 Canceled NatGas Pipeline Projects in M-U

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), maintains a list of pipeline projects going back to 1996. Based on that list EIA recently published an article on their Today in Energy site pointing out during the first half of 2020 some 5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of new natgas pipeline capacity (across the entire country) came online. They also point out some 8.7 Bcf/d of previously planned new pipe capacity was canceled in 2020, including Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Constitution Pipeline, both here in the M-U region. We grabbed the spreadsheet of the 145 active and/or canceled pipelines in 2020 and trimmed it down to show the list of pipelines active or canceled that have the potential to flow M-U molecules. Our list (below) shows 41 active pipe projects and 4 canceled projects.
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Marcellus/Utica Fracker FTS Intl Filing for Ch. 11 Bankruptcy

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Once upon a time FTS International was the largest private (not publicly traded stock) well completion company in North America. In 2015 FTS fracked EQT’s ginormous Scotts Run 591340 dry Utica well in Greene County, PA producing an initial production (IP) of 72.9 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (see Private Company Fracked EQT’s Monster Utica Well, Working on More). In 2017 the company went public (see Fracker FTS International Gets Ready to Launch IPO). Yesterday FTS announced it has reached an agreement with its debtors and will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the coming weeks.
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Colluding Big Green Groups Sue to Stop Ohio NGL Storage Hub

A group of far-left, so-called environmental groups, including, Earthjustice, Buckeye Environmental Network, Concerned Ohio River Residents, Freshwater Accountability Project, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Sierra Club, are suing the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in an attempt to overturn permits issued by ODNR to build an underground NGL storage hub in Monroe County, Ohio.
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Sunoco Appeals PA DEP Shut Down of ME2 Construction in Chester

While drilling in Chester County in the Marsh Creek State Park two weeks ago, Energy Transfer’s Mariner East 2X pipeline experienced an “inadvertent return”–nontoxic drilling mud coming up out of the ground where it’s not supposed to (see Mariner East 2X Construction Causes Another Drilling Mud Spill). In this case, the mud came up in a small section of the 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake. A few days later the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) indefinitely suspended all drilling in that area (see PA DEP Suspends ME2 Pipe Drilling at Marsh Creek State Park). Energy Transfer is appealing the DEP’s suspension saying if they can’t restart soon, the hole already drilled will fill in and ultimately lead to even more environmental impacts than a little spilled mud.
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Eureka Resources Awarded Patent for O&G Wastewater Work in Marc.

Eureka Resources, which operates three frack wastewater treatment facilities in the Marcellus Shale, is doing some really cool stuff. Last October the company began extracting lithium from Marcellus wastewater at one of its plants in Bradford County, PA (see Marcellus Wastewater Plant in PA Extracts 1st Batch of Lithium). Yesterday the company announced it has received its third patent for the process it uses to recycle wastewater. The company also said it plans on expanding its technology and wastewater recycling operations to other shale plays.
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Big Ad Campaign Starts in Ohio to Repeal HB 6 Nuke Bailout Law

FirstEnergy Solutions (now called Energy Harbor) allegedly paid $60 million in bribes to (now former) Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four of his associates to gain their assistance in passing the hugely unpopular House Bill 6 (see FirstEnergy Involved in Bribery Scheme to Pass $1B Nuke Bailout Law). HB 6, which became law, gives Energy Harbor $150 million per year for seven years ($1.1 billion) in ratepayer funds to prop up the company’s uneconomic nuclear power plants (disadvantaging other energy sources, like gas-fired power plants). A new ad campaign intends to hold Ohio legislators’ feet to the fire in an effort to completely repeal HB 6.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Aug 25, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Sen. Yaw among state, national leaders pledging to keep country dominant natural gas producer; Health care providers request governor, DOH to ‘better protect Pennsylvanians from the health effects of shale gas development’; NATIONAL: Storm-related production decline boosts natural gas futures; Lower 48 E&P universe forecast to shrink, ‘starved for capital’ as liquidity dries up; Summit Midstream Partners appoints James Johnston EVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer; U.S. LNG as swing supply amid shifting global market balance; Adapt or die: oilfield services sector seeks ways to weather difficult market.
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