CPV Gets Funding, Begins Building Big M-U-Fired Power Plant in IL

Three Rivers Energy Center, artist rendering (click for larger version)

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) has built a number of natural gas-fired electric generating plants here in the Marcellus/Utica region. The most recent CPV gas-fired plant to go online in our area was a 1,050-megawatt plant in Cambria County, PA (see CPV Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant in Cambria Goes Online Early). CPV just announced they’ve secured financing and will move forward with building a new plant near Chicago. M-U gas will feed it, at least in part.
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Va. Bill Aimed at Stopping Nearly Complete Mountain Valley Pipe

Democrats are nothing if not creative. A leftist Democrat in the Virginia legislature, Del. Chris Hurst (Montgomery County) has introduced a bill to try and kill the remaining construction of the 92% complete Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Dems couldn’t stop the project in the courts. They couldn’t stop it with nutjobs living in the tops of trees for months on end. They couldn’t get lefty Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam to stop it. So now they’re trying this: A bill that would require *any* company hiring a crew of 50 or more “temporary” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic to receive prior approval from the Democrat Commissioner of Dept. of Labor and Industry first.
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Range Resources Aims to be 1st O&G Company to Hit Net-Zero Carbon

Range Resources issued its annual Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) this morning (full copy below). The report lays out the company’s performance on key issues. It also sets so-called greenhouse gas reduction targets. Of particular note, Range has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2025. If they do, they would be the first oil and gas company to achieve a net-zero threshold by 2025–less than five years from now.
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Big Green Demands PA DEP Stop Almost-Done ME2 Pipe Work

On August 24, 31 radicalized Big Green groups from across Pennsylvania sent a letter to the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Pat McDonnell demanding (they always demand) the DEP immediately and permanently revoke all Mariner East construction permits and prohibit the issuance of any future permits. Yeah, just stop the pipeline, which is about 98% done, from ever getting completed. What else can you say except it’s demented? Nobody in their right mind would reasonably request or expect the DEP to simply stop the project permanently.
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Scranton Newspaper Seeks to Destroy $800M Wyalusing LNG Plant, Jobs

The leftists who run and write the Scranton Times-Tribune are at it again–doing anything and everything they can to destroy the Marcellus industry that singlehandedly has created more new jobs and raised the standard of living for more people in northeastern PA than any other industry in the past generation–the Marcellus industry. The new target for Times-Tribune is a proposed $800 million LNG liquefaction plant in Wyalusing, PA (in nearby Bradford County). The Times-Tribune editors say the plan to build the plant and transport the LNG via rail is too “risky” and northeast PA will be just fine without an extra $800 million and hundreds of jobs. Dopes.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Aug 26, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Will California’s power blackouts affect Pennsylvania voters – and the election?; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Cheniere closes Sabine Pass LNG due to Hurricane Laura; EIA’s mapping system and data series show energy infrastructure near hurricanes, wildfires; NATIONAL: Oil producers poised to break chapter 11 bankruptcy records; Republicans warn of fracking ban, oil and gas jobs loss, on day one of convention; Senate Democrats’ climate “report” recycles Biden’s failed green jobs policies of 2009; Leading energy consumer advocate commends introduction of bipartisan pipeline safety innovation legislation; Majority of battleground state voters support U.S. energy leadership.
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