Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online

And that’s that! The first of 10 LNG (liquefied natural gas) mini-trains at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia export facility went online in December of last year (see Elba Island Finally Exported First Marcellus LNG Cargo on Friday). Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave KM permission to fire up the last remaining unit to go online, and it went online the same day.
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Marcellus Pipe Builder Otis Eastern Sells Itself to Atlanta Co.

Pipeline builder Otis Eastern, headquartered in Wellsville, NY (western part of Upstate) has built a lot of pipelines throughout the northeast since its founding in 1936. In recent years the company has worked on a number of Marcellus/Utica projects, including Energy Transfer’s Mariner East 2 project and National Fuel Gas Company’s Marcellus Gas to Market project. Otis is selling itself for an undisclosed amount to a much larger company, Artera Services, LLC, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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How Many More OH Legislators Guilty of Bribes in FirstEnergy Case?

We’ll ask the question no one else dares to ask publicly: How many more Ohio legislators are in the back pocket of FirstEnergy (i.e. Energy Harbor), guilty of taking part in an alleged $60 million bribery scandal that paid politicians to ensure Energy Harbor would get $1.1 billion of ratepayers’ money to prop up their economically failing nuclear power plants? It sure seems like there may be other Ohio legislators who have been paid off too, given their unwillingness to support the effort to overturn House Bill (HB) 6 and end the gravy train for Energy Harbor.
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Marcellus E-Fracking Company Evolution Well Sued for Overtime

Evolution Well Services, headquartered in Houston with a regional office in Pittsburgh, specializes in “electric” fracking–using natural gas from the well pad (instead of diesel fuel) to power turbines to create electricity that drives fracking pumps. Evolution fracks for at least one Marcellus/Utica E&P (see Another Marcellus Driller Converts to Electric Fracking). Earlier this week an Evolution worker filed a lawsuit against Evolution in Allegheny County court claiming the company owes him (and others, if he can turn it into a class action) back pay for overtime the company forced them to work.
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Enverus Onshore Rig Count Down Again; Marcellus @ 25, Utica @ 6

It’s been two weeks since we’ve updated the Enverus onshore rig count numbers. The good news is that the Marcellus/Utica region is staying steady with the Marcellus at 25 active rigs and the Utica at 6 active rigs (paltry numbers compared to months and years past). The bad news is that the count for the entire country is down from 280 a few weeks ago to 275 as of yesterday. That’s still higher than the record low of 264 in July.
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Pieridae Hires Senior VP to Run Goldboro LNG Export Project

Andy Mukherjee

For years we’ve had a Canadian LNG export project on our radar, bringing you news about the project, hoping that prodigious amounts of Marcellus/Utica gas would be used at the plant. The project is called the Goldboro LNG project, planned by Pieridae Energy for the coast of Nova Scotia. The project just moved closer to reality with the hiring of an LNG industry veteran to lead the development effort.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Aug 28, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: U.S. energy exports severely disrupted by Hurricane Laura; NATIONAL: Schlumberger and Thermal Energy Partners create STEP Energy, a geothermal company; Joe Biden’s climate plan would be a disaster for the environment; INTERNATIONAL: Why deaths from hurricanes and other natural disasters are lower than ever.
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