Clinton County, PA Petchem Plant to Drill 25 New Marcellus Wells

Clinton County, PA

Earlier this year MDN brought you news about a new half-billion-dollar petrochemical plant that will convert Marcellus Shale gas into feedstock (chemicals) to be used in agriculture, manufacturing, medicine, and transportation, coming in Clinton County in central Pennsylvania (see $500M Marcellus-Fed Petchem Plant Coming to Clinton County, PA). The project is progressing and we have more details about what, exactly, the plant will produce.
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Up Snitz Creek – Another Tiny (20-Gallon) ME2 Drilling Mud Spill

Sunoco Logistics Partners (i.e. Energy Transfer) was drilling horizontally underneath Snitz Creek in Lebanon County, PA for its Mariner East 2 Pipeline project when it experienced yet another “inadvertent return”–nontoxic drilling mud leaking out of a place where it shouldn’t. In 2018 the same thing happened and antis blew a gasket over a “spill” of five gallons (see Another ME2 Mud Spill at Snitz Creek, Another Hysterical Reaction). On Aug. 13 it happened again–this time it’s 20 gallons and antis are once again engaging in fake outrage over this nothingburger.
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New Fortress Energy LNG from NEPA to NJ Truck Route Revealed

Anti-fossil fuelers, like those who write for and edit the Scranton Times-Tribune, are still spitting and sputtering that an $800 million LNG liquefaction plant is going to get built in nearby Bradford County and that LNG from that plant is going to roll through the Scranton area on both rail cars *and* on trucks. New Fortress Energy is building the project, currently on pause until early next year (see Work Paused, Not Canceled at New Fortress LNG Plant in NEPA). The Times-Tribune previously published articles about “bomb trains” rolling through their area. Now they’re doing the same for bomb trucks.
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Big Green Fumes as PA Refuses to Stop State Forest Shale Drilling

In June 2017, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) won a case at the PA Supreme Court by the skin of their teeth (see PA Supreme Court Hands Antis Partial Victory re State Land Drilling). The case dealt with the issue of how PA can spend revenue raised from drilling for oil and gas under state-owned land. A divided court ruled that money from royalties (not lease signing bonuses) must be used only for “environmental” purposes. Since that time the governor and the legislature have ignored the ruling and interpreted it to mean money can be used to (for instance) fund operating expenses of the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), something PEDF claims is not allowed. Ignoring the ruling year after year has the radicals at PEDF fuming.
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Utica Shale Academy Gets $200K Grant from State Dept. of Ed.

In August 2014 the Utica Shale Academy (USA), a new high school dedicated to training workers for the Utica Shale industry, opened its doors in Columbiana County with 24 students (see Utica Shale Academy Gets Enough Students to Open, Help from TX Co). USA is a public school, funded by the state–so it costs students and their parents nothing. Last year USA had 44 students, and this year enrollment is already at 62. The big news is that USA (and the local high school where USA shares facilities) has just received a $200,000 grant.
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2 Important M-U Events Offer In-Person Options in Sept. & Nov.

It seems we are just now beginning to come out of the COVID-19 stupor. Folks are shopping a little bit more. Drive-in theaters are popping up on every corner. Camping has certainly made a big comeback. But there are still a few areas where normalcy has not returned–like in-person conferences and events. Until now, that is. Two important M-U events–PIOGA’s 2020 Fall Conference and Sports Outing, and the 4th Annual Appalachian Storage Hub Conference (rescheduled) now both offer in-person events.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Aug 31, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: DEP accepting comments on Texas Eastern Pipeline Conemaugh River crossing, compressor station replacement; Chamber salute to feature U.S. Assistant Energy Secretary; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Equinor to support Bitcoin mining in US with repurposed natural gas; Laura batters Lake Charles, spares Gulf Coast refiners; Hurricane-related shut-ins curb 82% of oil, 59% of natural gas output in U.S. Gulf of Mexico, regulator says; NATIONAL: Changing demand for petroleum products has led to operational changes at U.S. refineries; America needs energy policies that won’t harm families, businesses with high costs, less reliability; Three reasons that natural gas trucks are worth considering right now; Natural gas: near-term pullback expected, but longer-term outlook turning more bullish.
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