Fed Court Restores Weymouth, MA Compressor Permit – For Now

In early June an Obamadroid federal judge vacated a permit for the Weymouth compressor station, the last piece of Spectra Energy/Enbridge’s Atlantic Bridge pipeline project–a project which took years to build (see Obama Judge Overturns Air Permit for Weymouth, MA Compressor Stn). Even so, Enbridge kept on building the plant (see Weymouth Compressor Continues Construction Despite Judge’s Ruling). It’s a good thing Enbridge kept building because a panel of judges from the same court (First Circuit Court of Appeals) yesterday reversed the earlier decision. The court said the permit is reinstated (at least for now) because Enbridge will likely win its lawsuit to complete the project.
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Alta Resources Uses Software to Make Marcellus Wells Produce More

We don’t often see news about a Marcellus producer called Alta Resources. Alta was one of the first drillers we wrote about just after launching the MDN website back in 2009 (see Texas Billionaire George Mitchell is Betting on the Marcellus in PA). George Mitchell, widely recognized as the father of shale energy, was a partner in Alta and had glowing things to say about the Marcellus. Mitchell died in 2013. His legacy lives on. Alta is in the news again. The company recently began using a software program from Ambyint to increase production across the 900 or so Marcellus wells it owns in northeastern PA.
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WV Gov. “Clarifies” Remarks Bashing Gas-Fired Plant, Doubles Down

What is wrong with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice? Last week we told you about Justice trash-talking a proposed natural gas-fired electric plant planned for Brooke County (see WV Gov. Jim Justice Trash-Talks Brooke County Gas-Fired Power). Justice outright questioned the project’s viability. He made some followup remarks yesterday to “clarify” his remarks from last week. Except Justice didn’t really clarify anything. If anything, he doubled down on his trash-talking of the project.
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Joe Biden Briefly Appears in Pittsburgh, Lies About No New Fracking

Joe Biden in Pittsburgh (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden is not well, that much was obvious yesterday as he made a brief appearance in Pittsburgh to falsely claim he never said he would ban fracking, and to falsely claim President Trump is to blame for ongoing riots and crimes in Democrat-blue cities across the country (like Portland).
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FERC Sides with Energy Transfer Against Chesapeake re Pipe Contract

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On Sunday, June 28, Chesapeake Energy, with major operations in the northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus, filed for bankruptcy (see Chesapeake Files for Bankruptcy – Debtors to Take Ownership). As part of the filing, the company asked the bankruptcy court to allow it to break existing, legal, enforceable contracts with several pipeline companies, including Energy Transfer’s Tiger Pipeline (see Chesapeake Asks Court to Break Pipeline Contracts, Including M-U). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is siding with Energy Transfer against Chessy.
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GAIL (India) Shopping for Buyers of 3 Cove Point LNG Cargoes

Pssst. Hey buddy. Ya wanna buy an LNG cargo. Or three? Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility along the coast of Maryland liquefies and exports Marcellus Shale gas. Dominion has two customers who buy all of the LNG the facility can produce: Japan and India. GAIL, formerly known as Gas Authority of India Ltd., is looking to sell three upcoming LNG cargoes instead of shipping them all the way to India.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Sep 1, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: An open letter to all Pennsylvanians about Wolf’s carbon tax; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Cheniere reports no Hurricane Laura damage to Sabine Pass LNG; Nuclear plants in Illinois are slated for closure…will the state’s Democrat politicians $ave them?; Black business owners say now is not the time to get rid of natural gas in New Jersey; NATIONAL: The 800-lb gorilla between U.S. shale producers and a big comeback: decline rates; US shale mergers slow to develop; Is propane production increasing or decreasing?; INTERNATIONAL: The next threat to oil prices and U.S. shale: Russia; Don’t deny plastics to poor nations; Siemens Energy CEO: natural gas will play key role for ‘decades’.
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