Potential Exxon Interest in Building M-U Cracker Plant Goes Cold

Last year MDN shared with you the rumor that Exxon Mobil was sniffing around Pennsylvania, investigating the prospect of building a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker like the Shell cracker being built near Pittsburgh. Those rumors went on for a while and even included evaluation of the Philadelphia area, not just Pittsburgh. Last week Exxon said unequivocally they have no active plans for such a facility in the Keystone State. Bummer.
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PBS Up Snitz Creek with False Reporting re ME2 Pipe Problems

We don’t know if PBS StateImpact Pennsylvania “reporters” are just sloppy in their reporting, or if they intentionally lie. Either way, it doesn’t look good for StateImpact. PBS reporter Jon Hurdle’s latest Big Green hit piece, published yesterday on StateImpact, is wholly manufactured out of nothing. He claims there are continuing problems with drilling for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project at Snitz Creek in Lebanon County, PA. There are not.
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Mass. Senators Ask Enbridge to Delay Weymouth Compressor Startup

Last week Enbridge asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to bring its Weymouth, Massachusetts compressor station online by Oct. 1 (see Enbridge Asks FERC to Start Up Weymouth Compressor in 2 Weeks). Because of a brief problem during testing, Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren and Ed “Lackey” Markey are pressuring (bullying) Enbridge to delay the start of the Weymouth station.
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DOE Secretary Visits Shell PA Cracker Site, Talks Up Fossil Fuels

We love U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. He’s smart, articulate, and a supporter of all forms of energy, including fossil fuels. He also doesn’t suffer climate change fools well. Brouillette visited the Shell ethane cracker plant under construction in southwestern PA yesterday. He had some great things to say about petrochemicals, fracking, and (yes) even about so-called climate change.
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Marcellus/Utica Shale Insight Event Goes All Virtual This Year

Almost every year MDN editor Jim Willis attends what he considers the best shale event in the Marcellus/Utica: Shale Insight. The event was created by the Marcellus Shale Coalition under Katie Klaber ten years ago. Jim has attended all but two of them in that time. Superb event. It’s usually hosted in Pittsburgh. This year, because of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions by the state, the event will be completely virtual. Shale Insight will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Because it’s virtual, there’s no excuse for you not to attend!
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Sep 22, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Monroe County compressed natural gas fueling station opens; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Tellurian stretches loan due date again as Driftwood LNG commercial talks continue; NATIONAL: U.S. drilling total for 2020 will be lowest in more than 80 years; Here’s why natural gas is on the verge of breaking below $2; Industrial sector consumption of natural gas falls amid slowing economy; Moody’s forecasts natural gas price recovery, but substantial threats still loom; Democratic donors push Biden for a cabinet free of fossil fuel connections.
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