PA DEP at Fault for Marsh Creek Lake Drilling Mud Spill

It could have been avoided. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has no one to blame but themselves for what happened at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County, PA, when Energy Transfer (ET), drilling underground to install a pipeline for the Mariner East 2 project, experienced a drilling mud spill in August (see Mariner East 2X Construction Causes Another Drilling Mud Spill).
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Mountaineer Asks Ohio to Cancel NGL Storage Hub Permits

Two months ago PTT Global Chemical signed a contract with the Mountaineer NGL Storage project to use Mountaineer’s planned underground storage facility in Monroe County, OH to supply ethane to PTT’s cracker plant in neighboring Belmont County when/if the cracker gets built (see PTT Signs Contract with Mountaineer NGL Storage Hub for OH Cracker). However, Mountaineer has just asked Ohio to cancel key permits for their project. What’s going on?
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NEPA Landowners Meet to Discuss Equinor Lawsuit, Chesapeake Ch. 11

Northeastern Pennsylvania landowners who are leased either with Equinor (formerly called Statoil) or Chesapeake Energy met last night in an open-air pavilion at the Wyoming County, PA Fairgrounds. They were there to discuss a lawsuit against Equinor for shorting landowners on royalties, and to discuss Chesapeake Energy’s bankruptcy.
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OH Supremes Say ODNR Guilty of Takings re Trumbull Injection Well

Here’s a story we haven’t written about in two years. American Water Management Services (AWMS) owns a wastewater injection well in Trumbull County that supposedly caused a low-level earthquake (that nobody could feel) in 2014. Actually there are two injection wells located at the site, both operated by AWMS. They were both “temporarily” shut down by the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources following the quake nobody could feel (see ODNR Temporarily Shuts Down Injection Wells After Low-Level Quake).
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WVU Engineers Get $3M Grant to Microwave Flared M-U NatGas

WVU engineers John Hu and Xingbo Liu

Two researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) have received a $3 million grant to aid in their research to figure out how to use microwaves on flared natural gas to convert the flared gas into carbon nanomaterials and hydrogen–and do it all cheaply. Coincidentally, we spotted a second announcement from a company already using microwaves to convert flared gas into hydrogen and acetylene.
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U.S. Petroleum Exports Went UP in 1H20…Thanks to NGLs

In the first half of 2020, the U.S. exported 5.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of petroleum products, a slight increase of 48,000 bpd (1%) from the first half of 2019. Wait, what? Exports went UP and not down? Even though the entire world shut down and used far less fossil fuels during 1H? That’s right. The reason we exported slightly more petroleum products is because NGLs (natural gas liquids) are part of those numbers, and the world kept using NGLs, like propane and ethane, even during the COVID shutdown.
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Other Stories of Interest: Tue, Sep 29, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: CNX Resources and CNX Midstream Partners announce completion of merger; Energy and Policy Institute a case of projection on steroids; Encino Energy partners with wildlife education center; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Kayakers paddle to Murphy’s backyard to protest gas pipeline, fossil fuel projects; NATIONAL: Devon Energy and WPX Energy to combine in merger of equals; U.S. ethane exports rise with international steam cracker demand; INTERNATIONAL: Wood Mackenzie: LNG demand doubling over the next 20 years.
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