Has the Shale Drilling Boom in Northcentral PA Gone Bust?

By any measure, it’s obvious to see that shale *drilling* activity in northcentral Pennsylvania counties–including Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga–is on the “bust” side over the past five-plus years. 2016 was the low point. However, is there any hope of seeing another boom in shale drilling in the region?
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Judge Refuses to Block New FirstEnergy Bribes to Ohio Politicians

This is extremely frustrating. FirstEnergy subsidiary Energy Harbor is accused of bribing former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and several of his associates to pass (and stay passed) a $1.1 billion bailout bill that funnels electric ratepayer (i.e. taxpayer) money into the hands of FirstEnergy, to prop up two uneconomic and failing nuclear power plants (see FirstEnergy Involved in Bribery Scheme to Pass $1B Nuke Bailout Law). It’s happening all over again.
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Mass. Congressman Wants FBI to Investigate Weymouth Compressor

There’s a new twist in the ongoing situation (a mountain created from a molehill) in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Enbridge built and wants to bring online a compressor station that will push an extra 132,705 Dth/d (132.7 MMcf/d) of natural gas along the Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline. During testing to bring the compressor station online, Enbridge experienced two minor emergency shutdowns.
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Marcellus/Utica Ethane Exports Head to Europe, Asia, S. America

ethane carrier

The Marcellus/Utica region has far more ethane production than we can use–even if the mighty Shell and PTT cracker plants were both in-service and operating. In fact, ethane is still (for many M-U drillers) a waste product that must be blended with natural gas or otherwise disposed of. Drillers are paying to get rid of ethane! Exporting ethane is an important way for M-U drillers to, in some cases, break even and make a profit.
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Antis Claim Clean-Burning Gas Plant Near NYC Kills Crows, Trees

You know anti-fossil fuelers are getting desperate when they make silly claims like a clean-burning natural gas power plant on the Hudson River (Orange County, NY) is killing crows and trees. One well known anti claims she witnessed the “sudden death” of 200 crows. And the trees in her backyard are “collapsing.” It’s all supposedly because of a nearby state-of-the-art power plant.
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M-U Company Steel Nation Expands into U.S. Southwest Markets

We love to hear about companies born in the Marcellus/Utica grow up and expand to other regions. One such company is Deep Well Services, which expanded from our region into the Permian, and now, to another country (see SWPA’s Deep Well Services Going International w/Unit in Argentina). Steel Nation, another of our favorite companies, is expanding into the Southwestern U.S. by partnering with James Resources.
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Other Stories of Interest: Mon, Oct 5, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: DEP invites comments on 2 Shell ethane plant air quality permits for Beaver County facility; We have power we must use; NATIONAL: Supreme Court to decide whether climate suit can go to federal court; Green groups launch ‘Green Wave 2020’ initiative to boost competitive Democratic campaigns; Noble Energy shareholders OK $4.1B sale to Chevron; Democrats’ energy plan would mean economic ruin; Contrary to his debate claim, Biden’s own website says he supports the Green New Deal; INTERNATIONAL: Oil industry investment cuts may leave supply gap for NOCs to fill.
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