Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Now Runs Cove Point LNG!

In July, when Dominion Energy announced it had decided to exit the natural gas pipeline business by selling it to Warren Buffett and cancel the much-needed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, the company said it would retain a 50% ownership in its Cove Point LNG export facility and sell a 25% interest to Buffett’s company (see Dominion Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipe, Sells Pipe Biz for $9.7B). Not mentioned in the original announcement was that Buffett’s company would take over the operation of the Cove Point facility…
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Southwestern Expects to Close on Montage Purchase Nov. 12

Southwestern Energy Company released its third-quarter 2020 update last Friday. The company previously announced it is buying out and merging in Marcellus/Utica driller Montage Resources. During the 3Q conference call, CEO Bill Way said the company expects to close on the deal immediately after Montage Resources shareholders vote on the deal November 12. Also from the 3Q update: Southwestern managed to reduce the cost of drilling for one of their PA Marcellus wells down to $491 per lateral foot!
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PA DEP Massive Shale Permit Fee Affects Drilling, PA Economy

In August Pennsylvania hiked its permit fee to drill a new shale well to be the most expensive of any state in the country, from $5,000 to $12,500 (see Permit Fee to Drill PA Shale Well Officially Went Up 250% on Aug 1). New analysis by the non-partisan think tank Allegheny Institute for Public Policy says the new fee is deterring new drilling and will likely be a drag on PA’s economy.
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Weymouth, MA Drops Opposition to Compressor in Return for $38M

“It’s dangerous! It’s a killer! It will flow evil, nasty fracked gas! It’ll explode and kill everyone within a mile, and if it doesn’t explode, emissions from the plant will poison everyone around it anyway!” Those are the faux arguments used by radicals in Weymouth, Massachusetts to smear a compressor station built by Enbridge. All of those arguments have just magically disappeared. The price tag to make it happen? Enbridge will pay $10 million now, and $28 million later, for a grand total of $38 million.
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NJ Water Agency Approves TGP NatGas Compressor Stn to Help NYC

The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council (“Highlands Council”) is a regional planning agency that works in partnership with municipalities and counties in the Highlands Region to help them implement the state’s 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the Highlands Act). The Highlands Council has just given its blessing for a Tennesee Gas Pipeline (TGP) compressor station in Passaic County, NJ, near the border with Westchester, NY.
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Hell Freezes Over – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Endorses Trump!

We’re speechless (which doesn’t happen often). The liberal, anti-shale Democrats who write and manage the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have endorsed Donald J. Trump for president! They had plenty of criticism for Trump in their lukewarm “endorsement,” but the fact they did endorse Trump is, well, big news. The Post-Gazette editors, who haven’t endorsed a Republican for president since 1972, say “Mr. Biden is too old for the job, and fragile.” We agree.
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Other Stories of Interest: Tue, Nov 3, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Repsol sees possible upside in Marcellus gas; Oil and gas company donates $150K to fight food insecurity; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Democrat seeking Texas RRC post gets fundraising boost from leftists; In effort to curb emissions, state regulators probe the future of natural gas in Massachusetts; NJ building electrification not happening any time soon; NATIONAL: EIA forecasts more residential natural gas consumption this winter than last; Trump vs. Biden: there is but one choice on energy issues; Drilling and fracking accelerates ahead U.S. election; Global demand swings amplify U.S. gas market seasonality; INTERNATIONAL: The global hub for trading natural gas moves to the Netherlands; Russia’s Novak calls for closer cooperation with OPEC on natural gas; U.S. senator warns France’s Macron over gas exports deal delay; China believes natural gas demand will soar.
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