Williams Record M-U Volumes, Early Startup for SET, Leidy South

During the Williams third-quarter 2020 update yesterday, CEO Alan Armstrong shared some very interesting, and relevant (to the Marcellus/Utica) comments. Armstrong said that two important pipeline projects to carry M-U gas to other markets, the Southeastern Trail expansion project and the Leidy South project, are both in the midst of coming online–ahead of schedule.
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Mountain Valley Pipe Date Delayed to 2H21, Cost Rises to $6B

Equitrans Midstream, the lead partner and builder of the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project, announced yesterday it has (once again) pushed back the in-service date for the pipeline, from 1Q21 to the second half of 2021 (meaning by December), and pushed up the cost of the project, from $5.4 billion to as high as $6 billion. You can thank the jobs-and-economy-destroying Sierra Club for the delays and increase in cost.
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Fortress Truck/Rail Terminal on Dela. River to Export LPG in 2021

We’ve written plenty about a plan by New Fortress Energy to build an LNG liquefaction plant in Bradford County, PA (northeastern part of the state), and then haul the LNG from the plant via specially-outfitted trucks and rail cars to a transloading dock/port facility New Fortress plans to build at an old DuPont dynamite factory site in New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River. What we didn’t know, until now, is that the old DuPont site will also function as a transloading facility for LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane).
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TGP Fined $800K in Massachusetts for Pipe Project Done Years Ago

Mass. AG Maura Healey

Corrupt Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, is forcing Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) to pay the state $800,000 for alleged violations of environmental laws that happened three years ago while building a couple of miles of pipeline through a state forest. The “damage” was done in 2017. Does Healey have nothing better to do than review long-completed projects and gin up faux violations to shake down companies for big money? Does anyone else think that’s grossly corrupt? And, are there any companies left operating in Massachusetts with this kind of hostility toward business?
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Shale Gas Drillers in M-U Outshine Shale Oil Drillers Elsewhere

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal says there is a “split reality” emerging for U.S. shale drillers. Shale oil drillers are struggling to survive, while shale gas drillers, particularly in the Marcellus/Utica, are slowly seeing signs of financial recovery. The upshot is that you should consider investing in shale gas drillers (and not shale oil drillers).
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Oct. 26-30

Last week Pennsylvania issued 16 new shale well drilling permits, and West Virginia issued 7 new shale well permits. Ohio issued no new shale permits last week.
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Other Stories of Interest: Wed, Nov 4, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Pro-industry Republican holds lead in Texas oil commission race; Permian drilling slowdown fuels bullish turn for West Texas spot gas market; Mid-con is now a premium market for natural gas and NGLs; NATIONAL: December natural gas futures stumble amid higher temperatures, election uncertainty; Natural gas refuse trucks versus battery electric…what’s more green?; INTERNATIONAL: France’s Engie backs out of U.S. LNG deal; OPEC members’ net oil export revenue in 2020 expected to drop to lowest level since 2002; Natural gas demand will grow beyond 2035: Gazprom official.
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