Trump Solicitor General Supports PennEast Pipe Case in Supreme Crt

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In June the U.S. Supreme Court issued a request to the Trump Administration asking the Solicitor General to file a brief in the PennEast Pipeline vs. New Jersey case expressing the Trump Admin’s views on the case and its merits (see US Supreme Court Signals It Wants to Hear PennEast Pipeline Case). It took a while, but on Wednesday the Solicitor General filed the brief. In the brief, the Trump administration unreservedly supports PennEast’s contention that NJ went too far in blocking the project from state-owned and controlled land.
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OH Supreme Court Forces ODNR to Advance 2 Injection Well Permits

A long-stalled request for permits to build two wastewater injection wells in Belmont County, Ohio has just gotten a boost from the Ohio Supreme Court. Last year MDN told you about New Jersey-based Omni Energy Group and their application to build two new injection wells near St. Clairsville (see Belmont County Injection Well Plan Stirs Opposition from Coal Co.).
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PA DEP Suspends Permit Review for Pittsburgh Steel Mill Shale Well

This is rich. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) took its sweet time reviewing a permit application to drill a series of Marcellus Shale wells on the property of U.S. Steel Corp.’s Edgar Thomson steel mill. Because the DEP delayed its review for so long, in October the East Pittsburgh Borough Zoning Board revoked a local permit previously granted for the project in 2017 (see Town Rejects Permit to Drill Shale Well at Pittsburgh Steel Mill). Now the DEP says they won’t continue their years-long permit review until the driller regains the lost local zoning permit. The DEP caused the problem in the first place!
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Northeast PA LNG Powers Cargo Ship from Canada to Detroit

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In 2016 REV LNG built a small-scale LNG facility near Towanda (Bradford County), PA (see REV LNG Building Small-Scale LNG Facility Near Towanda, PA). The plan was to build an initial 50,000-gallon-per-day production facility that could be expanded to 200,000 gallons per day–primarily for fueling trucks, but also for the E&P sector and “eventually for marine customers.” Eventually came this week when LNG from that facility was delivered via truck to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (in Ontario, Canada), filling up a cargo ship that uses LNG for fuel, otherwise known as LNG bunkering.
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Report: Oil & Gas Supply Shock Coming Unless Drillers Boost Spending

MDN has repeatedly read that Marcellus/Utica drillers (as well as drillers in other shale plays) must drill far less and produce far less in an effort to boost profits for shareholders. Just yesterday we published a story about M-U drillers overspending, by half a billion dollars, in 3Q20 (see 3Q Financial Health of Top Marcellus/Utica Drillers Troubling). Yet today we’re reading about a new report just published by the International Energy Forum (IEF) that says if the oil and gas industry doesn’t increase spending by 25% over the next three years, we face a supply shock (not enough oil and gas) of historic proportions.
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Other Stories of Interest: Fri, Dec 11, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Transco urges court to dismiss nuns’ religious freedom lawsuit over pipeline; Steel Nation announces the appointment of Alan Reid as President; NATIONAL: North America LNG export growth ambitions face test over emissions; The UN makes the case for the U.S. to stay out of the Paris Climate Accord; US working natural gas volumes in underground storage fall 91 Bcf; Biden under pressure to quickly regulate methane; INTERNATIONAL: Environment of dystopia: Germany plans to wipe out 1000-year old forest for wind parks.
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