US Forest Service Issues EIS Supporting MVP Thru Jefferson Forest

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued an environmental impact statement (EIS) on Friday that supports plans for Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to run through 3.5 miles of woodlands, and under the Appalachian Trail, in the Jefferson National Forest in Monroe County in West Virginia, in and Giles and Montgomery counties in Virginia. This is one of the few items remaining on the MVP checklist before completing the project which is already 92% built and in the ground.
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Virtual Pipe to Deliver LNG to Pot-Growing Facility in Central PA

We’re coining a new phrase here on MDN today: Marcellus-to-Marijuana, or M2M. (We’re trying not to giggle as we write this.) A “medical marijuana” facility in Perry County, PA (pot growing plant in MDN vernacular) will receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) beginning next year. There are no in-the-ground pipelines in the area, so the production plant, located in the Perry Innovation Park (near Harrisburg), will begin receiving PA Marcellus gas in the form of LNG next year delivered by tractor-trailers–a “virtual pipeline.”
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PA DEP Invites Public Comment on Revolution Pipe Final Permits

Energy Transfer’s (ET) Revolution Pipeline runs through Bulter, Beaver, Allegheny, and Washington counties in southwest PA. The 24-inch gathering pipeline shifted and exploded in September 2018, just as it was entering service (see Revolution Pipeline Near Pittsburgh Explodes – Home & Barn Destroyed). After more than two years and countless squabbles between the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and ET, the pipeline is ready to return to service. Almost…
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OH Supreme Court Makes Mineral Rights Disputes More Confusing

There is an ongoing question of whether or not the Ohio Marketable Titles Act (MTA), which impacts Utica shale rights, can be used to return previously severed mineral rights back to a surface landowner, or whether the MTA is superseded by the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act (DMA). In February 2019, Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals said the MTA *does* still apply to mineral rights. The Seventh Circuit then ruled in a second case in April 2019, reaffirming yet again that yes, MTA applies to mineral rights. The Seventh Circuit ruled in a third case in October 2019 to say YES, the MTA still applies. In April, the Ohio Supreme Court agreed to hear and rule on the matter too (see Case Affecting Surface & Mineral Owners Goes to OH Supreme Court). The Supremes ruled earlier this month, making the issue even more confusing.
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Adelphia Pipeline to Feed Scott’s Toilet Paper Mill Near Philly

In 2018 Kimberly-Clark announced the company would build a Marcellus gas-fired electric plant in Delaware County (near Philadelphia) to power its plant that manufactures Scott 1000 toilet paper (see 2nd PA Toilet Paper Plant Converting from Coal to Gas-Fired Elec). Fast forward two years. The new $150 million gas-fired plant went online earlier this year, right about the time the coronavirus pandemic hit.
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PA DEP Virtual Hearing for Phase 1 of PennEast Pipe – Jan. 13

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PennEast Pipeline, a $1.2 billion new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ, is fighting for its life with all of its chips placed on an eminent domain case before the U.S. Supreme Court (see Trump Solicitor General Supports PennEast Pipe Case in Supreme Crt). Even so, the project continues to make progress in Pennsylvania.
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Other Stories of Interest: Mon, Dec 14, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Natural-gas ads shouldn’t have gone on buses, King County Metro Transit says; NATIONAL: Don’t count out the U.S. oil & gas industry just yet; Energy executives must plan for their world to change as January 20th approaches; Financial results, bankruptcy filings, and mergers separate E&P winners, losers; INTERNATIONAL: Global oil demand rebound to accelerate in second half 2021; Nord Stream 2 construction continues despite delays; Fracking’s future looks bleak as Cuadrilla gives up its drilling licence in Lancashire.
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