M-U NatGas Prices Highest in a Year with Coming Winter Storm

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Demand for natural gas in the northeastern United States, along with the spot price for gas, has surged over the past few days, for one simple reason: the weather. Those of us living in the northeast are about to get clobbered by a classic nor’easter snowstorm that’s due to drop two feet or more of snow in some areas of Pennsylvania. Here at MDN HQ we’re supposed to get at least a foot of snow over the next 24 hours!
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FERC OKs NGPL Pipe Phase 2 Partial Startup – M-U Gas to Gulf Coast

In March 2019 MDN told you about Kinder Morgan’s Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America LLC (NGPL) project that carries Marcellus/Utica gas from the Midwest all the way to the Gulf Coast to feed just about any of the existing or under construction LNG export plants in the region (see NGPL Pipe Will Flow M-U Gas to Gulf Coast for LNG Export). Phase 1 of NGPL’s Southbound Expansion project was placed in service in October 2018, providing an extra 460,000 Dth/d (460 MMcf/d) of gas from NGPL’s interstate pipeline interconnects in Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas to markets in NGPL’s South Texas zone. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just given Phase 2 of the project permission for a partial startup.
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Anti-Fossil Fuelers Pack Virtual Hearings to Support PA Carbon Tax

Big Green groups conducted a highly coordinated effort to pack Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) virtual hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s $2.36 billion carbon tax scheme. Big Green claims 95% of those blabbering on during the hearings supported the tax, which would kill the gas-fired power generation industry in the state. There’s still time for shale supporters to register their objection to Wolf’s carbon tax insanity.
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Grant Twp, PA Sued 2nd Time for Illegal Law Banning Injection Well

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) had to file a second federal lawsuit against Grant Township, PA (located in Indiana County) to overturn the town’s patently illegal regulations that prevent PGE from establishing and using a safe wastewater injection well in a rural part of the town.
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Extremists Pressure CT Gov to Block Killingly Gas-Fired Elec Plant

The State of Connecticut’s “Siting Council” changed its mind in July 2019 and approved NTE Energy’s proposed project to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant in Killingly, after initially rejecting it (see Connecticut Approves New Natgas-Fired Electric Plant in Killingly). The Siting Council recognized that some 6,000 megawatts of older, less-efficient power plants in the region are retiring and without new plants coming online to provide electricity, Connecticut and its neighboring New England states will begin to experience rolling blackouts if they don’t make up the difference with new supplies of electricity.
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Dec 7-11

Last week Pennsylvania issued 21 new shale well drilling permits scattered across both northeast and southwest PA. Ohio issued 5 new shale well permits, all of them to the same company and the same well pad. West Virginia issued 3 new shale well permits, all in different counties.
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Other Stories of Interest: Wed, Dec 16, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Brooke County Board of Education approves lease; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: California’s natural gas bans are drawing fire from black and Latino leaders; NATIONAL: TC Energy to acquire all outstanding common units of TC PipeLines, LP; Another green subsidy bust from Obama/Biden; Gina McCarthy emerges as top choice for climate adviser; U.S. shale should be worried about ‘very aggressive’ policies coming from Washington; INTERNATIONAL: China buying more U.S. LNG to meet winter demand, but still far below phase one targets; As people rush for their Christmas shopping, young say no to fast fashion.
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