Court Overrules DEP – ME2 Does NOT Need to Reroute Around State Park

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), a special court set up to hear appeals of decisions by the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), ruled on Wednesday that Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 project does NOT have to reroute around Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County as ordered by the DEP. At least, not yet.
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PA PUC Proposes $1M Fine for ET Revolution Pipe Explosion in 2018

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency in charge of issuing permits for building the Mariner East pipeline projects, has just poked its head up to weigh in on another Energy Transfer project it issued permits to build: Revolution Pipeline. The PUC is proposing a $1 million penalty for “multiple violations” that led to an explosion of the pipeline as it entered service. The PUC also details a bunch of hoops ET must jump through in order to start service on the pipeline.
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FERC Approves Another 17 Miles of MVP Construction Near Natl Forest

Yesterday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued approval to Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to restart work in private land next to the Jefferson National Forest. The order allows MVP to complete installing pipeline along a 17-mile stretch. Of course, FERC Commissioner Richard “Dick” Glick (Democrat) strongly objected, because he hates all fossil fuels and votes against any and every gas and oil pipeline project.
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IFO Says PA Impact Fee Revenue Will Fall to “Record Low” for 2020

Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) provides revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic, and budgetary issues to assist PA residents and the General Assembly in their evaluation of policy decisions. The IFO published its Monthly Economic Update on Wednesday (for December). The update contains a rather ominous paragraph projecting impact fee revenues for 2020 will drop by $53 million–to the lowest level of revenue generated since PA enacted an impact fee.
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MDN Calendar: List of In-Person and Virtual O&G Events

MDN is updating our Calendar page more frequently to bring you the latest news on events of interest that have either been canceled, postponed, or in some cases, have gone virtual. We encourage you to review the list. A number of free and low-cost webinars and online events have popped up as an alternative to in-person meetings.
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Other Stories of Interest: Fri, Dec 18, 2020

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Californians can now pay more to get natural gas from cow manure; NATIONAL: Williams’ deal with Chesapeake wins bankruptcy court approval; U.S. shale patch reduced breakeven costs by 20% this year; Ovintiv targets 33% reduction in methane intensity by 2025; Biden pick for US Interior post seen potentially curbing fossil fuel development; Biden names Michael Regan as EPA head; 2020 in review: one of the oil and gas industry’s worst years approaches a merciful end; INTERNATIONAL: U.S. backs EastMed pipeline to supply gas to Europe.
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