MVP Asks FERC to Use Alternative Method to Finish 77 Miles

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile, 2 Bcf/d pipeline to move Marcellus/Utica gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia, has been hounded by radicals from Big Green groups including the Sierra Club for years. Big Green apparently has the clown judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in its back pocket because the clowns keep overturning legal and legitimately issued permits by government agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see 4th Circuit Clown Judges Signal They’ll Overturn MVP Permit, Again). MVP is now trying to get around the court’s obstructionism with an alternative method to install pipe.
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Frack Water Co. Select Energy Services Gets New CEO

John D. Schmitz, CEO & President, Select Energy Services

Select Energy Services is a billion-dollar oilfield services company with three main divisions: water services, rentals, and wellsite completions. They operate in every major shale play in the country, including the Marcellus/Utica. In 2017 Select bought out and merged in Rockwater Energy Solutions, a leading provider of water management solutions to the North American shale companies and the only company that provides complementary chemistry products and expertise in connection with its water solutions (see Select Energy, Rockwater Merge to Create Huge Shale Water Provider). Yesterday Select announced the sudden departure of its CEO and the appointment of a new CEO.
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Dec 21-Jan 1

We’re catching up the permits issued over the past two weeks (prior to this week). Pennsylvania issued 11 permits during that time, and West Virginia issued 3 permits. Ohio issued no new shale drilling permits over the past two weeks.
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PA Legislators Say RGGI Carbon Tax Is NOT About Climate Change

A member of the PA Senate, Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R), and a member of the PA House, Rep. Jim Rigby (R), together penned a response to an inaccurate column written by PA Rep. Greg Vitali (D) concerning the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In their response, Langerholc/Rigby flatly state, “Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI is not about climate change or any other reduction in pollution.” So what is RGGI really about?
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Big LNG Rebound Coming in Early 2021, Asia Demand Way Up

Last year dozens of contracted U.S. LNG export cargoes got canceled during the pandemic (see US LNG Export Cargoes Canceled as Coronavirus Destroys Demand and May NatGas Deliveries to US LNG Plants Lowest Since Last October). In late June the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted it would be third or fourth quarter 2021 before the U.S. would achieve the same level of exports as the all-time high levels of 1Q20 (see EIA Says U.S. LNG Exports Fall by Half in 2020, Recovery Late 2021). The outlook for LNG exports has suddenly and dramatically changed, for the better.
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Blackmon’s Predictions for Oil & Gas Industry in 2021

David Blackmon is an independent energy analyst/consultant based in Mansfield, TX. Blackmon is a Forbes contributor and has a 39-year career in the oil and gas industry, most of it in public policy and managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies, including Burlington Resources, Shell, El Paso Corporation, FTI Consulting and LINN Energy. Blackmon has been around the block a few times and understands not only the technical aspects of our industry, but the politics as well. He recently peered into his crystal ball and predicted what lies ahead (i.e. challenges) for the O&G industry in 2021, including a “regulatory onslaught” from Joe Biden…
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Other Stories of Interest: Tue, Jan 5, 2021

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Southwestern Energy issues statement on untimely passing of Julian Bott; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: California is closing the door to gas in new homes; NATIONAL: Liberty and Schlumberger close North American pressure pumping transaction; EIA releases new U.S. Energy Atlas with updated maps and enhanced navigation; The electric vehicle revolution: why the death of natural gas is greatly overstated; INTERNATIONAL: OPEC+ deliberations ongoing; Should oil markets brace for a U.S. shale comeback?
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