PA Supreme Crt to Hear Big Green Challenge to Penn Twp Shale Wells

Where does Protect PT, an anti-fossil fuel Big Green group, get money to launch multiple lawsuits against shale drillers in Penn Township (Westmoreland County), PA? Last May we told you about a legal challenge by Protect PT attempting to ban fracking in the township–an effort that finally failed when the PA Supreme Court refused to hear the case (see Penn Twp Frack Ban Case Strikes Out at PA Supreme Court). Just when you thought it was all over and done, another Protect PT lawsuit challenging the right of Olympus Energy (formerly Huntley & Huntley) to drill a specific series of wells on a single pad has come along. Unfortunately, the PA Supremes *will* hear this case.
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NJ Democrat AG Asks US Supreme Crt to Ignore PennEast Pipe Case

Last June New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to not even consider hearing a case involving PennEast Pipeline (see NJ AG Lies to U.S. Supreme Court re Impacts of PennEast Ruling). Just before Christmas Grewal filed a new/updated brief with the same request–asking the Supremes to ignore the PennEast case. Grewal, an officer of the court, seeks to deny the project its day in court. How screwed up is that?
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Diversified Gas & Oil “Bullish” on Future of Gas & Oil in Ohio

Brad Gray, DGO

Diversified Gas & Oil (DGO) owns close to 8 million acres of leases with some 60,000 (mostly) conventional oil and gas wells. Their focus has been to acquire quality production and cash flow–regardless of the well or commodity type (gas or oil)–in the Appalachian Basin. They currently have over 400 Marcellus/Utica shale wells in their portfolio too. DGO’s executive vice president and COO, Brad Gray, published a column yesterday extolling the company’s love for the Buckeye State. Gray says DGO is “bullish” on the oil and gas industry in Ohio.
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WSJ Editors Call NJ LNG Exports Biden’s “First Fracking Test”

Last week we told you about anti-fossil fuel zealots (including THE Delaware Riverkeeper) attempting to convince the incoming Biden administration to block the now fully permitted and authorized LNG export terminal New Fortress plans to build on the New Jersey shore of the Delaware River in Gibbstown (see Antis Hope to Convince Biden Admin to Block Dela. River LNG Exports). That story appeared in the Washington Post. Apparently, the editors of the Wall Street Journal read the Post because yesterday the WSJ ran an editorial touting the NJ LNG export facility as “Biden’s first fracking test.” The editorial essentially echoed the Post article.
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New Methane Certification Scheme for “Green” Natural Gas

In our book, methane (CH4) is methane and needs no justification to be drilled for and widely used. But for those who drill for it, or flow it through pipelines, methane now has to be perceived as “green” or risk going the way of the dodo bird. This is how the game is played. Various organizations have sprung up in an effort to prove drillers (and others) are harvesting and moving methane in an environmentally safe manner. One of those systems for certifying the greenness of gas is the Responsible Gas program by Independent Energy Standards Corp. (see Southwestern Sells 1st Certified “Responsible Gas” to NJ Resources). Another new certification service launched in December, called MiQ.
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CEO of PetroNerds: What Lies Ahead for O&G in 2021

Trisha Curtis, PetroNerds

Trisha Curtis is president and CEO of PetroNerds, LLC. She was formerly the Director of Research, Upstream and Midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC). Since 2010, Curtis has led extensive research efforts and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets. She’s well-qualified to speculate about what lies ahead for the oil and gas sector in 2021.
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Other Stories of Interest: Mon, Jan 11, 2021

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: New Mexican economists warn: Change course now; Electric heat in RI a bad idea; NATIONAL: Oil companies lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate; OPEC crude output cuts should help U.S. shale profits in 2021; Shale will need more than $50 oil and a Saudi cut to boom again; With Democrat Senate majority, Biden has power to quickly undo trump regulatory rollbacks; Climate censorship (video); INTERNATIONAL: First supply of liquefied natural gas from Cheniere arrives in Taiwan.
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