Judge Tosses Chester DA Charges Against ME2 Security Worker

Last August we told you about the politically-motivated prosecution (by the Chester County, PA District Attorney’s office) of two men connected to a security firm providing off-duty constables to protect Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline construction sites (see Chester DA Persecution of Off-Duty Constables Guarding ME2 Pipe). A Chester County judge has just completely tossed the case against one of those men, exonerating and restoring his good name.
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List of 27 Shale Wastewater Recycling Facilities in 11 PA Counties

Every now and again we happen across information we think is kind of cool–things that others miss. This is one of those times. In many areas of shale drilling in Pennsylvania the drillers recycle 100% (or near 100%) of shale wastewater, both flowback (from fracking) and brine (naturally-occurring water from the depths comes out long after fracking is done). The recycled wastewater is then used to drill and frack more wells. We discovered a handy list of at least 27 such wastewater recycling facilities (and their locations in 11 different counties) spread across the Keystone State.
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EQT Asks 2 WV Judges be Removed from Royalty Cases re Conflicts

EQT Corporation, the largest natural gas producer in the United States, is asking West Virginia officials to remove two judges from hearing cases brought by landowners against the EQT relating to royalty disputes for alleged improper deductions. EQT wants Judges Timothy Sweeney and David W. Hummel Jr. to be disqualified from at least three cases (that we know of).
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Gov. Wolf Refuses to Block Plum, PA Wastewater Injection Well

Like 99% of Hail Mary passes, the effort by environmental radicals in southwestern PA to block a forthcoming shale wastewater injection well has failed. As we told you last week, a group of antis, in a desperate final attempt to block an injection well in Plum (Allegheny County), PA, threw a Hail Mary pass by asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to assume dictatorial powers and block the project (see Antis Ask Gov. Wolf to Block PA DEP Permit for Plum Injection Well). Wolf declined.
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OH AG Asks Judge to Block FirstEnergy Nuke Bailout Rate Increases

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to hammer FirstEnergy Corporation. In November Yost filed a lawsuit to block the collection of $150 million provided for under House Bill (HB) 6, aimed at propping up FirstEnergy’s unprofitable nuclear power plants in the state (see OH AG Files 2nd Lawsuit to Block FirstEnergy $150M Nuke Payments). Yost has just filed another lawsuit, this time aimed at preventing a rate hike from going into effect on FirstEnergy customers across the state.
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Permian Gas Production that Competes with M-U Comes Roaring Back

Although we consider the Haynesville Shale play to be the chief competitor to the Marcellus/Utica (because the Haynesville is also a gas play and currently operates more rigs that we do here in the M-U), the Permian is another major competitor. After the M-U, the Permian produces more natural gas (associated gas) than any other play, including the Haynesville. According to the experts at RBN Energy, the Permian is already back to producing as much natural gas as it did prior to the pandemic, and the numbers will only continue to climb.
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DOE Report: Biden Frack Ban Will Destroy the Economy

Last week the Trump Dept. of Energy (DOE) released a new report titled “Economic and National Security Impacts under a Hydraulic Fracturing Ban” (full copy below). The report shows that a ban on hydraulic fracturing would spike greenhouse gas emissions, boost coal generation, and reverse America’s energy exporter status. A full-on fracking ban would result in 7.7 million jobs lost across the country and the overall U.S. economy would take a significant hit just as the pandemic recovery is underway. Devastating.
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Other Stories of Interest: Tue, Jan 19, 2021

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Utica Shale Academy receives new industrial maintenance equipment; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: California blackouts said caused by poor planning, under-used natural gas supply; NATIONAL: U.S. shale producers lock in future sales as oil prices rise to one-year high; Keystone XL commits to become first pipeline to be fully powered by renewable energy; Keystone pipeline: Biden ‘to cancel it on his first day’; U.S. LNG exports, average prices climb in November; Fossil fuel production expected to increase through 2022 but remain below 2019 peak; Global oil, gas workforce facing ‘crisis of confidence’ in wake of COVID-19; INTERNATIONAL: Rolls-Royce engines picked for world’s first LNG-hybrid tug; IEA calls for ‘urgent’ action to cut methane emissions from oil, gas sector; France’s Total quits top U.S. oil lobby in climate split.
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