BLM Approves MVP Request to Build in Jefferson Natl Forest

Last week MDN told you the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) had given final approval to Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to install pipeline through 3.5 miles of woodlands, and under the Appalachian Trail, in the Jefferson National Forest in Monroe County in West Virginia, in and Giles and Montgomery counties in Virginia (see US Forest Service Issues Approval for MVP Thru Jefferson Forest). We also told you the approval was subject to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) endorsing USFS’s plan by issuing a right-of-way grant and permit. BLM approval came a few days later.
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FERC’s Chatterjee Stabs O&G, Votes Against Weymouth Compressor

Et tu, Brute? Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, a Republican who used to work for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is showing his true swamp-dwelling colors. On Tuesday Chatterjee voted against several critical natural gas projects (ones he voted in favor of previously), including a vote against allowing the Weymouth, MA compressor station, fully built, tested and ready to start, to begin operations.
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M-U Outlook Closely Tied to LNG Exports – More Pipes Needed to Gulf

Did you know that the Appalachia Basin, made up of the Marcellus and Utica Shale, accounted for more than 40% of the natural gas produced in the US in 2020? The M-U averaged 32.19 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas production in 2020, and 33.44 Bcf/d in 2019. A new report from GlobalData says the outlook for the Marcellus and Utica plays is closely tied to the demand for LNG exports from the U.S. You might say they’re “joined at the hip.” Unfortunately, most LNG exports happen along the Gulf Coast.
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Williams CEO Alan Armstrong Says Biden Era Means No New Pipelines

On Joe Biden’s very first day of occupying the White House, he signed an executive order revoking a permit for the $9 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline that would cross from Canada into the U.S. According to the leftists at Bloomberg (giddy with excitement), Biden’s move to cancel Keystone “is the clearest sign yet that constructing a major new pipeline in the U.S. has become an impossible task.” The CEO for pipeline giant Williams, Alan Armstrong, agrees.
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Seneca Resources President John McGinnis Retiring in May

John P. McGinnis, President of Seneca Resources

Seneca Resources is a major driller/producer in the Pennsylvania Marcellus and Utica Shale. Seneca is the drilling arm of a much larger company, National Fuel Gas Company (NFG). Seneca President John McGinnis is retiring effective May 1 of this year. Seneca senior VP Justin Loweth will replace him. We like to see promotions from within.
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WV’s Joe Manchin Injects Sanity into an Insane Climate Debate

WV U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

If there is one tiny sliver of light in an otherwise very dark world with Joe Biden now occupying the White House, it is that in a 50/50 Senate, Joe Manchin, Senator from West Virginia, may possibly be a check on the radical left’s mission to eliminate the use of all fossil fuels. Manchin is the top-ranked Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He will soon become its chairman.
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Other Stories of Interest: Thu, Jan 21, 2021

NATIONAL: Kinder Morgan beats estimates, flags concerns on spending by shale producers; Biden nixes Keystone XL permit, halts Arctic refuge leasing; From Keystone XL to Paris Agreement, Joe Biden signals a shift away from fossil fuels; TC Energy disappointed with expected Executive Action revoking Keystone XL Presidential Permit; Earth to Joe Biden: canceling Keystone XL Pipeline is a gift to China and Russia; Court decision lets Biden set new emissions rules to meet Paris agreement climate goals.
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