Weymouth, MA Compressor Station Now Online – Will it Stay Online?

Finally! The Weymouth compressor station, the final piece of the $452 million Atlantic Bridge expansion project that has been years in the making, is either now online and flowing gas, or will be within a day or two at most. However, given a vote last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning whether or not enough consideration was given to protesting antis, a cloud remains as to how long (in a Biden-controlled FERC) the compressor will remain online.
Continue reading

Liens Served on PA/OH Landowner Property re Risberg Pipeline

click for larger version

In March 2019 MDN brought you the news that Wood Group had been awarded a $34 million contract to build 28 miles of the 60-mile Risberg Pipeline from Crawford County, PA to Ashtabula County, OH (see Wood Wins $34M Contract to Build PA to OH Risberg Pipeline). The portion Wood built was new “greenfield” pipeline. The rest of the pipeline (32 miles) already existed and was repurposed. There is a controversy between Wood and RH energytrans (the owner) concerning payment, so Wood is going after the landowners whose property the pipeline traverses.
Continue reading

Maryland Bd of Public Works Considers Wetlands Permit for Gas Pipe

In December, the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW), which has three members (two leftwing Democrats and RINO Gov. Larry Hogan), surprisingly approved a 10-inch, 6.83-mile pipeline for the Maryland portion of a 19+ mile project called the Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project, crossing both Delaware and Maryland (see Maryland Board of Public Works Approves Tiny Pipe in Eastern Shore). There is one final bit of that project (10.75 miles) that needs a wetlands permit in Maryland in order to build. BPW will make that decision on Wednesday.
Continue reading

Mountaineer NGL Storage Looks at Non-NGL Hydrogen Storage

Here’s an interesting twist. Just last week we told you about ongoing opposition from anti-fossil fuelers to a currently dormant project, the Mountaineer NGL Storage hub project in Monroe County, OH (see Opposition to Dormant Mountaineer NGL Storage Hub in Monroe, OH). Mountaineer wants to build an underground storage cavern to hold natural gas liquids, primarily ethane, for customers like PTT Global Chemical–if PTT ever decides to build a cracker plant in nearby Belmont County, OH. But what’s this? Now Mountaineer is considering an alternative–storing hydrogen.
Continue reading

Most Important Lawsuit in PA Shale History – Review & Fallout

It was exactly one year ago that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in THE most consequential lawsuit for Marcellus Shale drilling we’ve seen, a case called Briggs v Southwestern Energy (see HUGE NEWS: PA Supreme Court Keeps ‘Rule of Capture’ for Fracking). Now that the dust has settled, it’s a good time to take a look at the case and the lingering fallout from the case on both landowners and drillers in the Keystone State.
Continue reading

PA Gov. Wolf’s $2.3B RGGI Carbon Tax Scheme Gets 13K Comments

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) received some 13,000 public comments on its horrible plan to force PA residents to pay $2.36 billion in new energy taxes (a carbon tax) for electricity produced by coal and natural gas power plants–a scheme called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The plan would greatly reduce the number of gas-fired power plants operating in the state and create energy insecurity for the entire PJM portion of the national electricity grid.
Continue reading

Other Stories of Interest: Mon, Jan 25, 2021

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Consistency needed in pipeline permitting process; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Elon Musk’s SpaceX reportedly plans to drill near a Texas launchpad for natural gas; New Mexico officials taken aback by Biden assault on oil and gas; NATIONAL: Biden admin acknowledges suspending new federal permits is only the beginning; Biden fracking policy and why exposed E&Ps do not care; Biden’s fossil-fuel freeze; In 2019, oil and lease condensate proved reserves were flat; natural gas reserves declined; A mild winter continues low U.S. natural gas prices; Biden’s fiscal and climate priorities may support oil prices, says Goldman Sachs; Energy sector predictions for 2021; INTERNATIONAL: BP launches direct sales of LNG in China; Oilfield service companies see drilling rebound everywhere but the U.S.
Continue reading