MVP Filing New/Revised Request to Finish Almost-Done Pipe

Equitrans Midstream’s Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), which stretches 303 miles from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA, is backed into a corner by anti-fossil fuelers. The project is 92% complete and in the ground, yet somehow antis have successfully blocked an Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) that allows the project to cross creeks and rivers and mud puddles. Antis have convinced three leftist judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the NWP12 permit–twice. But, MVP has just outmaneuvered the antis.
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Big Green Groups Sue FERC to Block MVP from Finishing

Now that Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has outsmarted radicalized environmental groups like the odious Sierra Club by changing the type of permit they will use to finish the 92% complete project (see today’s lead story), antis are hoping to continue blocking the project by convincing the Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a FERC order from last December that allows MVP to resume certain portions of construction (see FERC Approves Another 17 Miles of MVP Construction Near Natl Forest).
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Biden Continues Attack on O&G with New EO – Industry Fights Back

President Biden is expected to sign a new Executive Order today that turns a 60-day pause on issuing new oil and gas leases on federal lands into an ongoing moratorium for as long as he’s in office. According to a Wall Street Journal article, “Many of his [Biden’s] actions have been expected, but the administration’s speed and willingness to target the industry have surprised its leaders and analysts.” Really? Nobody who reads MDN should be surprised. We predicted these attacks. Biden, whether willingly or by reason of mental defect, has been co-opted by environmental radicals within his own party.
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Biggest M-U Pipeline Companies Pledge Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

Members of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) announced yesterday a set of climate change commitments that outline in detail its mission to help address climate change, including working together as an industry towards reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural gas transmission and storage by 2050. INGAA members pledging to hit that target include the biggest pipeline companies in the M-U, including Williams, Kinder Morgan, and Enbridge.
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Here’s Why Natural Gas Bans by Cities & States are Dumb

A day literally does not go by that we don’t read about yet another city, or even state, declaring that it will ban natural gas from new-build structures like homes and businesses. It’s bloody insane! And yet it’s happening more and more. We spotted an article written by a union member in California who says while “climate change” is “real” and we need to “do something” about it (we disagree), he says we need to “do something that works for all of us, not just the coastal elite and the wealthy.” The union member goes on to outline the great harm being done to the poor by these silly, virtue-signaling bans.
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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Jan 18-22

For the second week in a row, two of three M-U drilling states received permits to drill new shale wells. Pennsylvania scored 10 permits to drill new shale wells last week. Ohio received no new permits for Utica wells (second dry week in row). West Virginia received 4 new permits to drill new shale wells last week.
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Other Stories of Interest: Wed, Jan 27, 2021

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Pennsylvania’s energy industry share thoughts on Biden’s new policies; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Denver aims to ban natural gas from the menu of energy options for new homes and buildings; Biden federal land permitting moratorium shocks New Mexico; Utilities warn natural gas ban will raise rates, threaten grid; NATIONAL: Energy lenders optimistic on continued oil, gas recovery; U.S. gas market tightens despite mild winter; U.S. propane prices spike, then ricochet. What’s next in 2021?; Oil companies could make millions if required to capture natural gas; AEA’s top ten questions for Jennifer Granholm; INTERNATIONAL: Why Gazprom cut gas supply to Europe amid rising prices; Alberta premier calls Biden’s XL cancellation a ‘gut punch’ for U.S.-Canada trade relationship.
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