PA Court Turns Down Chester Co. Request to Block ME Construction

Score another victory for the Mariner East Pipeline project in southeast Pennsylvania. On Tuesday Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled against Chester County Commissioners and their attempt to obtain an injunction to stop construction of the Mariner East pipeline project. The petition fought to curtail open trench construction rather than horizontal directional drilling on two easements the county gave to the pipeline. Energy Transfer/Sunoco Logistics wants to change from using underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to instead use conventional bore or open trench technology on those easements, which would avoid more problems with HDD already experienced during construction.
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Shale Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Feb 12, 2020

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Longtime Pennsylvania state Sen. Andy Dinniman is retiring; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Why Shell drilled a “horseshoe” well in the Permian Basin; Holmdel residents sign petition opposing NJNG regulator station; NATIONAL: Look how low oil prices have fallen: 6 impacted industries; Tallgrass Energy announces new commercial officer, establishing Houston office; About 13% of U.S. electricity generating capacity can switch between natural gas and oil; NARUC publishes handbook on state natural gas distribution infrastructure replacement programs; People out there turnin’ natgas into gold – NGLs, gas processing and the frac spread; Money & power: new FOIA’d documents offer ugly candor about ‘green energy’; U.S. Department of Energy issues four LNG export approvals; Pew Research 2019 survey: ‘climate change’ still ranks as low priority – 17th place out of 18; INTERNATIONAL: Russia is ‘fearful’ of US competition in the European gas market, official says.
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Philly Pipe Protesters Go to Harrisburg, Picket Gov’s Empty Office

Credit: WITF Harrisburg (click for larger version)

A small group of southeast Pennsylvania pipeline protesters drove themselves to Harrisburg on Wednesday (using fossil fuels to get there) to demand Gov. Tom Wolf put a halt to construction of the legally-permitted Mariner East 2 pipeline, and essentially shut down the operation of the entire Mariner East network (ME1, ME2 and ME2X). Gov. Wolf wasn’t even in his office, so they were picketing and protesting for nothing. Oh well, the wackos get an “A” for effort, right?
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PA DEP Still Blocking Some Permits to Restart ME2 Pipe Work

Sunoco Logistics Partners, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, is still on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environment Protection’s (DEP) naughty list. In February, PA Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the DEP to suspend all reviews of clean water permit applications and other pending approvals for ALL of ET/Sunoco’s pipeline projects in the state–including the Mariner East and Revolution pipeline projects. The ban on approving reviews has not yet been lifted and means that in 33 locations across the state (most of them in the Philadelphia area) Sunoco can’t complete underground horizontal direction drilling (HDD) work for its Mariner East pipeline projects.
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PA Sen. Dinniman Takes Credit for Green Projects Funded by Shale

In 2012, Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman, Democrat from Chester County, PA (near Philadelphia) voted against passage of the Act 13 law that created the impact “fee” (actually a tax) on Marcellus Shale drillers in the state. Yet earlier this week Dinniman issued a press release to tout $740,000 in new grants for “green” projects in his district, essentially taking credit for getting the money for those projects, paid for by impact fee revenue! Is it any wonder politicians like Dinniman rate below used car salesman in opinion polls?
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Philly Dem Senator Loses Bid to Shut Down ME Pipelines

PA State Senator Andy Dinniman

In April 2018, a Chester County, PA (Philadelphia area) Democrat State Senator by the name of Andy Dinniman (who we think looks like Tony Soprano) filed a formal, legal complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), asking the PUC to shut down and keep closed all of the Mariner East pipeline projects–ME1, ME2, and ME2X (see Philly Dem Senator Tries to Shut Down ME2 Pipe Construction). It took long enough, but the PA Commonwealth Court, whom Sunoco appealed to, ruled yesterday that Dinniman’s complaint is meritless. The court ordered the PUC to dismiss Dinniman’s complaint.
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PA PUC Extends “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes Extra 2 Weeks

Pennsylvania antis from the Philadelphia area who don’t want pipelines running through their neighborhoods (NIMBY types) beat the drums of war so loud and for so long, they finally began to intimidate the non-partisan, shouldn’t-be-intimated PA Public Utility Commission (PUC). In June the PUC launched a “major review of its safety regulations for hazardous liquids pipelines” in response to pressure from Mariner East 2 pipeline foes (see PA PUC Launches “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes – Antis Rejoice). The deadline for public comments was Aug. 28, but in response to yet more pressure from antis, the PUC extended the deadline another two weeks. It’s sad to see a government body cowed by a few loudmouthed troublemakers.
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PA Gov. Wolf Meets Mariner East Antis F2F, Won’t Shut Down Pipes

To his credit (we don’t often heap praise on him), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured a Mariner East 2 pipeline construction site in Chester County near Philadelphia last Thursday, along with some Democrat politicians, and told anti-pipeline residents “NO” to their faces when they asked him to shut down the Mariner East pipeline system. He was polite, but firm, telling them he disagrees with their position of the need to permanently shut down the Mariner pipelines. “Do a better job” with construction and impacts from the project? Sure, according to Wolf. Shut it all down permanently? NO.
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PA PUC Launches “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes – Antis Rejoice

Pennsylvania antis from the Philadelphia area who don’t want pipelines running through their neighborhoods (NIMBY types) have beat the drums of war so loud and for so long, they’ve finally begun to intimidate the non-partisan, shouldn’t-be-intimated PA Public Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC last Thursday launched a “major review of its safety regulations for hazardous liquids pipelines” in response to pressure from Mariner East 2 pipeline foes. It’s sad to see a government body cowed by a few loudmouthed troublemakers.
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PA Sen. Dinniman Intros Bill Requiring Study of “Old” Pipelines

PA State Sen. Andy Dinniman

Pennsylvania Senator Andy Dinniman, leftist Democrat from Chester County (near Philadelphia), continues his mission to try and block all three Mariner East pipelines from achieving or continuing service, flowing natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook. His latest attempt is “pipeline safety” Senate Bill (SB) 677, a bill requiring an all natgas and NGL pipelines over 50 years old to conduct an “end of life” study.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, May 8, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Shut down Mariner East II, for good; NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer calls on Con Ed to prove NESE is necessary; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Pipeline protesters could face 10 years in prison under bill OK’d by Texas House; Venture Global LNG achieves regulatory milestone for Plaquemines LNG, Delta LNG export project; NJ gets ready to commit energy suicide; NATIONAL: 2020 Dems take extreme positions on oil & gas development; Flex LNG to list shares on New York Stock Exchange; LaFleur says climate split is harming FERC’s work; Will Chevron come over the top to buy Anadarko?; Chevron should walk away from Anadarko deal; Activist investor urges Carrizo Oil & Gas to sell; INTERNATIONAL: ‘Freedom gas’: US opens LNG floodgates to Europe.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, May 1, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Is there something rotten in Dinniman country?; Senate Environmental Committee unanimously OKs renomination of Dunn as DCNR Secretary; War on natural gas will stunt economy, crush working class; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Baker Hughes chooses Permian Basin to debut ‘electric frack’ technology; NATIONAL: BP is not on the hunt for US oil and gas deals, says CEO Bob Dudley; Warren Buffett backs Occidental’s bid for Anadarko with $10 billion investment; More U.S. LNG export projects moving toward FID; Hypothesis: Radical Greens are the great killers of our age; INTERNATIONAL: Brent could hit $100 on ‘unprecedented’ undersupply in 2020; Britain’s shale resignation; Stung by Trump’s criticisms of Russian gas deal, Germany makes its own threats; David Attenborough, dead bats and how radical Green propaganda relies on tragedy porn.
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Sunoco Buys Out 2 Homes Near Chester County ME2 Sinkholes

In the end, it was the right thing to do. Word has leaked out and is now being trumpeted by anti-pipeline “news” outlets (like PBS’ StateImpact Pennsylvania) that Sunoco (i.e. Energy Transfer) has purchased the homes of two homeowners who live near Mariner East 2 pipeline construction–both homes located near sinkholes related to pipeline construction. Sunoco paid each homeowner $60,000-$100,000 more than fair market value.
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Philly Gang of Five Win Delay of PA DEP Secretary Reconfirmation

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (Republican from Lycoming County), who serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee, has caved to pressure from five Philadelphia-area Senators (four Democrats, one RINO), to delay a hearing on reconfirming Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The Gang of Five are trying to bully McDonnell into blocking the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project by threatening him with unending investigations, and by threatening his very job. Nice folks.

UPDATE: Sen. Yaw did not cave to pressure from the Gang of Five. Something else has delayed McDonnell’s reconfirmation. See our update below.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Apr 1, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA Senate bill would impose 2 year moratorium on hazardous liquids pipeline approvals; PA EQB to consider petition to create cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; EQT Foundation announces scholarships for Greene, Washington students; Cabot gives back to Susquehanna County first responders; NATIONAL: Amid the furor of the Green New Deal, don’t overlook the shale revolution; INTERNATIONAL: Natural gas prices crash as market suffers ‘winter hangover’.
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ME2 Pipe Construction Thru Girl’s Softball Field – How Dare They!

You can “hear” the indignation in the Philadelphia Inquirer article. Mariner East 2 (ME2) Pipeline, which (according to antis) shouldn’t be allowed to continue their construction activities, is not only continuing said activities in Chester County, PA, ME2 is going to put a pipeline right through the middle of a (gasp) girl’s softball field! When the season is just about to begin. HOW DARE THEY?!
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