PA Pipeline Investment Program Up & Running, $2.4M in Grants So Far

Last November MDN brought you the delicious news that Pennsylvania would shift $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the PA Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program, or PIPE (see PA Gov Wolf Launches (Gasp) Pipeline Investment Program). The PIPE program helps fund construction of natural gas pipelines to manufacturers, hospitals and schools to provide clean-burning, abundant, cheap and home-grown Marcellus Shale gas to those organizations. Antis had a cow, but it’s a done deed. However, since last year, we have not heard anything about the program–until now. We spotted a blog post by the Fox Rothschild law firm that says the PIPE program is up and running and has awarded $2,442,274 via three grants so far this year…
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PA Gov Wolf Launches (Gasp) Pipeline Investment Program

gasp11/3/16 Update: We should have known. Wolf didn’t even do this one thing right, as we had assumed–although he takes credit for it. Earlier this year the PA legislature directed this shift in funds–a move that Wolf did not support. See the note below for a full explanation.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a complete disaster as a governor, has managed to do one thing right. Yesterday Wolf’s office announced he is shifting $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the PA Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE). The PIPE program helps fund pipeline construction to manufacturers, hospitals and (double gasp) schools to provide clean-burning, abundant, cheap and home-grown Marcellus Shale gas to those organizations. As far as money goes, it’s a veritable drop in the bucket–but you wouldn’t know that by the reaction from Big Green Nazis. They’re having a cow, and we’re loving it…
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PA House Approves Bill to Lure New Petchem Plant Construction

In April, Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House, and a group of conservative Republicans, announced a plan for the future of PA (see PA Republicans Launch “Energize PA” to Counter Wolf’s “Restore PA”). Called Energize PA, Turzai’s plan, as codified in eight bills he and others introduced would “make it easier for companies to get environmental permits, encourage development on abandoned industrial sites, and make it cheaper to run natural gas lines to businesses.” One of the eight bills already passed and was signed into law. Now a second bill is nearing adoption.
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PA Invests $2.8M to Extend NatGas Pipeline Service in 3 Counties

Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Investment Program (or PIPE) grants cover part of the cost of building new natgas pipelines to connect homes and businesses in rural parts of the state to homegrown Marcellus Shale gas supplies. We’ve written about many of the more-than-a-dozen (so far) PIPE grant projects in the past (see our PIPE stories here). Another three such grants, totaling $2.8 million, have just been awarded–in Bradford, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The big news with this latest round of grants is that they will create over 1,900 jobs!
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Cement Plant Near Allentown Converting from Coal to Marcellus Gas

A new Pennsylvania PIPE (Pipeline Investment Program) grant for $320,950 will help extend a natural gas delivery pipeline to the Keystone Cement Co. near Allentown, PA, which will allow the plant to replace coal with natural gas, used to manufacture cement. Total cost of the new pipeline project is over $2 million. The grant helps. According to the engineer working on the plan, it takes truck traffic off the roads and lowers costs to the plant.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Jul 17, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA grants to extend natural gas service in Butler, Crawford, Northampton counties; U.S. Senate committee passes bills aimed at Appalachian natural gas and coal; NATIONAL: Number of financially distressed oil, gas companies increasing: S&P Ratings; Natural-gas traders bet heat wave will fizzle.
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New Law Signed Expanding PA’s PIPE Program – More Rural NatGas

PA Rep. Jonathon Fritz

In mid-June, MDN editor Jim Willis experienced the rare treat of venturing out from behind the keyboard to a press conference held in the great outdoors in nearby Susquehanna County, PA. The topic? Energize PA, a series of bills being promoted by Republicans in both the PA Senate and House (see Spreading Marcellus Love Throughout PA with Expanded PIPE Program). The event was organized by PA Rep. Jonathan Fritz, who opened the presser with details on House Bill (HB) 1103, a bill he sponsored that would expand the state’s PIPE program to run more “last mile” natural gas pipelines to homes and businesses in rural communities.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Jerry Jones – Crazy (like a fox) for the Haynesville

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: House committee approves 2 Energize PA natural gas use subsidy bills; Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues; Union gets nasty over natural gas pipeline rejection; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Piedmont taps Matrix to construct 1 Bcf North Carolina LNG storage facility; Jerry Jones likens gas deal to his Dallas Cowboys buy 30 years ago; California’s gas plant pipeline dwindles as Calpine drops Mission Rock application; Flurry of changes coming to Texas Gulf Coast gas markets; Companies seek 149 permits in 1 week to drill at West Texas field; NATIONAL: The US will maintain oil production despite falling prices; America’s natural gas and oil industry is hiring, building diversity.
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Crawford & Wayne (PA) Get PIPE Grants to Expand NatGas Service

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf continues to take credit for Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE), a program he didn’t create, didn’t support, and didn’t even sign into law. Typical. Even so, the program continues to benefit local rural communities throughout the state. The latest two communities to benefit are Crawford and Wayne counties where grants of $300,000 and $376,392 respectively have just been announced by Wolf’s Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to expand local natgas delivery pipes.
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PA Legislators Float Bill to Attract Cracker-Sized Projects to NEPA

Yesterday two northeast Pennsylvania legislators–state Representative Aaron Kaufer (Republican) and state Senator John Yudichak (Democrat)–hosted a rally to promote proposed new bipartisan legislation aimed at luring a “world-class” petrochemical manufacturing plant to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. A big plant, on the order of the Shell cracker plant in southwestern PA. But no, not an ethane cracker. The kind of plant the two legislators want to attract in northeastern PA would leverage the huge volume of locally extracted Marcellus dry gas (i.e. methane).
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, May 13, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: NY politicians are out to create fresh natural-gas crises; Rohr says ‘Right time’ to depart EQT board; Lehigh County receives $1 million grant to expand natural gas service; Pa. Senate confirms Dunn for DCNR Secretary; Water trucks, safety and a museum of natural gas?; NJ Common Pension Fund invests $4.09 million in Antero Resources stock; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Tax exemption could result in jobs, revenue; Under Oregon’s cap-and-trade bill, natural gas prices will explode; NATIONAL: The world’s richest institutions invest in fossil fuels. Activists are changing that.; INTERNATIONAL: Europe bailed out by cheap LNG; Trinidad gets bad news on natural gas project; Russia loses billions in Druzhba oil pipeline contamination crisis; Oil giant Total SA goes further in liquefied natural gas with $8.8 billion deal in Africa; Trade war cuts U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to China.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, May 10, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: DRBC lobbies a member state to oppose HB 827 economic justice bill; PA PUC approves gas pipeline expansion plan for Bradford County; NATIONAL: EIA expects less electricity to come from coal this summer as natural gas, renewables rise; 2018 was likely the most profitable year for U.S. oil producers since 2013; Big oil goes big green; INTERNATIONAL: Pieridae: Goldboro LNG unaffected by share price drop.
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How to Turn PA’s $60B Shale Energy Future into Reality Today

One year ago Chevron Appalachia and People’s Natural Gas teamed up to release a study called “Forge the Future: Pennsylvania’s Path To An Advanced, Energy-Enabled Economy” (see Chevron & People’s Natural Gas Team Up to Map Out PA’s $60B Future). Rather than wait around for “someone else” to flesh out a plan to leverage what Chevron and People’s call a $60 billion (!) opportunity in PA, they went ahead and did it themselves. Smart people. That was Phase I. Others have joined the effort which has morphed into a loose organization called PA Forge The Future. The group has just launched Phase II, a new study called “Ideas for Action: Actionable Initiatives to Accelerate Energy-Enabled Economic Development in Pennsylvania” (full copy below).
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PA PIPE Grant Funds Pipeline Expansion in Bradford County

Pennsylvania Senator Gene Yaw–one of our least favorite Republican Senators in PA due to his status as a card-carrying swamp dweller–yesterday announced that a municipality in his district is the proud recipient of $850,000 of PA taxpayer’s money that will be put to good use. The use is expanding a natural gas delivery pipeline to service 66 new gas customers and 7 commercial properties in Athens Township in Bradford County. This is another of PA’s Pipeline Investment Program (or PIPE) grants. We’ve written about many of the (so far) 12 PIPE grant projects in the past (see our PIPE stories here). Like previous PIPE grants, this one covers only part of the cost of building new natgas pipelines. The total project will cost $1.8 million. Valley Energy, Inc. is the company building the pipeline. In general we’re not in favor of corporate welfare, which is what this is (let’s just be honest). However, these PIPE grants are a pretty mild case. We can think of worse ways to blow taxpayer’s money. Essentially these relatively small investments keep more PA gas in PA by running pipelines to residents and businesses that will use it. Think of the grants as seed money to encourage more PA gas staying in PA, generating jobs at the same time…
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jul 19, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Cuomo’s Republican opponent is lukewarm on fracking; will NEXUS Pipeline bring promised tax windfall for OH schools?; Chambersburg, PA gets grant to add new gas pipeline; Altoona happy with CNG buses; Permian natgas prices fall as production grows; two new pipelines from Permian into Mexico; sleazy lawyers trying to score billions from climate lawsuits; Rusty Braziel appointed to serve on Natl Petroleum Council; drillers worldwide flared less natgas in 2017, but not in the U.S.; Powelson talks about decision to leave FERC: Baker Hughes selling a piece of the company; and more!
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