Cornell Prof Publishes Faux Study on Methane Escaping Shale Wells

When the anti-fossil fuel Park Foundation pays your salary, your “research” had darned well better reflect an anti-fossil fuel result. Or else the money spigot quickly gets cut off. That’s what explains the latest “study” published (in Europe, not the U.S.) by Cornell University professor Robert Howarth–a study that claims shale drilling is pumping catastrophic amounts of methane into the atmosphere making Mom Earth toast.
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NH Granite Bridge Pipeline Unicorn – Still Alive, Cost Up 30%

Last May, Liberty Utilities, located and operating in New Hampshire, announced a new pipeline project called Granite Bridge–27 miles of new natural gas pipeline to be buried along Route 101 from Stratham to Manchester, along with an LNG storage facility located midway along the pipeline (see Liberty Utilities Floats Plan for 27-Mile Pipeline in Southern NH). The project faces more regulatory approvals, but the new/good news is that it continues to make progress.
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End of the Road for Sisters of the Corn re Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

The Sisters of the Corn (our name for the a group of leftist nuns in Lancaster County, PA) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which they claim their religious freedom has been trampled by Williams running a pipeline (Atlantic Sunrise) across their property. The case came up for consideration with the Supremes and they declined to hear it, meaning it’s the end of the road for the Sisters and the green group backing them.
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CORNballs Return, Ask DC Court to Shut Down NEXUS Pipe

The CORNballs are still at it. Even though NEXUS Pipeline, a $2.6 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that runs from Ohio into Michigan, partially started up in October, and went fully online in November, the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS (CORN), along with the City of Oberlin, Ohio, is asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to reverse the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s original decision to approve the project. Yes, the CORNballs (our name for CORN) want to shut it all down–even though the pipeline is in the ground spreading economic cheer throughout the region, and even though all of the scary nightmare scenarios predicted by CORN and Oberlin with respect to building the pipeline have now been proven false. The CORNballs and Oberlin are sore losers and apparently have endless gobs of money for lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits in federal court. The same two groups tried this stunt in a different court, the Sixth Circuit, where the lawsuit was tossed out last March. They’ve gone court shopping to try it all again.
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Upstate NY’s Corning Gas Sees More Opportunities with Marcellus

Corning Natural Gas Corporation, a subsidiary of Corning Natural Gas Holding Corporation, is a local distribution company (LDC, or “utility”) with nearly 450 miles of gas pipeline mains transporting natural gas to roughly 15,000 customers. Corning makes natgas deliveries in 23 towns and villages–over 400 square miles–throughout the Southern Tier and central regions of New York State. Corning, as you may know, sits virtually on top of the border of New York and Pennsylvania. On the NY side of the border, a tyrant governor (Andrew Cuomo) rules with an iron fist and blocks fracking and even natural gas pipelines. On the PA side of the border, Marcellus (and increasingly Utica) shale gas is extracted in large quantities, creating a bonanza of economic and (yes) environmental benefits. Fortunately for Corning Gas, they are able to tap into some of that PA Marcellus supply. Corning Gas has a 50% joint venture owner in Leatherstocking Gas Company and Leatherstocking Pipeline Company. Leatherstocking runs gas mains to residents and businesses in small communities, like Montrose, PA (see PA Rural Residents Burn Marcellus Gas, Save Big Bucks on Heating). In a Securities and Exchange Commission 10-Q filing yesterday (10-Q is a comprehensive report of a company’s performance that must be submitted quarterly by all public companies to the SEC), Corning Gas management said one of their “most promising growth opportunities” is by “increasing connections with local gas production sources”–meaning they want to tap more Marcellus gas to sell to their customers. Corning Gas wants/needs more Marcellus gas in order to grow. We like the sound that!…
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FERC Denies CORNball, Sierra Club Request to Stop NEXUS Pipeline

NEXUS Pipeline, a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, is now under construction. NEXUS got final approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in August, the first major pipeline to get approved following a newly restored quorum at FERC (see New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline). However, radical environmental groups have fought the project tooth and nail. CORN (Coalition to ReRoute Nexus, folks we call CORNballs), and the far-left Sierra Club, launched lawsuits and regulatory actions against the pipeline. One such action was to file a request last fall for a rehearing of FERC’s decision to approve the project (see CORNballs, Sierra Club Continue to Fight NEXUS Pipeline in Court). A rehearing is the first step to take, a necessary step before Big Green groups can legally file a lawsuit against the project. In what is being characterized as a blow to the CORNballs and their buddies at the Sierra Club, FERC last week denied that request for a rehearing of the NEXUS approval, meaning it looks like clear sailing for NEXUS to complete their project, even with various lawsuits pending…
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CORNballs Lose Fed Court Bid to Stop NEXUS Pipeline Construction

A group of landowners in Ohio calling themselves the Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN), whom we affectionately call CORNballs, filed a lawsuit in federal court in May against the NEXUS pipeline project (see CORNballs Strike Again, File Lawsuit to Stop NEXUS Pipeline). The aim of the lawsuit is not to actually reroute NEXUS, but to kill it. To stop it. The landowners asked the court to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from allowing the project to proceed, which has been the aim of the CORNballs from the beginning–contrary to the party line that they just want it rerouted around where they live. Flummery. In May when CORN filed their lawsuit we predicted the court would not grant CORN’s request. We were right. Yesterday the federal judge in the case dismissed the lawsuit by CORN. Why? The court in northern Ohio doesn’t have jurisdiction in the case. The CORNballs thought they could get a favorable decision to block NEXUS by filing it in the wrong court. They just burned off seven months (and thousands in legal fees) trying. All for nothing…
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Marcellus Driller Cabot Oil & Gas: Wall Street’s NatGas “Unicorn”

Cabot Oil & Gas has long been one of our favorite Marcellus drillers. We are friends with several members of the Cabot team. We are impressed with their many acts of philanthropy in northeastern Pennsylvania–donating millions of dollars to worthy causes in the local community where they drill. As we’ve pointed out many times, Cabot somehow spins gold out of hay in Susquehanna County–producing something like 2.5% of all the natural gas that’s produced in the U.S. from a single county. They have some of the best rocks in the shale business. Cabot’s assets have not gone unnoticed on Wall Street, where investors and analysts call the company “a unicorn.” While the term unicorn as applied to a company can have several meanings, as applied to Cabot the meaning is clear: the company is rare, and desirable. In an Investor’s Business Daily article, several analysts gush about Cabot in light of the beginning of construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. Cabot will be the main shipper on the new pipeline. Analysts are predicting next year, in 2018, Cabot’s production will increase 23% from this year. And in 2019, one analyst says Cabot production will be up a whopping 47%! You begin to see why Cabot has a reputation as a unicorn on Wall Street…
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CORNballs, Sierra Club Continue to Fight NEXUS Pipeline in Court

NEXUS Pipeline, a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, is about ready to begin construction–any time. NEXUS got final approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in August, the first major pipeline to get approved following a newly restored quorum at FERC (see New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline). Last week one of the final remaining hurdles came down when the Ohio EPA granted a water permit for the project (see Ohio EPA Grants Water Permit to NEXUS Pipe, “Learned” from Rover). The only cloud on the horizon are multiple lawsuits and regulatory requests filed by anti-fossil fuel groups, including CORN (Coalition to ReRoute Nexus, folks we call CORNballs), and the far-left Sierra Club. Both groups have launched lawsuits and regulatory actions against the pipeline. Those efforts, which increasingly are long-shots, continue. Here’s what CORN and the Sierra Club are doing now that Ohio EPA has given the project its blessing…
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Sisters of the Corn Say Fight to Stop Atlantic Sunrise Not Over

We don’t often highlight news from the Amazon-owned Washington Post, since much of its reporting is fake news (outright lies, many times), but this time we couldn’t resist. A Washington Post article published yesterday appears to contain at least some truth–about a group of Lancaster nuns. We’ve previously written about a group we call Sisters of the Corn. They stuck a few wooden park benches in the middle of a corn field that they own (leased to a local farmer), and called it a “chapel” so they can claim the planned Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline that will go through that field violates their so-called religious freedom. It’s a sham–backed by local radicals calling themselves Lancaster Against Pipelines. As we reported on Monday, a PA judge, in an eminent domain case, ruled against the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (see Lancaster Sisters of the Corn Lose Bid to Stop Atlantic Coast Pipe). However, the Sisters have also filed a frivolous federal lawsuit claiming religious freedom violation, which could still go in their favor, odds about 99 to 1 against (see Lancaster Nuns Sue FERC to Stop Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline). If all else fails, the radical antis that the Sisters have aligned themselves with are pledging to sit their rear-ends in the middle of the corn field and “pray” (who knows to whom?) in a bid to prevent construction of the pipeline through the field. That is, they will engage in an illegal activity requiring police involvement to remove them–which of course will create a media circus. The kicker: the Sisters operate a retirement community on the same property–heated by natural gas…
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Lancaster Sisters of the Corn Lose Bid to Stop Atlantic Coast Pipe

The Sisters of the Corn have lost their battle to prevent the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline from crossing their cornfield. Last month MDN told you about a group of Catholic nuns who, with the help of radical Big Green groups, cleared a portion of a corn field they own (local farmer uses for planting corn), plopped a couple of wooden park benches and portable flower trestle in the middle of the corn field, and declared the spot a “chapel” (see Catholic Nuns Use Radicals to Build Chapel in Path of PA Pipeline). It’s a joke. But they weren’t laughing. They really thought that (a) if they refused to sign an easement granting a right-of-way to Williams, and (b) if they stuck a couple of park benches in a corn field, a judge would stop the pipeline from passing through–at least on their land. They were wrong. The Sisters of the Corn (as we call them, the actual name is The Adorers of the Blood of Christ) were one of five holdout property owners who would not sign easements. Last week a judge granted the easements anyway. Atlantic Sunrise now has 100% of the land they need to build the pipeline. Oh! The interesting thing about the Sisters of the Corn? The Sisters use natural gas to heat a retirement community they operate on the very same property where they don’t want a natural gas pipeline…
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CORNballs Get Cornier – Say They’ve Been “FERC’d” re NEXUS Pipe

The CORNballs of Ohio are not happy campers in their quest to try and shut down the $2 billion, 255-mile NEXUS interstate natural gas pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. CORN stands for Coalition to Reroute NEXUS. CORNballs is what we affectionately call the group–as a way of pointing out their nutty real purpose, which is to try and shut the NEXUS project down. Their aim has nothing to do with “rerouting” and everything to do with shutting it down. In May 2017, the CORNballs revealed their true colors when they filed a lawsuit in federal court in Akron, OH (see CORNballs Strike Again, File Lawsuit to Stop NEXUS Pipeline). As part of that lawsuit, lawyers for the CORNballs filed claims the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted illegally during the approval process (see CORNballs Accuse FERC of Illegally Approving NEXUS Pipeline in OH). As we said at the time, “Good luck with proving that in court.” NEXUS filed a motion to dismiss this frivolous case, based on the fact the federal court in Akron doesn’t have jurisdiction, and earlier this week that is just what happened. The court said they don’t have jurisdiction to consider the lawsuit. The news seems to have hit the CORNballs pretty hard. They’re not only upset about the court decision, but also about the U.S. Senate performing their Constitutional duty by voting to confirm two new commissioners for the federal agency that approves projects like NEXUS–the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). One CORNball quipped they’ve been “FERC’d”…
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CORNballs Accuse FERC of Illegally Approving NEXUS Pipeline in OH

The CORNballs of Ohio continue to try and shut down the $2 billion, 255-mile NEXUS interstate natural gas pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. CORN stands for Coalition to Reroute NEXUS. CORNballs is what we affectionately call the group–as a way of pointing out their nutty true purpose–to try and shut the NEXUS project down. Period. Their aim has nothing to do with “rerouting” and everything to do with shutting it down. In May 2017, the CORNballs revealed their true colors when they filed a lawsuit in federal court in Akron, OH (see CORNballs Strike Again, File Lawsuit to Stop NEXUS Pipeline). Last week, lawyers for the CORNballs were back in court with a filing that claims the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) acted illegally during the approval process. Good luck with proving that in court. NEXUS filed a motion to dismiss this frivolous case, based on the fact the federal court in Akron doesn’t have jurisdiction. The Natural Gas Act of 1938 gives “exclusive review” of FERC-related cases to the federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C. There goes another CORNball…
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CORNballs Strike Again, File Lawsuit to Stop NEXUS Pipeline

A group of landowners in Ohio calling themselves the Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN), whom we affectionately call CORNballs, have filed a lawsuit in court against the NEXUS pipeline project. Not to actually reroute NEXUS, but to kill it. To stop it. The landowners are asking a federal court to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from allowing the project to proceed–which of course is not going to happen–and to legally bar the NEXUS Gas Transmission project from building the pipeline. Which has been the aim of the CORNballs from the beginning–contrary to the party line that they just want it rerouted around them. The CORNballs seem to be in league with antis in the City of Green, OH, who recently voted to give $100,000 of taxpayer money to high-priced Cleveland lawyers to try and stop NEXUS (see Green, OH Paying Lawyers $100K to Fund Stop NEXUS Crusade). Green also gave CORN $10,000, which no doubt is helping fund CORN’s legal effort to stop NEXUS…Continue reading

Chesapeake Energy Turns Corner After Wild Ride in 2016

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Last year was a wild ride for Chesapeake Energy, with respect to the company’s finances. At one point early in the year, betting money said Chessy would have to declare bankruptcy (see Chesapeake Energy: We’re Not Filing for Bankruptcy…Yet). However, as the year wore on, Chesapeake CEO Doug “the ax” Lawler not only continued selling assets here and there as he could, he also figured out how to refinance major portions of the company’s debt–pushing out repayment into the far future, giving the company breathing room. Although Chesapeake doesn’t release it’s fourth quarter and full year 2016 numbers until later this week, one analyst predicts the company is now out of the woods and once again on firm footing. Unfortunately (for the northeast) Chesapeake’s new direction involves less drilling in the Marcellus/Utica and more drilling elsewhere…
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Cornerstone Pipe Now Flowing, “Backbone” of MPLX Utica Strategy

Cornerstone Pipeline Route Map
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In September MDN reported that part of Marathon Petroleum’s Cornerstone Pipeline began to flow condensate (see Utica Condensate Begins Flowing Through Cornerstone Pipeline). The approximately 50-mile pipeline was built to flow natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the MarkWest cryogenic processing plant in Cadiz, OH northwest connecting to M3’s fractionator plant in Scio and M3’s cryogenic processing plant in Leesville before terminating at Marathon’s refinery in Canton, OH. In September condensate was flowing from Cadiz to East Sparta. Good news! The entire pipeline is now up and running. In a surprising statement announcing full operations for the pipeline, Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said, “Cornerstone is the backbone of our Utica shale strategy.” That shows the immense importance the company places on this new pipeline…
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