Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Aug 9, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Repurposing existing pipelines is safe AND necessary; Roanoke radical activist booted from state board following misuse of credentials to protest pipeline; why your family left New York (and other families are too); China LNG tariffs may affect Permian oil drilling; shale drillers boosting capital expenditures this year; investment advisory firms outed as political hucksters trying to pressure fossil fuel companies; Goldman Sachs tries to buy tanker full of LNG; Russians producing more LNG from Arctic; the shale boom that will never happen, in Mexico; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, May 29, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Cornell kids call for gas companies to work with EPA to fix leaks; more jobs on the way in the Ohio Utica; Utica Shale Academy graduates 22 students; Town of Maine (Broome County, NY) wants county help in extending natgas pipeline; more gas pipelines coming to the Permian; are Trump’s steel tariffs hampering oil & gas?; Congress challenges “Super OPEC”; Japan cozies up to Russians, eyes Yamal LNG participation; Shell cozies up the Russians too; China prepares to buy a LOT more US LNG; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, May 23, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: NTE Energy starts up $600M SW Ohio electric plant; Shell posts production operator jobs for cracker plant; Exxon employees contribute more than $852K to Ohio colleges; Duke Energy Ohio gets a new president; Cheniere Energy approves spending big $ on 3rd LNG unit; electric cars see slow growth; U.S. oil price hits 3 1/2 year high; EPA Admin. Pruitt’s reg rollbacks hit some potholes; US LNG gushes into Asia; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Apr 4, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Six permits awarded in Ohio Utica last week; study verifies Appalachia’s petechem advantage; Freeport, PA voting on XTO wells this month; merger forms largest Permian shale driller; western natgas markets whacked by other regions; American concerns over energy near record lows; Baker Hughes considers selling gas metering biz; big US money behind Canadian pipeline protests; Cuadrilla completes drilling UK’s first shale well; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Mar 27, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: FERC denies stay of Mountaineer Xpress, Gulf Xpress; rural OH schools benefit from pipeline tax revenue; Range Resources’ CFO retiring in May; comment period of DRBC frack ban rules ends Friday; LNG in Jacksonville; Chevron’s climate court case kind of like Big Tobacco; gas is the new oil; climate change lawsuit avalanche is coming; Trump to name Energy Dept. official as top aide; Russian LNG heads to India; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Fri, Mar 2, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: EQT establishes new record of charitable giving in 2017; students get hands on experience with Cabot; natgas prices continue to fall for DTE gas customers; why New England is importing LNG from Russia; no scientific support for study claiming Exxon misled public on climate change; natgas remains most-consumed fuel in U.S. industrial sector; Russian gas deliveries to Europe hit new record high; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Feb 21, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: How’s the Rice Energy into EQT merger going?; Antero appoints new member to Board; Crawford/Venango counties get new natgas buses; East Coast natgas prices hit all-time highs during cold snap; law prof says California climate change lawsuits are a for-sure loser; EIA says ethane consumption, exports will increase this year; frac sand shortage threatens shale boom; Cheniere talks with Panama Canal about more LNG shipments; and more!
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Other Energy Stories of Interest: Tue, Feb 20, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PA’s rig count hits highest level since 2015; OH compressor company returns to full employment; Bethlehem wants PennEast Pipeline moved; NY in a natgas death spiral; U.S. northeastern economy at risk from high energy costs; flaring still a problem in ND; Democrat Mayor in Illinois wants to slap 4% tax on natgas; my bloody valentine (natgas stats); U.S. methane emissions have virtually no impact on climate; OPEC & shale together keep oil above $60/barrel; China-Russia gas pipeline; and more!
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Boston Globe Takes Aim at Mass. Politicians Blocking Gas Pipelines

It’s fun to watch the left eat its own. That’s exactly what’s happening in Boston. We’ve provided a fair bit of coverage on the issue of lack of pipelines in New England and the fallout from it. Because of lack of natural gas pipelines, both natural gas AND electricity prices in New England are sky high. Natgas is used to generate most of New England’s electricity. When it gets cold out, residents and businesses use more natgas for heat, causing a shortage of natgas, further causing insane price hikes. At some point, there just won’t be any more gas at any price–and that’s when rolling blackouts begin. It will happen sooner than you think. Important politicians in New England, like U.S. Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey (both from Massachusetts) have actively worked to block new natgas pipelines. The result? LNG tankers with illegal Russian gas are supplying a good share of the region’s natgas supplies during cold snaps. It’s disgusting. It’s so disgusting, even the far-left libs who write and edit the Boston Globe can’t stand it anymore. The Globe published an editorial yesterday titled “Our Russian ‘pipeline,’ and its ugly toll,” taking Healey and the enviro left to task. Yeah, it’s fun to watch the left eat its own!…
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Can Virtual Pipelines Rescue New England from Russian LNG?

The whole story of Russian LNG coming to Boston to help New England with its crisis shortage of natural gas continues to irk us. Although Russia and the Yamal plant where the gas was liquefied were sanctioned under President Obama. However, the actual gas itself was/is not sanctioned, for whatever reason. We have a situation where New England continues to obstinately refuse new natgas pipelines, instead buying LNG from Russia during critical shortages. We’re paying (and depending on) our enemies for natural gas when world-class supplies of it exist a few hundred miles away in the Marcellus. We’ve written about this confounding situation since early January (see our Russian LNG stories here). Last Friday the co-founder of NG Advantage–a “virtual pipeline” company that compresses natural gas from interstate pipelines and transports it, via trucks, to businesses and organizations that want gas but can’t get it via pipelines–wrote an intriguing blog post. Tom Evslin’s post makes a case for using virtual pipelines (i.e. CNG transported by trucks) as an alternative to help alleviate the extreme winter shortages in New England. Could trucked CNG (and LNG) actually eliminate the need for a pipeline to New England? We would argue “no.” However, without a doubt a virtual pipeline could help in certain places and under certain circumstances. Here’s Tom’s argument in favor of using virtual pipelines to alleviate New England’s stubbornly high prices for natural gas, and possibly save us from importing Russian LNG…
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NYT, Boston Globe Delve into Russian Gas Coming to America

The more we read about and dig into the story of Russian gas coming to Boston, the angrier we get. Just yesterday we told you that a rumored second shipment of Russian gas may be heading to Boston (see 2nd LNG Tanker with Russian Gas Coming to Boston?!). We have more details about the story. According to a New York Times article, in 2014 then-President Obama slapped sanctions on the “financiers and producers of Russian oil and natural gas, not the output.” Russia, at that time and since, has tried to “destabilize eastern Ukraine” with an ongoing occupation of Crimea. Sanctions against the financial services and energy sectors followed. Vladimir Putin (one of his cronies) was building an LNG export plant in the Arctic–Yamal LNG. The sanctions were aimed at stopping the plant from getting built–but it got built anyway with the help of Chinese banks. Yamal’s very first shipment of LNG recently left the facility and (as we previously outlined) was offloaded for a couple of days in the UK (see Confirmed: LNG Coming to Boston on Jan 22 is Illegal Russian Gas). What we still don’t understand is this: How can you impose sanctions on the financers and producers, but not on the outcome, the production (gas) itself? That seems crazy. We still think the gas is illegal–but nobody in D.C. (wake up Trump Administration!) is doing anything to stop it. Regardless of whether or not the shipments are illegal, even the far-left libs at the Boston Globe think this is nuts. It is humiliating (and an outrage) that sanctioned Russian gas–the VERY FIRST SHIPLOAD–is now being unloaded in Boston Harbor…
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2nd LNG Tanker with Russian Gas Coming to Boston?!

Gaseyls tanker (now docked in Boston Harbor)

A shipment of arguably illegal Russian natural gas (LNG) arrived in Boston Harbor on Sunday and will soon be offloaded, according to Russian news service Sputnik International. The U.S. slapped the Russian Yamal LNG plant, located in the Arctic, with sanctions following Russia’s moves against the Ukraine several years ago. Those sanctions make it illegal to receive gas produced from that plant. So shippers “whitewashed” the gas by unloading it in the UK, and a few days later, reloading it on a different ship–the Gaselys. The Gaselys is now docked and undergoing inspection and will then offload the gas for use in New England. It is an outrage that for a couple of reasons: (1) because New England is blocking pipelines from the Marcellus that would carry domestically produced gas that is cheaper, and (2) the Jones Act prevents our ships from the Gulf Coast and other locations from carting our own LNG to Boston. So, using a slight-of-hand to hide the origin of the gas, illegal Russian gas has now arrived and will be used in New England to heat homes–while they watch the Superbowl. Plenty of irony, wouldn’t you say? But the outrage doesn’t end there. A second shipment of Russian gas is rumored to be on its way to Boston. HELLO–IS ANYBODY AWAKE IN D.C.? How can this continue? Here’s an update on the first shipment now arrived, and a second shipment that quite possibly is now on its way…
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Illegal Russian LNG Tanker Delayed, but Still Coming to Boston

Gaselys tanker on the way to Boston

We previously told you about an illegal shipment of Russian LNG coming to Boston, for use in New England to alleviate a natural gas shortage (see Confirmed: LNG Coming to Boston on Jan 22 is Illegal Russian Gas). The U.S. slapped the Russian Yamal LNG plant, located in the Arctic, with sanctions following Russia’s moves against the Ukraine several years ago. Those sanctions make it illegal to receive gas produced from that plant. So shippers “whitewashed” the gas by unloading it in the UK, and a few days later, reloading it on a different ship–the Gaselys. The Gaselys was, at last check, heading at full speed for Boston. Then the ship suddenly stopped and turned around in the middle of ocean, with new instructions to go to Spain. Then it turned around again, to head back to Boston. The people who own the shipment said the U-turn was to avoid foul weather–that the shipment will still go on to Boston. As near as we can tell, the Gaselys has not yet landed. We just wanted to keep this story alive because it is so outrageous. Vladimir Putin is laughing at us right now. We have enormous amounts of fracked Marcellus Shale gas that could/should be going to New England, instead of buying LNG from a sanctioned Russian facility located in the Arctic…
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Illegal Shipment of LNG Coming to Boston has Huge CO2 Footprint

This story continues to grate on our nerves–the fact that mainstream media is covering up a MAJOR scandal. What scandal? The scandal of Russian LNG banned from the U.S. coming to the U.S. (to Boston) because it was offloaded in the UK and reloaded on a different ship, to “whitewash” the gas (see Confirmed: LNG Coming to Boston on Jan 22 is Illegal Russian Gas). To make matters worse, the gas, from the sanctioned Russian Yamal LNG facility in the Arctic, has a massive CO2 footprint relative to LNG produced elsewhere (for those like who care about such things, like mainstream liberal media). And yet mainstream liberal media (i.e. fake news) totally ignores the story. We’d go so far as to say they are covering it up. Not here on MDN! Nick Grealy, a Brit who contributes articles to our friends at Natural Gas Now, has written an article delving into the sordid details of Russian gas coming to Boston–and how mainstream media in the UK has totally ignored the story. Nick uncovers some great information that continues to make our blood boil…
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Confirmed: LNG Coming to Boston on Jan 22 is Illegal Russian Gas

We now have confirmation from the Russians themselves that the natural gas shipment on its way to Boston we alerted you to a few days ago is, indeed, Russian gas from the Yamal LNG plant, located in the Russian Arctic (see Russian LNG Coming to Boston to Alleviate NatGas Shortage?!). Even the ultra libs at the Boston Globe are admitting it’s Russian gas. We certainly hope American authorities are on the case and will stop the shipment because it is ILLEGAL. As we told you in our story posted Monday, the U.S. slapped the Yamal LNG plant with sanctions following Russia’s moves against the Ukraine. It’s illegal to receive gas produced from that plant. Shippers attempted to whitewash the gas by unloading it in the UK, and a few days later, reloading it on a different ship, the Gaselys, now heading at full speed for Boston. This is an outrage, for a number of reasons, but we’ll mention two: (1) The gas is illegal. (2) More pipelines from the Marcellus Shale region, about 300 miles from Boston, would alleviate the high prices and shortages New England currently experiences. Instead, the “leaders” of New England continue to block pipelines–preferring to get their gas illegally from America’s enemies…
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Russian LNG Coming to Boston to Alleviate NatGas Shortage?!

This is so wrong on so many levels. Our blood pressure went through the roof when we spotted a story that a shipload of Russian-produced LNG (liquefied natural gas) is almost certainly coming to Boston and will be delivered on Jan. 22nd. We suspect it may be an illegal shipment. Here’s what happened. The LNG tanker Christophe de Margerie loaded a shipment of LNG at Russia’s Yamal LNG plant–in the Russian Arctic–delivering it to the UK at the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent. The LNG was offloaded and stored, but not pumped into the UK grid. Instead, officials said the LNG would be resold to a higher paying customer. A few days later the tanker Gaselys loaded LNG from the same terminal in Kent. While those who own the shipment won’t say, it’s almost certain the LNG they loaded was the very same LNG unloaded a few days prior–from Russia. Gaselys is coming to America–to unload the Russian LNG in Boston, because New England is natural gas starved at the moment due to the ongoing cold snap. Why not just bypass the unloading/reloading process and ship direct to the U.S.? Because the U.S. slapped the Yamal LNG plant with sanctions following Russia’s moves against the Ukraine. It’s illegal to receive gas produced from that plant. So the people involved “whitewashed” the gas by unloading in Kent, and then pretending they’ve reloaded different gas molecules from the same facility. It’s a farce. Fake. Fraud. The gas coming to Boston is Russian gas. The reason New England needs gas so bad is because of their elected leaders, like Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren–both of whom adamantly oppose new natural gas pipeline projects in their state that would deliver cheap Marcellus/Utica gas to the region. Massachusetts residents should rise up against Healey and Warren for their actions which now mean New England is paying our ENEMIES for natural gas. How screwed up is that?…
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