Maryland Dept. of Environment OKs Tiny Pipeline in Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG), a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Sept. 2018 to build 19+ miles of new pipeline, called the Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project, in Delaware and Maryland. Last week the Maryland Dept. of the Environment (MDE) approved the project. Now the project must pass by the Board of Public Works (BPW). We give it a 50/50 chance of getting approved by the three libs on the BPW.
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Maryland Antis Oppose Tiny New Pipeline in Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG), a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (a company fascinated with chicken poop), filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Sept. 2018 to build 19+ miles of new pipeline and new meter and delivery stations in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware, and Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland, to carry more natural gas to locations in Delaware and Maryland. FERC approved the project last December (see FERC Approves Del-Mar Energy Pathway Pipe Project). You would not believe the irrational opposition to this (frankly) insignificant project.
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Chesapeake Utilities Continues Silly Love Affair with Chicken Poop

Since early June Chesapeake Utilities, which operates in the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), has been bragging about using chicken poop to create so-called renewable natural gas (see Chesapeake Utilities Turning Chicken Poop into “Renewable” NatGas and Chesapeake Clucking About “Renewable” NatGas from Chicken Poop). They’re at it again, issuing yet another press release to brag about yet another deal to use chicken poop for natgas.
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Chesapeake Clucking About “Renewable” NatGas from Chicken Poop

Two weeks ago to the day MDN took a swipe at Chesapeake Utilities and their fascination with producing natural gas from chicken poop (see Chesapeake Utilities Turning Chicken Poop into “Renewable” NatGas). The larger purpose of that post was to puncture the balloon of so-called “renewable” natural gas (RNG). Here it is two weeks later and Chesapeake is once again clucking away more about their chicken poop renewables program. We couldn’t resist taking another swipe…
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Chesapeake Utilities Turning Chicken Poop into “Renewable” NatGas

We’ll say it right up front: We’re not impressed with so-called “renewable” natural gas (RNG) and all of the machinations companies go through to obtain and deliver it to their customers. RNG is chemically identical to regular old natural gas. It’s called methane (CH4). It burns the same and releases the same amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when it burns. Chesapeake Utilities (nothing to do with Chesapeake Energy), which operates in the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), is the latest utility company to cook up an RNG scheme–to use chicken “droppings” as the source of methane. Whatever.
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FERC Approves Del-Mar Energy Pathway Pipe Project

Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG), a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Sept. 2018 to build 19+ miles of new pipeline and new meter and delivery stations in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware, and Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland, to carry more PA Marcellus natural gas to locations in Delaware and Maryland. Last Thursday FERC granted final approval for the project.

1/7/20 UPDATE: Chesapeake finally issued a press release on Jan. 7 to tout FERC’s final approval. We’ve included the release below.
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Chesapeake Utilities Exits Natural Gas Marketing Business

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution and transmission; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution; and “other” businesses. One of Chesapeake’s subsidiary companies is Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company, which builds pipelines in the Delmarva Peninsula area, including most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia (see Eastern Shore Natural Gas Looks to Expand Pipe in Delmarva/). Eastern Shore’s mothership, Chesapeake Utilities, has just announced it will exit the natural gas marketing business.
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Del-Mar Energy Pathway Pipe Gets Favorable FERC Enviro Assessment

We have news of a new, small pipeline project with the potential to carry more PA Marcellus natural gas to several locations in Delaware and Maryland. Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company (ESNG), a subsidiary company of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Sept. 2018 to build 19+ miles of new pipeline and new meter and delivery stations in Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware, and Wicomico and Somerset counties in Maryland. FERC has just issued a positive environmental assessment (EA) for the project.
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FERC Issues Final Approval for Delmarva Pipeline Expansion

In July 2016 MDN told you about a smallish, but important pipeline project in the Delmarva Peninsula area, which includes most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia. Eastern Shore Natural Gas’ 2017 System Expansion project will bring new sources of natgas from an interconnection Eastern Shore has with the mighty TETCo (Texas Eastern Company) pipeline near Philadelphia (see PA/MD/DE Pipeline Project Heats Up with Open House Mtgs This Week). The project includes 22.7 miles of new looping pipeline (laid next to existing pipeline) in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware; a 16.9-mile extension to a pipeline in Sussex County, DE; and upgrades to compressor and valve stations. Chesapeake Utilities, the parent company, calls the project the single largest such expansion in Eastern Shore’s history, a project that will bump up gas delivery volumes by 25%. In May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave the project a glowing environmental review (see Delmarva Pipeline Expansion Gets Positive FERC Enviro Review). A favorable EIS from FERC is typically prelude to a full, final approval. And such is the case with this project. On Wednesday, FERC issued a certificate approving the project–a final approval. The next step will be for Chesapeake Utilities, the parent company building the project, to request FERC permission to start the bulldozers and backhoes…
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FERC Approves Plan to Deliver NatGas to Delaware Power Plant

ESNGIn July MDN reported that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Eastern Shore Natural Gas’ (ESNG) System Reliability Project (see 600 Days & Counting to Build a 7-Mile NatGas Pipeline in PA-DE). ESNG is a local gas utility serving the Delmarva Peninsula, which includes most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia. Their System Reliability Project includes 10.1 miles of new looping pipeline and a compressor station upgrade. Part of that pipeline has taken nearly two years to get approved, thanks to the insane objections of anti-fossil fuelers. It is good news that the project is moving forward. On the heals of that approval comes another FERC approval for ESNG: FERC has approved ESNG’s plan to deliver an extra 45,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas via its pipeline to service Calpine’s 309 megawatt electric generation plant in Dover, Delaware…
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600 Days & Counting to Build a 7-Mile NatGas Pipeline in PA-DE

ESNGA Bloomberg article takes a look at the ongoing and unnecessary delays companies face in building new pipelines–particularly in the Marcellus/Utica region. The Eastern Shore Natural Gas (ESNG) company, serving the Delmarva Peninsula (includes most of Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia), filed an application to build a measly 7 miles on Nov. 21, 2014. The $29.8 million pipeline project, called the White Oak Mainline Expansion Project, will “ease bottlenecks in transporting gas from the Marcellus shale formation” from Pennsylvania into Delaware. Why the horrific delays? Mostly because of opposition from insane anti-fossil fuelers who flood the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with comments, protest meetings, launch lawsuits and in general attempt to slow or stop FERC authorizations. ESNG’s projects aren’t the only ones stretching out to years before authorization is granted…
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Chesapeake Utilities Completes $59M Purchase of OH Midstream Co.

In February MDN told you about Chesapeake Utilities, a diversified energy company with businesses in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electricity distribution, propane distribution and wholesale marketing (nothing to do with Chesapeake Energy) purchasing a small midstream company in Ohio–Gatherco, Inc (see Chesapeake Utilities Buys OH Midstream Co, Targets Shale Industry). Part of the motivation is to target the Utica Shale industry in Ohio by building gathering pipelines. Last week Chesapeake Utilities announced the deal is now done and Gatherco has been renamed and merged with Chesapeake subsidiary Aspire Energy of Ohio…
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Chesapeake Utilities Buys OH Midstream Co, Targets Shale Industry

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company with businesses in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electricity distribution, propane distribution and wholesale marketing, and “other related services.” The utility branch of Chesapeake serves 225,000 customers with natural gas, electricity or propane gas. Chesapeake Utilities employs approximately 800 people. And no, Chesapeake Utilities, headquartered in Delaware, has nothing to do with Chesapeake Energy, headquartered in Oklahoma. Chesapeake Utilities has decided it’s time to pursue the shale market, so they recently purchased a small midstream (i.e. pipeline) company in Ohio–Gatherco, Inc….
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