CERAWeek: We Need New England Pipes & Yes, ACP/MVP Will Get Built

CERAWeek (by IHS Markit) is held each year in Houston, Texas. There is no doubt it is the world’s premier energy event. Last week U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed attendees, as did Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee. Movers and shakers. Everyone from Saudi Arabian oil sheikhs to wildcatting frackers from America’s shale plays were there.
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Dominion Appealing Atlantic Coast Pipe Case to U.S. Supreme Court

Dominion Energy has about had it up to *here* with the clown judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circus. Dominion asked for all of the judges sitting on the Fourth Circuit to rehear a case that blocks the pipeline from drilling *under* the Appalachian Trail because of a lawsuit brought by colluding Big Green groups trying to kill the entire project. The clowns refused.
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Exclusive: 2nd LNG Operation Coming to Wyalusing, PA

On Tuesday we brought you an update about New Fortress Energy’s LNG plant planned for Wylausing (Bradford County), PA (see Wyalusing, PA LNG Export Plant Making Progress). In researching that story we stumbled across news that (so far) nobody else has published: There is a second LNG plant planned for Wyalusing. In fact, the second plant is under construction right now!
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Al Gore Calls Atlantic Coast Pipe Compressor Station “Racist”

The race-baiting, bloated old windbag Al Gore has popped up again, coming out of his massive fossil fuel-powered mansion, traveling to Virginia via fossil fuel-powered motorcade, sitting in a fossil fuel-heated church with a handful of black folks to pronounce Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s plan to build a compressor station nearby is “reckless” and a “vivid example of environmental racism.”
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Atlantic Coast Pipeline – Where Do Things Stand?

Although Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is facing serious delays and cost overruns mainly due to lawsuits brought by Big Green groups, the company is still committed to building the pipeline (see Dominion “Still Committed” to Building Atlantic Coast Pipeline). The project is now delayed until late 2020 for a partial startup, with full service sometime in 2021, and the new price tag has ballooned to $7.5 billion. Where, exactly, do things stand? What’s holding it up? Give us a sitrep!
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Dominion’s Plan to Reduce Methane Emissions 50% in Next 10 Years

Dominion Energy is using innovative technologies like Zero Emissions Vacuum and Compression (ZEVAC®) to keep more methane in the system and out of the atmosphere.

Yesterday Dominion Energy announced they are launching a bold new program to cut down on methane emissions coming from their operations by 50% over the next 10 years. In raw numbers they hope to prevent 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, “the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year or planting nearly 180 million new trees.”
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WV Bill Would Let Utilities Pay Producers to Drill New Gas Wells

The West Virginia House Energy Committee passed a bill yesterday that appears to be picking up steam and possibly headed for approval by both the House and Senate. It’s an interesting bill that allows local natural gas utilities to pay drillers to drill new gas wells in areas where there is not a reliably sufficient supply of gas.
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Dominion “Still Committed” to Building Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is facing serious delays and cost overruns mainly due to lawsuits brought by Big Green groups (see Dominion Delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again – 2018 Update). The project is now delayed until late 2020 for a partial startup, with full service sometime in 2021, and the new price tag has ballooned to $7.5 billion.
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Dominion Delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again – 2018 Update

In November, Dominion Energy said that their 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would be delayed, with a partial startup in 2019 and full startup for everything else in mid-2020 (see Dominion Energy 3Q18: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Delayed to 2020). The company also said the price tag had gone up from $6.5 to $7 billion. Strike all that. Last week Dominion said the startup will now be even later, and the cost even more.
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Va. Bill Would Block Atlantic Coast Pipe from Passing Along Costs

Va. Del. Lee Ware

Virginia House of Delegates member Lee Ware, a Republican, has “quietly” introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would block Dominion Energy, builder of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), from passing along costs related to the pipeline to the electric generating plants and their ratepayers that will use the cheap natural gas made available by the pipeline.
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FERC Responds to NY Radicals re Pipeline Impacts on Global Warming

This post is about a pipeline project we’ve written quite a bit about over the past few years–Dominion Energy’s New Market project that ever-so-modestly expands an existing pipeline in Upstate New York. But at its heart, the issue is much deeper. Anti-fossil fuel radicals are challenging this project, in court, as a way to force the government to consider man-made global warming when approving such projects.
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National Park Service “Reconsiders” Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipe

Since early December Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been idle, not able to do any new construction due to a cockamamie ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (see 4th Circus Clowns Refuse to Clarify Decision re Atlantic Coast Pipe). The Fourth Circus clown judges are making Dominion wait until end of March for the next phase of a lawsuit brought by Big Green groups challenging a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) permit.
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4th Circus Clowns Refuse to Clarify Decision re Atlantic Coast Pipe

In early December, the clown judges of the Fourth Circus Court of Appeals (our name for the Fourth Circuit) put a hold on a permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that allows the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to get built through areas with so-called endangered and threatened species (see 4th Circus Blocks Permit, Stops All Work on Atlantic Coast Pipe).
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Va. State Agency Approves Atlantic Coast Pipe Compressor Stn

Artists rendering of ACP Buckingham County compress station (click for larger version)

Finally a little good news for Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline project: The Virginia State Air Quality Board voted yesterday 4-0 to approve a compressor station for the pipeline in Buckingham County.
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