One of Elba Island’s 10 LNG Trains Remains Offline 6 Mos Later

We were wrong. In August MDN told you that the tenth and final mini-train had gone online at Kinder Morgan’s Elba Island, Georgia LNG export facility (see Final Elba Island LNG Train Goes into Service – All 10 Now Online). That the tenth mini-train had gone online was correct, no issue there. What was incorrect was that all ten mini-trains are now online and working. Such is not the case.
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Enverus U.S. Rig Count Up by 3 Last Wk, M-U Holds Steady at 33

The Enverus U.S. rig count rose by 3 to 382 over the past week. Prior to that, the count rose by 20, 11, 11, and 13 for each of the four weeks prior, respectively. That’s up 58 rigs over the past five weeks! The Marcellus and Utica each remained constant last week (same as the week before), not adding and not dropping. The Marcellus stands at 27 rigs, and the Utica at 6.
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NETL Creates New Initiative to Promote Uses for Marcellus/Utica Gas

The Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is actually five laboratories, including locations in Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV. The current director is West Virginian Dr. Brian J. Anderson (great guy!). NETL recently published a notice on its website to talk about the “generational opportunity” to leverage the superabundance of natural gas in the Marcellus/Utica. NETL, says Anderson, is on the case and has a new initiative to leverage M-U gas.
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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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OH AG Files 2nd Lawsuit to Block FirstEnergy $150M Nuke Payments

We have a couple of important updates in the neverending saga of the biggest corruption scandal ever to hit Ohio. In July, then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four of his associates were indicted for felonies related to an alleged $60 million bribery scandal in passing the hugely unpopular House Bill 6 (see FirstEnergy Involved in Bribery Scheme to Pass $1B Nuke Bailout Law). Ohio’s Attorney General, Dave Yost, has just filed a second lawsuit to stop the collection of money from ratepayers that funds $150 million annual payments to FirstEnergy provided for under HB 6. We also have news about a potential sixth person being investigated for involvement in the scandal.
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Sierra Club Hosts 90-Min Online Mariner East Pipeline Kvetch

Monday night the radical Sierra Club hosted a virtual town hall in which people could complain about the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project. And complain they did. The aim of the virtual complaint session is to try and close down the already up-and-running ME pipelines (plural), and most particularly prevent the final bit of ME2X from getting completed. By airing sob stories, the Clubbers are hoping to bully the state Dept. of Environmental Protection and/or the Governor into blocking further work on the project–a project just a few months from being done.
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Rochester, NY Congressman in a Panic Over LNG “Bomb Trains”

In June, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), published final rules to allow specially constructed tanker cars for railroads (DOT-113 tank cars) to ship LNG (see PHMSA and Fed Railroad Admin Publish Final LNG by Rail Regs). The new rules went into effect on August 24. A liberal Democrat Congressman from Rochester, NY, is now, months later, all of a sudden in a panic and asking the PHMSA and FRA to rescind the new rules.
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Ernest Moniz: New England’s Zero Emissions Goal Requires NatGas

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One of the things Ernest “Hair” Moniz (former Secretary of Energy under Barack Hussein Obama) did after leaving the government was to found a nonprofit clean energy think tank called The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). EFI along with Energy and Environmental Economics (E3) has just released a report (below) which says, in part, natural gas will be needed to provide reliable energy supplies in New England, despite the region’s religious quest to “decarbonize.” This will not go down well with Bidenistas, especially if old Joe taps Moniz as his Secretary of Energy (as is being rumored).
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Worker Killed Delivering Equipment to Well Pad in Lycoming County

We have sad news to report. Yesterday a 50-year-old man was unloading a large excavator off a trailer at natural gas well pad in Lycoming County, PA when the tailgate/ramp he was trying to lower knocked him to the ground and landed on his chest resulting in “traumatic asphyxiation.” We don’t have a lot of details, but we do have some…
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Va. NatGas Pipeline Project in Trouble, Gas-Fired Plant in Doubt

Last December MDN told you about a second natural gas-fired power plant planned for Charles City County, Va. (near Richmond) being developed by C4GT (see 2nd Gas-Fired Power Plant, Pipe Coming to Charles City County, VA). It appears the project is in trouble, which means a 24-mile pipeline to feed it is also in trouble. It is because of the pipeline and a regulatory filing that we know about the gas-fired plant’s troubles.
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Gulfport Energy Looks to Cancel Pipeline Contracts via Bankruptcy

On Monday we brought you the news that Gulfport Energy, the third-largest driller in the Ohio Utica Shale, had filed for bankruptcy over the weekend (see Gulfport Energy Files for Pre-arranged Chapter 11 Bankruptcy). The company issued an update yesterday to say federal bankruptcy court has approved its “first day” motions that allow Gulfport to borrow more money, pay certain people, etc.

We have an update (11/19/20) below.
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PA Lawmakers Send Bill Splitting Conventional & Shale Regs to Gov

The Pennsylvania Senate previously passed and yesterday “concurred” (signed-off on) Senate Bill 790, sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. SB 790 restores sanity to regulations for conventional oil and gas drillers in the Keystone State. Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf has stubbornly said he will veto this common sense bill. Why are we not surprised?
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DPR: All Shale Plays, Incl. M-U, Continue Big Drop in Production

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Yesterday our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), published our favorite monthly report, the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The latest DPR, which shows estimates for oil and gas production from the seven largest shale plays in the U.S., shows a drop in shale gas production across every single play, including the Marcellus/Utica, coming next month in December. The M-U is forecast to drop another 133 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) from production levels in November.
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New Phila. Gas Works CEO-in-Waiting Wants to Expand Gas Sales

Seth Shapiro (credit: Philadelphia Inquirer)

Seth A. Shapiro will become the new CEO of the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) at the end of next year when current CEO Craig White retires. Beginning Jan. 4, Shapiro will become PGW’s new chief operating officer. In an interview with the Philly Inquirer, Shapiro shared his thoughts on the future of the country’s largest municipally-owned natural gas utility. What will no doubt be a disappointment to Big Green radicals, Shapiro is not looking to stop the sale of natural gas. In fact, he wants to expand it.
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Railed Marcellus Propane Keeps New England Warm in Winter

New England “doesn’t produce a barrel of crude oil, a gallon of NGLs, or a cubic foot of natural gas.” All of the considerable quantity of fossil fuels the region uses for energy must be brought in–by pipeline (very few pipelines), truck, ship, or rail. Propane is one of the primary heating fuels used in New England. Guess where the region’s propane comes from, and how it gets there?
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