FERC Deadlocks 2-2, Refuses to Let MVP Change Water Crossing Plan

You can’t say we didn’t warn you about new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Allison Clements, a radical leftist (see U.S. Senate Confirms Radical NRDC Lawyer as FERC Commissioner). Clements joined her fellow radical, Richard “Dick” Glick in voting against a request by Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to change drilling methods to cross creeks and rivers from open-cut trenching to underground horizontal directional drilling. It just became exponentially harder for MVP to finish its 92% completed pipeline project.
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Judge Tosses Chester DA Charges Against ME2 Security Worker

Last August we told you about the politically-motivated prosecution (by the Chester County, PA District Attorney’s office) of two men connected to a security firm providing off-duty constables to protect Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline construction sites (see Chester DA Persecution of Off-Duty Constables Guarding ME2 Pipe). A Chester County judge has just completely tossed the case against one of those men, exonerating and restoring his good name.
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Strong Support for PennEast Pipe During PA DEP Virtual Hearing

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a virtual hearing to accept public comment on the topic of issuing water crossing and sediment/erosion permits for the PennEast Pipeline project. The hearing lasted over three hours with some 70+ people speaking (for up to 3 minutes each). Much to the consternation of anti-fossil fuelers, there was a strong showing of support for the project.
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US Forest Service Issues Approval for MVP Thru Jefferson Forest

In mid-December, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued an environmental impact statement (EIS) that supports plans for Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to run through 3.5 miles of woodlands, and under the Appalachian Trail, in the Jefferson National Forest in Monroe County in West Virginia, in and Giles and Montgomery counties in Virginia (see US Forest Service Issues EIS Supporting MVP Thru Jefferson Forest). The good news is that yesterday USFS issued a final approval, which allows MVP to proceed with construction (once the BLM chimes in with a right-of-way grant and permit).
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Virginia DEQ Taking Public Comments on MVP Southgate Compressor

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Although Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile greenfield pipeline from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA (92% completed) is currently mired in delays due to a lawsuit by the Sierra Club and colluding Democrat judges on the 4th Circuit Court, MVP is not letting the situation slow them down with respect to extending MVP into North Carolina.
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NJ Democrat AG Asks US Supreme Crt to Ignore PennEast Pipe Case

Last June New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to not even consider hearing a case involving PennEast Pipeline (see NJ AG Lies to U.S. Supreme Court re Impacts of PennEast Ruling). Just before Christmas Grewal filed a new/updated brief with the same request–asking the Supremes to ignore the PennEast case. Grewal, an officer of the court, seeks to deny the project its day in court. How screwed up is that?
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NRDC Gears Up to Fight NJ LNG Export Facility, PennEast Pipe

Big Green (Democrat) organizations are feeling full of themselves following the Biden/Harris election and winning control of the Senate. They’re making some pretty big boasts of what they’ll demand from Biden and Chuck Schumer. Demands like no new pipelines, ban natural gas everywhere, force all new cars to be electric, yada yada yada. One of the worst of the worst of the Big Green groups is the radical National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In a blog post yesterday, the New York chapter of the NRDC lays out its 2021 plans that include their intent to try and block the construction of the New Jersey LNG export facility and block construction of the PennEast Pipeline in Pennsylvania.
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Antis Pressure Biden to Remove O&G Pipes from Army Corps NWP12

Because of constant court challenges, the Trump administration just completed a redo of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12), a general permit used in constructing pipelines. Antis believe the redo will make it easier for the incoming Biden administration to simply delete oil and gas pipelines from the permit. The cancel culture strikes again.
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Virginia DEQ Changes Pipe Regs in Effort to Block MVP Finish

Don’t you love playing a game with a child and part of the way through the game, the child simply changes the rules for how the game is played (particularly when they are losing)? That’s what comes to mind with the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) recent action in disallowing any pipeline bigger than 36 inches to use a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) to cross creeks, rivers, and wetlands. The move is meant to block Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 42-inch pipeline, from finishing its installation work (the pipeline is 92% complete).
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Dominion Files Plan with FERC to “Undo” Atlantic Coast Pipe Work

Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) had laid 30 miles of pipeline and had cut trees for 222 miles along the 600-mile route before Dominion decided last summer it no longer wanted to be in the interstate pipeline business, canceling ACP (see Dominion Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipe, Sells Pipe Biz for $9.7B). Earlier this week Dominion filed a plan (full copy below) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to clean up and “undo” the project.
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MVP Asks FERC to Use Alternative Method to Finish 77 Miles

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 303-mile, 2 Bcf/d pipeline to move Marcellus/Utica gas from West Virginia to southern Virginia, has been hounded by radicals from Big Green groups including the Sierra Club for years. Big Green apparently has the clown judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in its back pocket because the clowns keep overturning legal and legitimately issued permits by government agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see 4th Circuit Clown Judges Signal They’ll Overturn MVP Permit, Again). MVP is now trying to get around the court’s obstructionism with an alternative method to install pipe.
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Blackmon’s Predictions for Oil & Gas Industry in 2021

David Blackmon is an independent energy analyst/consultant based in Mansfield, TX. Blackmon is a Forbes contributor and has a 39-year career in the oil and gas industry, most of it in public policy and managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies, including Burlington Resources, Shell, El Paso Corporation, FTI Consulting and LINN Energy. Blackmon has been around the block a few times and understands not only the technical aspects of our industry, but the politics as well. He recently peered into his crystal ball and predicted what lies ahead (i.e. challenges) for the O&G industry in 2021, including a “regulatory onslaught” from Joe Biden…
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Columbiana County Asks OH Gov. to OK Shale Gas Pipe to Lake Erie

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Two weeks ago Trumbull County, OH’s Board of Commissioners sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine requesting DeWine order a feasibility study on a “lake-to-river natural gas pipeline” project that will extend along the State Route 11 corridor from Columbiana County all the way to Ashtabula Harbor on Lake Erie. The pipeline will flow Utica gas produced in Columbiana (and surrounding counties) to manufacturers located along the Erie shoreline.
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NJ DEP Approves TGP NatGas Compressor Station to Help NYC

In an effort to flow more natural gas to a starving New York City, Kinder Morgan cut a deal with utility company Consolidated Edison in 2019 to provide more gas by beefing up capacity along its Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) that feeds NYC, allowing Con Ed to avoid cutting customers off from natgas hookups (see Con Ed Deal May End Westchester, NY Gas Moratorium…in 2023). Part of KM’s plan to beef up TGP includes building a super-quiet, zero-emissions electric compressor station in West Milford Township in Passaic County. The West Milford compressor is one big step closer to reality following approval by the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP).
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Woman Small Biz Owner Thanks ME Pipe for Dreams Come True

Brenda Matias-Falco

Week after week and month after month anti-fossil fuel “environmental” groups, aided and abetted by their willing accomplices in mainstream “media”, bash away at Energy Transfer’s Mariner East (ME) pipeline projects, particularly in the southeast PA region near Philadelphia. What you don’t hear are stories of how ME has transformed and benefited individuals and entire companies–for the better. We have one such story below, written by a woman who owns a small business in the Philly area.
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Two Williams Projects Online Early: Leidy South & Southeastern Trail

During the Williams third-quarter 2020 update in early November, CEO Alan Armstrong shared some interesting and relevant (to the Marcellus/Utica) comments (see Williams Record M-U Volumes, Early Startup for SET, Leidy South). Armstrong said two important pipeline projects that will carry M-U gas to other markets, the Southeastern Trail (SET) expansion project and the Leidy South project, were both in the midst of coming online, ahead of schedule. On Friday Williams issued a press release to say indeed it has now happened.
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