PA DEP at Fault for Marsh Creek Lake Drilling Mud Spill

It could have been avoided. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has no one to blame but themselves for what happened at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County, PA, when Energy Transfer (ET), drilling underground to install a pipeline for the Mariner East 2 project, experienced a drilling mud spill in August (see Mariner East 2X Construction Causes Another Drilling Mud Spill).
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2 Yrs After Explosion Revolution Pipe in Beaver Co. Begins Repairs

Energy Transfer (ET), builder and operator of the Revolution Pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania, last week received permission from the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to reroute a section that “slipped” after record rainfall two years ago, resulting in an explosion in Beaver County.
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Army Corps Reissues NWP12 for Mountain Valley Pipeline in VA, WV

Some fantastic news to share. Last Friday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissued the second of three necessary permits required to finally finish the 92% complete Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project in Virginia and West Virginia. The Army Corps reissued a permit they previously issued (but got overturned by Big Green groups in court), a Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12, allowing the project to cross over or under some 1,000 or so creeks, rivers, and wetlands.
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Equitrans Asks FERC to Allow MVP Construction Restart This Week

On Tuesday Equitrans Midstream sent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) an official letter (called a filing) politely requesting FERC get off its collective rear end and grant permission to resume construction activities for Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) so they can complete certain kinds of work before winter sets in. Equitrans requested an order allowing work to resume no later than…tomorrow!
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PA Fines Atlantic Sunrise Pipe $836K for Years-Old Violations

Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, a 200-mile greenfield pipeline from northeastern to southeastern PA where it joins the Transco Pipeline, went online in October 2018 (see FERC Approves Atlantic Sunrise for Startup! Pipe Opens Sat. Oct. 6). Shippers on Atlantic Sunrise include Cabot Oil & Gas, Seneca Resources, and Range Resources. Yesterday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it is (two years after it went online) assessing fines for violations that happened during construction of the pipeline 2-3 years ago.
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PA DEP Approves Mariner East 2 Pipe Changes in 3 SEPA Locations

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued modified permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project in three southeast PA locations (Delaware and Chester counties). Each location has faced problems with underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD). The modifications allow a different type of installation method to be used–open trench.
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PBS Up Snitz Creek with False Reporting re ME2 Pipe Problems

We don’t know if PBS StateImpact Pennsylvania “reporters” are just sloppy in their reporting, or if they intentionally lie. Either way, it doesn’t look good for StateImpact. PBS reporter Jon Hurdle’s latest Big Green hit piece, published yesterday on StateImpact, is wholly manufactured out of nothing. He claims there are continuing problems with drilling for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project at Snitz Creek in Lebanon County, PA. There are not.
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Mass. Senators Ask Enbridge to Delay Weymouth Compressor Startup

Last week Enbridge asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to bring its Weymouth, Massachusetts compressor station online by Oct. 1 (see Enbridge Asks FERC to Start Up Weymouth Compressor in 2 Weeks). Because of a brief problem during testing, Massachusetts U.S. Senators Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren and Ed “Lackey” Markey are pressuring (bullying) Enbridge to delay the start of the Weymouth station.
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Enbridge Using Solar Farm to Power TETCO Compressor Station in NJ

Enbridge, the owner/operator of the Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline Company (TETCO), is building a first. The company is building a compressor station in Hunterdon County, New Jersey that is all-electric. Building an all-electric compressor isn’t a first (although it’s not typical). What is a first is where the electricity will come from to power it–a big, ugly 12-acre solar farm sitting nearby.
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Antis Continue Attacks on PennEast Pipe 2-Phase Construction Plan

Jiu-jitsu

Anti fossil fuel zealots, citing their hatred of “fracked gas,” continue to attack a plan by PennEast Pipeline to separate construction and build the pipeline from northeastern PA into New Jersey into two phases–build the PA portion first, and the NJ portion later. PennEast Pipeline is a $1.2 billion, 118-mile brand new (greenfield) pipeline project planned between the Wilkes-Barre, PA area and the Trenton, NJ area. The project has faced stiff opposition from nutty Big Green groups and from the Democrats who have seized control of NJ.
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FERC Approves MVP Southgate 2nd Time – Rejects Rehearing

MVP Southgate map (click for larger version)

In June the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued final approval for Equitrans Midstream’s 75-mile expansion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) from southern Virginia into North Carolina, a project called MVP Southgate (see FERC Approves Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension to NC). Well-funded Big Green groups immediately filed a “rehearing” request, the first step on the way to a court challenge. Yesterday FERC commissioners denied the rehearing request.
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Enbridge Asks FERC to Start Up Weymouth Compressor in 2 Weeks

Last week Enbridge began testing its Weymouth, Massachusetts compressor station project, the final piece of the company’s $452 million Atlantic Bridge expansion project (see Weymouth, MA Compressor Stn Begins Testing, Coming Online Soon). As sometimes happens when you begin testing, there was a problem. A gasket failure led to an unplanned release of 265 Mcf of gas Friday morning (see Emergency Shutdown at Weymouth Compressor During Initial Test). Even with that hiccup, Enbridge says the plant is now ready to go online.
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It’s War: EQT Claims it Can Buy Hammerhead Pipe Due to MVP Delay

What started out as a spat between two companies that used to be one and the same, EQT and Equitrans, has quickly turned into open warfare that’s heading for court. We’re talking about the flap over whether or not EQT has the right to buy out Equitrans’ Hammerhead pipeline, and turn around and sell it, as EQT is now trying to do (see EQT & Equitrans Spat Over Hammerhead Pipeline Goes Public).
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FERC Clamps Down on States Like NY re Clean Water Act Permits

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is making official what has, until now, been unofficial (but enforceable via court orders)–state environmental agencies have exactly one year to dither around and then either grant or reject issuing a Section 401 permit for pipelines (and other projects) to cross rivers and streams and wetlands. Last week FERC issued a Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to make the one-year time limit (a part of law under the Federal Clean Water Act) an official part of FERC regulations too.
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U.S. NatGas Exports via LNG, Pipelines Takes a Nosedive

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the U.S. came from literally zero in early 2016 to a total theoretical capacity today of 8.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). The first three months of this year saw U.S. LNG exports average 7.9 Bcf/d–almost full capacity! Since then, our LNG exports have gone over a metaphorical cliff. In June, U.S. LNG exports averaged 3.6 Bcf/d. The turning point came in April.
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