Equitrans 4Q Update: Still on Track to Complete MVP This Year

Yesterday Equitrans Midstream, formerly EQT Midstream, delivered its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 update. A key focus for the company is completing the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA. Company officials yesterday expressed confidence they will get the balance of the 92% already-completed project done and fully online by the end of this year. That is terrific news indeed!
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MVP Asks FERC to OK Final Water Crossings, Antis Get Desperate

Yesterday Equitrans Midstream issued its 4Q and full-year 2020 update (see today’s lead story). There was discussion during the Q&A portion of yesterday’s Equitrans conference call referring to the company’s recent request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to change the type of stream crossing process it can use at 120 locations to cross 181 water bodies and wetlands so it can complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project this year.
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Williams 4Q Update: Marcellus G&P Hits Record High – G +7%, P +9%

Our headline is a bit cryptic, so we’ll explain right up front that G&P stands for gathering and processing. In pipeline giant Williams’ latest update (covering 4th quarter and full-year 2020) company reps said the Northeast G&P unit “continues to come on very strong producing record results and contributing $29 million of additional EBITDA this quarter.” They also said Northeast (namely Marcellus) gathering volumes grew by 7% in 4Q, and processing volumes grew by 9%.
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Marcellus Stagecoach Sees Record Volumes, Con Ed Wants to Sell

In 2016 Crestwood Equity Partners formed a joint venture with New York City’s largest utility company, Consolidated Edison Inc., to operate a critical link of pipelines and storage facilities in the heart of the Utica/Marcellus, called Stagecoach Gas Services (see Con Ed & Crestwood Seal the Deal on Marcellus Pipeline/Storage JV). Crestwood, which owns and operates midstream businesses in multiple shale plays across the United States, released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 update yesterday. The big news (for us) is that Crestwood partner Con Ed is looking to sell its 50% share of the Stagecoach jv.
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Penn State Says Compressor Stn Noise Affects Songbirds

The official state bird for New York State is the tiny Eastern bluebird–no bigger than a chickadee. Here at MDN HQ, we maintain two bird feeders year-round in the front yard. We can remember only maybe 3-4 times over the years we’ve actually seen a bluebird at our feeders. The bluebird is one of our favorites because we see it so rarely. According to researchers at Penn State in State College, PA, loud noise from pipeline compressor stations has the ability to “diminish” the “reproductive success” of bluebirds and other songbirds. Who would even think to conduct such an experiment?
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Big Green Loses Federal Lawsuit to Block MVP from Finishing

In January several Big Green groups, including the odious Sierra Club, asked the Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a FERC order from last December that allows the 92% complete Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to resume certain portions of construction (see Big Green Groups Sue FERC to Block MVP from Finishing). What do you know? The Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit turned down the request by Big Green.
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FERC Considers Canceling Already Built/Running Weymouth Compressor

There’s nothing like changing the rules of the game after the game is done and over. Sounds like something a petulant child would do, but in this case the petulant child is the Democrat-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) potentially rewriting rules (after the game was played) in an attempt to shut down a brand new, state-of-the-art, fully functional compressor station that’s delivering 133 MMcf/d (million cubic feet per day) of extra natural gas supply to New England and beyond. Welcome to the dystopian world of Joe Biden and Dick Glick.
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FERC’s Dick Glick Tees Up Policy Change to Reject New Pipelines

Newly appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard “Dick” Glick continues to wreak havoc on the natural gas pipeline sector. Since he was first appointed by Donald Trump more than three years ago, Democrat Glick has voted against every new pipeline project to come before him. Now he wants to rewrite the rules so future FERC commissioners will be handcuffed, binding them to a policy that requires them to reject new pipeline projects long after Glick has exited stage left.
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Chester Co DA’s “Buy a Badge” Case Against ME2 Pipe Complete Bust

Last August we told you about the politically-motivated prosecution (by the Chester County, PA District Attorney’s office) of 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). Last June a Chester County Magisterial District Judge dismissed the entire case against the local head of security for Energy Transfer (builder of ME2) in what the Chester DA’s office lyingly calls a “buy a badge scheme” (see Chester DA Charges Against ME Pipe Security Chief Tossed by Judge). Since it couldn’t hurt Energy Transfer, the DA’s office decided to go after the security firm hired by Energy Transfer instead. Talk about low. After several more dismissals, the case is now almost completely resolved–with NO convictions of any kind. That is, the entire case against ET and the security guards is a bust. A waste of time and taxpayer money.
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Are WV’s Rugged Mountains Too Much for Mountain Valley Pipeline?

WV mountains

Equitrans Midstream’s Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), which stretches 303 miles from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA, is backed into a corner by anti-fossil fuelers. The project is 92% complete and in the ground, yet somehow antis have successfully blocked an Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) that allows the project to cross creeks and rivers and mud puddles. Antis convinced three leftist judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the NWP12 permit–twice. One of the ongoing issues the project faces are steep mountain passes in West Virginia.
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ET Update – Mariner East 2 Gets Finished in 2Q21

Pipeline giant Energy Transfer made quite a splash yesterday during its 4Q and full-year 2020 update by announcing the company has cut a deal to buy Enable Midstream for $7.2 billion. That deal, while important, has nothing to do with the M-U region. We were interested in talk about the company’s Mariner East (ME) pipeline system and Marcus Hook terminal–and there was plenty of talk about those important assets too. Co-CEO Tom Long said he expects the last pieces of ME to finally be done in the second quarter of this year.
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ME2 Pipe Does NOT have to Pay Anti Attorneys in Lawsuit Settlement

Here’s a small victory to celebrate. In July 2018 three radical environmental groups dropped their objections to permits the DEP previously granted for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline. Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed Association, and THE Delaware Riverkeeper “settled” their appeal of 20 permits issued to Sunoco for the ME2 project (see Enviro Groups Back Down on Challenging DEP Permits for ME2 Pipe). After settling, the radicals demanded that Sunoco/Mariner East pay $228,246 in legal fees, even though the radicals are the ones who did the suing!
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PennEnergy Sells PA Pipe System to Energy Spectrum & UGI for $205M

Once you sort through all of the subsidiaries of subsidiaries of subsidiaries, you’ll find this news from a press release we spotted this morning: PennEnergy Resources has sold a gathering pipeline system in western Pennsylvania, called Pine Run Midstream, to a joint venture partnership between venture capital firm Energy Spectrum Partners (based in Texas) and utility/pipeline company UGI (based in Pennsylvania). Sale price: $205 million.
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WV Sen. Joe Manchin Continues Letter Writing to Biden, Pro NatGas

WV Sen. Joe Manchin

Early last week West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin sent a “Dear Joe” letter to President Biden expressing his support for both Keystone and MVP (see WV U.S. Senators Strongly Oppose Biden’s Climate Policies, Nominees). In the letter, Manchin asked Biden to reconsider pulling the permit for Keystone XL. He made the point loud and clear that our country must maintain its energy security through pipeline projects like Keystone and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Interestingly, Manchin sent a second letter to Biden on Friday, this one to promote fracking and natural gas infrastructure.
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Glick’s FERC Priority: Pipes are Racist & Should be Blocked

FERC Chairman Richard Glick

Last Thursday the newly elevated Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Richard “Dick” Glick, told reporters about his priorities for FERC moving forward under radicalized Joe Biden. One of the top priorities is “improving the commission’s approval processes for natural gas infrastructure.” Translation: No new natural gas pipelines. Another priority is to “more aggressively fulfill its [FERC’s] responsibilities to ensure our decisions don’t unfairly impact historically marginalized communities.” Translation: Consider new pipelines that come anywhere close to a majority-black community to be racist and worthy of rejection.
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DC Fed Court Hears Anti Lawsuit to Block 2.1 Miles Gas Pipe in MA

Food & Water Watch, the virulent, leftist anti-fossil fuel group, will get its day in court today in the organization’s bid to block a tiny 2.1-mile pipeline looping project in western Massachusetts. But lest you think the lawsuit being argued today before the liberal D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is just about a small pipe project in liberal Massachusetts, think again. FWW is attempting to use this case to shut down all future pipeline projects too. Is the fix in with this case?
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