TGP Fined $800K in Massachusetts for Pipe Project Done Years Ago

Mass. AG Maura Healey

Corrupt Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, is forcing Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) to pay the state $800,000 for alleged violations of environmental laws that happened three years ago while building a couple of miles of pipeline through a state forest. The “damage” was done in 2017. Does Healey have nothing better to do than review long-completed projects and gin up faux violations to shake down companies for big money? Does anyone else think that’s grossly corrupt? And, are there any companies left operating in Massachusetts with this kind of hostility toward business?
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Now Runs Cove Point LNG!

In July, when Dominion Energy announced it had decided to exit the natural gas pipeline business by selling it to Warren Buffett and cancel the much-needed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, the company said it would retain a 50% ownership in its Cove Point LNG export facility and sell a 25% interest to Buffett’s company (see Dominion Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipe, Sells Pipe Biz for $9.7B). Not mentioned in the original announcement was that Buffett’s company would take over the operation of the Cove Point facility…
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Weymouth, MA Drops Opposition to Compressor in Return for $38M

“It’s dangerous! It’s a killer! It will flow evil, nasty fracked gas! It’ll explode and kill everyone within a mile, and if it doesn’t explode, emissions from the plant will poison everyone around it anyway!” Those are the faux arguments used by radicals in Weymouth, Massachusetts to smear a compressor station built by Enbridge. All of those arguments have just magically disappeared. The price tag to make it happen? Enbridge will pay $10 million now, and $28 million later, for a grand total of $38 million.
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NJ Water Agency Approves TGP NatGas Compressor Stn to Help NYC

The New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council (“Highlands Council”) is a regional planning agency that works in partnership with municipalities and counties in the Highlands Region to help them implement the state’s 2004 Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the Highlands Act). The Highlands Council has just given its blessing for a Tennesee Gas Pipeline (TGP) compressor station in Passaic County, NJ, near the border with Westchester, NY.
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FERC Says Gulfport Energy Can’t Cancel REX Pipeline Contracts

While Gulfport Energy (big Ohio Utica driller) hasn’t officially filed for bankruptcy, it’s certainly a possibility (see Gulfport Energy Misses Debt Payment, in “Restructuring” Talks). Rockies Express (REX) pipeline, as a preemptive measure to prevent Gulfport from using Chapter 11 as an excuse to break its contract, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue an order that disallows Gulfport from breaking its REX contract should it file for bankruptcy.
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PA DEP Trash Talks ET/Sunoco re Mariner East 2 Problems

The bad blood between Energy Transfer (ET) and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues. ET’s Sunoco Pipeline subsidiary is desperately trying to complete the Mariner East 2X pipeline from eastern Ohio through to Marcus Hook near Philadelphia. A recent drilling mud spill in Marsh Creek State Park prompted the DEP to demand Sunoco change the route for ME2X (which was less than 60 days from being done) to a new route around the State Park (see PA DEP Orders Sunoco to Reroute ME2X Pipeline Around State Park).
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Massachusetts Antis Want Eversource to Block New Gas for Customers

There is no explaining lunatics like those belonging to the Columbia Gas Resistance Campaign in Springfield, Massachusetts who seek to block new and expanded delivery of natural gas to its customers. Following the disaster in September 2018 from a series of explosions that occurred in Columbia Gas’ local delivery pipelines north of Boston (see Local NatGas Pipes Explode Near Boston Killing 1, Injuring 25), Columbia was forced to sell its Massachusetts natural gas-delivery franchise to Eversource, a competitor (see Columbia Selling Mass. Gas Utility Biz to Competitor Eversource).
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Anits Ask FERC to Keep Ready-to-Start Weymouth Compressor Closed

Anti-fossil fuel nutters believe they have an opening to try and bully the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) into de-certifying a fully permitted and ready-to-start compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts because of an “emergency” release of a few puffs of natural gas during final testing of the facility.
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Sunoco Appeals DEP Order to Reroute ME2 Pipe from Marsh Creek Park

Energy Transfer (Sunoco Pipeline) is pushing back against a demand by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) that the company’s Mariner East 2X pipeline project be rerouted around Marsh Creek State Park (in Chester County, PA) following a drilling mud spill in August. Sunoco has asked the PA Environmental Hearing Board, a special court created to hear appeals of DEP decisions, to override the DEP’s demand to reroute ME2X.
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Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Gets OK to Begin Some Construction

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Adelphia Gateway is a plan to convert an old/existing 84-mile oil pipeline stretching from Northampton County, PA through Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, terminating in Delaware County at Marcus Hook, into a natural gas pipeline–flowing Marcellus gas to southeast PA. Earlier this month the project received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin work on converting part of the existing pipeline.
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NYSEG Tells Lansing, NY Turn Down Thermostat to Avoid Gas Shortage

This would be funny if it weren’t so darned sad. In Lansing, NY, just outside of Planet Ithaca in Tompkins County, the local utility (NYSEG) wanted to build a short pipeline in 2017 to supply new customers with natural gas, but was blocked by crazies who irrationally hate fossil fuels (see Lansing NY Officials Fight Back Against Tinfoil Hat Fossil Fuel Haters). The pipeline was never built and since that time businesses and homeowners who wanted to build in the town have gone elsewhere. There’s the unmistakable stench of economic death in the air around Lansing (see Natgas Customer Moratorium Killing Ithaca Suburb of Lansing, NY). NYSEG now has an alternative to building the pipeline–turn down the thermostat.
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FERC Finally Approves Louisiana XPress Compressor Construction

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) finally, after months of dithering, granted approval to TC Energy to begin construction of its Louisiana XPress project to beef up flows along the existing Columbia pipeline system by an additional 850 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) by adding three new compressor stations and expanding a fourth compressor in Louisiana.
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PA DEP Hassles Mariner East Pipe for Tiny Snitz Creek Mud Spill

Once again the Mariner East 2 pipeline project is up Snitz Creek…without a paddle? There have been a number of “inadvertent returns” or mud spills in Snitz Creek, place where drilling mud is used to grease a drill bit for drilling holes under the creek. Mud has popped up where it’s not supposed to. Some of the mud spills have been, literally, just a couple of gallons. NOTHING. A recent spill on Oct. 19 was for 200 gallons.
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EDF Radicals Ask Court to Shut Down M-U Pipeline to St. Louis

Radicalized leftists from environmental groups like the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are no longer content to try and prevent the construction of new natural gas pipelines, they now seek to shut down already-built and flowing pipelines. Case in point: A year ago the Spire STL pipeline came online flowing Marcellus/Utica molecules to the St. Louis area (see Spire Pipeline Ready to Flow Marcellus/Utica Gas to St. Louis). EDF is now trying to convince a court to overturn the original FERC approval for the project, which would shut it all down.
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PA Court Shuts Down Anti Request for ME2 Emergency Plan

Anti-fossil fuelers are predictable and their motives transparent. A movement anti in Chester County (liberal, far-left Democrat) wanted to expose confidential safety information about the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline public. Specifically, he wanted to reveal “blast radius” information in hopes of inflaming opposition against the pipeline in his near-religious effort to get the pipeline permanently shut down. It’s a holy war for these people. Zealotry.
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4th Circuit Clown Judges Once Again Stop MVP Construction

Enough! How many times do we have to put up with Obama/Clinton liberal Democrat judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit blocking the legal and legitimate construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)–a project which is 92% in the ground and done! Last Friday the clowns did it again for the umpteenth time–slapping a “temporary” order blocking construction because the anti-America, Russia-backed Sierra Club filed yet another frivolous lawsuit against the project.
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