PA DEP Massive Shale Permit Fee Affects Drilling, PA Economy

In August Pennsylvania hiked its permit fee to drill a new shale well to be the most expensive of any state in the country, from $5,000 to $12,500 (see Permit Fee to Drill PA Shale Well Officially Went Up 250% on Aug 1). New analysis by the non-partisan think tank Allegheny Institute for Public Policy says the new fee is deterring new drilling and will likely be a drag on PA’s economy.
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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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DOE Approves Cove Point, Six Other Plants to Export LNG Thru 2050

Last week the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced it has extended the terms of seven long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export authorizations through 2050. One of the facilities receiving an extension is the Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland, a facility that exports 100% Marcellus molecules.
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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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M-U Fracker Explains How Biden Presidency Will End U.S. Oil Boom

Dan Doyle, Reliance Well Services

If you want to know what a Biden/Harris administration will look like, how it will treat the fossil fuel industry (specifically oil and gas), you can wind the clock back and look at the Obama/Biden administration and get a pretty good idea. Dan Doyle, president of Reliance Well Services, a fracking company based in Pennsylvania, lived through the hell of the Obama years. The Obama administration targeted Dan’s company and Dan personally (IRS, Dept. of Labor, Attorney General). Doyle says Obama “weaponized” the federal government against the shale industry and his company, and Biden will do the same. He reveals just how they operate.
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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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Town Rejects Permit to Drill Shale Well at Pittsburgh Steel Mill

In June MDN told you that the East Pittsburgh Borough Zoning Board, bullied by anti-fossil fuel radicals, had revoked a permit allowing a series of Marcellus Shale wells to be drilled on the property of U.S. Steel Corp.’s Edgar Thomson steel mill, the oldest still-operating steel mill in the country (see Town Revokes Permit to Drill Shale Well at Pittsburgh Steel Mill). The Zoning Board voted last Thursday 3-2 against an appeal by the driller to reissue the revoked permits. The driller has promised to take it to court.
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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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Shale to Play Big Role in PA “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback”

Pennsylvania is so lucky to have a group of talented state legislators in both the House and Senate. Last week a group of House Republicans introduced a group of new bills they have dubbed “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback.” The bills are aimed at bringing more jobs to the Keystone State in the manufacturing and energy sector. One of the bills is squarely aimed at getting the foot-draggers at the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to approve permits faster.
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Renovo Energy Center Roars Back to Life, Upsized to 1,240 MW

Sometimes plans change, for the better! That’s what has happened with a Marcellus-fired power plant planned for Clinton County, PA called the Renovo Energy Center. The last time we wrote about Renovo was in February 2018 (see Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant in Clinton County, PA Gets DEP Approval). Happily, the project is active once again–and it has been upsized.
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Fed Court: Weymouth Compressor Can Keep State Permit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, located in Massachusetts, has ruled that Enbridge, builder of the Weymouth compressor station, can keep a previously-issued state permit for the station, a permit that allows it to operate. This is the final humiliation and defeat of rabid anti-fossil fuelers who dedicated themselves to blocking the plant.
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PA DEP Fines Landfill (with Drill Cuttings) 2nd Time – $59K

The Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill in Westmoreland County, PA (southwestern corner of the state, near Pittsburgh) was fined $24,000 earlier this year (see PA DEP Fines Drill Cuttings Landfill for Contaminated Runoff). The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) claimed effluent from the landfill, because the landfill accepts shale drill cuttings, had damaged a water treatment system in a nearby municipality. The DEP is back to shake down the landfill again, this time assessing a $59,000 fine.
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