Geological and Economic Survey’s Critical Role in WV O&G

Life is full of unsung heroes. The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) is one such hero in the Mountain State. WVGES plays a vital role in the state’s shale gas/oil industry. How WVGES determines where and how much natural gas, oil, and NGLs are located under the crust of WV. They also determine how best to take advantage of those natural resources.
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WV Employs Just 11 Inspectors for 75K Active & Abandoned O&G Wells

The West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas (part of the Dept. of Environmental Protection) reports there are some 60,000 active and 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. Staffers at Oil and Gas respond to complaints and do the inspection for all those wells. Currently, there are just 14 field staffers with three moving to other positions leaving just 11 staffers who are in the field to monitor all those wells.
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Antis Pressure FERC for Hearing to Shut Down Weymouth Compressor

Early last week MDN shared the great news that Enbridge’s Weymouth, Mass. compressor station finally, after years of government delays in building it, went online (see Weymouth, MA Compressor Station Now Online – Will it Stay Online?). As our headline last week teased, the question now is whether or not it will remain online. What could possibly cause it to shut down again? The answer may surprise you.
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How Biden’s Drilling Ban on Federal Lands Affects the M-U

On Joe Biden’s first day in occupying the White House, he signed an Executive Order (EO) suspending new oil and gas leasing while the Interior Department reviews existing leases and permitting practices for 60 days. The aim is to make the federal lease ban permanent. However, some permits on existing leases will continue to be issued during the 60-day review period. You may think Biden’s federal lease ban does not affect the Marcellus/Utica region. You would be wrong.
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Gov. Wolf Admits Carbon Tax Will Close Coal, Gas-Fired Plants

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is openly admitting that his cockamamie plan to force PA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)–a carbon tax scheme that will cost PA residents $2.36 billion over ten years–will in fact cause the closure of coal and gas-fired power plants throughout his state. Wolf’s brilliant plan to overcome the big negatives of power plant closings? A new government program, funded by taxpayers.
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FERC Commissioner Clements Trash Talks MVP, PennEast, All Pipes

Allison Clements

Yeah, well, you can’t say we didn’t warn you (and President Trump) about former NRDC lawyer and extremist radical Allison Clements. Clements should never have been appointed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a commissioner by Trump (see U.S. Senate Confirms Radical NRDC Lawyer as FERC Commissioner). In a recent “wide-ranging” interview, Clements trash-talked both the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and PennEast Pipeline projects and said the process for permitting all natural gas pipelines is “broken.” And she’s just the person to “fix” it. Neuter is more like the word.
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VT Gas Pipeline Still Hounded Years After Project is Done & Flowing

Vermont Gas is probably sorry it ever decided to build a tiny 41-mile pipeline between Chittenden and Addison counties to deliver clean-burning natural gas to Vermonters. Not only was the project hounded by anti-fossil fuel nutjobs, since going online in 2017 the project has been hounded by the State of Vermont itself! After a multi-year investigation, the state is accusing the project of multiple violations during construction and about to levy a hefty fine.
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FERC’s Dick Glick Targets NatGas Pipes Using Eminent Domain

FERC Chairman Glick

Newly appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard “Dick” Glick is already targeting natural gas pipelines–to keep them from getting built. Since his appointment by Donald Trump, Glick, a Chuck Schumer Democrat, has voted against every single new natural gas pipeline project using the excuse of man-made global warming. Now he’s using the tactic of pitting landowners against pipeline projects over the issue of using eminent domain.
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The Left’s Plan to Strip American Freedom Using “Climate Change”

Forget about the great American road trip. You won’t be able to charge your electric vehicle quickly enough or (in some cases) at all. Prepare to have your views of the countryside ruined by solar panels and windmills on just about every available hill, mountain, and ridgeline. Oh yeah, and get used to being a vegetarian too, because cows and pigs and chickens burp and fart too much methane and all that animal methane is toasting mom earth. You may think we’re joking, just poking fun at environmentalist wackos. Just read the AP article below and give us your interpretation of what those who now occupy D.C. have planned for YOU–citizens of the US of A.
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Backstabber Chatterjee Promotes Transition Away from Natural Gas

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) member Neil Chatterjee during a recent webinar “laid out the business case for the GOP to get on board with the clean energy transition.” Chatterjee “urged the natural gas sector to be nimble and open to new opportunities the transition may present.” What kind of “new” opportunities and “transition” is he talking about?
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Biden Overwhelms O&G Industry with Relentless Attacks – Surprised?

It’s been an eventful (and not in a good way) week and a half since Joe Biden seized control of the White House. Or more properly, since the radicalized left took control and began ramming anti-fossil fuel Executive Orders down old senile Joe’s throat. He just keeps signing, admitting he doesn’t even know what’s he signing (watch this)! The oil and gas industry is reeling, we’d call it staggering, under the assault coming from the Democrats and the left.
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Maryland Bd of Public Works Approves Wetlands Permit for Gas Pipe

In December, the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW), which has three members (two leftwing Democrats and RINO Gov. Larry Hogan), surprisingly approved a 10-inch, 6.83-mile pipeline for the Maryland portion of a 19+ mile project called the Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project, crossing both Delaware and Maryland (see Maryland Board of Public Works Approves Tiny Pipe in Eastern Shore). There is one final bit of that project, several miles that needs a wetlands permit in Maryland in order to build. BPW voted unanimously yesterday to approve the permit.
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Biden Admin Issues New Federal Drilling Permits Despite “Ban”

Psst. Don’t tell anti-fossil fuel nutjobs this, but Joe Biden’s “ban” on issuing new permits for drilling on federal and offshore land has loopholes. Since Biden seized power and began occupying the White House, HIS administration (not Trump’s) has issued “at least” 31 new drilling permits for federal and/or offshore drilling. It seems there are big loopholes in Biden’s federal permit moratorium that most news organizations are not reporting.
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MVP Filing New/Revised Request to Finish Almost-Done Pipe

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 have convinced three leftist judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the NWP12 permit–twice. But, MVP has just outmaneuvered the antis.
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Big Green Groups Sue FERC to Block MVP from Finishing

Now that Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) has outsmarted radicalized environmental groups like the odious Sierra Club by changing the type of permit they will use to finish the 92% complete project (see today’s lead story), antis are hoping to continue blocking the project by convincing the Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a FERC order from last December that allows MVP to resume certain portions of construction (see FERC Approves Another 17 Miles of MVP Construction Near Natl Forest).
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Venture Global Proposes a New La. LNG Export Facility to FERC

This is an early test for how the Biden administration, specifically Biden’s pick to run the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Richard “Dick” Glick, will respond to requests for additional infrastructure related to fossil fuels. Last week Venture Global filed a “pre-filing” request with FERC ultimately looking for permission to build a major new LNG export facility next door to another facility (Calcasieu Pass Project) Venture Global is currently building. The new project is dubbed CP2 and will come with a (gasp) 87.5-mile greenfield pipeline.
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