PA Senate Democrats Hold Anti-Shale Crapfest in Pittsburgh

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh, supposedly on strategies for combating mythical man-made global warming by reducing methane gas emissions. It reality it was an anti-shale crapfest, complete with speeches by radicals from PennFuture and the Environmental Defense Fund.
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Williams Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Toss Atlantic Sunrise Case

In March a group of Pennsylvania landowners from Lancaster County asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which they say they’ve been screwed over by Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, that the pipeline should not have had the right to use eminent domain to build the pipeline before the matter of compensation was fully adjudicated (see PA Landowners Beg US Supreme Court to Hear Atlantic Sunrise Case). Williams, via their Transco subsidiary, has just responded and asked the Supremes to toss the case entirely.
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Shale Wastewater Pipelines in PA – The Next Big Thing?

Are underground shale wastewater pipelines the “next big thing” for the Pennsylvania midstream (i.e. pipeline) industry? According to Thomas Karam, CEO of Equitrans Midstream Corp. (formerly EQT Midstream), they just may be. Most of Equitrans’ pipeline business is flowing natural gas. A little bit of their business is dedicated to flowing wastewater. Karam wants to grow that little bit into a much bigger bit.
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AECOM Wins Contract to Service Shell Cracker Plant

Bechtel, a huge multi-national engineering firm, is the company building the mighty Shell ethane cracker in Monaca, PA. Shell won’t divulge when they think the cracker will be up and running (still a year or more away), but in what we consider a very good sign that the cracker will be operating sooner rather than later, Shell has just awarded another huge multi-national engineering firm, AECOM, the contract to maintain all the machinery at the cracker plant once it’s built and running.
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Did Range Shale Well in Lycoming County Cause Methane Migration?

In August 2017 Range Resources and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) officially settled alleged methane migration from a well Range drilled in 2011 in Lycoming County, PA (see Range/DEP Lycoming Well Settlement: From $8.9M Fine to $0). That settlement caused “outrage” with anti-drillers back then, and continues to cause outrage to this day. Hence another story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette dredging up the same old story once again, trying to make out Range to be an evil big corporation screwing over PA residents who suffer to this day.
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Williams NEPA Compressor Stn Tour Opens Reporter’s Eyes

Williams is planning to build two new compressor stations in eastern Pennsylvania as part of its Leidy South Project (see Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA). One of the new compressor stations will get built in Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre area), and the other in Schuylkill County (shares a border with Luzerne County, sort of in the Philadelphia orbit). A reporter from Schuylkill recently got an exclusive tour of an existing Williams compressor station similar to the one that will get built in Schuylkill. The reporter’s article is fascinating. It shows the reaction of someone who has an open mind about these kinds of projects.
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Mariner East 1 NGL Pipe Restarts Today After Shutdown Since Jan.

Since January 20, all of Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline has been shut down on the orders of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (see All of Mariner East 1 NGL Pipe Shut Down Indefinitely by PA PUC). As of today, just over three full months later, the PUC is finally allowing ME1 to restart service, after agreeing to a number of “safety” measures.
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Another Contractor Files Liens Against Lancaster Landowners re Pipeline

This stuff continues to make us angry. In March we told you that MacAllister Machinery Co. Inc. of Michigan used lawyers to serve landowners in Lancaster County, PA with “mechanic’s liens” making the landowners liable to pay money to MacAllister for work done on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project (see Another Pipe Builder Plays Dirty – Liens on Lancaster Landowners). Sleazy tactic. The issue revolves around Welded Construction, the main pipeline contractor, failing to pay their subcontractors (including MacAllister) for work done on the project. The same lawyers have filed *another* round of mechanic’s liens against Lancaster landowners, this time for Ohio Machinery Company (shame on them).
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Will Chevron Dump its M-U Assets to Chase Permian Black Gold?

A week ago MDN brought you the news that Chevron has cut a $50 billion deal to buy Anadarko Petroleum (see Permian Love Story: Chevron Buying Anadarko in $50B Megamerger). Although Chevron will benefit in a number of ways from the transaction, as we indicated in the headline, the primary motivator is to gain valuable acreage in the oily Permian Basin of West Texas. The question now becomes, will Chevron hold on to its Marcellus/Utica assets? Or sell them in order to concentrate on the Permian?
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EQT Looking for New HQ Building in Pittsburgh

EQT Plaza

EQT’s headquarters is located in a massive 250,000 square foot building known as EQT Plaza at 625 Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh. Last week we told you that EQT is looking to sublease 46,000 sq. ft. of the building following layoffs (see EQT Downsizing Pittsburgh Office; Williams Keeping Big Office). This week we spotted the rumor that EQT is also looking for a new HQ building!
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PA Sen. Gene Yaw to Intro Bill Blocking NatGas Sales to NY-NJ-MD

PA State Sen. Gene Yaw

Over the years MDN has heard the oft-repeated comment that if New York and other states want to block new pipelines, maybe Pennsylvania should quit shipping its gas to those states. PA State Senator Gene Yaw has also heard those comments and, in a brilliant move, Yaw will soon introduce a bill that does precisely that: block natural gas shipments to states like New York, New Jersey and Maryland–states attempting to (or have) blocked new pipelines from PA.
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Bucks County Group Asks PA DEP for Baseline Tests re Adelphia Pipe

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A group of residents from Bucks County, PA (near Philadelphia), calling themselves Bucks County Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline (kind of gives away their true aim, no?) have asked the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform “baseline scientific studies” for communities located along the proposed route of the Adelphia Gateway pipeline project.
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PA House Committee Votes to Restore Sanity to Enviro Regulations

Swamp dwellers are recoiling in horror that the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has just approved a series of bills that restores some sanity in how environmental regulations are made and paid for in the Keystone State. The bills begin, in a small way, to take back control of our system of creating laws, returning authority for making laws to the PA legislature, instead of creating and forcing laws on citizens by unelected, nameless, faceless, swamp-dwelling bureaucrats in regulatory agencies like the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Let us explain.
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PA EQB Votes To Consider Big Green Cap-and-Trade Program

Last November, a variety of Big Green groups including the Clean Air Council, Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, eco(n)law LLC and 61 others submitted a “rulemaking petition” (407-page plan) to the Pennsylvania Environment Quality Board (EQB) requesting the Board and PA Gov. Tom Wolf establish a cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emission reduction program to eliminate carbon emissions from major sources by 2052. It’s a bizarre plan, meant to eliminate fossil fuel production and use, including Marcellus Shale production. Yesterday the EQB voted to accept and consider this cockamamie plan.
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EQT Downsizing Pittsburgh Office; Williams Keeping Big Office

It’s no secret that upstream companies (drillers) like EQT are trimming head count and reducing annual spending. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that EQT has put 46,000 square feet (out of 250,000 sq. ft.) in its palatial headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh up for sublease. Meanwhile, in a contrasting bit of news, midstream (pipeline) company Williams has just renewed the lease for its big regional Pittsburgh headquarters at Park Place Corporate Center–a 112,481 sq. ft. building.
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