Energy Transfer CEO Learns from “Mistakes” Made in Pa.

Earlier this week Energy Transfer, the company that built the Rover Pipeline in Ohio, the Revolution Pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Mariner East pipelines that run from eastern OH clear across PA to Philadelphia, issued its fourth quarter and full year 2018 update. The thing that caught our attention is an admission by ET’s CEO Kelcy Warren that the company has made “mistakes” with its pipeline projects in PA, and has learned from those mistakes.
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Epsilon Energy Spending $12-$15M in NEPA Marcellus in 2019

From time to time we check in on Epsilon Energy, which concentrates most of its effort on the Marcellus in Susquehanna County, PA. The former Canadian company decided to “domesticate” itself, moving headquarters from Canada to Houston, TX last summer (see Epsilon Energy Becoming “Domesticated” – Moving from Canada to U.S.). The company reports it will spend a total of $20-$25 million on various drilling activities in 2019, with 60% of that ($12-$15 million) in the Marcellus.
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PA DEP Threatens to Close Equitrans Gas Storage Field in SWPA

Natural gas storage fields are an important, but often overlooked, part of the natgas ecosystem. Equitrans (nee EQT Midstream) owns a natgas storage field in Greene County, PA, in the southwest corner of the state. The state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) is threatening to shut down that storage field, because of coal mining in the area.
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Exclusive: 2nd LNG Operation Coming to Wyalusing, PA

On Tuesday we brought you an update about New Fortress Energy’s LNG plant planned for Wylausing (Bradford County), PA (see Wyalusing, PA LNG Export Plant Making Progress). In researching that story we stumbled across news that (so far) nobody else has published: There is a second LNG plant planned for Wyalusing. In fact, the second plant is under construction right now!
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CNX Faulty Utica Well in SWPA Will Cost Company $30M+

CNX was fracking their Shaw 1G Utica well in Washington Township (Westmoreland County) on Saturday, Jan. 26, when they detected “a strong drop in pressure” and stopped fracking (see CNX Hits Major Problem Fracking Utica Well Near SWPA Reservoir). Turns out the well was “communicating” (i.e. losing gas to) several nearby conventional wells.
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PA Bill Requires Landowner Compensation if DRBC Bans Fracking

State Sen. Lisa Baker

Three more cheers for Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Baker (Republican from Luzerne County). Rather than wait for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to move forward with adopting a threatened ban on fracking that includes several counties in PA, Baker isn’t waiting. She’s taking a different approach to defeating a proposed DRBC frack ban. Her approach is to bankrupt the DRBC if they decide to move forward with it.
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Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA

Williams is in the process of conducting open houses for a series of compressor station projects part of it’s recently announced Leidy South Project. The project will expand capacity along the Transco Pipeline system, including the newly minted Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline portion of Transco, adding another 582 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of capacity to the Transco in northeast PA.
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Smith Twp Residents Say They Have Enough Processing Plants

A single township in Washington County, PA, Smith Township, is home to two “sprawling” shale gas complexes that process and separate Marcellus/Utica gas extracted in southwestern Pennsylvania. One is MarkWest Energy’s Harmon Creek complex, and the other Energy Transfer’s Revolution complex. Area residents think they have quite enough infrastructure and are asking town officials to throttle back new development.
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PA AG Continues Marcellus Witch Hunt, Impanels Grand Jury

PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro

PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a sleazy politician, is investigating so-called environmental “crimes” committed by shale companies in a bid to boost his chances of being the next nominee to run for governor (see PA AG Investigates Shale Drillers for “Enviro Crimes”). One of Shapiro’s sham investigations is into Range Resources and the long-ago settled “Haney” court case.
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End of the Road for Sisters of the Corn re Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

The Sisters of the Corn (our name for the a group of leftist nuns in Lancaster County, PA) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case in which they claim their religious freedom has been trampled by Williams running a pipeline (Atlantic Sunrise) across their property. The case came up for consideration with the Supremes and they declined to hear it, meaning it’s the end of the road for the Sisters and the green group backing them.
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Wyalusing, PA LNG Export Plant Making Progress

Last November MDN brought you the exciting news that New Fortress Energy is planning to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) liquefaction EXPORT plant in landlocked Wyalusing (Bradford County), PA (see Big News! Marcellus LNG Export Plant Coming to Landlocked NEPA). What’s happening with the $800 million project? Anything?
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PA Gov. Wolf Proposes One-Time Funding for DEP

We won’t pretend to understand the wacky math Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is attempting to perpetrate on the good citizens of PA. The state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to raise permit fees on Marcellus Shale drillers by 250% in order to help fund the agency, claiming the oil and gas program loses $800,000 per month (see PA DEP Official Says Oil & Gas Program Losing $800K per Month). Yet Wolf now wants to take money *out of* the DEP budget and replace it with one-time transfers from other off-budget funds. How does that math add up?
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PA Fracking Wastewater Turned into Clorox Pool Salt

In 2013 Eureka Resources built a Marcellus Shale wastewater treatment facility near Towanda (Bradford County), PA with a capacity to treat up to 10,000 barrels of wastewater per day (see Eureka Resources Building PA’s Biggest Marcellus Wastewater Plant). Among the products produced at the “Standing Stone” plant near Towanda is swimming pool salt. Antis are having a cow.
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New Details on Williams and Unpaid Pipe Contractors in Lancaster

It seems we owe an apology to Williams for the story we ran earlier this week (see PA Businesses Still Not Paid for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Work). We took Williams to task for the fact many of the subcontractors that did work for their contractor Welded Construction have still not been paid for work done on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. There’s far more to the story, including details on how those subcontractors can get their money.
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