A powerful new video has just been released by the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute that takes direct aim at the socialist/leftist policies being pedaled by the Pope and other so-called faith leaders, policies that they hope the United States will adopt to control mythical global warming. The video (watch it below) says that such policies in Europe have already led to the death of thousands of the poor and elderly. How? Electricity and energy prices in places like Germany and other European countries has gotten so high the most vulnerable can’t afford it. Electricity has become a luxury for many–and they end up freezing to death in the winter and frying to death in the summer. No, we’re not being melodramatic to make a point. This is happening–right now. Watch the video. People are dying because of government policies that aim to end the use of fossil fuels–policies like Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan. These policies are stark, raving, mad–and it must stop. People like the Pope and other religious leaders need to be opposed when they erroneously wander into politics and advocate for government policies that kill the very people they say they want to help… Continue reading
Panel I: Marcellus/Utica Midstream Update – 2014 and Beyond
Discussing how much infrastructure is actually needed in the Marcellus/Utica region and the current balance between supply and demand?
Targeting methods for managing pricing variation, overcoming takeaway chokepoints in areas with depressed prices
Detailing NGL takeaway issues and the cost/benefit analysis for pipeline expansion
Addressing the impact of ethane crackers on the Marcellus/Utica midstream
Assessing midstream investment in the northeast, looking ahead to the major projects for 2014
Offering insight to the challenge of sourcing skilled labor with understanding of the midstream sector, highlighting the impact of the midstream sector on the Northeast labor market
Comparing the differences/unique requirements between wet gas & dry gas gathering infrastructure
Moderator: Michael L. Krancer, Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practice Group Leader, Blank Rome LLP Speakers: Brent Breon, Vice President Business Development, Blue Racer Midstream
Tony Blando, Vice President Marketing, NiSource Midstream Services, Columbia Pipeline Group
Aubrey Harper, Vice President Business Development, IPS Engineering / EPC
Brett Nixon, Director of Business Development, PVR Partners Continue reading
Lowering the cost to drill: How to make money when gas sells for $1.50 Mcf
Analyzing the potential of self-sufficient power: The change from diesel to natural gas-powered drilling rigs
Increasing production with fewer rigs: how shale drilling has changed the rules of the game
Addressing the challenge of sourcing water: Are new pipelines a financially and environmentally viable alternative to transport by truck?
Evaluating the role of wastewater: Recycling, injection wells and barging
Assessing the impact of monster wells: a look at some of the most productive wells on earth, located in the Marcellus & Utica Shale region
Comparing wet and dry gas drilling – what are their comparative strengths and weaknesses?
Illustrating the current landscape of acreage positions by E&Ps for both the Marcellus & Utica
Moderator: Jim Willis, Editor, Marcellus Drilling News Speakers: Eric Luckey, Completions Engineer, Noble Energy
Dennis Degner, Director of Operations, Range Resources
Brett Schellenberg, Marketing Executive, Orion Drilling
Bryan Dickson, North East Division Engineering, FTS International Continue reading
Panel III: Health and Safety Issues You Can’t Ignore
Showcasing job site safety: best practices, the role of training
Educating as to the safe handling of frac sand
Achieving frac fluid chemical transparency using FracFocus
Implementing effective safety plans for drilling sites
Coordinating/establishing a relationship with local first responders
Assessing the impact of OSHA regulations
Detailing the impact of the DOT trucking rule “clarification” – how can your company ensure compliance?
Ensuring security in the face of protests, trespassing and other crimes
Moderator: Jim Willis, Editor, Marcellus Drilling News Speakers: Stefan Hirniak, HSE Recruitment Consultant, Progressive GE
Rob L. Gough, EHS Manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
David Renz, Sr. EHS Coordinator, Noble Energy Continue reading
Panel IV: Environmental Protection, Regulation and Compliance
Specifying the bodies responsible for drilling & pipeline regulation in the Marcellus and Utica
Evaluating efforts to overcome negative views of shale development by groups such as the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)
Preparing for the new EPA air pollution rules for drillers in 2015 – what do companies need to do to achieve compliance
Tips for better soil erosion control with well pad and pipeline construction
Assessing the industry impact on local wildlife: how can companies avoid permanently harming species and their habitats?
Presenting results from the PA DEP air pollution study
Evaluating the impact of radiation in shale cuttings and best practice for their management and disposal
Does radon level in Marcellus Shale pose a health risk for consumers who burn gas?
Debating the role the federal government should play in regulating shale drilling
Discussing the potential impact of the proposed changes to the Chapter 78 regulations
Detailing the requirements in the Rocky Mountains for sourcing, recycling and disposing of water
Moderator: Michael L. Krancer, Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practise Group Leader, Blank Rome LLP Speakers: Nathan S. Bennett, Regulatory Manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Greg Lorson, Chief Executive Officer, TEEMCO
Scott Perry, Deputy Secretary, Office of Oil and Gas Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Continue reading
Panel V: Community Engagement: Are we losing the Public’s confidence?
Winning the public perception battle: What is the current perception and how can positive change
Connecting with local communities – employing local workers, donating to local charities, finance community projects
Employing effective transparency to manage adverse events
Judging the importance of social media in connecting with the community and stakeholders
Forced pooling/unitization – how to make the case
First impressions count: are your landmen helping or hurting your company’s reputation?
Connecting with your leased landowners – keeping the lines of communication open and operating
Maintaining good relations with surface rights owners who don’t own mineral rights
Dealing with anti-drilling groups and protesters in a professional and positive way
Moderator: Alex Grant, Conference Producer, Oil & Gas Awards Speakers: Brittany Thomas, Coordinator External Affairs, Cabot Oil & Gas
Sarah Barczyk, Manager, Community Relations & Stakeholder Outreach, NiSource Midstream Services
Dan Weaver, Public Relations, PIOGA
Stacey Brodak, Manager Community and Media Relations, Noble Energy Continue reading
MDN is really pleased to share a new video highlighting how Marcellus Shale development is impacting families in Pennsylvania. While many know about the economic impacts and consumer savings made possible by shale gas, this video highlights the personal stories of three families whose lives have been made materially better because of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.
Jesse White, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 46th Legislative District, which includes portions of Beaver, Washington and Allegheny Counties, has formed a new Marcellus Municipal Co-op for local PA governments to band together as they tackle the tough issues of local zoning ordinances and laws to deal with a very active drilling industry within their borders. The purpose is to share information so each local government does not have to “re-invent the wheel.” The knowledge and hard work from one municipality with regard to Marcellus drilling issues can be shared with other municipalities.
At the Binghamton Natural Gas Development Summit held on March 18 at the Binghamton Regency Hotel, Marcellus Drilling News had the pleasure of speaking with Bryant La Tourette, Vice President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY), the organization sponsoring the event. Bryant is also the president of the Oxford Land Group, a landowner coalition in Chenango County, NY. Bryant unveiled the brand new JLCNY website at the Summit. In our interview, he briefed MDN about the JLCNY and it’s mission, and told us a bit about the new website.
The JLCNY is made up of 37 member landowner coalitions from 17 counties in New York State. In all, there are 800,000 acres and 70,000 people represented in the combined 37 member coalitions. Bryant said to think of the the JLCNY as “the next Farm Bureau,” referring to the American Farm Bureau, an advocacy group for farmers and others who work in agriculture, to give them a voice. In the same way, the JLCNY seeks to give a voice to landowners who want to profit from their land via natural gas drilling.
The new website, which can be found at //jlcny.org, provides information for landowners from the very beginning stages of signing a lease through receiving royalty payments and beyond. Bryant points out, however, that the site will be particularly helpful as a resource for landowners who have already signed. For those landowners, it will answer the question, “What comes next?”
At the conclusion of the March 18 Natural Gas Development Summit held at the Binghamton Regency Hotel, Marcellus Drilling News caught up with event organizer Scott Kurkoski from Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, to ask him for his review of the meeting. Here’s what he told us: