Penn State Says Compressor Stn Noise Affects Songbirds

The official state bird for New York State is the tiny Eastern bluebird–no bigger than a chickadee. Here at MDN HQ, we maintain two bird feeders year-round in the front yard. We can remember only maybe 3-4 times over the years we’ve actually seen a bluebird at our feeders. The bluebird is one of our favorites because we see it so rarely. According to researchers at Penn State in State College, PA, loud noise from pipeline compressor stations has the ability to “diminish” the “reproductive success” of bluebirds and other songbirds. Who would even think to conduct such an experiment?
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New Discovery Turns Natural Gas into Methanol at Room Temp

Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago have discovered a way to convert methane into liquid methanol at room temperature. This is a big deal because methanol burns more cleanly (less carbon dioxide emissions) than burning methane (i.e. natural gas). Prior to this discovery by Chicago researchers, converting methane into methanol required a lot of heat and pressure that generates a significant amount of CO2 as a byproduct. There’s no real advantage to burning methanol created that way. This discovery sidesteps the heat and pressure needed to convert methane into methanol.
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Blue vs. Green vs. Gray Hydrogen – Differences, NatGas Connection

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An important issue we’ve been tracking lately is hydrogen and how the most abundant element in the universe is beginning to make inroads into the natural gas energy space (see our previous hydrogen stories here). We’ve seen the terms “blue hydrogen” and “green hydrogen” and even “gray hydrogen” bandied about, without a clear comprehension of what each term really means. Now we know, thanks to an excellent article on the Forbes website.
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Biden Admin Claims Global Warming Caused Texas Deep Freeze

A massive bait and switch has happened, and dumbed-down Americans are falling for it. Once upon a time, the scaremongers in the environmental movement claimed the earth (due to mankind’s influence) was entering an Ice Age with global cooling. Then about 25 years ago Al Gore got on his high horse and became the prophet of doom for man-made global warming, making the claim the internal combustion engine was the worst thing ever to be invented (what a dope). The theory is that a buildup of carbon dioxide (which comes from your mouth every time you exhale, also comes from burning fossil fuels) is creating a big canopy around the earth, trapping heat and making temperatures rise. Except it isn’t actually happening, so the environmentalists changed the terminology from global warming to “climate change” and now claim every “extreme” weather event is the fault of climate change and caused by…yep, mankind.
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Other Stories of Interest: Tue, Feb 23, 2021

OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Private equity group acquiring minority stake in Kinder Morgan-operated NGPL; Texas blackout deception (video); NATIONAL: Natural gas plant liquids persevere in 2020; Why Biden’s new dawn of net-zero is looking like a dark day for labor; Propane and the 2021 deep freeze; where are we now?; INTERNATIONAL: Chevron, Pavilion agree to LNG supply deal detailing emissions to produce and deliver cargoes.
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PTT Says Recent Reports of Ohio Cracker Decision Delay “Not True”

Last November we brought you the news that PTT Global Chemical was changing the timeline (again) for a final investment decision (FID) to build a $10 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, OH, this time to the middle of 2021 (see PTT Delays Final Cracker Decision to at Least Middle of 2021). Late last week rumors began to swirl following an article in the Bangkok Post that PTT has delayed the FID beyond mid-year. PTT was quick to respond and say that’s “just not true.”
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Big Green Loses Federal Lawsuit to Block MVP from Finishing

In January several Big Green groups, including the odious Sierra Club, asked the Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a FERC order from last December that allows the 92% complete Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) to resume certain portions of construction (see Big Green Groups Sue FERC to Block MVP from Finishing). What do you know? The Democrat judges on the D.C. Circuit turned down the request by Big Green.
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FERC Considers Canceling Already Built/Running Weymouth Compressor

There’s nothing like changing the rules of the game after the game is done and over. Sounds like something a petulant child would do, but in this case the petulant child is the Democrat-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) potentially rewriting rules (after the game was played) in an attempt to shut down a brand new, state-of-the-art, fully functional compressor station that’s delivering 133 MMcf/d (million cubic feet per day) of extra natural gas supply to New England and beyond. Welcome to the dystopian world of Joe Biden and Dick Glick.
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FERC’s Dick Glick Tees Up Policy Change to Reject New Pipelines

Newly appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard “Dick” Glick continues to wreak havoc on the natural gas pipeline sector. Since he was first appointed by Donald Trump more than three years ago, Democrat Glick has voted against every new pipeline project to come before him. Now he wants to rewrite the rules so future FERC commissioners will be handcuffed, binding them to a policy that requires them to reject new pipeline projects long after Glick has exited stage left.
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Prediction: The U.S. is Heading for NatGas Storage Crisis Next Winter

While the recent spike over the past week in natural gas prices was a fluke, an anomaly due to a rare snow and freezing cold event in the nation’s southwest and Midcontinent regions, the long-term price of natural gas has not moved all that much. The NYMEX futures prices for natgas month by month for the foreseeable future has stayed under or just above the $3/MMBtu mark. Yet we continue to see predictions of alarm that we’re heading for a natgas shortage and with it, a rise in gas prices.
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U.S. Senator Wants NatGas Price Spikes Investigated – Econ 101

It really is frightening how stupid some of our nation’s leaders really are. They don’t even understand basic economics 101 (they likely never took the class in college). Example: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota (Democrat) who wants federal regulators to investigate the recent spike in natural gas prices, which soared to record levels–into the hundreds of dollars per Mcf. Smith apparently doesn’t understand simple economics and the law of supply and demand.
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Other Stories of Interest: Mon, Feb 22, 2021

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Natural gas is a cornerstone for climate, economic progress; DEP awards $250,000 to Moon Township Sheetz for 4 fast-charging plugs for electric cars; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Amid Texas freeze, oil producers still shut; governor bans natural gas exports; A dangerous narrative emerges in the wake of Texas power blackouts; NATIONAL: Rep. Haaland’s Interior Secretary confirmation hearing: 6 key questions; The merger wave in the oil patch starts heading midstream; INTERNATIONAL: Is another LNG glut looming?; US LNG exports to China may drop.
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Antero Update – Drilling 80-85 Wells in 2021, New $550M Investor

Antero Resources, one of the largest drillers in the Marcellus/Utica (working primarily in West Virginia) issued its 4Q and full-year 2020 update yesterday. During 4Q Antero pumped an amazing 3.65 billion cubic feet per day equivalent (Bcfe/d) of natural gas. Antero is the third-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. The company drills in the wet gas region and reports selling 132,000 barrels per day of NGLs to both Marcus Hook (near Philadelphia) and Hopedale (in Ohio). Antero is the second-largest NGL producer in the U.S.
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Chester Co DA’s “Buy a Badge” Case Against ME2 Pipe Complete Bust

Last August we told you about the politically-motivated prosecution (by the Chester County, PA District Attorney’s office) of men connected to a security firm providing off-duty constables to protect Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline construction sites (see Chester DA Persecution of Off-Duty Constables Guarding ME2 Pipe). Last June a Chester County Magisterial District Judge dismissed the entire case against the local head of security for Energy Transfer (builder of ME2) in what the Chester DA’s office lyingly calls a “buy a badge scheme” (see Chester DA Charges Against ME Pipe Security Chief Tossed by Judge). Since it couldn’t hurt Energy Transfer, the DA’s office decided to go after the security firm hired by Energy Transfer instead. Talk about low. After several more dismissals, the case is now almost completely resolved–with NO convictions of any kind. That is, the entire case against ET and the security guards is a bust. A waste of time and taxpayer money.
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IRRC Recommends PA EQB Delay Adopting Wolf’s Carbon Tax

Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) has just thrown up a huge roadblock to Democrat/autocrat PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to railroad through a proposal to force PA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a $2.6 billion carbon tax aimed at killing coal and gas-fired power plants. The IRRC told the rule-adopting Environmental Quality Board (EQB) it should delay adoption of the proposed RGGI regulation by one year, from 2022 to 2023.
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Are WV’s Rugged Mountains Too Much for Mountain Valley Pipeline?

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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 convinced three leftist judges on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the NWP12 permit–twice. One of the ongoing issues the project faces are steep mountain passes in West Virginia.
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