Marcellus Shale Production Up, Up and Away!

 

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The latest Marcellus Shale production data coming from the Energy Information Administration indicates it’s going up, up and up.

MDN’s favorite government agency, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), just issued our favorite monthly report–the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The DPR is the EIA’s best guess, based on expert data crunchers, as to how much each of the nation’s seven major shale plays will produce for both oil and natural gas in the coming month. For the past three reports, estimating production for November, December, and January, Marcellus Shale production has increased. The trend continues in this latest report, which forecasts production for the coming month of February.

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It’s the Shrinking Gas Footprint, Stupid!

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Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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It’s the shrinking gas footprint that matters in the debate with fractivists; it’s getting smaller all the time and that makes all the difference.

The attraction of UK onshore natural gas has always been location, location, location.  If we are even allowed to explore for it, let alone possibly produce it, it  is under a market that uses a lot of imports and will need a growing amount of them as we continue to install a new or upgraded heating system every 6 seconds of a 50 hour working week.  All into a market steps away from a distribution system bought and paid for years ago, at a commodity price that has a basis over US Henry Hub permanently built in.

But throughout the debate we should have talked, footprint, footprint, footprint. Nothing else matters. The smallest footprint possible makes onshore gas (and oil) acceptable, achievable – and profitable.  Yet, the fundamental fear of journalists has been an outdated view of gas wells on every street corner.

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DAPL Protestors Told to Just Go, But Clean Up First

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Natural Gas NOW

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There’s nothing worst than failed leadership that, having made a complete mess of things, just won’t go away. That’s the DAPL protestors today.

Neville Chamberlain’s failure in dealing with Hitler, thereby plunging Europe into complete war, led to Leo Amery, a member of Parliament, telling him this:

You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

It was an old line, first used by Oliver Cromwell in 1653, but it captured the moment perfectly and Chamberlain was soon gone. I’ve always liked the line and it occurs to me it has some applicability today to the out-of-town DAPL protestors who’ve now made another complete mess of things and worn out their welcome with everyone from the government to the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II.

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PennEast Helping Educate with STEM Grant Program

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Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

PennEast Pipline Company announced today they will be helping properly train for a career in the energy sector through their New Powering STEM Grant Program.

The PennEast Pipeline Company is once again helping our local communities. Today, the company announced their New Powering STEM Grant Program. This new STEM Grant Program is put into place to help educate individuals in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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LAPdog Group Tries to Tree the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

 

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP), yet another lapdog group carrying the fractivist banner for special interests, is trying to tree the Atlantic Sunrise.

Inspired by the criminal actions of eco-terrorists in North Dakota, anti-pipeline zealots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania figured they would give some of the tactics from the Dakotas a try here. So last October they constructed a shed on stilts along the proposed path of the forthcoming Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The shed on stilts looks like a big tree house (without the tree), which makes sense as the protesters are the equivalent of seven year-old, petulant, spoiled rotten children. Except that they’re doing the work of some very special interests in a campaign to stop not only the Atlantic Sunrise, but the new Mariner East pipeline and any others.

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Tony Ingraffea Finally Gets It Right?

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Natural Gas NOW

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Tony Ingraffea has finally uttered something with which I wholeheartedly agree, although he has come to it as a result of his own previous demagoguery.

I knew it would happen, but not this quickly. Tony Ingraffea pushed hard on a plan for New York to power itself with renewables in a few short years. It became clear earlier this year, though, it would never work politically when a tiny wind farm in his backyard faced strong opposition. I wrote this at the time:

Three years ago, Tony Ingraffea, chief fractivist on Planet Ithaca, co-authored a report. It suggested New York could derive all its all-purpose energy from renewables by 2030. It was premised on 4,250 windmills providing 10% of that energy. That assumption is, as I’ve noted from my own experience with wind projects, incredibly naive. The same people who fight fracking can be counted to also oppose wind when it’s in their back yard

That report from Tony Ingraffea suggesting wind energy would be an easy replacement for some portion of natural gas, is wildly impractical. Tony’s never had to get a wind project approved. If it takes more than a decade to build seven seven stupid turbines that shouldn’t bother anyone, imagine just how difficult it would be to get 600 times that many more approved and built in the next 14 years. It isn’t going to happen, there’s not enough money to do it and many of the people who say they want it, don’t want it near them. It’s that simple.

Today, Tony Ingraffea is facing that reality—the fruits of his own demagoguery—and his reaction is about what I expected.

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Is Trump Sending RFK, Jr on a Wild Goose Chase?

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Natural Gas NOW

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Chalk this one up as the strangest outcome of the 2016 election; Trump asking RFK, Jr. to head an autism commission. Is it a wild goose chase, a diversion? 

This one pushes the bizarre meter past way past the red zone. According to RFK, Jr., Donald Trump is entertaining putting the loudmouth lecher Kennedy in charge of some sort of commission to study vaccine relationships to autism. Are we to believe it? Is it a diversion instigated by one of the two principals in the discussion that apparently took place? Is an example of Trump’s entertaining ventures into strange territories? Is it Trump sending RFK, Jr. on a wild goose chase to temporarily remove him from the environmental scene?

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Worldwide LNG Exports are Paving Way for Bright Future

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Crownsville, Maryland  

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2016 was a big year for American LNG exports. We have set the bar high and LNG is quickly becoming one of our biggest exports. 

About a year ago, the United States broke a 50-year null and began exporting natural gas to foreign markets. This shipment was more than an export; it was the view on the horizon. It placed the United States into a new category of energy exporter, leaving behind the world of dependence.

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New York’s Machiavellian Prince Cuomo

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Natural Gas NOW

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Prince Cuomo, is the most fitting of many monikers for the man we’ve called at various times Hamlet, Macbeth and Gov. Corruptocrat. He’s pure Machiavellian.

A few days ago, one of my friends with whom I often share daily tidbits of news sent me a recent story on Andrew Cuomo. Inside this story was a link to another that appeared in the Chicago Business Journal back in October. Written by Peter DeMarco, it brought so many things together so many things about a man I’ve watched closely over the last seven years — Andrew Cuomo.

I first thought of Andrew Cuomo as a rather ordinary political snake, expecting him to slither his way through the weeds and ultimately approve fracking in New York after showing his constituents he was going to do it differently and better than all the others. As time progressed and he refused to decide, I saw him as a junior Hamlet on the Hudson, tormented by the potential political consequences and unwillingly to take action. Still later, he looked more like Macbeth or a modern-day crime boss. As the corruption became more obvious, I decided Governor Corruptocrat was an appropriate name for the man.

Reading the Chicago Business Journal article entitled “How a leader’s philosophy directly affects an organization’s culture,” brought it all into clearer focus. Andrew Cuomo is simply Prince Cuomo: a Machiavellian true believer in his own power — his monarchy.

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Will the Trump Administration Provide Clear Energy Direction?

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Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Will a new Trump Administration offer some clear energy direction to replace the often  conflicting signals that came from the Obama Administration? Perhaps.

With one week to go before the Donald Trump Presidency, the Obama Administration’s final energy moves remain curious.  Just a few weeks after refusing to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Administration went the other way on Atlantic Sunrise.

Right before the new year, FERC gave the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline long-awaited good news by issuing a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.  Based on that, Williams Partners announced that it anticipates full service by mid-2018.  The EIS is good news for Williams and for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic whose gas supply will be safeguarded by the connection of the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale deposits with a major Northeast pipeline.

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