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Great Pennsylvania Pipeline News from Both Sides of the State

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

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There’s some great Pennsylvania pipeline news from both sides of the Commonwealth as Range Resources exploits good planning and a pipelines reverse flow.

MDN recently received an email from a subscriber who lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Her land is leased to Range Resources, and she recently read that Range “now has their own pipelines to carry Marcellus gas to better paying markets.” In our response to her, we mentioned that, although producers sometimes buy a share of a pipeline, they rarely own pipelines outright. More often they sign long-term (10-20 year) agreements with large midstream companies to reserve capacity along pipelines. We went looking for which pipelines Range might have reserved capacity on that are near where Sandy lives, and found two things that caught our attention.

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2018 Shaping Up As Extraordinary Year for Pennsylvania

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Dan Markind looks back at the severance tax debate and ahead to elections, LNG exports, a recovering economy and an extraordinary 2018 for Pennsylvania.

Last Monday, Governor Tom Wolf signed off on a funding plan for the 2018 Pennsylvania State Budget.  It does not contain a shale extraction tax.  Thus, the answer to the question of whether or not there will be a mineral extraction tax in Pennsylvania is no.

Maybe.

Perhaps.

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Unfortunately, All Pipeline Politics Are Anything But Local

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Pipeline politics, like fractivism, is a movement of outsiders, out-of-staters and well-funded special interests having little to do with local issues.

Six people were arrested last month in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for blocking construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, four were residents of New York and another was from Philadelphia. Only one of the protesters was “a local.” This locals-to-carpetbaggers ratio is typical of the pipeline protests across the country. Very often, the overwhelming majority of those arrested for illegally protesting pipeline construction don’t live anywhere near the pipelines.

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America on the Way to Becoming Major LNG Exporter

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Natural gas is leading the way in making the U.S. king of the hill again, a major LNG exporter, as the shale revolution leads America to energy dominance.

There is currently only one operational liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in the United States; it has been operating since early 2016. Cheniere Energy is exporting LNG at its Sabine Pass facility with three trains and a capacity of about 2 billion cubic feet per day. Its total capacity is expected to be 3.5 billion cubic feet per day when all 5 trains are completed. Cheniere is in the process of getting contracts and financing for a sixth train.

There are five additional LNG projects under construction with a total capacity of about 7.5 billion cubic feet per day that will come online in 2018 and 2019, making total U.S. LNG export capacity about 10 or 11 billion cubic feet per day within just a few years. Four more projects with a capacity of almost 7 billion cubic feet per day are approved but not yet under construction. These terminals will make the United States one of the top three LNG exporters in the world; the other two major exporters are Australia and Qatar. Australia is expected to overtake Qatar as the world’s largest LNG exporter by 2020.

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Shale Gas News – October 28, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about a shale boom, pipeline protesters, Saudi Arabia and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week , as guests, we had State Representative Jonathan Fritz and Hank Alexander of Energy Transfer Partners.

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Despite Fractivists, Nova Scotia Fueled By Marcellus Shale Gas

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

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Fractivists have delayed and killed some pipelines to the Northeast but they’ve failed to stop Marcellus Shale gas from reaching Maine and Nova Scotia.

For years now MDN has kept an eye on several LNG (liquefied natural gas) export plants planned in Nova Scotia, Canada. Why? Because of the potential for Marcellus/Utica gas to feed those hungry beasts, once they are built. How would/could that happen?

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Minnesota Taxpayers Fund Enviro-Terrorist Video Game

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Minnesota taxpayers have, in the name of the arts, funded an enviro-terrorist video game named “Thunderbird Strike” built by a Michigan State faculty member.

We’ve all heard our moms say, “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye,” but for one anti-pipeline activist, it’s all fun and games when somebody loses an eye … or their life.

“Thunderbird Strike,” a video game developed by a Michigan State University assistant professor, allows a player to fly over oil production facilities and earn points by “firing lightning at snakelike pipelines, trucks and other oil industry structures”… and presumably the employees working in or around them.

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Tom Wolf’s Severance Tax Based on False Premises

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In a letter to PA Representatives, PIOGA clearly explains and leaves no doubt the proposed severance tax is full of false premises and will overtax the natural gas industry.

It’s well past the time for an honest discussion about a Pennsylvania severance tax.

A little over a week ago at an event in Erie, Governor Wolf urged the legislature to come back to Harrisburg to complete the budget process by passing a severance tax and funding the staterelated universities, stating that the “fairest and simplest solution to the current budget challenge is a severance tax on natural gas production.” The governor also said that he’s “not sure what it is that people don’t like about this tax.”

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Cuadrilla Goes Gangbusters, Grealy Goes Ghostbusters

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Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Bill Murray wannabe Nick Grealy, draws out the parallels between Cuadrilla’s steady progress in demolishing fracking myths and the “Ghostbusters movie.”

There are two sides to the theory that UK opposition to shale gas makes the development of an industry problematic. Interestingly, many on both the “conventional wisdom” and the noisy, tiny and increasingly irrelevant opposition side are stuck in the same rut.

The rut derives from Britain’s favorite place, living in the past.  UK shale has had dual curses, both surrounding experts’ opinion of the the past.  Shale simply moves too fast.

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Millennium Goes to War with DEC, Asks FERC to Overrule

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

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In an effort to avoid more New York DEC stall tactics, Millennium asks FERC to issue the Notice to Proceed so the pipeline can be completed on time.

On Aug. 30, the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a letter to FERC and Millennium Pipeline denying Millennium’s request for a water permit to build a 7.8 mile pipeline spur from the main Millennium Pipeline to a natural gas power plant under construction in Orange County. In their rejection, the DEC claimed that FERC’s review of the power plant project (that the pipeline will feed) is deficient based on a recently-decided court case about a pipeline project in Florida. Since the project the pipeline would feed is deficient (in DEC’s view), so too is the pipeline that feeds it.

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