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 the Constitution Pipeline, PA Budget, Shell Cracker 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 a guests, we had Joe Barone, Founder of Shale Directories and Mike Narcavage of Southwestern Energy.
The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the August 26th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):
- Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road. A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long.
- KM Plans to Convert Tennessee Gas Pipeline to Flow M-U NGLs South. Here’s a story that wasn’t actively on our radar. It’s an old story, but is now in the news again with the recent quorum reestablished at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In August 2013, exactly four years ago, midstream giant Kinder Morgan and competitor midstream company MarkWest Energy (now part of Marathon Petroleum) signed a joint venture agreement to repurpose a significant portion of Kinder’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline (964 miles of it) running from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to Ohio. That 964-mile portion of TGP currently flows natural gas from the Gulf northward.
- Babst Calland Adds 6 New Lawyers in Pittsburgh O&G Practice. Babst Calland is one of the biggest and best energy law firms in the northeast, with its headquarters in Pittsburgh. MDN is a long-time fan and reader of the company’s Shale Energy Law Blog. One of the ways you know whether the shale industry is getting busier, or less busy, is to watch the law firms that practice in the shale space.
- Rover Pipe Ready to Flow! Seeks FERC Permission for Aug 31 Start. While the Rover Pipeline remains in regulatory limbo with some of its construction, the vast majority of the pipeline as it snakes across Ohio is already done, or will be within the next few days. On Friday, Rover made an official request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin flowing natural gas through Phase 1A of the pipeline by August 31st.
- PA Senate Slips Anti-Landowner Measure into State Budget Bill. Not only did the Pennsylvania Senate pull a real boner by voting for a severance tax and gross receipts tax, they also slipped another provision in the PA budget bill that, until know, has gone unnoticed. This new provision has big implications for both landowners and drillers. The Senate slipped in Section 1610 (see the language below) which changes established lease law with respect to oil and gas wells that no longer produce anything.
- Shell Cracker Plans to Build Truck Facility in Washington County. It looks like Shell is going to build a trucking dispatch operation for its ethane cracker–but it won’t be located anywhere near the cracker site. The new trucking facility will be located in Washington County, PA–a half hour away. MDN was one of the first to announce Shell’s final investment decision to build an ethane cracker plant (that we now know will cost $6 billion) in Beaver County, PA. A lot has happened at the site, situated on a former zinc smelting plant site in Monaca, PA.
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