External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas
The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM talked about drilling regulations, the ethane cracker, PA state budget and much more last week.
Every Saturday, Kevin Lynn of Linde Corporation and I co-host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Tom Shepstone of Natural Gas NOW and Dave Spiglmeyer of Marcellus Shale Coalition as a guests.
The Shale Gas News is typically broadcast live and on our June 11th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):
- Wolf Wises Up – Agrees to Block/Rework Conventional Drilling Regs. Drillers and some Republican lawmakers said the DEP did not follow the intent of a 2014 law directing regulators to separate rulemaking for conventional and unconventional wells.
- DTE Energy to retire eight coal-fired generators at three plants by 2023. These three plants generated about 25 percent of DTE’s electricity— enough to power 900,000 homes. The retirements transform the way DTE will produce energy for Michigan.
- IMG’s Tiny NatGas-Fired Electric Plants Take Off in the Marcellus. IMG’s tiny natgas electric plants are really small–about the size of a basketball court; they produce almost no air pollution; and they are quiet. It’s a really cool concept.
- Breaking: Shell Pulls the Trigger, PA Ethane Cracker is a Go! Today we are announcing the final investment decision on a new, 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) cracker and polyethylene plant in Pennsylvania, USA, which will use natural gas from shales production as its feedstock.
- Any Day Now PA House May Vote to Kill Article 78 Drilling Regs. If the House and Senate go ahead and pass the resolution killing the drilling regulations, Gov. Wolf will have to decide whether a veto could be sustained in the Senate and House.
- It’s back! Deadline looms for new state budget. The governor’s proposed budget would raise more than $2.7 billion from new or increased taxes to give public schools another funding boost. Republicans rejected it immediately.
- Natural Gas Prices Rose 11% Last Week Due to Hot Weather. Approximately 50% of US households use natural gas for heating and cooling purposes. As a result, natural gas prices are up 11% for the week.