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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production Reaches New Highs – Expect More

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The news on Pennsylvania natural gas keeps getting better, production reaches new highs, and pipelines are coming online to deliver the natural gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) published their weekly natural gas update for week ending November 1, showing Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has reached a new high. Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has increased dramatically since 2013 with an increase of 80%. Marcellus Shale and fracking have boosted Pennsylvania up as one of the top producers of natural gas in the nation.

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State Lawmakers Take Testimony on Fracking Double-Standards

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Elected officials, community leaders and residents came together yesterday to offer testimony on the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban and the economic impact it would have.

An important hearing to discuss the DRBC’s proposed permanent ban, was held yesterday at the Camp Ladore Pavilion in Waymart. It was led by House Majority Policy Chairman Kerry Benninghoff and Representative Jonathan Fritz.  Rep. Fritz has been passionate about urging the DRBC to reconsider their proposed fracking ban and allow natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.  Rep. Fritz pointed out there other basins in the Commonwealth allowing drilling and “landowners are prospering from the natural gas industry, farms are being saved and reinvigorated and small towns are back to work.”
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Cabot’s Sporting Clay Fundraiser for Lackawanna Shoots Past Its Goal

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

A Cabot Oil & Gas sporting clay fundraiser for Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas shot past its funding commitment a full one year early.

Cabot Oil and Gas has always been committed to education. Each year Cabot has a sporting clay tournament as a fundraiser for Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Cabot has committed to give $500,000 to the school over a period of five years. This year brought in a record breaking $200,000, allowing Cabot to reach their goal in four years; one full year earlier than expected.
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FERC: Full Speed Ahead to Greenlight Pipeline Projects

 

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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FERC, with its new appointees, is now addressing its backlog and swiftly moving forward to greenlight much needed pipeline projects.

We aren’t counting our chickens yet, but the approvals would certainly be a net positive for midstream industry growth, and, ultimately, for producers and consumers of natural gas.

-Ethan Bellamy (managing director, Robert W. Baird & Co.) quoted in Catherine Traywick’s “U.S. Energy Agency to Take on $50 Billion Backlog as Senate Acts.” Bloomberg Politics, August 3, 2017.

The Senate recently confirmed two new appointees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, ending a seven-month dormancy due to lack of a quorum. With three members, two Republicans and one Democrat, one pick from each party remains for a full five-member commission.

This delay, on top of a fossil-fuel animus by Obama’s FERC, has created a $13 billion backlog of regulatory approvals for 17 market-ready natural gas projects. With its other business, FERC’s total project backlog represents $50 billion. FERC should begin greenlighting projects immediately.

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Pipeline Jobs Are Real and Are Created Where the Action Is

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Let there be no doubt; pipeline jobs are real, happen where the pipelines are being built and provide first-class employment opportunities for the trades.

I’ll never forget a trade union speaker at the giant Harrisburg rally for gas a while back. He pointed how tired he was of hearing pipeline opponents say such construction jobs were but temporary. His reply? “I’ve been feeding my family for 25 years with those ‘temporary’ jobs.” How right he was. Not only that, but those jobs don’t all go to out-of-town pipeline workers but, rather, tend to stay within the region where the action takes place. Now we have more proof.

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Progress Made: PennEast Pipeline Compressor Station Approved

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline has been approved by Kidder Township supervisors; moving this important project another giant step forward.

Progress is being made as the Kidder Township Board of Supervisors vote 5-0 to approve the land use permit for the only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline project. Three different government regulators determined this pipeline project is environmentally safe, which helped lead to the approval. There is one final approval needed from FERC, which is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
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How Natural Gas Development Is Changing Lives, Creating Opportunity

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Opportunities follow natural gas development, whether its creating jobs, saving on energy costs or lowing emissions, it’s changing lives for the better.

The first time I heard of natural gas development I knew, by the excitement in the voice of the person telling me, this was going to do amazing things for our area. Little did I know then how much opportunity was about to be created. As natural gas leases were signed by landowners and farmers, you started to see new projects beginning. Maybe it was an addition, a garage being built or new farm equipment being bought; whatever it was, money was now flowing in the local communities.

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Big Win: Dirt Moved on the Atlantic Sunrise Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The several year permitting process has ended and construction has officially started for the Greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Atlantic Sunrise Project is officially underway. The several year process of obtaining all the federal and state permits is now complete and construction of two compressor stations has begun. Pipeline construction will start within the next few weeks.

This critical energy infrastructure will provide abundant, affordable natural gas to families and businesses, as well as, support thousands of jobs and generate $1.6 billion in economic activity in our area. Once complete, in mid-2018, the Atlantic Sunrise will increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

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PennEast Pipeline Company Offering STEM Grants

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline Company is once again helping local communities through its Powering STEM Grant Program, awarding up to $10,000 for STEM education.

The PennEast Pipeline Company is now accepting applications for its fall Powering STEM Grant Program. PennEast will award grants, up to $10,000, to programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The STEM Grant Program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, afterschool, summer and youth development programs and educational intuitions.

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Did Governor Wolf’s Tax on Natural Gas Scare Away Foxconn?

Gas Exports - GordonTomb Reports Gordon Tomb
Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives

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Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, who was considering PA for a new plant, may have had a change of heart due to Governor Wolf’s tax record.

The governor of Wisconsin and industry statistics provide Pennsylvania House Republicans more reasons to resist proposals for a new tax on natural gas producers.

In a report by international consulting firm PwC, Pennsylvania is listed behind only Texas, California and Oklahoma for total employment (322,600 jobs) from the oil and natural gas industry in 2015. Income from the industry was reported as $22.9 billion, more than five percent of the state total. The value added to Pennsylvania’s economy is put at $44.5 billion, according to the report sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute.

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