Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – October 27, 2018

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Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added.

Activists Blast Good News About Air Quality

The Narrowsburg, New York River Reporter (known locally as the “River Distorter”) came out with this story last week:

The Sullivan County Legislature on October 9 released a baseline study assessing  the air, water and noise near the site of the compressor station being constructed by Millennium Pipeline, LLC near Eldred. The county chose KC Engineering (KC) to conduct the study over the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SPEHP)…

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Image from recent Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Clinic email soliciting support – no bias here of course!

SPEHP had earlier conducted such a study of the Minisink compressor, some 28 miles south from Highland along the Millennium Pipeline, and found that people living near that facility had headaches, rashes and respiratory problems. The study said, “The episodic nature of health symptoms reported by residents is likely associated with the episodic high emissions that come from the compressor station.”

[Sullivan County Communications Director Dan] Hust wrote, “Due to the heightened sensitivity surrounding the Highland Compressor Station project, the county legislature wanted to ensure that the baseline study be undertaken in an objective manner by an entity that did not have a predisposition toward the outcome.”

Read the whole propaganda story and you’ll find not one word about the results of the study. It was conducted by a firm with no apparent clients in the oil and gas industry, a firm good enough for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection but not good enough for fractivists, of course. Why? Precisely because it did not have an agenda of opposing oil and gas as did the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. And, this is what it said about 1,260 page baseline air quality conditions following previous construction associated with the Millennium Pipeline and prior to construction of a new compressor station:

A baseline testing for the Town of Highland south of the White Lake Region was conducted by KC between 2017 and 2018, prior to Millennium’s Station start-up. Three rounds of testing were conducted at a total of 17 different location, including, eight for air quality and sound levels, and nine for water quality.

Air quality monitoring included one-time recording devices as well as the data-logged data at extended time intervals. Sound levels were data-logged continuously. Water quality samples were taken at three lakes, three streams, and three wells.

Air quality samples results were as expected for the area. Sound monitoring produced data all below the 85 dB threshold. Water results returned no data that was unexpected.

The purpose of this study was to establish a baseline before and throughout construction of the Station, which may be used to compare it to any potential future study performed once the Station will be in use.

See why they didn’t like it and the River Distorter didn’t discuss it?

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Airport Switches Shuttle Fleet to CNG

While the Delaware Povertykeeper, who works in a gas-heated office in Bristol, Pennsylvania, was complaining that local officials were not using her fractivist shill ally to conduct an air study in Sullivan County, New York, where she has a cabin, this was going on in her Philadelphia back yard:

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has switched its vehicles from diesel to Clean Energy’s compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of a sustainability initiative to reduce emissions, decrease noise volume and lower fuel costs

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“Airport transit vehicles operate in confined areas, primarily parking lots, so carbon emissions and noise pollution have a greater impact on the passenger experience,” states Raymond Blethen, Northeast director of operations at First Transit. “The airport was seeking to adopt alternative fuels and environmentally friendly vehicles, so it converted 100 percent of its fleet to natural gas. The CNG-fueled shuttle buses run 90 percent quieter than diesel, lower CO2 emissions by 20 percent and have no fumes.

While some mouth off, others simply get the job done.

Range Resources Achieves Record High Production and More

Range Resources is on a nice roll, as our buddy Jim Willis explains:

Range Resources released its third quarter 2018 update earlier this week. The company shows making a $48.5 million profit for the quarter, verses losing $127.7 million in 3Q17. Quite a swing into the black! Some of the credit goes to Rover Pipeline. Range has reserved 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) on Rover, which is now up and running. Range is ramping up production and expects to use all of their 400 MMcf/d capacity by the end of 2018. Production in 3Q18 averaged a record high of 2.267 billion cubic feet equivalent per day (Bcfe/d), an increase of 14% compared to 3Q17.

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One of Range’s chief advantages, as pointed out on the quarterly analyst call by CEO Jeff Ventura, is the high volume of NGLs produced by the company. Now that they have more access to international markets through exports via various pipelines (including the forthcoming Mariner East 2 pipeline), Range is set to be even more profitable.

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