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 STEM program, Utica wells, rule of capture and much more last week.
The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.
Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we played an interview with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at a conference called “Powering the Grid: Access, Affordability, and Fuel Diversity” presented by Real Clear Politics.
The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the April 13th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):
- STEM program teaches kids about oil. You wouldn’t expect kids to be excited about oil and natural gas… But when it’s presented in terms of geology, biology, and seismology, Students become much more interested and hands-on! A unique education outside of the classroom…Students at Wyoming valley west middle school were able to get a new take on a stem with the mobile oilfield learning unit, hosted by Cabot oil & natural gas.
- ODNR Says to Expect ~350 New Utica Wells Per Year Next Few Years. We spotted some interesting comments made by Rick Simmers, chief of Ohio’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources (part of Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, or ODNR), at the recent Utica Midstream conference in North Canton. Rick recounted the rapid, recent history of Utica drilling in the state, coming from nothing less than a decade ago to now having over 2,500 Utica wells drilled and producing.
- Caught on Video: Frack Sand Train Goes Off Rails Near Scranton. Around noon yesterday, a train moving slowly, at 10 miles per hour, was hauling lumber and frack sand from Scranton to nearby Carbondale, when a video surveillance camera caught the train leaving the rails. Ten cars derailed, with three tipping over completely (spilling sand) and one teetering on the brink. The video, taken from a police station across the street, is amazing.
- FERC Overrules NY DEC on Northern Access Pipeline Rehearing. Last August the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a decision overruling the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow National Fuel Gas Company’s Northern Access Pipeline project to proceed. The DEC subsequently asked FERC to reconsider the decision. FERC did, and ruled on Tuesday that they were right the first time–the DEC forfeited the right to issue permits for the project by taking too long.
- Landowner Asks PA Supremes to Throw Out 150-Yr-Old Rule of Capture. Last November the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear a case, Briggs v. Southwestern Energy, that is hands-down the most important court case to ever happen regarding the Marcellus Shale in PA. And no, we’re not exaggerating. A blizzard of briefs by Southwestern and those supporting Southwestern were filed in February. On Wednesday, it was the Briggs’ turn to file a brief, one in which they ask the Supremes to stop application of the 150 year-old “rule of capture” in PA when it comes to shale wells.
- Trump Visiting Houston Wednesday to Sign Pipeline Exec Order. Last week MDN reported that the white hot chatter that President Trump will soon issue an Executive Order (EO) overruling states like New York from preventing critical federal pipeline projects is about to become a reality. And indeed it is. This coming Wednesday, Trump will visit a union training center in Houston where he will announce (and presumably sign) the EO.
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