Shale Gas News – April 20, 2019

Bill desRosiers
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 U.S. shale production, high paying jobs, Trump’s executive order 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, as a guest, we had Pat Henderson, Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

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The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the April 20th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • The Benefits of Natural Gas to Northeast Pennsylvania. Rusty Fender, co-host of Shale Gas News with Bill desRosiers, interviews desRosiers and George Stark to talk natural gas in Northeast Pennsylvania. George Stark, Cabot’s director of external affairs, and Bill desRosiers, manager of external affairs, were featured on an episode of “Electric City TV Live! on the Comcast Network with Rusty Fender” to talk about the benefits that the natural gas industry has brought to northeastern Pennsylvania over the last 10 years.
  • EIA: US shale production to reach 8.46 million b/d in May. The US Energy Information Administration forecasts crude oil production from seven major shale formations will climb 80,000 b/d in May to a record 8.46 million b/d, EIA said in its Monthly Drilling Productivity Report.  The Permian basin of Texas and New Mexico is expected to experience the biggest boost with production forecast to climb by 42,000 b/d to 4.136 million b/d in May.
  • The Future of Oil and Natural Gas Industry is Ripe with High Paying Opportunities for Minorities. In a year when the American Petroleum Institute (API) marks its 100th anniversary, the oil and natural gas industry continues to look towards the workforce of the future nationally and globally that will emphasize the inclusion of African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities. API, America’s largest trade association for the oil and natural gas industry, is working diligently to encourage minorities and women to become petroleum engineers, geologists, welders, electricians, accountants, business managers and to secure other high-paying and family-sustaining jobs that have routinely gone to white males.
  • FERC Nominees? We’re Waiting, Natural Gas Council Tells White House. With one seat on FERC’s nominally five-member panel empty for more than three months and another due to be vacated this summer, natural gas and oil organizations are anxious for the White House to nominate new commissioners.
  • Did Constitution Pipeline Prospects Improve with Trump Exec Order? During the signing ceremony on Wednesday when President Trump signed two executive orders to make it harder for states to block new pipelines for political reasons, Trump revealed part of the motivation for the EOs when he said, “And also, in New York, they’re paying tremendous amounts of money more for energy to heat their homes because New York State blocked a permit to build the Constitution Pipeline.” So we ask the question, will Trump’s EO actually help get the Constitution built?
  • Prominent Environmentalist Tells Cuomo: You’re Wrong on NatGas. We spotted an op-ed in the left-leaning New York Daily News that surprised and shocked us. Norris McDonald, founder and president of the African American Environmentalist Association, wrote an article as an environmentalist that tells New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he’s wrong about pipelines and the continued use, even expanded use, of natural gas. This prominent environmentalist says, “…natural gas remains an important part of the climate change solution.”
  • Trump Signs Executive Order Making it Harder to Block Pipes. President Trump visited Houston, Texas yesterday to sign a pair of Executive Orders to help spur more energy infrastructure development across the country. In particular, the orders were aimed at clearing away roadblocks some states (like New York) put up to try and block new pipelines. Was it a silver bullet that will mean projects like the Constitution Pipeline will now get built? Sadly, no. But it was, according to many in the oil and gas industry, “a step in the right direction.”

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