Shale Gas News – April 7, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill 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 Tom Wolf’s policies, Panda power plant, Cabot’s Ohio plans 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 guests, we had Tim Asinger, President of Kessel Construction and Elizabeth W. Hughes, Director of Communications at Earth Conservancy.

Shale Gas News

The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the April 7th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • Gov. Wolf’s policies don’t match his rhetoric when it comes to natural gas. Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth.  If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the positive progress those resources are enabling for Pennsylvanians.
  • Senior citizen slapped with large gas bill after years of incorrect meter readings. NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A 71-year-old North Philadelphia woman has been slapped with a huge gas bill because a faulty meter was not giving accurate readings.  PGW says the meter wasn’t correctly measuring Minerva Roman’s natural gas usage. Therefore, she wasn’t correctly billed over time. The utility is now trying to collect a large sum they say they are owed for the incorrectly measured past usage.
  • Marcellus-Fired Panda Hummel Electric Plant Roars to Life in PA. It takes a long time to build a natural gas-fired electric power plant–especially a big one. We began writing about one of the largest coal-to-gas conversion projects in the country, happening in the heart of PA Marcellus country, back in February 2014. Panda Power Funds, a private equity firm located in Dallas, TX announced a partnership with Sunbury Generation to build a whopping 1,124-megawatt Marcellus gas-fired electric plant on the site of a retired coal-fired plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, PA.
  • PA Supreme Court Axes DEP $4.5M Fine in EQT Tioga Wastewater Leak. EQT had to take their case all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but in the end, the company was victorious over a wildly overinflated $4.53 million fine levied by the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a leaky wastewater impoundment in Tioga County dating back to 2014. While EQT did not say there wasn’t a problem with leaks at the site, they did say the way the DEP calculated the fine was unreasonable and arbitrary.
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Res. Jazzed by Utica Wells in Washington, OH. Blue Ridge Mountain Resources is jazzed about a pair of Utica wells originally drilled in 2014, but completed this past December, located in Washington County, OH. Blue Ridge is the renamed remnant of Magnum Hunter Resources. Magnum Hunter filed for bankruptcy in December 2015, emerging from bankruptcy in May 2016 minus CEO Gary Evans. Looking to shed the image of the past, the company renamed itself as Blue Ridge in January 2017. Blue Ridge is 100% focused on the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.
  • New Details Emerge on Cabot’s Shale Plans in Central Ohio. Cabot Oil & Gas director of external affairs, George Stark, recently spoke to the Ashland Times-Gazette about the company’s plans to drill test wells in and around Ashland County, OH. As MDN previously reported, Cabot is sniffing around central Ohio, looking for “what’s next” after the Marcellus Shale. Last December we told you that Cabot has leased acreage in Ashland County. Two weeks ago we told you that Cabot has filed for its first permit to drill a test well. Stark revealed, in his interview, that Cabot geologists “see something in Ohio” and that Cabot “wants to go touch it.”
  • PA Superior Court Overturns “Rule of Capture” for Marcellus Well.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down an important decision yesterday that impacts both Marcellus landowners and drillers. The decision removes “rule of capture” as a way for shale drillers to drill under adjoining neighbors who haven’t specifically leased their property for drilling. The rule of capture came about with conventional (vertical only) drilling, cases in which a pool of oil or natural gas exists that runs underneath the property owned by multiple surface owners.

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