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 a Gulf LNG project, Lackawanna Energy Center, Rover Pipeline and much more last week.
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Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Joe Barone, President of Shale Directories, LLC.
The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the July 20th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):
- CDL Certification Program Added to SCCTC Curriculum. Trucking companies in Susquehanna and Wyoming County have invested and teamed up with the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center to add a CDL Certification program to their curriculum. The focus is to create a program close to home that allows drivers to work within their communities. Right now there is an immediate need for drivers. The trucks that students will train on are all donated by the local trucking companies. The companies will offer graduating students jobs immediately upon their graduation. Those jobs are expected to start at $70,000 a year with full benefits and 401K plans.
- 4th Annual Energy Night at the Ballpark. On Thursday, July 18, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation along with other local energy industry partners came together for Energy Night at PNC Field. The event was aimed at promoting the immense growth and economic potential of NEPA’s energy industry. For the past four years, Energy Night has brought together industry professionals, employees and the community.
- Natural gas leads clean electricity production. There is a clear message in the ascendance of natural gas. Electric utilities note that power generated from natural gas is inexpensive, reliable and clean. By the way, natural gas supplies are almost unlimited. And there is an added dividend: Due to the shift largely from coal to natural gas, carbon emissions from electricity production in the United States have dropped dramatically and are now at mid-1980’s levels.
- FERC approves Kinder Morgan’s Gulf LNG project. Federal regulators gave Houston’s Kinder Morgan the green light to build its Gulf LNG export project in Mississippi, once again overcoming opposition from some Democrats concerned about LNG terminals’ impacts on climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Gulf LNG project in a 3-1 vote Tuesday. It’s the fifth liquefied natural gas export project the agency has approved so far this year as it catches up with a backlog of applications for new LNG projects. Developers are racing to build new terminals to take advantage of growing supplies of natural gas unleashed by the U.S. shale boom and increasing demand for LNG globally.
- Huge Marcellus-Fired Power Plant Near Scranton Now 100% Complete. Invenergy’s 1,480 megawatt, $1 billion Marcellus gas-fired electric plant, called the Lackawanna Energy Center (located near Scranton, PA), is now 100% done with construction. Yesterday the company celebrated the end of construction with a special ceremony and tour.
- Energy Transfer Considers Sale of Rover Pipeline for $2.5B. Super secret sources are whispering to Bloomberg that Energy Transfer is seriously considering selling its 33% ownership stake in the 713-mile, 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas Rover Pipeline, a line that flows Utica Shale gas from Ohio into Michigan and all the way to Ontario, Canada. Such a sale would net ET somewhere around $2.5 billion. Yes, we’re shocked!
- Radicals Terrorize Outgoing CEO Rob McNally & Family at His Home. Do you consider it “free speech” to assemble a mob outside someone’s home at 2 o’clock in the morning and start hollering and shouting, beating a drum, thereby threatening and menacing an innocent family in that home? We sure don’t call it free speech. We call it gang activity–or maybe even terrorism. When the people inside the home feel threatened, what else can you call it? That’s what happened to EQT’s then-CEO Rob McNally and his family in the early morning hours of July 10, the day he lost his job following EQT’s annual meeting. Those outside doing the terrorizing were radical anti-fossil fuel nutters–some from out of state. Crazies. They should have been arrested. They weren’t.
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