Shale Gas News – October 10, 2020

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM, 1600 AM, 104.1 FM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about “I Fracking Voted” campaign, SBA PPP, PTT Ohio Cracker and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again to the Williamsport area on stations WEJS 1600 AM & 104.1 FM. 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 and now the Williamsport area. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender, Matt Henderson and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had George Stark, Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas.

Shale Gas News

The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the October 10th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • “I Fracking Voted” Campaign Gearing Up; Sign Up Now! George Stark talks about the Shale Energy Alliance “I Fracking Voted” campaign and the need to get out the vote for energy development.  As you already know, election day is right around the corner. In fact, today is National Voter Registration Day! What better time to share an exciting new initiative from our friends over at Shale Energy Alliance (SEA)? The ‘I Fracking Voted’ program is your chance to commit to the polls this year by pledging to vote. Additionally, you’ll get some cool swag and the chance to check out who else has made the pledge!
  • Small Business Administration visits Luzerne County to meet business owners. One of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet members made a stop in Luzerne County Thursday. Administrator of the Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza stopped by Linde in Pittston Township. Carranza’s two day tour started in Luzerne County. She wants see how the Paycheck Protection Program is helping business owners and what more the U.S. Small Business Administration can do for them as the country continue to battle COVID.
  • Co. Fined $2M for Bypassing Emissions Controls on Marcellus Trucks. In September 2018, MDN brought you the news that six men had been charged with conspiring to illegally alter emissions systems on 30+ trucks with heavy-duty diesel engines, trucks used to haul water and wastewater to and from Marcellus Shale wells. All six eventually pleaded guilty. The company involved, Rockwater, has now pleaded guilty and will pay a $2 million fine.
  • PA & OH Natural Gas Production Nosedived Last Week, Down 2 Bcf/d. Two days ago MDN brought you news that natural gas prices in the Marcellus/Utica region are about to get really ugly, at least for the next couple of months. We now have the other side of the coin to share. M-U producers are shutting-in gas production like crazy. Last week M-U gas flows went down a huge 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d)–from 32 to 30 Bcf/d.
  • Range Signs Deal to be Main Ethane Supplier for PTT Ohio Cracker. Earlier this week we brought you a post exploring whether or not PTT Global Chemical will, in the end, actually build a $10 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio. Yesterday gave us one more strong signal for the “yes they will build it” column.
  • Justin Bieber Captures the Plight of Laid-Off Oil & Gas Workers. Bet you never thought you’d read about (or watch) a Justin Bieber video on MDN. We never thought we would write about or feature Bieber’s music. But then we watched a video of his newest song called Holy, a video that’s been watched (so far) over 32 million times since it was released to Youtube on Sunday! In the video Bieber plays the part of an oilfield worker who gets laid off. It’s poignant. Frankly, it brought tears to our eyes.
  • CNX Files Permits to Drill 7 New Utica Wells in Westmoreland Co. CNX Resources has applied for permits to drill up to seven new Utica shale gas wells on a single pad in Washington Township on the grounds of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. The reason it’s raising a few eyebrows is that the new pad is in the general vicinity of the company’s faulty Shaw 1G well..

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