Shale Gas News – September 28, 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 California gas prices, fracking ban consequences, NY Islanders 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 Dave Williams of the PA Farm County Radio Network.

In this week’s Shale Directories meet a member segment we were joined by Jamie Bailey, manager of West Virginia & Ohio operations with ACF Environmental.

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The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the September 28th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • America Is The Real Climate Hero: Natural Gas Has Helped Reduce US Emissions More Than Many Paris Signatories. A top item of discussion among world leaders at this week’s United Nations meetings was how to get countries to comply with the Paris climate accord. Well that certainly is a tricky problem for the climate change lobby – which sees the Paris accord as our last-ditch hope to save the planet. As it turns out, FEW of the signatory nations to the Paris climate accord are meeting their solemn promises. As of last year, only five European nations were even within 50% of their target reductions. Asia is a bigger disaster. China’s and India’s emissions are getting much worse; they are building coal plants every week.
  • GasSearch Drilling Services (GDS) Opens New Maintenance Facility. GasSearch Drilling Services (GDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, today officially opened its new maintenance facility in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house for energy industry colleagues, neighbors and public officials. The company provides well pad construction, roustabout services, and equipment rentals direct to Cabot. GDS is also contracted for water hauling services required for both drilling and hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells.
  • California drivers might soon pay $4 a gallon for gas. California drivers may soon pay $4 a gallon at the pump after refinery upsets pushed up the wholesale market in San Francisco to the strongest level in almost seven years.  San Francisco spot gasoline traded at its highest premium to futures since 2012 and Los Angeles was the highest in almost four years on Tuesday. An alkylation unit at Valero Energy Corp.’s Benicia refinery, which makes high-octane gasoline, went down over the weekend, according to Genscape Inc. A failed unit restart at Chevron Corp.’s El Segundo refinery and a crude unit upset at PBF Energy Inc.’s Torrance facility, both near Los Angeles, also boosted prices.
  • Weather radar picks up mysterious shadow across three states ‘caused by huge dragonfly swarm’ – An enormous mystery cloud has baffled US meteorologists this week who spotted the shape stretching over parts of Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but saw no rainfall.  The National Weather Service spotted the “conundrum”, and suggested it could be a swarm of “bugs”, however the altitude was so high, they were initially sceptical such a massive number of creatures could be flying so high. NWS Wakefield said on Twitter: “No rain around the region with decent returns on radar. Usually we’d think we’re seeing bugs. Dual polarization radar products argue otherwise and some of these returns are above 10,000ft”.
  • Political Rhetoric Aside, Fracking Must Remain Legal.  Several of the candidates, such as senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, as well as Texans Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro, have given the issue elevated emphasis, promising to make ending fracking, either over time or immediately, a centerpiece of their initial agenda upon assuming office. None of the Democratic contenders have chosen to modify their positions in the wake recent events. It’s important to note that the elimination of fracking would have widespread negative impacts far beyond the destruction of U.S. energy security gains made over the last decade.
  • Charif Souki Schools Elizabeth Warren on Consequences of Frack Ban. Earlier this month CNN, the news network no one watches anymore, held a seven-hour “town hall” style meeting on mythical climate change with the leading candidates for the Democrat nomination for president. Among the participants was U.S. Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (who once falsely claimed to have Indian heritage in order to get into Harvard Law School). Warren made a complete horse’s rear-end of herself. She promised to ban all fracking everywhere on her first day in office if elected president. Charif Souki, co-founder of LNG export company Tellurian, obliterated Warren’s statement in addressing attendees of the Gastech conference on Tuesday.
  • NY Islanders Break Ground for $1.3B Arena…with No Gas Heat? We have a bona fide mystery on our hands–a mystery that may signal a happy ending for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project getting approved. One of the first statements (threats) utility company National Grid made in relation to NESE is that if NESE, a Williams Transco Pipeline project meant to increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets, including to Long Island doesn’t happen, National Grid will not connect natural gas to a new $1.3 billion stadium complex on Long Island to host the New York Islanders hockey team. The company building the new arena recently began to clear the site for construction.

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One thought on “Shale Gas News – September 28, 2019

  1. The Issue of the New York Islanders new stadium is the perfect time for Governor Cuomo to show how we can get along without Fossil Fuels. If we can do it for the Hockey stadium we can do it for the rest of New York.

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