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Why the Marcellus and Utica are paying close attention to Norman Bay

FERC, Norman C. Bay

Norman C. Bay just resigned as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), leaving a mess behind him. This is the entity that controls the power to approve contested electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines and utility plans. He resigned after President Trump promoted Cheryl A. LeFleur to chair the commission. Now, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, FERC doesn’t have ...

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TransCanada receives approval for two Marcellus area pipelines

TransCanada Marcellus Utica pipeline projects

The executive order that gave TransCanada the go ahead to pursue completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline stole the spotlight from two smaller, but still substantial pipeline projects received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A TransCanada press release announced the approval for the construction of the Leach XPress and RayneXPress projects. Both will provide natural gas from the ...

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Mariner East II pipeline makes waves in PA

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It looks as though North Dakota isn’t the only state affected by pipeline struggles. Similar to arguments against the Dakota Access in Iowa, the eminent domain issue continues to frustrate landowners. A Dec. 29 article by Matt Miller in Pennlive.com reported that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Cumberland County property owners fighting against Sunoco Logistics, ...

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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

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In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Natural gas pipelines increase in New England

Pipes laid out for Natural Gas pipeline

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Dec. 6, natural gas pipeline capacity in New England increased for the first time since 2010. This is due in part to the completion of two natural gas pipeline projects by Spectra Energy. The Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project was put into service after approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with ...

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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

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U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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U.S. rig count declines by 1 to 568

South Texas oil drilling rig 4

Baker Hughes’ latest rig count report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil rose by two this week to 452. Rigs drilling for natural gas was down 2. The total rig count fell by one to 568, still higher than the May low of 404. Total offshore rigs are down 12 from last year at this time. States losing ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

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As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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Iran makes $6 billion deal with Total, CNPC

total SA, Iran

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran plans to sign a preliminary $6 billion deal with Total SA on Tuesday to help develop an onshore gas field. The move by Total is the first return by a Western energy company since sanctions were lifted this year. Total was long one of the most active Western oil companies in Iran, and ...

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Reports says fracking ban would hurt PA jobs

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Any federal ban on fracking for oil and natural gas would cause fuel prices to surge, leading to job losses, higher electricity and gasoline costs and an increased cost of living, especially in top gas-producing states like Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued on Friday. Four days before the presidential election, the Chamber’s report focused ...

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