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

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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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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

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The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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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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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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Market Realist: Marcellus Shale production stays steady

Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

The Energy Information Association (EIA) estimates that the Marcellus Shale’s natural gas production totaled 18.1 Bcf (billion cubic feet) per day in October, says Market Realist. That’s only marginally lower than September but up 9 percent from October 2015. Month-over-month, natural gas production growth in the Marcellus Shale has been relative steady in the past year. While the rig count ...

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Permits are up in the Marcellus and Utica

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Across the oil-rich Utica and the natural gas fields of the Marcellus, a slight increase in drilling permits could indicate drillers see hope in further production and development in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Susan Crowell from Farm and Dairy notes that greatest number of permists were issued in Belmont County, Ohio and Washington County, Pennsylvania. Since the shale play was discovered, ...

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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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Court to rule if gas expansion plan needed environment study

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering whether Connecticut’s environmental protection agency and state regulators were wrong for not studying the potential environmental impact of a major natural gas expansion plan before they approved it in 2013. The high court’s review comes in a lawsuit filed two years ago by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, a group ...

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Gas industry challenges new drilling rules in Pennsylvania

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The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is challenging new state regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells, saying they threaten jobs and investment by adding up to $2 million to the cost of drilling a well. Energy companies in the Marcellus Shale, the nation’s largest natural gas field, filed suit against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ...

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