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Marcellus-Utica Midstream
January 30 – February 1, 2018
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA
https://www.hartenergyconferences.com/marcellus-utica-midstream 

For other events visit http://www.shaledirectories.com/site/oil-and-gas-expo-information.html

Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus, Utica, Permian, Eagle Ford, Bakken and Niobrara Shale Plays 

 

Shell looking to innovatively add ethane supplies? Shell recently acquired a stake in Southwestern Energy.  There are rumored discussions with other producers for a swap of natural gas and NGLs. Could both of these be related to securing sufficient ethane for their Beaver county ethane cracker? A quick look at Shells own Appalachian Basin production, suggest that they can’t meet their needs for the world scale cracker. Southwestern Energy is active in the wet gas region rich in NGLs. A swap with another producer, perhaps with Shell delivery in another region or not-in-kind (natural gas for ethane) is logically sound. In both cases all parties avoid costs in having to ship product. (RUMOR)
 
Shell Acquires Land at the Cracker Plant.  Thanks to Jeff Young, TorcUP, for sending me a recent article in the Beaver Times.
 
“Shell Chemicals is in the process of paying for the acquisition of a piece of property that would serve as a buffer between the $6 billion ethane cracker plant and nearby industrial properties.  Jim Palmer, president of the Beaver County Corporation Economic Development said CED is acquiring about 54 acres that sit between Shell site and the BASF and NOVA Chemical properties.”
 
When I saw the “BASF” and “NOVA Chemical,” in the article, I was wondering how long has BASF and NOVA Chemical owned land in Beaver County?  Additionally, I was asking, “How much land do both companies own?” 
 
I’m trying to find out the answers to these questions.  If anyone knows anything about these properties, please let me know.  I’ll keep pursing this until my questions are answered. 
 
Rover Pipeline Gets HDD Approval.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given Rover Pipeline LLC approval to conduct horizontal directional drilling (HDD) under streams and highways at four more locations along the route of the 711-mile natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio.
 
The action came after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company developing the $4.2 billion pipeline, adopted specific recommendations on HDD from the J.D. Hair & Associates consulting firm, Kallanish Energy reports.
 
The approved HDD sites were Interstate 77, Honey Creek, the Ohio River at Majorsville and a Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing. The company said HDD is under way or completed at 23 sites along the pipeline route.
 
FERC had allowed the company to continue HDD drilling started last May when leaks occurred at drilling sites and the HDD work was then halted.
 
The company lists about 50 locations where HDD is needed, mostly in Ohio and Michigan. FERC noted HDD is still not allowed at the Tuscarawas and Sandusky rivers in Ohio.
 
About 213 miles of the pipeline, from Cadiz in eastern Ohio to Defiance in northwest Ohio and along two laterals, pipelines were put into service on Aug. 31.
 
Constructing the 125-mile pipeline from Defiance north into Michigan and east into Ontario is continuing. That project is expected to be in service by the end of the first quarter of 2018, ETP said.
 
The twin pipeline will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to the Midwest, Canada and the Gulf Coast. It will move up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
 
ETP has been sued by the state of Ohio over environmental issues including a dozen HDD leaks.
 
Anadarko Reduces Slightly CAPEX in 2018.  Anadarko Petroleum intends to cut spending slightly in 2018 as it focuses on three plays: the Delaware Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, the DJ Basin in Colorado and the Gulf of Mexico, Kallanish Energy reports.
 
It intends to spend $4.2 billion to $4.6 billion on capital projects in 2018, down from the $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion spent this year, the company said. Anadarko said 80% of the capital budget will be invested in the three plays.
 
The company intends to spend $900 million in upstream activities in West Texas with an additional $500 million invested in midstream. It intends to operate seven rigs and six completion crews. It projects oil production will grow 50% from 2017 to 2018.
 
It plans to spend $950 million in Colorado. It expects to boost oil production by 30% from 2017 to 2018. It intends to operate five rigs and three completion crews in the play.
 
It plans to spend $1.1 billion in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. It will also invest $150 million in a Mozambique liquefied natural gas project and $150 million in Ghana and Algeria in 2018.
 
Overall, the Woodlands, Texas-based is projecting a 14% boost in 2018 oil production from 2017, and expects to see a 20% return on cash invested.
 
“Our 2018 investment plan will again be driven by capital efficiency and financial discipline,” CEO Al Walker said in a statement.
 
The company is prepared to make money with oil prices between $45 and $60 a barrel and with natural gas at $3 per thousand cubic feet, he said.
 
Enough NatGas for Winter.  Overall natural gas demand will grow this winter in the U.S., but there is a robust winter supply that is ample to meet demand, according to the Natural Gas Supply Association.
 
It is projecting 2017-2018 winter demand will reach 96.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d); compared to 89.5 Bcf/d last winter, Kallanish Energy has learned.
 
That forecast includes 36.9 Bcf/d for residential-commercial, 22.7 Bcf/d/d for electric, 23.2 Bcf/d for industrial, 4.4 Bcf/d for pipeline exports to Mexico, and 2.8 Bcf/d for liquefied natural gas exports.
 
Residential-commercial use is expected to grow by 8% from the previous winter, and exports are up 38% from the 2016-2017 winter, the report says.
 
But exports still represent a small portion of U.S. natural gas use: 8%.
 
Winter temperatures in the U.S. are forecast to be 14% colder than last year, according to the association’s report. But those temperatures will likely be 1% warmer than the 30-year average, it said.
 
The outlook is that the 2017-2018 winter will require 3,468 heating-degree days, compared to 3,074 heating-degree days in the 2016-2017 winter, it said.
 
The U.S. economy is also on the upswing and that will trigger a bigger demand, the association said.
 
Natural gas is spurring 70 major industrial projects in the U.S. from 2016 to 2022, with investments of $135 billion in petrochemical and fertilizer production and an increase in natural gas use of 4.3 Bcf/d by 2022, the report says. That includes 59 new projects and 11 expansions.
 
Those totals do not include 48 completed projects with an additional $28 billion in investment, and 1.6 Bcf/d of added natural gas use from 2010 to 2015, it says.
 
Production of natural gas is down 2.5 Bcf/d from last winter due to less drilling and pipeline delays, the association said. The winter inventory is down 1% from last year at the start of winter: about 3,850 Bcf, the report says.
 
Winter production in the Lower 48 states is projected to be 76.4 Bcf/d, up from 70.7 Bcf/d last winter. The U.S. will also get roughly 5.5 Bcf/d from Canada.
 
The association says 56% of U.S. natural gas is coming from shale.
 
Last winter, the Henry Hub natural gas price was $3.01 MMBtu, compared to $1.98 MMBtu in the winter of 2015-2016.
 
GE Shedding Baker Hughes.  Industrial giant GE (General Electric) wooed and won the hand of Baker Hughes (BH) –the third largest oilfield services company in the world–buying/merging in Baker Hughes with GE’s Oil and Gas division just four months ago. It didn’t take much for BH to say “yes” to GE’s proposal for marriage, coming off a botched attempt at marriage with Halliburton–a deal that the Obama DOJ destroyed. But now, four months into wedded bliss, GE has a new CEO and he wants out of the marriage. CEO John Flannery is looking to sell all of, or part of, GE’s majority stake in what is now called “Baker Hughes, a GE Company.” GE wants the nameplate on the door to just say “Baker Hughes, a Company.”  Will Halliburton re-enter the picture with Trump in the White House?  He’s been espousing American energy independence since he began running for president.  Halliburton could find a more accommodating DOJ now.
 
Majors Reduce Ethane Emissions.  BP, Eni, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total and Wintershall this week committed to further reduce methane emissions from natural gas assets they operate around the world, Kallanish Energy reports.
 
The commitment was made as part of wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while addressing climate change, the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT) reported.
 
China’s LNG Imports Jump 40%.  China’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports will surge year-over-year this winter, as the government's efforts to reduce pollution by cutting coal usage for residential heating and industrial purposes will put significant strain on the gas supply this winter, said Wen Wang, Wood Mackenzie's China gas and LNG senior consultant.
 
Gas demand is poised to rise by 23 billion cubic meters (Bcm) this year compared to previous winters, as the so-called "cleaner" fuel replaces the "dirty" fuel.
 
Northern China, particularly Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei (BTH), is forecast to face the most severe shortages, Kallanish Energy learns.
 
Wang said LNG is a viable solution to the shortage risks, with two operating terminals located in BTH still holding available capacity. CNPC’s Caofeidian terminal still has room to ramp up imports and CNOOC’s Tiajin terminal was largely underutilized last winter due to weak demand growth, she added.
 
Trucked LNG is flexible and can also address infrastructure constraints, but affordability is a factor to consider.
 
“Our supply-demand balance analysis shows that shortages on a large scale could be avoided if all supply sources and infrastructure are running perfectly. However, daily shortages will almost certainly happen if there are cold snaps,” the consultant said. “Hebei Province is also very likely to experience a gas shortage if PetroChina does not allow Hebei to increase its gas download from the trunk lines.”
 
Wood Mackenzie estimated there will be lower contracted offtake left for the winter and higher demand for spot, which in turn will affect LNG import prices.
 
Re-gas capacity constraints in northern China might limit LNG price upside in December and January. But a colder-than-normal end of winter could further boost local LNG demand, and global LNG prices.
 
NatGas Storage Down 2%.  Through Oct. 31, natural gas storage in the Lower 48 U.S. states was 2% lower than in the previous five-year end-of-October average, reports the U.S. Department of Energy and its Energy Information Administration.
 
The natural gas in storage this year is also 5% lower than the record-setting level at the end of October 2016, Kallanish Energy learns.
 
The working natural gas in storage, as of Oct. 31, was 3.78 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), EIA said. Last year’s record level was 3.98 Tcf. That level typically falls to about 1.80 Tcf in April, at the end of the winter heating season.
 
Typically, natural gas storage increases from April through October, known as the refill season, although net injections sometimes occur in November.
 
This year, levels were higher than usual in April and that may have slowed injections, EIA said. Injections in 2017 were insufficient to return inventories to their recent record highs, it said.
 
Comprehensive Pipeline Update.  (Thank you, MDN) There are a number of important pipeline projects, key to moving Marcellus/Utica gas either out of our region, or to places in our region that urgently need it. Some projects we’ve been writing about for years–like the stalled Constitution Pipeline from Susquehanna County, PA into New York State. Others are relatively recent, like the Valley Lateral Pipeline, a short pipeline to feed a power plant being built in Orange County, NY. Some projects like PennEast Pipeline are not yet fully approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and now face an uphill battle in New Jersey where an ultralib just got elected governor–saying he’ll do his best to hassle the project. What we need is a scorecard! What’s the status of all these important projects? Fortunately the sharp writers at E&E News (Energy & Environment Publishing) has just issued such a scorecard, chronicling 10 important, we’d call them vital, pipeline projects in the East: Constitution, Northern Access, Valley Lateral, PennEast, Atlantic Sunrise, NEXUS, Rover, Mountain Valley, and Atlantic Coast. Here’s a status report for each project:
 
The expansion of natural gas infrastructure along the East Coast has created a seemingly endless queue of new pipeline battles involving landowners, environmentalists, states and the federal government.
 
Some of the proposed pipelines have similar names. A handful has similar routes. Many have been in the news for years, while others seem to have sprung from nowhere. They’re all accompanied by a nonstop stream of procedural and legal drama.
 
Even the most astute pipeline watchers have trouble keeping it all straight. Was it Atlantic Coast or Atlantic Sunrise that just got approved? Wait, how many projects are on hold in New York? And aren’t there nuns protesting somewhere?
 
Here’s a breakdown of some of the most interesting projects to help you avoid getting your wires and pipelines — crossed.
 
Constitution
 
Length: 126 miles
Route: Northeast Pennsylvania to central New York
Status: Company wants FERC to waive a state-issued water permit
 
The fate of this project might not just be a matter of laws and regulations; it may also be a battle of political wills. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has held up a number of high-profile gas projects, including the Constitution pipeline. For its part, Williams Cos. Inc., the lead sponsor of the project, is banking on favorable treatment by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
 
It all began early last year, when New York regulators denied Constitution a water permit required by the Clean Water Act. Williams challenged that decision in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court let New York’s decision stand, but it declined to rule on a critical issue Williams had asked about: whether New York had ceded that authority to the feds by taking too long to review the project.
 
Now Williams is asking FERC to find “waiver” so that it can start construction on the nearly $700 million project. CEO Alan Armstrong has said the company is pressing FERC and the Trump administration to overrule New York, and lobbying records confirm that representatives for Williams have held meetings with the White House and federal agencies.
 
For now, Williams doesn’t see the pipeline going online before 2019. “Plenty of fight left in this dog, and I think we’re well-positioned for it,” Armstrong told analysts this month. “But we’ve got — we will have a fight on our hands, I suspect.”
 
Northern Access
 
Length: 99 miles and associated infrastructure
Route: Northwest Pennsylvania to western New York
Status: Company appealing New York permit denial at 2nd Circuit, at FERC and in state court
 
National Fuel Gas Co., the lead sponsor of the Northern Access project, launched a bevy of legal challenges after New York regulators denied its water permit this year. But even the company’s president and CEO, Ronald Tanski, has conceded that “it’s anyone’s guess when we might get an answer.”
 
The roughly half-billion-dollar project would beef up the pipelines and other infrastructure that send gas across the Pennsylvania border into the Buffalo area. It had approvals from FERC and Pennsylvania regulators, but the April decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left it one permit shy.
 
National Fuel Gas is challenging New York’s denial in the 2nd Circuit, and it’s also asking FERC to declare state authority “waived.” But as Tanski has acknowledged to investors, some of the pivotal legal questions are getting worked out in other cases, such as the Valley Lateral project in New York. Northern Access has no official service date.
 
Valley Lateral
 
Length: 7.8 miles
Route: Connects Millennium Pipeline Co.’s main line to a power plant in Orange County, N.Y.
Status: Construction halted pending arguments at N.Y. 2nd Circuit
 
What could have been a routine approval for a $39 million fuel line to a power plant has evolved into a high-stakes case with a federalist twist.
 
The brouhaha began in August, when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied a water permit that Millennium had to get under the Clean Water Act. Millennium protested to FERC, saying New York had taken longer to reach that decision than the statute allowed: a year.
 
FERC agreed, saying New York had waived its authority to do the review and that Millennium could go ahead.
 
Not so fast, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.
 
New York has argued to the federal court that it was within its one-year period when it denied Valley Lateral in August. It simply disagrees with the company on when it got a complete application. And it thinks states’ interpretations on this issue trump Washington’s.
 
Now New York, FERC and Millennium will meet in the 2nd Circuit to debate this little piece of the Clean Water Act. They’ll attempt to resolve a question that will be significant for other interstate gas pipeline projects.
 
PennEast
 
Length: 120 miles
Route: Northeast Pennsylvania to central New Jersey
Status: Awaiting final approval at FERC before reapplying to New Jersey
 
First proposed in 2014, the roughly billion-dollar project would connect gas fields in the Marcellus Shale to New Jersey, a state that gets more power from gas than any other fuel. But the project hit a speed bump in June when state regulators under Republican Gov. Chris Christie blocked the project’s application for a water certificate required under federal law.
 
PennEast says it’s preparing to reapply, but the delay could be costly. Democrat Phil Murphy won convincingly in this month’s gubernatorial election, and he enters office with Democratic majorities in the statehouse and ambitious plans for renewable energy.
 
If Murphy sets up anti-pipeline leadership at the state Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey could become the next front in the pipeline wars. But if his union supporters convince him otherwise, Murphy could just as soon let the project proceed. He takes office in January.
 
Atlantic Sunrise
 
Length: 183 miles and multiple expansions and upgrades
Route: Southern Pennsylvania to northern Pennsylvania and upgrades across East Coast network
Status: Approved by FERC; under construction
 
Atlantic Sunrise encompasses new construction in Pennsylvania and an array of upgrades along the existing Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC system that runs down the Eastern Seaboard to the Gulf Coast.
 
The $3 billion project has attracted the most pushback in Pennsylvania, where landowners, environmentalists and a group of Catholic nuns have led opposition. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ sued FERC over its approval of the pipeline, arguing that routing the line across their land violates their religious rights. A district court dismissed their claim, and it’s now on appeal.
 
Environmentalists have raised various other challenges to the project, including whether Pennsylvania regulators properly considered its impacts and whether FERC acted beyond its authority when it issued orders related to the pipeline without a quorum.
 
Atlantic Sunrise opponents had brief success earlier this month, securing a construction freeze. The victory was short-lived, however, and the freeze lasted only two days. The other challenges are pending, and additional lawsuits are expected.
 
Nexus
 
Length: 255 miles
Route: Eastern Ohio to southeastern Michigan
Status: Approved by FERC; under construction
 
The $2 billion Nexus pipeline in Ohio has been a hotbed of legal challenges since before it was approved. Landowners filed a novel lawsuit in May, arguing that FERC’s practice of granting eminent domain authority to pipeline developers is unconstitutional. That case is still pending in federal court in Ohio.
 
Nexus has also spurred a challenge to a longtime FERC practice of issuing “tolling orders” that extend the agency’s deadline for responding to rehearing requests. That lawsuit has been sidelined for now, but environmentalists will likely raise the issue again.
 
Rover
 
Length: 713 miles
Route: From processing plants in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to delivery points in Ohio and Michigan
Status: Some segments in service, others under construction; completion expected in early 2018
 
The $4.2 billion Rover project to move up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of gas from Mid-Atlantic shale plays is being developed by Energy Transfer Partners LP, the company behind the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.
 
The project had problems with drilling fluid leaks and other environmental issues in Ohio almost as soon as construction started this spring, and the state of Ohio is suing Energy Transfer Partners on charges that it violated state air and water protection laws. West Virginia regulators also briefly stopped construction on the project, and Energy Transfer Partners is operating under construction limitations from FERC.
 
FERC also has an ongoing investigation into whether the company used unapproved ingredients in its drilling fluid mix. In 2015, Energy Transfer Partners purchased a historic home near the pipeline route with assurances that it would be protected, but instead demolished it. FERC and Ohio state agencies negotiated a settlement for potential violation of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the company paid a portion of the agreed fine but has indicated it will not pay the balance.
 
Mountain Valley
 
Length: 303 miles
Route: Northern West Virginia to southern Virginia
Status: Approved by FERC; state permits pending
 
The $3.5 billion Mountain Valley project is being developed by Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. and partners to carry shale gas from West Virginia to markets in Virginia. The project has been controversial in Virginia, with pushback from environmentalists and landowner groups, and is the subject of a legal challenge that says the use of eminent domain for the pipeline violates landowners’ constitutional rights and the Natural Gas Act.
 
The project is also notable for an unusual situation in West Virginia, where developers first secured state water permits only to see them withdrawn by the state Department of Environmental Protection in response to charges that the state’s review was inadequate. State officials initially said they intended to review the permits but instead opted to waive their right to regulate the project’s water quality impacts, a decision that shifts the responsibility onto the Army Corps of Engineers.
 
When the pipeline was approved by FERC, it received a split vote, with one of the three voting commissioners dissenting on the grounds that the project was similar to the Atlantic Coast project and could potentially be combined with it to reduce their combined environmental impacts.
 
Atlantic Coast
 
Length: 600 miles
Route: Northern West Virginia to eastern Virginia and North Carolina
Status: Approved by FERC; state permits pending
 
Atlantic Coast is a $5.1 billion project developed by four energy companies — Dominion Resources Inc., Duke Energy Corp., Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. and Southern Company Gas — to deliver Mid-Atlantic shale gas to local markets in Virginia and North Carolina. It has faced strong local opposition in both states and was a point of debate in a fierce governor’s race in Virginia. Democrat Ralph Northam, who largely dodged taking a position on the project but once, supported it, won that race.
 
The Atlantic Coast project and another pipeline with a similar route, Mountain Valley, were approved by FERC in October. The decision triggered a rare dissenting opinion from one of the three sitting commissioners, who said the two projects were largely similar and could potentially be combined to minimize their collective environmental impacts. Atlantic Coast is also the subject of some legal challenges over the use of eminent domain authority.
 
Another controversy: The pipeline is slated to end 12 miles short of the South Carolina border, but there is speculation — fueled by October remarks by a Dominion Energy Inc. executive — that the developers want to extend it farther.
 
E&P Companies Spend $300 Million on OH Roads.  Drillers in Ohio’s Utica Shale have spent $302.6 million on improving roads in eight Ohio counties from 2011 through the first quarter of 2017, Kallanish Energy reports.
 
That resulted in nearly 640 miles of roads, bridges and culverts being improved – at no cost to taxpayers.
 
That information was released Tuesday in a new report from Energy in Depth (EID) Ohio and the Ohio Oil & Gas Association.
 
The key to what happened in Ohio is Road Use Maintenance (RUMA) Agreements involving drilling companies and county engineers who oversee local roads.
 
Those agreements have provided “a tremendous benefit” to Ohio counties, said Shawn Bennett, executive director of the Ohio Oil & Gas Association during a teleconference.
 
Those agreements are “pretty unique to Ohio,” said Jackie Stewart of EID Ohio.
 
The agreements are required in order to get drilling permits and cover roads traveled by drilling traffic.
 
FERC Approves WB Xpress Pipeline.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday granted final approval for Columbia’s WB Xpress pipeline project. In Jan. 2016, Columbia Pipeline Group (now owned by TransCanada) filed a full, official application with FERC for the $850 million WB XPress Project. WB XPress consists of two new compressor stations, 26 miles of pipeline replacement located along existing corridors (11.6 miles of it in Monongahela National Forest), and 2.9 miles of new pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia. The WB XPress Project will expand capacity of the Columbia Gas Transmission pipeline system in the region by 1.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), linking Marcellus gas supplies to new markets. FERC issued a favorable environmental assessment for the project in March of this year. In September, the U.S. Forest Service gave its blessing.  FERC has issued a final approval for the project, meaning the next step is for construction to begin.
 
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Getting Closer.  Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline cleared another regulatory hurdle last Friday, as the U.S. Forest Service issued a favorable Record of Decision authorizing construction, operation and maintenance of the line on Forest Service lands.
 
The Forest Service also issued amendments to the Forest Service’s Land Resource Management Plans, Kallanish Energy learns.
 
“After more than three years of exhaustive study, the Forest Service has issued a favorable Record of Decision … ,” Aaron Ruby, Dominion Energy Media Relations manager, said, in a statement.
 
“The agency concluded that the project will be built with minimal impacts to the national forests, wildlife, water quality and other environmental resources under the agency’s care.”
 
Dominion is one of four partners behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a group which also includes Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.
 
The quartet is building the 600-mile, $5 billion, natural gas pipeline that originates in West Virginia and terminates in Pembroke, N.C.
 
The decision affects the George Washington National Forest (GWNF) in west central Virginia and the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) in eastern West Virginia.
 
“The decision ... authorizes the use and occupancy of National Forest System (NFS) lands for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project, and approves project-specific amendments for the GWNF and MNF Forest Plans,” the Record of Decision states, the Lumberton (N.C.) Robesonian newspaper reported.
 
The required Special Use Permit for the pipeline project has been issued as part of the implementation of the Record of Decision, according to the Forest Service.
 
“This Forest Service decision supports federal policies emphasizing energy infrastructure, jobs, economic growth and our agency’s efforts to provide for multiple use. The decision authorizes the pipeline and approves project-specific forest plan amendments,” the Record of Decision reads.
 
The final decision authorizes the use and occupancy of National Forest System lands for the Atlantic Coast project, amends forest plans standards to allow the construction and operation of the pipeline, allows the issuance of special-use permits in northern long-eared bat habitat, designates a 50-foot-wide permanent right-of-way, and allows the pipeline to cross under the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Augusta County, Va., at a location where existing impacts do not already exist.
 
NatGas Growing in the Bakken.  Natural gas production in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play is increasing at a faster rate than oil production, says the Energy Information Administration.
 
Total North Dakota crude oil production peaked in December 2014, at 1.2 million barrels per day (MMBPD), Kallanish Energy has learned.
 
It has dropped to 1.07 MMBPD in August 2017.
 
Despite production declines in 2016, North Dakota remains the second-largest oil-producing state and accounts for 11% of total U.S. crude oil production, EIA said.
 
But natural gas production continues to grow in North Dakota. It reached a record high of 1.94 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017.
 
That is the energy equivalent of roughly 334,000 BPD of crude, according to EIA.
 
In 2012, North Dakota produced roughly 0.5 Bcf/d of natural gas.
 
Despite the increasing gas-oil ratio, North Dakota still produces more than three times as much energy from crude oil as from natural gas.
 
In tight oil formations like the Bakken and Three Forks, the gas-oil ratio tends to increase only gradually over an extended period of time before reaching a certain point at which it increases significantly, EIA said.
 
As producers extract hydrocarbons, the pressure in the formation eventually falls below the point at which natural gas naturally separates from crude oil, a threshold known as the bubble point, it said.
 
More oil relative to natural gas tends to be produced during initial production, after which natural gas production can increase once pressure in the formation reaches the bubble point.
 
NatGas Power Plant Coming to Tioga County, PA.  Energy Solutions Consortium, based in Buffalo, NY, has been trying to build a number of gas-fired electric plant projects in West Virginia for years. However, the regulatory environment in WV creeps along, like molasses, and none of the projects are even under construction–yet. WV’s own Secretary of Commerce, Woody Thrasher, recently said WV is downright unfriendly to electric plant projects. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is building new Marcellus-fired electric plants left and right. Perhaps noticing the difference in regulatory climates, Energy Solutions has decided to try a project in PA–in Tioga County (about 2.5 hours from Buffalo). The $500 million project will be called Tioga County Power–a 680 megawatt plant capable of powering 430,000 homes, fed by yummy Marcellus Shale gas produced in PA.
 
Texas #1.  Texas has supplanted Oklahoma as the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for oil and gas investment, in the Fraser Institute’s 11th annual global survey of petroleum industry executives.
 
Oklahoma ranked second worldwide, according to the survey by Fraser, an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think-tank.
 
“Texas and Oklahoma have, for years, been seen as the most attractive jurisdictions in the world for oil and gas investors — proof that sound regulatory policies and stable environmental protections help attract scarce investment dollars even when commodity prices are down,” said Kenneth Green, Fraser’s senior director of natural resource studies and co-author of the 2017 Global Petroleum Survey.
 

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PA Permits November 16, to November 30, 2017

           County                                   Township                                          E&P Companies

  1. Allegheny                                     Forward                                             EQT
  2. Butler                                           Butler                                                  XTO
  3. Butler                                           Connoquenessing                              XTO
  4. Elk                                                Jones                                                 Seneca
  5. Greene                                         Jackson                                             Rice
  6. Greene                                         Jackson                                             Rice
  7. Greene                                         Jackson                                             Rice
  8. Greene                                         Jefferson                                           Ener. Corp. of Am.
  9. Greene                                         Jefferson                                           Ener. Corp. of Am.
  10. Greene                                         Jefferson                                           Ener. Corp. of Am.
  11. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  12. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  13. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  14. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  15. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  16. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  17. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  18. Greene                                         Whitely                                               Rice
  19. Susquehanna                            Jackson                                             SWN
  20. Susquehanna                            New Milford                                       SWN
  21. Tioga                                            Middlebury                                        Shell
  22. Tioga                                            Middlebury                                        Shell
  23. Washington                                East Finley                                        EQT
  24. Washington                                East Finley                                        EQT
  25. Washington                                East Finley                                        EQT
  26. Westmoreland                            Penn                                                  Huntley & Huntley
  27. Westmoreland                            Penn                                                  Huntley & Huntley

OH Permits for week November 11, 2017

          County                                   Township                                          E&P Companies

  1. Belmont                                       Goshen                                              Rice
  2. Belmont                                       Goshen                                              Rice
  3. Belmont                                       Goshen                                              Rice
  4. Belmont                                       Wheeling                                           Ascent
  5. Belmont                                       Wheeling                                           Ascent
  6. Belmont                                       Wheeling                                           Ascent
  7. Guernsey                                    Londonderry                                     Ascent
  8. Jefferson                                     Cross Creek                                      Ascent
  9. Jefferson                                     Cross Creek                                      Ascent
  10. Jefferson                                     Cross Creek                                      Ascent
  11. Monroe                                        Perry                                                   EM Energy
  12. Monroe                                        Salem                                                 Eclipse Resources
  13. Monroe                                        Salem                                                 Eclipse Resource

Joe Barone jbarone@shaledirectories.com 610.764.1232
Vera Anderson vera@shaledirectories.com 570.337.7149

Midstream PA