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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of January 4, 2019


Each week the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Compiles articles related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration and development for educational purposes and the benefit of interested groups and individuals.


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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Mariner East 2 pipeline goes online

The Delaware County Daily Times

Mariner East 2 eventually will carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of liquid gases from the state's Marcellus Shale regions to Marcus Hook every ...


Why the US Imports LNG from Russia and Nigeria Despite Its Gas-Export Boom

EnerCom Inc. (press release) (blog)

Yet the U.S. is still importing LNG from places such as Russia and Nigeria. ... cubic feet a day of LNG the U.S. imported in the first 10 months of 2018. ... Everett terminal in Massachusetts, by far the most active of the dozen import ...


~~State Related Items~~


Why Maryland's rejection of a small gas pipeline is a big deal

Why Maryland's rejection of a small gas pipeline is a big deal ... natural gas pipeline linking fracked gas fields in Pennsylvania to the panhandle of ...


Gov. Hogan, State of Maryland block Potomac Pipeline easement

West Virginia MetroNews

Larry Hogan and the state Board of Public Works have denied an easement for the Potomac Pipeline connecting a Pennsylvania gas line to West ...


Md. board votes against pipeline project involving Pa. natural gas

A board of high-ranking Maryland officials rejected the pipeline Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to ...


When Will Residents Of Marcellus Shale Region Be Able To Heat Their Homes With Gas?

90.5 WESA

The price tag can go way up when someone wants gas service, but no lines ... to switching at once, and the new area is close to an existing pipeline.



New Ohio law exempts landmen from real estate licenses

Kallanish Energy

Ohio has changed its laws to allow independent oil and natural gas landmen to ... oil and gas leases for E&P companies, must be licensed real-estate brokers. ... The court did not address whether the decision applies to in-house ...



Court challenges stop work on Virginia gas pipeline

The Business Times

The natural gas industry website Marcellus Drilling News blamed the delays on "a myriad of frivolous lawsuits from Big Green groups" and said the ...



Pennsylvania natural gas drillers on hook for impact fees after ruling

(Harrisburg) -- Natural gas companies are expected to be on the hook for millions of dollars in unpaid state "impact fees" after a ruling by the ...


Pa. High Court Deals Big Blow to Drillers in Impact Fee Case

High Court Deals Big Blow to Drillers in Impact Fee Case ... month out of the year in order for the well to be exempted from impact fees under Act 13.


DC Circ. Strikes Down Enviros' Pa. Pipeline Challenge


... approval of a Kinder Morgan unit's $144 million Pennsylvania pipeline ... The D.C. Circuit also rejected Delaware Riverkeeper's claims that FERC ...



Central North Dakota fertilizer plant aims to get out of the red

Grand Forks Herald

Natural gas prices have been historically low for some time with the expansion of hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling in the oil fields.



NJ attorney general: Federal judge erred in PennEast Pipeline ruling

NJ attorney general: Federal judge erred in PennEast Pipeline ruling ... If built, the $1 billion line will carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale of ...


Economic Development

Best places to find jobs in 2019


Appraising where to find jobs, the study identified Jacksonville, Tampa, ... areas that will benefit most in the manufacturing, and oil and gas sector.



David Spigelmyer: Natural gas cleanly powers our modern world


The responsible development of the Marcellus and Utica shale is opening ... America's abundant natural gas resources to achieve environmental gains. ... politics from the equation will allow us to collaborate on real progress.



Pennsylvania natural gas bills expected to fall in 2019

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. is forecasting a slight decrease in predicted price of natural gas. National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. has filed ...


~Policy and Political~


Dinniman, Killion Introduce Comprehensive Pipeline Legislative Package


WEST CHESTER, PA — State Senators Andy Dinniman and Tom Killion announced that they have introduced a comprehensive legislative package ...


AP NewsBreak: Judge dismisses Alaska bonding plan lawsuit

The News Tribune

Bill Walker's plan to use bonding to pay Alaska's oil and gas tax credit ... She said the high court concluded in the lease-purchase case that the ...


International News

With an Eye on Record Flow From Russia, Gas Market Braces for Slump


European natural gas prices look set to fall for the first time in four years in 2019 as buyers keep a close eye on flows from Russia that reached a ...