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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of March 1, 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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Published every Monday, the Penn State Shale Law Blog presents the Shale Law Weekly Review which provides an update of recent, local, state, national, and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.


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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Williams Cos' PA-NY Constitution natgas pipeline gets another chance for regulatory nod


The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved construction of Constitution in December 2014 pending other regulatory approval, ...


~ Regulatory ~



McDonnell says natural gas helped Pennsylvania reach clean power plan goals

Pennsylvania Business Report

McDonnell also discussed how encouraging more compressed natural gas vehicles could further reduce emissions. The DEP recently announced ...


~~State Related Items~~



Chattanoogans to see lower electric bills in March as cost of TVA power drops

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Electricity users in the Tennessee Valley will enjoy cheaper rates next month as falling natural gas prices and abundant rain combine to cut the cost of ...



Fifth Circuit: Texas Operators Must Seek Best Price Available in Calculating Royalties

JD Supra (press release)

Operators in Texas have a duty to market their gas and seek the best ... DEPCO, in opposition, argued that the Class Leases at issue were not all the same ... Upon review of the record and the district court's decision, the Fifth Circuit ...




Chevron gets access to land for developments, despite owners' attempts to block it with injunction

The Pennsylvania Record

8 that allows it to use lessors' land to develop oil and gas entities. ... Fayette County, including land subject to an oil and gas lease that they agreed to ... The Superior Court also backed the lower court's decision that whether or not ...



The pipeline dilemma

WV News

That seems to be the word best to describe what's happening to natural gas pipelines ... natural gas, but in terms of jobs and economic development


Williams Cos' PA-NY Constitution natgas pipeline gets another chance for regulatory nod


Feb 28 (Reuters) - Williams Cos Inc's long-delayed Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York got another possible lifeline ...



Feeding China's appetite for LNG

LNG World Shipping

The proposal calls for a four-fold increase in the amount of LNG the country currently imports. Last year, China's 19 LNG import terminals with a total ...


Here's what Cheniere has planned for 2019

Houston Business Journal

Cheniere plans to make an FID on the sixth liquefaction unit, called an LNG train, at the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana, Jack Fusco, ...



Trucking companies compete for employees in a tight labor market

Greeley Tribune

An array of factors have contributed to the need for more drivers, including an aging workforce, the booming oil and gas economy in northern Colorado ...



Hazardous Liquids by Rail to be Made Safer by Using Advanced Sensor Technology

Clearfield Progress

The XLOAD also reduces the risk of operator exposure to hazardous gases, and it reduces the risk that toxic fugitive emissions will be released into ...



'Green Activists' Opposing Trump's Methane Rollback Are Full of It


According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the technology ... More than 70 percent of oil and gas wells on federal land are classed as ...



Automation Is Coming for the Oil Jobs, Too


We know by now that there are actually comparatively very few coal jobs left. But oil and gas companies are automating their workforces, and there's ...



Gas prices expected to “kick into high gear”


That compares with the national average which saw an increase of 6.1 ... Despite the increase, prices in the Natural State are 15.8 cents lower than ...


~Policy and Political~


Texas official throws weight behind Annova LNG project

LNG World Shipping

In an open letter made public, the Texas lieutenant governor has called on federal regulators to approve the final environmental impact statement ...


International News


Are the Canadian Oil Industry's Woes Over?

International Banker

... prices were dropping precipitously after a federal judge blocked the US Government's cross-border permit of the Keystone XL Pipeline expansion by ...