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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of March 8, 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

Pipeline Vandals Risk Catastrophic Outcomes


Meanwhile, eco-saboteurs targeted a Mariner East 2 pipeline construction site in Pennsylvania last year that also resulted in costly damage to heavy ...


Across the energy sector, workers are increasingly hard to find


Driving the news: Hiring difficulty last year was cited by more than ... Employment in oil and gas extraction and related jobs is at its highest level since ...


Hydroseed Applicators Provide a Pipeline to Productivity

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines (press release)

In Pennsylvania, Penn Line Service Inc. responded to the call. ... reclamation to the recent gas and oil boom in the Marcellus and Utica shale region.



~ Regulatory ~



FERC moves ahead on environmental reviews for Pennsylvania, Texas pipeline projects

S&P Global Platts

FERC moves ahead on environmental reviews for Pennsylvania, Texas ... to supply gas from Marcellus and Utica shale to the Leidy South project.



Pennsylvania imposes $1.5M fine on gas pipeline builder

WJAC Johnstown

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The builder of a natural gas gathering pipeline system in southwestern Pennsylvania is agreeing to a $1.5 million fine for ...


~~State Related Items~~


New York

Group touts natural gas savings, wants more pipeline capacity, fracking

Albany Times Union

Group touts natural gas savings, wants more pipeline capacity, fracking ... tap into existing Marcellus shale gas deposits in the state's Southern Tier.





4th Circ. Affirms Equinor Win In Drilling Contract Fight


... contract dispute over drilling gas wells on property atop the Marcellus Shale, agreeing with the lower court that the agreement between the company ...



TransCanada's (TRP) Mountaineer Xpress Project Comes Online


These pipelines will ship natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales. Notably, production in the Appalachian Basin is expected to lead the surge ...


Ferc approves full service on Mountaineer

Kallanish Energy

The pipeline is underpinned by long-term contracts with natural gas producers. Ferc had earlier given approval for partial service to begin on 


SD legislative panel passes bills aimed at possible Keystone XL protests


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed Gov. Kristi Noem's bills to prepare for potential protests over the Keystone XL oil ...



Pennsylvania natgas production sets blistering pace

Kallanish Energy

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania for 2018's final quarter and the full ... The wells were tapping primarily the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays.


International Rig Count at Highest Level since January 2016

EnerCom Inc. (press release) (blog)

A net three international rigs came online in the month, after falling by one in January. With 1,027 rigs running, the international rig count is at the ...


~Policy and Political~


Wolf proposes gas severance tax for flood control, recovery


Wolf proposes gas severance tax for flood control, recovery ... The Marcellus Shale Coalition's President, David Spigelmyer released the following ...


Pipeline protest bills head to Noem with Senate, House approval

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

PIERRE — Gov. Kristi Noem's legislation package aimed at Keystone XL pipeline protests passed both the Senate and House on Friday, less than 72 ...


Keystone XL protest bill package passes through both houses

Rapid City Journal

Two bills aimed at curbing protests of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline project sailed through both houses of the South Dakota ...


International News

The German LNG Terminal: Planning at an advanced stage


Additionally, this LNG terminal will add to the supply diversity and enable up access to US, Middle East and emerging African LNG sources. Putting the ...


Vietnam's state energy companies gear up for LNG imports

Nikkei Asian Review

HANOI/TOKYO -- Vietnam's Petrolimex has unveiled plans to open its first liquefied natural gas import terminal, following in the footsteps of fellow ...