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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of April 5, 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

'Ecocide' Would Criminalize Resource Development

National Review

I have written often here of the threat posed by the “nature rights” movement, designed by radical environmentalists to thwart large scale development ...


~ Regulatory ~


FERC Streamlines LNG Export Process, Approves New Louisiana Terminal

The Heartland Institute

In greenlighting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal for the first time in ... In approving Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass LNG export project in ...


FERC Won't Reconsider NY Pipeline Authority Ruling


FERC approved the Northern Access 2016 Project, which would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada via New York, in February 2017.



Settlement deal, including $200,000 fine, worked out on Mariner East pipeline problem

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PUC commissioners have not yet reviewed the Pennsylvania settlement, ... and Utica shale natural gas liquids from southwestern Pennsylvania to ...


~~State Related Items~~


Senator Yaw Announces $1 Million Natural Gas Expansion Grant to Connect Residents ...

Pennsylvania Business Central

... Gas Company, LLC for a pipeline project extending natural gas into Wyalusing Borough, Bradford County, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).


Report: Pennsylvania largest net exporter of electricity in US


The Appalachian region — Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia (Marcellus and Utica shales) — remained the largest natural gas-producing region ...





DC Circuit rejects appeal of FERC approvals for Transco pipeline projects

S&P Global Platts

The Atlantic Sunrise project, providing Marcellus Shale takeaway, included greenfield pipeline in Pennsylvania and added compression and other ...


Federal judge blocks President Trump's Arctic drilling plans


... oil and gas leasing in U.S. waters was blocked by a federal judge in Alaska, ... The ruling is a defeat for the president as well as for oil companies eager to ... vast stretches of the Arctic and Atlantic from future oil


Supreme Court Of Ohio Takes Up Oil And Gas Statute Of Limitations Question

JD Supra (press release)

Recent litigation over statute of limitations issues in the context of oil and gas leases highlights the importance of diligence when analyzing ownership ...



Pin Oak acquires Utica acreage in NW Pa.

Kallanish Energy

The acquisition also included drilled and completed, but not online, horizontal Utica Shale wells, along with previously built, but not drilled, well pads, ...



Trump Moves Again to Clear Path for Keystone XL Pipeline

Wall Street Journal

President Trump removed a roadblock to construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, issuing a permit that effectively ...



Shell enters into 20-year deal with Rio Grande LNG

Houston Chronicle

The liquefied natural gas arm of oil giant Shell has become the first customer at NextDecade's proposed $15 billion Rio Grande LNG export terminal at ...


North Sea Ports Compete to Build LNG Import Terminals


Sabine Pass, Cove Point and Corpus Christie, LNG export terminals sited along the US Atlantic coast, are to be joined by Cameron and Freeport ...


Poland's LNG terminal's capacity to be increased - gov't commissioner

The First News

The annual capacity of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, north-west Poland is to reach 7.5 billion cubic metres of gas, government commissioner for ...


Economic Development

WV's oil and gas industry continues to provide economic boon; future projections optimistic

WV News

CLARKSBURG — North Central West Virginia's oil and gas industry remains ... We do our best to hire local, and we reinvest in West Virginia,” he said.



Real-time data during installation of wellhead foundations

Oil & Gas Technology

... during the installation of a wellhead foundation in a TOTAL drilling project. ... LUMA was integrated with Ashtead Technology's AMS+ (Autonomous ...



The Oil And Gas Situation: Reviewing 6 Predictions

Forbes first prediction is that we will see a gradual fall in the domestic U.S. rig count throughout the first half of 2019. Indeed, the DrillingInfo Daily Rig ...


The World's Cheapest Natural Gas


Unlike in other places, such as the Marcellus and Utica shales, natural gas in West Texas is produced as a byproduct. ... While there has been a critical bottleneck for oil – a lack of pipelines from the Permian to the Gulf Coast led to ...