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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of April 19, 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

Billionaires organize guerrilla warfare against safe, reliable pipelines

Washington Examiner hosts a plethora of material targeted to halt individual projects, including major pipeline projects like Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and ...


Executive Order Could Avert Next Major Energy Crisis


Consequently, natural gas is in great demand for electricity production. ... A moratorium could devastate economic development in New York.


Gas pipeline constraints hit Haynesville prices

Rising production in the Haynesville and Marcellus shale plays could lead to new pipeline capacity constraints to the Gulf Coast sooner than some ...


~ Regulatory ~


Westmoreland County could be region's first to get water wells tested by feds


Tests in other parts of the state have revealed naturally occurring contaminants such as radon that are unrelated to Marcellus shale gas development.


~~State Related Items~~


Senator Yaw Addresses Severance Tax, Other Legislative Issues During UpStreamPA2019 ...

Yaw noted several issues presently being discussed in Harrisburg including a severance tax on natural gas development, legislation adding nuclear ...


Republicans offer counter plan to Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley Business

Money raised from the impact fees from any new drilling the DCNR may approve would be put into a fund to be managed by the Commonwealth ...


New York

Trump rescues NY from its self-inflicted natural-gas shortage

New York Post

Trump's other order is meant to speed up international pipeline projects, like the Keystone XL, by shifting the approval process from the State ...


The War on Natural Gas Stunts Our Economy, Crushes the Working Class


According to the Manhattan Institute's John Bryce, a 2016 study by IHS Economics found that lower natural-gas prices have created about 1.4 million ...

Natural Gas Price Forecast – Natural gas markets continue to go sideways

FX Empire

Natural gas markets drifted a little bit lower during the trading session on Tuesday but is still well within the tolerances of the range that I have marked ...





Pin Oak Acquires 43K Utica Acres in Mercer County

Pin Oak Acquires 43K Utica Acres in Mercer County ... in the northern trend of the Utica shale in Ohio and Pennsylvania, has expanded its footprint.



LNG imports to Puerto Rico recover to pre-hurricane levels

LNG World Shipping

Peñuelas LNG terminal in Ponce is Puerto Rico's only LNG import terminal. From 2013 through 2016, Puerto Rico received an average of two LNG ...




Natural gas bottlenecks moving to the Gulf Coast

Kallanish Energy

Appalachia, the combination of the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, ... liquids to market due to pipeline bottlenecks and a definite lack of line capacity.


~Policy and Political~


Trump fights pipeline opposition with 2 executive orders

President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued two executive orders that seek to restrict states' authority under the Clean Water Act to block oil and natural gas pipelines,


US backs off enchantment of Montana vitality lease cancellation


US backs off enchantment of Montana vitality lease cancellation ... The Trump administration has scaled back its fight against oil and gas leases on land ... of the decision on one of the disputed leases, held by W.A. Moncrief, Jr., court ...


Proposed gas transport rules may help ISO New England deal with fuel security worries

Power Engineering Magazine

A new report by bond rating agency Morningstar noted that part of Trump's Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth executive order ...


International News

Japanese JFE Engineering develops LNG facility

ANI News

Toyama [Japan], Apr 15 (ANI): JFE Engineering, a leading engineering company in Japan, has constructed a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal for ...