Rice Energy Inc. subsidiary Rice Energy Marketing LLC has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to grant Rover Pipeline LLC's request for a certificate of public convenience and necessity in a timely manner to allow construction to start on time next summer. Backed by Energy Transfer Partners LP, Rover filed for a certificate on Nov. 9.
Vice President of Marketing Keith Shoemaker said Rice is an anchor shipper and it would help "ameliorate concerns about bottlenecks and shut-in gas production in the Northeast." The $4.2 billion project would transport 3.25 Bcf/d of Appalachian gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, Gulf Coast and Canada (see Shale Daily, June 26, 2014).
Fortress Environmental Services has added mud recycling to its Salt Water Disposal Supercenter in Waelder, TX. The facility serves the Eagle Ford Shale. The facility will clean and process water-based and oil-based mud, flowback and completion fluids. It offers an alternative to a waste-handling process called landfarming in which waste is mixed with earth and spread over an oil lease property. "The biggest problem with this technique is that when it rains these landfarms are susceptible to rainwater runoff and is the primary reason for why the fracking industry needs to clean up its reputation," Fortress said.