Appalachian

Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

A federal judge has halted oil and gas development in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF) after a ruling last year found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) failed to adequately consider the impact of unconventional development when they opened the land for drilling. The U.S. District Court for the…

March 11, 2021
Pennsylvania Saw Modest Increase in Unconventional Natural Gas Production Last Year, but Activity Down

Pennsylvania Saw Modest Increase in Unconventional Natural Gas Production Last Year, but Activity Down

Pennsylvania unconventional natural gas production surpassed 7 Tcf last year, up 3.9% from 2019, the lowest growth rate on record for a full year of production, according to the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Fourth quarter production increased 2.9% year/year to 1.8 Tcf, flat with the annual growth level in the third quarter. Quarterly production…

March 4, 2021
Delaware River Basin’s Permanent Fracking Ban Decried as ‘Purely Political’ by Energy Industry

Delaware River Basin’s Permanent Fracking Ban Decried as ‘Purely Political’ by Energy Industry

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on Thursday voted to make permanent its longstanding de facto prohibition on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), drawing cheers from environmentalists and a sharp rebuke from oil and gas industry advocates in the region. The DRBC, the hybrid interstate and federal regulatory body established in 1961 to oversee the waters of…

February 25, 2021
NFG Cleared to Start Construction on FM100 Natural Gas Project in Pennsylvania

NFG Cleared to Start Construction on FM100 Natural Gas Project in Pennsylvania

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has cleared a National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG) subsidiary to start construction on the FM100 natural gas pipeline expansion and modernization project.  NFG said it would start construction early next month and expects to bring the project online by the end of the year. FM100 would boost natural gas takeaway…

February 25, 2021
EIA Models Falling Natural Gas Output from Seven Key U.S. Regions in March

EIA Models Falling Natural Gas Output from Seven Key U.S. Regions in March

Natural gas production from seven key U.S. shale plays is set to fall by a combined 560 MMcf/d from February to March as output from most major producing regions is expected to slow over the next month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Combined natural gas output from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian…

February 18, 2021
Range Resources Fined for Failing to Plug Inactive Pennsylvania Wells Sooner

Range Resources Fined for Failing to Plug Inactive Pennsylvania Wells Sooner

Range Resources Corp. agreed to pay a $294,000 fine to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for failing to properly classify over 40 inactive conventional oil and gas wells. DEP said the company applied for inactive status for the Shirocky No. 1 well in Fayette County in September 2017, indicating that it planned to…

February 11, 2021
Cabot to Cut Spending, Maintain Pennsylvania Production Despite Better Natural Gas Outlook

Cabot to Cut Spending, Maintain Pennsylvania Production Despite Better Natural Gas Outlook

Appalachian pure-play Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. plans to keep year/year production flat in 2021 and cut spending, despite what management believes is likely to be a better year for natural gas producers. In formally releasing its plans for this year, the company reiterated preliminary guidance unveiled in October to move through 2021 in maintenance…

February 8, 2021
PennEast Case Advances at U.S. Supreme Court with Broader Implications for Natural Gas Pipelines

PennEast Case Advances at U.S. Supreme Court with Broader Implications for Natural Gas Pipelines

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC’s case against New Jersey, which has stopped the natural gas project from condemning state-owned land.  The high court on Wednesday granted PennEast’s petition in a win for the project, which has been under development for more than five years. The pipeline is one…

February 5, 2021
CNX Reports Record-Breaking Fourth Quarter Despite Pandemic

CNX Reports Record-Breaking Fourth Quarter Despite Pandemic

Despite a volatile year marred by the Covid-19 pandemic, CNX Resources Corp. said it finished strong, delivering on a more cautious approach implemented early in 2020 when the virus spread across the world and weighed on energy demand.  “2020 marked the most successful year we’ve seen as an” exploration and production company, “and frankly, as…

January 29, 2021
New FERC Chairman Signals Stricter Standards for Further MVP Construction Authorizations

New FERC Chairman Signals Stricter Standards for Further MVP Construction Authorizations

FERC in its monthly meeting Tuesday failed to pass three draft orders for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a move that could augur poorly for the developer’s expectations to quickly complete construction amid the transition to Democratic leadership at the agency. In recent months, MVP has sought the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s blessing to continue…

January 21, 2021