Appalachian

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
Natural Gas Production in Lower 48 to Continue Falling from January to February, EIA Says

Natural Gas Production in Lower 48 to Continue Falling from January to February, EIA Says

Cumulative natural gas production from seven key U.S. onshore regions is set to fall by 472 MMcf/d from January to February, extending a downtrend that goes back to early 2020, according to updated projections published Tuesday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In its latest Drilling Productivity Report, EIA said it expects the Anadarko, Appalachian…

January 19, 2021
Appalachian Consolidation Continues as West Virginia Natural Gas Trade Groups Merge

Appalachian Consolidation Continues as West Virginia Natural Gas Trade Groups Merge

West Virginia’s leading oil and natural gas trade groups have merged in a sign of how the Appalachian Basin has changed in recent years. The merger between the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association is set to take effect Jan. 1, when the…

December 31, 2020