Marcellus Shale

Cabot Looking for Higher Winter Prices as More Appalachia Natural Gas Volumes Shut-in

Cabot Looking for Higher Winter Prices as More Appalachia Natural Gas Volumes Shut-in

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has again curtailed natural production volumes that averaged 372 MMcf/d through the last two weeks of September as it continues to weather weak Appalachian prices.  Shut-in volumes have grown to average 450 MMcfe/d since Oct. 1 in anticipation of better prices soon. Cabot has lowered full-year production guidance to 2.300-2.350…

October 8, 2020
Stream-Crossing Permits Bring New Court Challenges as MVP Awaits Construction Restart

Stream-Crossing Permits Bring New Court Challenges as MVP Awaits Construction Restart

In keeping with an extensive history of persistent legal opposition to Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), environmental groups have asked a federal appeals court to stay recently updated waterbody-crossing permits for the 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d natural gas conduit. In petitions filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a coalition…

October 6, 2020
Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Construction of Royal Dutch Shell plc’s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania is about 70% complete, while the 98-mile pipeline system that would feed the facility is 95% complete, a company executive said Tuesday, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the project. “All of the major equipment is up, all of the modules…

September 29, 2020
Mariner East Permit Modifications OK’d as Pennsylvania Regulator Calls for Public Outreach

Mariner East Permit Modifications OK’d as Pennsylvania Regulator Calls for Public Outreach

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Sunoco Pipeline LP’s requests to modify permits at three horizontal directional drill (HDD) sites for its Mariner East natural gas pipeline system. The DEP announced the approval earlier this week, which alters the pipeline developer’s erosion and sediment control, as well as the “water obstructions and…

September 24, 2020
Transco Pays Pennsylvania Nearly $1M for Atlantic Sunrise Violations

Transco Pays Pennsylvania Nearly $1M for Atlantic Sunrise Violations

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in penalties and environmental donations for violations that occurred during the construction of its Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, Pennsylvania regulators said Tuesday.  The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it has collected a civil penalty of $736,294 from Transco for…

September 22, 2020
FERC Nixes Rehearing of MVP Southgate Natural Gas Expansion, with One Dissent

FERC Nixes Rehearing of MVP Southgate Natural Gas Expansion, with One Dissent

FERC on Thursday turned back a rehearing on a 2-1 vote regarding its prior approval for Appalachian natural gas takeaway Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) to extend the system. The environmental impacts for the Southgate extension are acceptable, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled in its regular meeting. Chairman Neil Chatterjee and James P. Danly…

September 17, 2020
Pennsylvania Orders Mariner East Reroute, Cites ‘Careless’ Actions by Sunoco

Pennsylvania Orders Mariner East Reroute, Cites ‘Careless’ Actions by Sunoco

Citing adverse impacts at a horizontal directional drill (HDD) site in southeastern Pennsylvania, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered Sunoco Pipeline LP to reroute part of its Mariner East (ME) system. Sunoco will need to “take all steps necessary, including the submission of appropriate applications and supporting materials for permit amendments,” to…

September 14, 2020
Sumitomo Exits Marcellus in Sale of Pennsylvania Assets

Sumitomo Exits Marcellus in Sale of Pennsylvania Assets

Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. has exited the Marcellus Shale, announcing Monday that it had closed the sale of its interests in properties in western Pennsylvania to an undisclosed buyer.  Sumitomo, which entered the play in September 2010, did not disclose how much it earned for its 30% working interest in assets operated by PennEnergy…

September 8, 2020
FERC Asked for Two-Year Extension as MVP Still Resolving ‘Permitting Issues’

FERC Asked for Two-Year Extension as MVP Still Resolving ‘Permitting Issues’

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, beset by legal and regulatory hurdles that have pushed back the startup of its 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d Appalachian natural gas conduit, has asked FERC for a two-year extension to bring the project online. Citing “unforeseen litigation and permitting delays” outside of the project’s control, MVP in a filing Tuesday with…

August 27, 2020
Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

Sunoco Cleared to Restart Mariner East Work in Pennsylvania After Appeal Granted

An administrative law judge has allowed Sunoco Pipeline LP to resume horizontal directional drilling (HDD) on a stretch of its Mariner East pipeline system in southeast Pennsylvania, overturning an order from state regulators that stopped construction last week. Sunoco appealed the order to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB), which oversees decisions made by the…

August 27, 2020
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