Marcellus Shale

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
Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Selects Partner for $2.5M Study on Link Between Cancer and Hydraulic Fracturing

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has signed a $2.5 million contract with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to conduct additional research on the potential health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state.  The move comes in response to growing concerns in four southwestern Pennsylvania counties where unconventional natural gas development…

December 24, 2020
Equitrans Cuts Guidance as Appalachian Producers Continue to Hunker Down

Equitrans Cuts Guidance as Appalachian Producers Continue to Hunker Down

Equitrans Midstream Corp. has significantly cut its 2021 financial forecast as Appalachian natural gas producers continue to curb spending and output. Equitrans, the third largest natural gas gatherer in the United States with operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, this month cut its net income guidance for next year to $540-610 million. That’s down…

December 24, 2020
MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

MVP Clears Major Permitting Hurdle as Forest Service Completes Supplemental Review

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has finalized a supplemental environmental review of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a key step in resolving a permitting setback that has prevented construction on a small portion of the project routed through the Jefferson National Forest. Late last week, the USFS released a final supplemental environmental impact statement for…

December 14, 2020
Oil, Gas Permits for Lower 48 Federal Land Climb Ahead of Biden’s Election

Oil, Gas Permits for Lower 48 Federal Land Climb Ahead of Biden’s Election

U.S. explorers during October increased their oil and gas permit requests for the third month in a row, with an uptick in developing leaseholds on federal lands, according to Evercore ISI. The analyst firm each month provides data using state and federal sources regarding permits for oil and gas wells, plugging and abandoned (P&A) wells…

November 12, 2020
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
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