Marcellus Shale

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
Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Range Resources Aiming for Net Zero Emissions in Lower 48 by 2025

Lower 48 independent Range Resources Corp. on Wednesday unveiled an emissions goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025. The Fort Worth, TX-based exploration and production (E&P) company said in its 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report it has reduced absolute GHG emissions by 47% since 2017. It also has recycled 147% of produced water…

August 27, 2020
Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Challenging Mariner East HDD Stoppage in Southeast PA

Sunoco Pipeline LP is challenging a recent directive from state regulators to suspend work on a horizontal directional drill (HDD) in Chester County, PA, needed to complete parts of its embattled Mariner East pipeline system. A prolonged construction stoppage at the site in West Whiteland Township, dubbed HDD 360, creates “a significant risk of adverse…

August 25, 2020
MVP Commits to Appalachian Trail Conservation, Complementing Natural Gas Pipe Development

MVP Commits to Appalachian Trail Conservation, Complementing Natural Gas Pipe Development

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, developer of the contentious 2 million Dth/d, 300-mile natural gas conduit, plans to donate up to $19.5 million for conservation efforts in Virginia and West Virginia, where the unfinished pipeline is routed. The commitment is part of an agreement between the developer and conservation groups the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and…

August 19, 2020
North Carolina Rejects MVP Southgate, But 2021 Start-Up Still in Sight

North Carolina Rejects MVP Southgate, But 2021 Start-Up Still in Sight

Striking another blow against the Appalachian takeaway Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a project beset by legal and regulatory challenges the last few years, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has denied a water quality permit for MVP’s Southgate extension. The DEQ on Tuesday denied MVP’s request for state certification under Clean Water…

August 13, 2020