Northeast

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
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
Oil, Natural Gas Supply from Major U.S. Plays to Continue Falling in September, EIA Says

Oil, Natural Gas Supply from Major U.S. Plays to Continue Falling in September, EIA Says

Oil and natural gas production from seven key U.S. onshore plays is set to decline in September, continuing a downtrend that began earlier this year, according to the latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) published Monday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA expects oil production from the Anadarko, Appalachian, Denver Julesburg-Niobrara and Permian basins, as…

August 17, 2020
Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

Mariner East Again Contending with Drilling Fluid Spills in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has responded to several reports of fluid discharges at construction sites for the Mariner East pipeline system in Chester County, including a confirmed spill at a state park. The agency said Sunoco Pipeline LP reported an inadvertent return on Monday in Marsh Creek State Park in Upper Uwchlan…

August 13, 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
Gulfport Keeping Utica Natural Gas Curtailed to Await Better Prices

Gulfport Keeping Utica Natural Gas Curtailed to Await Better Prices

Gulfport Energy Corp. is still curtailing Appalachian natural gas production in anticipation of better prices later this year and into 2021.  Given an uncertain economic outlook, weak energy demand and a slight rebound in associated gas volumes, Gulfport remains “cautious near-term on natural gas pricing,” said CEO David Wood during a call to discuss second…

August 6, 2020
Southwestern Focused on Dry Natural Gas Production as Prices Seen Increasing

Southwestern Focused on Dry Natural Gas Production as Prices Seen Increasing

Southwestern Energy Co. shifted toward producing more dry natural gas in the second quarter as it anticipates a rebound in prices as the winter nears.  The company had been focused on the wet gas window in West Virginia, but shifted more rigs to Northeast Pennsylvania with planned well counts now divided equally between the two…

August 3, 2020
Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

Natural Gas Pipeline Companies Charged in Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s (AG) Office has charged a National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary and a subcontractor with environmental crimes as part of a two-year grand jury investigation into unconventional natural gas development.  Southeast Directional Drilling and National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. were charged. Evidence obtained by the grand jury revealed that a “small leak”…

July 23, 2020
North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

North America Likely Taking Biggest Hit from Pullback in Global Oil, Gas Drilling

The number of oil and natural gas wells likely to be drilled around the world this year is forecast to hit its lowest level since at least the early 2000s, with North America the most impacted from slumping demand in the age of Covid-19. An analysis by Rystad Energy issued on Tuesday pegged the number…

July 14, 2020