Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Case Against Natural Gas Royalty Deductions Derailed by Court Ruling

Pennsylvania Case Against Natural Gas Royalty Deductions Derailed by Court Ruling

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the attorney general (AG) can’t use the state’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law against natural gas producers in a setback to the AG’s case alleging landowners were underpaid royalties. The state’s high court reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled 6-1 that the law shields only…

March 31, 2021
Chesapeake Agrees to $1.9M Fine for Wetlands Violations at Pennsylvania Oil, Gas Sites

Chesapeake Agrees to $1.9M Fine for Wetlands Violations at Pennsylvania Oil, Gas Sites

A subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has agreed to pay a $1.9 million fine and address environmental impacts in Pennsylvania as punishment for failing to identify and protect wetlands at 76 oil and gas well sites. The consent decree with Chesapeake Appalachia LLC was executed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S.…

March 26, 2021
Revolution Natural Gas System Cleared for Restart After Agreement with Regulators

Revolution Natural Gas System Cleared for Restart After Agreement with Regulators

The natural gas gathering Revolution Pipeline in Western Pennsylvania has been cleared to restart service after operator ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC reached a settlement with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) addressing safety concerns over slope stability. The settlement, a consent order and agreement that requires ETC to pay a $125,000 civil penalty, allows…

March 3, 2021
FERC OKs FM100 Natural Gas Project in Pennsylvania to Start Construction

FERC OKs FM100 Natural Gas Project in Pennsylvania to Start Construction

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…

March 1, 2021
FERC Green Lights Leidy South Natural Gas Expansion

FERC Green Lights Leidy South Natural Gas Expansion

Williams was given the green light by FERC on Friday to move forward with its Leidy South expansion in Pennsylvania, which is designed to carry about 600 MMcf/d of natural gas capacity to Atlantic Seaboard markets. Williams’ Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line LLC, aka Transco, brought 125 MMcf/d of Leidy South capacity online in November, with…

February 1, 2021
Pennsylvania Natural Gas Producers Paid Fewer Impact Fees in 2020 as Prices Tanked

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Producers Paid Fewer Impact Fees in 2020 as Prices Tanked

Lower natural gas prices and the mix of new and existing wells in Pennsylvania drove an estimated $55.9 million year/year decrease in the impact fees collected by natural gas producers in 2020, according to the latest figures from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Natural gas producers paid a projected $144.9 million in impact fees…

January 13, 2021
Energy Transfer Appealing Pennsylvania Order to Halt Service on Revolution Natural Gas System

Energy Transfer Appealing Pennsylvania Order to Halt Service on Revolution Natural Gas System

An affiliate of Energy Transfer LP is appealing an order issued by Pennsylvania regulators last month that prevents the company from filling the Revolution Pipeline with natural gas over ongoing concerns about unstable sections following an explosion in 2018.  In an appeal filed with the state Environmental Hearing Board, which oversees decisions made by the…

December 16, 2020
Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production in 3Q Grew at Lowest Rate on Record

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production in 3Q Grew at Lowest Rate on Record

Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas production in the third quarter hit 1.751 Tcf, an increase of only 2% from the same period last year and the lowest annual growth rate on record as operators continued to pare activity throughout a tumultuous year. Production increased slightly from 2Q2020 volumes of 1.717 Tcf, according to the Pennsylvania Independent…

November 25, 2020
New Rules for Pennsylvania’s Conventional Oil, Natural Gas E&Ps Slowly Move Forward

New Rules for Pennsylvania’s Conventional Oil, Natural Gas E&Ps Slowly Move Forward

Pennsylvania regulators are moving ahead with regulations for conventional oil and natural gas producers, with tentative plans to unveil the rulemaking package next year as legislative efforts continue to fail.  The Republican-controlled general assembly sent another bill last week to establish regulations for legacy exploration and production (E&P) operators to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who…

November 24, 2020
Pennsylvania Halts Energy Transfer’s Ramp of Revolution Natural Gas Pipeline

Pennsylvania Halts Energy Transfer’s Ramp of Revolution Natural Gas Pipeline

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered an affiliate of Energy Transfer LP not to fill the Revolution Pipeline with natural gas over ongoing concerns about unstable sections of the system more than two years after it ruptured and exploded in Beaver County.  Last month, ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC notified DEP that it…

November 13, 2020
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