Pennsylvania

PennEast Pipeline Canceled After Years of Regulatory, Legal Delays

PennEast Pipeline Canceled After Years of Regulatory, Legal Delays

Seven years after it was announced, the PennEast Pipeline has been canceled following repeated regulatory and legal setbacks that have increasingly complicated other natural gas infrastructure projects across the country.  PennEast scrapped the project on Monday following what it said was “extensive evaluation and discussion” among its five member companies. The project battled landowners, environmental…

September 27, 2021
Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Activity Rises in Permian, Eagle Ford as U.S. Rig Count Climbs on Oil Drilling

Increased activity in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale helped push the U.S. rig count nine units higher to 512 during the week ended Friday (Sept. 17), according to the latest data from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). A 10-rig increase in oil-directed drilling offset a one-rig decline in natural gas-directed rigs in the United…

September 17, 2021
U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

U.S. Natural Gas Rig Count Up Two as GOM Activity Rises

The U.S. natural gas rig count rose two units to finish at 101 during the week ended Friday, a week that also saw a notable uptick in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), according to updated data from oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Co. (BKR). Drilling gains in the United States for the…

July 9, 2021
Pennsylvania Impact Fee Collections Down on Lower Natural Gas Prices

Pennsylvania Impact Fee Collections Down on Lower Natural Gas Prices

The impact fees paid by Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas producers in 2020 declined by $54 million year/year to about $146.3 million mainly because of lower natural gas prices, according to the state Public Utility Commision (PUC). Since the fees were enacted in 2012, operators have paid more than $2 billion to the PUC for distribution…

June 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Reports Resurgence in Natural Gas Prices, Production in Early 2021

Pennsylvania Reports Resurgence in Natural Gas Prices, Production in Early 2021

Natural Gas production and prices in Pennsylvania both rebounded sharply during the first quarter after a pandemic-induced slump in 2020, according to a new report by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Gas production from horizontal wells totaled 1,863 Bcf during 1Q2021, up 5.4% year/year (y/y), researchers said. The report, based on data compiled by…

May 25, 2021
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
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