Industry Seeks Balance on Pennsylvania Impact Fee, Regulations

As Pennsylvania legislators continue to work out a compromise on natural gas drilling impact fee legislation, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) on Friday urged leaders in Harrisburg “to avoid the temptation of crafting policy in a vacuum and instead design a fee and regulatory structure that not only provides heightened safeguards to the public, but also a competitive investment climate.”

January 23, 2012

Transportation Notes

Because of increased flow on Algonquin and its resulting ability to blend additional supplies, Millennium said it was permitted Thursday to increase deliveries from 250,000 Dth/d to 325,000 Dth/d. Millennium said it planned to carry out the scheduled work Friday aimed at improving its moisture levels and restoring the Ramapo delivery point into Algonquin to full capacity.

January 5, 2012

Chamber: EPA Overestimated Emissions from Shale Gas Well Completions

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise information in a 2010 document that “erroneously overestimates” methane emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) associated with shale gas well completions.

December 30, 2011

Transportation Notes

Due to a pigging operation resulting in “an excessive amount of emulsified liquids, water and other nonspec material arriving onshore,” the necessary treatment for the emulsified liquids has resulted in a takeaway delay, Stingray said. Being unable to deliver gas to downstream pipelines, Stingray declared a force majeure and began refusing to accept nominations Wednesday until further notice.

November 17, 2011

Transportation Notes

Based on recent low linepack resulting from actual receipts into the system exceeded actual deliveries out of it, Gulfstream issued an Action Alert Monday requiring that positive imbalances not exceed 10% (or 1,000 Dth, whichever is greater). The alert will remain in effect until further notice.

November 8, 2011

PG&E Faces Pipe Queries, Pressure Plan Denied

In the midst of a year-long battle regarding large-diameter transmission pipelines, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) in late August experienced leaks and a resulting fire in its two-inch diameter plastic distribution main. Then last Thursday California regulators rejected the combination utility’s proposed plan for raising the pressures on some of its transmission pipelines.

September 12, 2011

PG&E Facing Questions About Gas Distribution Pipes

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) experienced leaks and a resulting fire in its two-inch diameter plastic distribution main at the end of last month. As a result, it is facing the prospect of stepping up surveying and maintenance of its 40,000-mile distribution pipeline system. The company’s transmission pipelines have been under scrutiny following a deadly explosion one year ago.

September 7, 2011

Continued Rangebound Trading Seen; September Loses Ground

September natural gas ground lower as traders saw no additional risk premium resulting from a strengthening Hurricane Irene and predicted that the market would continue to trade in a narrow range. At the close September futures had fallen 5.1 cents to $3.889 and October had retreated 7.2 cents to $3.869. September crude oil rose $1.86 to $84.12/bbl.

August 23, 2011

Industry Briefs

As natural gas production in Michigan posts its 14th consecutive year of decline, a Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) report projects interstate pipeline deliveries to the state will be 664.2 Bcf in 2011, a 14.2% increase. The state’s production is projected to decline by 5.5% to 133.5 Bcf in 2011, according to the PSC’s “Summer 2011 Energy Appraisal.” Gas sales in the state are projected to be 780.7 Bcf this year, an increase of 2.4% over 2010 sales and 11.3% over 2009 sales, based on an assumption of normal weather. Residential home heating is seen as the driver for consumption growth as the 2010-2011 winter season was 3% colder than normal, the PSC report said. Despite increased sales, prices should remain relatively flat, the report said. “…[T]he continued growth in estimated and proven natural gas reserves is having a dampening effect on inflationary forces.”

May 30, 2011

Canadian Exports to U.S. to Drop Dramatically, Says NEB

Canadian production will continue shrinking over the next three years while the use of natural gas in oilsands production grows, resulting in a dramatic drop in exports to the United States to as little as 2.8 Bcf/d, according to a new forecast by the National Energy Board (NEB).

May 16, 2011