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UGI Energy Services Inc. and Capitol Energy Ventures Corp. have taken firm capacity on the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline, making them anchor shippers on the project, which is sponsored by Inergy Midstream LP, UGI Energy and Capitol Energy. The contracts are for 10 years at negotiated rates. Commonwealth would provide a path for bringing gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to markets in central and southeastern Pennsylvania and the greater Mid-Atlantic region (see Shale Daily, May 8). The proposed interstate pipeline will consist initially of 120 miles of 30-inch diameter pipeline extending from the southern terminus of the Inergy Midstream’s MARC I Pipeline in Lycoming County, PA, to several points of interconnection in southeastern Pennsylvania with other interstate pipelines, including NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage, Texas Eastern Transmission Co., Transco Pipeline, and Eastern Shore Natural Gas Co.

September 27, 2012

Pittsburgh City Councilman Introduces Drilling Proposals

A member of the Pittsburgh City Council has introduced four proposed amendments to the city’s zoning code that would allow 40-acre minimum “mineral extraction districts” for Marcellus Shale drilling.

September 26, 2012

Independents Seek Tete-A-Tete with Salazar on Fracking

Independent oil and natural gas producers Monday called on the Obama administration to meet with them face-to-face to discuss their concerns with the federal government’s proposed rule on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

September 11, 2012

Colorado Town Ends Drilling Moratorium, Notches Stringent Agreements

Erie, CO, officials voted 6-1 Monday night to end a six-month moratorium on new oil and natural gas drilling after securing agreements with producers that place stricter regulations on their operations.

August 30, 2012

Coal-to-Gas Switch to Reverse With Gas Price Rise

Seeing a rally in natural gas prices that could push them up to the $3.50 to the low $4 area in the next two to three years, Princeton, NJ-based NRG Energy Inc. senior executives speculated Wednesday that there may be the beginning of a reversal of the ongoing coal-to-gas switch for power generation, particularly in the Texas market in which NRG is the second biggest generator.

August 10, 2012

Ohio EPA Overstepped Authority in Wastewater Case, Says Commission

Patriot Water Treatment LLC of Warren, OH, is back in business after the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) on Tuesday ruled that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) had overstepped its regulatory authority when it pulled the private operator’s permit to deliver natural gas drilling wastewater to the City of Warren for treatment.

July 6, 2012

Gas Use for Canadian Oil Extraction to More than Double by 2021

Years of research, development and production line changes will be needed to clean up the oilsands by replacing the current method of boiling them into flowing with steam heat, according to new projections by Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB).

June 25, 2012

Hear Them Roar: Nabors Shareholders OK Power to Oust Board Members

Nabors Industries Ltd. shareholders apparently scored an industry first on Tuesday, approving a nonbinding resolution giving them power to oust members of the drilling contractor’s board of directors. The proxy access resolution is said to be the first successfully passed by shareholders of a major company.

June 6, 2012

Lawsuit Relief Coming for Louisiana Producers

Louisiana oil and gas producers should be able to put the past behind them — or at least not be burdened by outsized penalties for past environmental infractions — now that legislation to curb legacy lawsuits is in the final stretch toward adoption.

May 29, 2012

API’s Gerard Says Ohio Experiencing Energy ‘Rebirth’

Speaking at the City Club of Cleveland last Friday, the head of the American Petroleum Institute (API) said the state of Ohio is experiencing an energy “rebirth” as a result of the surge in shale gas development and that it could be a game changer for jobs and economic growth in the state.

May 15, 2012