EQT unveils plan for Mountain Valley Pipeline extension

Pittsburgh-based EQT Mainstream Partners wants to build a 70-mile natural gas pipeline that would connect West Virginia and other states along a route ending near Alamance County, North Carolina, reports the Greensboro News-Record. The North Carolina newspaper says the $350 million project would be an extension of EQT’s Mountain Valley Pipeline, which will span roughly 300 miles from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. For more, read the full story.

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API opposes federal bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions

CNBC reports that the American Petroleum Institute (API) has released a letter calling for the Trump Administration to "let markets work" by denying Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions' request for a government rescue. The television news network says the bailout is also opposed by a majority of power plant owners and environmental groups. FirstEnergy Solutions recently filed for bankruptcy protection and has announced plans to shutter three nuclear power plants potentially affecting 65 million customers. For more, read the full story.

National, Ohio

Rover pipeline seeks FERC approval to put facilities into service

Energy Transfer Partners' Rover natural gas pipeline has asked federal regulators for permission to begin service on additional facilities so stranded Northeast shale gas can be transported to Midwest markets, according to Platts. Rover’s latest in-service request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) involves mainline compressor stations, mainline pipeline segments and a Vector Pipeline delivery meter station. The pipeline runs through northern Ohio and into Michigan. For more, read the full story.

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Shawn Bennett appointed to federal oil and gas position

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has announced the appointment of Ohio’s Shawn Bennett as deputy assistant secretary for oil and natural gas. The agency said in a news release that Bennett will administer oil and gas programs, including research and development, analysis and natural gas regulation. Bennett has more than a decade of experience in public affairs and government relations in the coal and oil and gas industries, most recently serving as executive vice president for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. For more, read the full release.

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Infrastructure review agreement includes oil and gas pipeline projects

More than a dozen federal agencies have agreed to reduce the time needed for environmental reviews and permits for major infrastructure projects, Bloomberg reports. Calling the agreement “a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan,” the news service says the agencies covered by the accord are the departments of Energy, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Under the agreement, one lead federal agency will be responsible for shepherding projects, including oil and natural gas pipelines, through the entire approval process. For more, read the full story.

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Cove Point LNG terminal begins commercial operations

Dominion Energy Inc.’s $4 billion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Lusby, Maryland has started commercial operations, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The newspaper says the plant, a former import-only terminal Dominion converted to a facility that can export as well, has been ramping up to full production since March 2018. Most of the natural gas coming to Cove Point is expected to be from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. For more, read the full story.

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Appalachia posts gains as U.S. natural gas production hits record level

U.S. natural gas production reached record levels in 2017, an increase that substantially boosted natural gas exports, reports the Houston Chronicle. Citing data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the newspaper says Louisiana had the largest annual production gain of any state last year. The Appalachian region, which includes the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also saw substantial volume growth. For more, read the full story.

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U.S. oil and natural gas could become targets in trade war with China

China’s tariffs in one corner of the energy market signal that U.S. oil and natural gas fields may become a target if a trade war escalates between the two countries, according to Bloomberg. The news service says petrochemicals and liquefied propane were among 106 U.S. products recently targeted for higher tariffs by the Chinese government, “indicating that the world’s biggest oil buyer is willing to use energy as a weapon to retaliate against planned American duties on its high-tech goods.” Bloomberg notes China is the biggest regional buyer of American oil and liquefied natural gas. For more, read the full story.

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EV Energy Partners files for bankruptcy protection

EV Energy Partners has filed for bankruptcy in a move to restructure its debt, reports the Canton Repository. The newspaper says the Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware followed lenders’ approval of a previously announced restructuring agreement that would eliminate more than $343 million of principal and accrued interest. Houston-based EV Energy Partners has oil and natural gas assets in Ohio’s Utica shale play. For more, read the full story.

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Antero Resources looks to mine own sand for hydraulic fracturing

Natural gas producer Antero Resources Corp. is looking at options to mine its own sand for hydraulic fracturing to offset recent price increases, Reuters reports. The news service says the company, which operates in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, has seen its sand costs rise markedly in the past year. Fellow oil and gas producers, including Pioneer Natural Resources Co., have bought or developed their own sand mines to offset cost increases, according to Reuters. For more, read the full story.

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