Nearly half of U.S. natural gas will come from the Ohio Valley by 2040, expanding development potential

Farm and Dairy reports the results of an IHS Markit study which point to an exponential increase in production from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. According to the study, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will supply nearly half of the nation’s natural gas by 2040. The study also quantifies cost advantages of producing natural gas liquids in the Midwest; projected savings are pushing petrochemical plants to look closely at the region for expansion and construction. Read the full story.

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$86 million Risberg Line project approved for construction

The $86 million Risberg Line project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 14, according to Star Beacon. The project will extend the natural gas pipeline by 28 miles through northwest Ashtabula County and is expected to increase job opportunities and tax revenue for the surrounding areas. For more, read the full story.

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Live interview breaks down impacts of new Royal Dutch Shell plant

Dan Brockett, Extension Educator of the Penn State Extension, discussed the impending impacts of Royal Dutch Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker plant near Monaca, Pa., including new construction and manufacturing jobs, in an interview with The Business Journal. He also discussed potential uses and geographic areas for the abundant polyethylene products created.

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Transco Pipeline wins “precedential” eminent domain case

A small group of affected landowners in Lancaster County, PA opposed a new Transco Pipeline endeavor, the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, and blocked its construction, according to Marcellus Drilling News. Transco originally sued and won thanks to the right of delegated eminent domain granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but the case made its way to federal court. For more, read the full story

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Shale Crescent recognizes regional goals

Greg Kozera, the director of marketing for Shale Crescent USA, recently penned an op-ed for The State Journal detailing his team’s progress towards achieving their dreams for the once economically depressed Shale Crescent Region. He chronicled their motivations, increased respect from the 2017 to 2018 World Petrochemical Conferences, and future actions. For more, read the full story.  

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Pennsylvania court upholds local land-use ordinance permitting “fracking”

A group of environmentally concerned residents challenged an Allegheny Township zoning ordinance that regulates where oil and gas drilling takes place after CNX Resources Corp. confirmed a drilling project in their county, according to Law360. A Pennsylvania appeals court decision threw out the challenge because it should have addressed the state agencies that issued the operating permits, not the municipality. For more, read the full story

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Shell Chemicals will use two of the largest cranes in the world

Shell Chemicals acquired two of the largest cranes in the world to assist with significant heavy lifting components of its Potter Township ethane cracker plant site construction, according to The Times. The larger crane is 675 feet tall and can lift 3,500 tons at a time, and the other crane is 430 feet tall and can lift 3,000 tons a time, according to Shell Spokesman Joe Minnittee. For more, read the full story.

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Eclipse and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources plan to merge

Eclipse Resources Corp. will merge with Blue Ridge Mountain Resources in an all-stock transaction with a value of $908 million, according to Pittsburgh Business Times. The deal calls for Blue Ridge shareholders to receive 4.4259 shares of Eclipse Resources common stock for each share of Blue Ridge common stock. For more, read the full story

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Proposed Pennsylvania legislation supports redefining brine

Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Hutchinson proposed a redraft of the Oil and Gas Act that redefines brine as non-waste used for environmental protection measures when it presents no significant threat, according to the Times Observer. The piece even mandates the Department of Environmental Protection should encourage its use when possible. For more, read the full story.

 

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Current abandoned well-plugging conundrum in PA

Alabama-based Diversified Gas & Oil PLC operates by acquiring smaller companies, and their old and gas wells, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. However, the Pennsylvania DEP is cracking down on this business model, worried the cost for plugging its mass amounts of idle wells may fall on the state. For more, read the full story

 

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