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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West Virginia agency launches natural gas pipeline web page

West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new web page designed to help people learn more about five major natural gas pipeline projects in the state, reports WV MetroNews. The web page provides information about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline, Mountaineer Gas Company’s Eastern Panhandle expansion project, Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline and Rover Pipeline. For more, read the full story.

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Company seeks FERC permission to build Buckeye XPress pipeline

Columbia Gas Transmission has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking permission to build the Buckeye XPress natural gas pipeline, reports Marcellus Drilling News. The news site says the project would include construction of 66 miles of new pipeline to replace old lines in Ohio’s Vinton, Jackson, Gallia and Lawrence counties, as well as pipeline replacement work in West Virginia’s Wayne County. The pipeline will send natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale region to the Gulf Coast via an interconnection at Leach, Kentucky. Click here to read more.

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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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MarkWest Energy Partners to build more plants in Marcellus/Utica region

MarkWest Energy Partners plans to build another six natural gas processing plants and three more fractionation facilities in the Marcellus/Utica shale region in 2018, reports Marcellus Drilling News. Citing comments made at the recent Utica Midstream Conference in North Canton, Ohio, the news site says MarkWest expects to spend $2 billion in the Marcellus/Utica region this year after building two processing plants and three fractionation plants in the region in 2017. Click here to read more.

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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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Pipeline shortage drives down price of Permian natural gas

A pipeline shortage that is leaving natural gas trapped in West Texas’ Permian Basin means prices for the fuel there are “the lowest of any major U.S. hub, wresting that distinction from Appalachia’s Marcellus shale [play],” according to Bloomberg. The news service says prices for Permian natural gas have fallen 32% from a year ago, while output has risen to a record high. The pipeline crunch is also hurting the Permian’s oil market, according to Bloomberg. For more, read the full story.

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Ascent Resources Marcellus emerges from bankruptcy

Ascent Resources Marcellus Holdings has announced the company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy roughly seven weeks after filing for protection from creditors, according to Kallanish Energy. The news site says a bankruptcy filing by the Ascent companies on February 6, 2018 was part of a consensual financial restructuring approved by certain holders of first- and second-lien term loans. For more, read the full story.

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Chesapeake Energy ‘not desperate’ to sell oil and gas assets

The chief executive of oil and natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corp. says the company will not sell assets without getting good value even as it works to repair its “debt-laden balance sheet,” according to Reuters. "We're not desperate to sell assets," CEO Doug Lawler said at a recent energy conference in New Orleans. Chesapeake, which operates in the Marcellus and Utica shale region, has been working to lower its debt in recent years. For more, read the full story.

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