From the American Petroleum Industry:
WASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 – The federal government’s proposal for future offshore oil and natural gas leasing is already too restrictive and should not be reduced any further, according to comments API submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today.
“America’s energy security depends on our ability to produce oil and natural gas here in the U.S.,” said API Director of Upstream Erik Milito. “The administration should not make the map or the list of lease sales any smaller. Too many promising areas are already excluded, taking off the table hundreds of thousands of potential jobs and tens of billions of dollars in government revenue.”
API also encouraged BOEM to hold the currently proposed Atlantic lease sale a year or two earlier and to add a second Atlantic sale to the program.
“Safe and responsible energy development in the Atlantic will strengthen local economies with new job opportunities and private investment,” said Milito. “The Obama administration should carefully consider America’s long-term energy needs because these decisions will impact the country for a long time.”
API’s comments were co-signed by the National Ocean Industries Association, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the U.S. Oil and Gas Association, the American Exploration & Production Council, the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, the Petroleum Equipment and Services Association, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.
From Keyera Corp. on Tuesday:
CALGARY, March 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Keyera Corp. (TSX:KEY) ("Keyera") today announced a 50-50 joint venture with Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) ("Kinder Morgan") to build the Base Line Terminal (the "Terminal"), an above ground crude oil storage terminal near Edmonton, Alberta. The project is underpinned by several take-or-pay agreements ranging up to 10 years in length with creditworthy customers. Based on current capital estimates, Keyera's share of costs to construct the Terminal is estimated to be approximately CDN$330 million, excluding capitalized interest. The Terminal is expected to be commissioned in phases, with the first tanks scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2017, based on the most recent construction schedule.
The Terminal will be built on undeveloped land at Keyera's Alberta EnviroFuels site. Initially, 12 tanks will be constructed to provide customers with 4.8 million barrels of storage capacity. Sufficient land remains to add up to 1.8 million barrels of incremental storage capacity subject to future demand. The Terminal will be connected via pipeline to Kinder Morgan's existing Edmonton storage terminals and will provide customers with access to all crude oil streams handled by Kinder Morgan. From the Terminal, customers will be able to deliver products to end markets using multiple delivery options, including but not limited to major pipelines and nearby rail terminals operated by Keyera and Kinder Morgan. Kinder Morgan will oversee construction of the project and operate the Terminal once it is in service.
"This project is another example of Keyera and Kinder Morgan combining complementary assets and expertise to meet our customers' needs," said David Smith, Keyera's President and Chief Executive Officer. "While Keyera is contributing valuable undeveloped land, Kinder Morgan provides unparalleled connectivity to sources of crude oil in the Edmonton area."To read more or comment...
From the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection:
DEP to Hold Question-and-Answer Session and Public Hearing on the First Environmental Permit for Proposed Shell Cracker Plant
This is the first permit application from Shell to be considered by DEP for the proposed construction of a petrochemicals complex that will, when complete, crack ethane and manufacture polyethylene pellets for use in the plastics industry. The proposed Shell complex would be located on the site formerly occupied by Horsehead Corporation’s Monaca Zinc Smelter in Potter Township, Beaver County.
The Plan Approval application was submitted to DEP on May 1, 2014, and has undergone a thorough technical review by DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality.To read more or comment...
From Dominion today:
RICHMOND, Va., April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: DM), today announced that it has acquired Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission, LLC, from Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D), for approximately $495 million. Dominion Midstream is issuing approximately $200 million of limited partnership units to Dominion and has entered into a two-year note with Dominion for the remaining $295 million in transaction consideration.
Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion and Dominion Midstream GP, LLC, said:
"Today's asset contribution demonstrates Dominion's and Dominion Midstream's ability to execute complementary acquisitions to augment our dropdown strategy to achieve targeted best-in-class distribution growth at Dominion Midstream."To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
Natural gas production from the Marcellus shale formation in the Appalachian basin increased to 14.4 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in January 2015, accounting for more than 36% of shale gas production and more than 18% of total dry natural gas production in the United States, according to EIA's Natural Gas Weekly Update. Recent updates to EIA's maps and geologic information for the Marcellus shale play help to characterize the formation's structure, thickness, and extent.To read more or comment...
Communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are finding out there is a cost associated with trying to push a community bill of rights to block oil-natural gas drilling.
Click here to read the full story from NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.To read more or comment...
Williams announced that Transco has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its Atlantic Sunrise expansion project, which would transport about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from Pennsylvania and West Virginia to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States.
Click here to read the company's full statement.To read more or comment...
From Rex Energy on Tuesday:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) ("the company") announced a new joint venture agreement in the Butler Operated Area, re-determined borrowing base and amended financial covenants to the senior secured credit facility.
Joint Venture AgreementTo read more or comment...
Texas-based Columbia Pipeline Group is seeking federal approval to build a new 161-mile pipeline for natural gas plus three compression stations in southeast Ohio and northern West Virginia.
The company has filed initial paperwork for the Leach XPress Pipeline with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The $1.4 billion pipeline would carry natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to markets served by Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission in Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states.
The 36-inch-in-diameter pipeline would transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. That’s enough to heat 15,000 American houses for one year.
The Columbia Pipeline Group is a unit of Indiana-based NiSource Inc. It is also the parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio.
The new pipeline would be built by Columbia Transmission.
The project is supported by four drilling companies: Oklahoma-based American Energy Partners LP, Range Resources Corp., Noble Energy Inc. and Kaiser Marketing Appalachia LLC. The four companies have signed up to ship their natural gas in the new line.
Pipeline construction could begin in late 2016 with service beginning in late 2017.
“We have been a part of Ohio and West Virginia for more than 100 years and have an unparalled footprint in the Marcellus and Utica production areas,” said Glenn Kettering, the Columbia Pipeline Group.
The new pipeline will “increase the capacity and flexibility of the Columbia Transmission and Columbia Gulf systems to further enhance transportation options for producers in Appalachia,” he said in a statement.
The eastern terminus of the new pipeline would be near Moundsville, W. Va. It would run west into Ohio to near Lancaster and then south to McArthur. It would run through 10 Ohio counties. A small section of new pipeline would be added near Huntington in West Virginia’s Wayne County.
The new line would connect to the existing Columbia Gulf pipeline to the Gulf Coast at Leach, Ky.
The Columbia Pipeline Group also intends to boost compression on the Rayne Express Pipeline that runs south to Rayne, La. That would boost capacity in the pipeline by 1 billion cubic feet per day. The four companies are supporting that project.
Those plans were announced last August, although the projects have gotten little attention with numerous other pipeline projects being planned and built in eastern Ohio and surrounding states.
The federal agency held five public meetings on the new pipeline in January and February. The company’s FERC application is PF14-23.
The Columbia Pipeline Group operates about 15,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines and 37 storage fields. It delivers in excess of 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas per year.
From the U.S. Geological Survey:
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.