Two companies have extended the open season to April 13 for a new Ohio liquids pipeline that would run through Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas and Harrison counties.
The extension for the 50-mile Cornerstone Pipeline was announced by Marathon Pipe Line LLC and Ohio River Pipe Line LLC, subsidiaries of MPLX LP.
The deadline for pipeline users to commit was originally scheduled to end on March 13.
"The Cornerstone Pipeline and associated Utica Shale build-out projects will allow MPLX to provide transportation solutions from the Utica Shale area to a wide range of markets," said Pamela Beall, MPLX president. "This open season offers multiple pipeline options leveraging new and existing pipelines to meet the needs of various producers and end users."To read more or comment...
A press release today from American Petroleum Institute and Association of American Railroads:
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's oil and freight railroad industries have developed a new education module for first responders as part of a holistic effort to better prevent, mitigate and respond to derailments of trains carrying crude oil, the heads of API and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced today.
"When it comes to shipping crude oil by rail our first priority is safety," said API President and CEO Jack Gerard on a conference call today. "While the first steps are to prevent and mitigate the impact of train derailments, if an incident happens, we also need to make sure firefighters and first responders have the knowledge they need to protect local communities."
The program, which will complement existing training efforts for firefighters and other first responders, will be taught for the first time this weekend at conferences in Nebraska and Florida.To read more or comment...
From Gasfrac on Friday:
GASFRAC ANNOUNCES COURT APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT FOR THE SALE OF SUBSTANTIALLY ALL OPERATING ASSETS AND RELATED TECHNOLOGY AND CCAA UPDATE
Calgary, Alberta. March 20, 2015To read more or comment...
A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to damaging a drilling rig in Greene County, in an effort to remove copper wiring for scrap money.
Click here to read the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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From Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection:
The very dry fall and below-normal precipitation in January and February have contributed to low groundwater levels in the northeast and central portions of the state. The increasing temperatures and melting snow have helped, but groundwater levels may not be back to normal before the summer.
The 27 counties under the drought watch issued today are Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
All Pennsylvanians are advised to heed this drought watch by conserving their water use and consumption.To read more or comment...
From Dominion today:
LUSBY, Md., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest energy companies, today celebrated with its international business partners and Maryland community leaders the construction of the Dominion Cove Point LNG Liquefaction project.
Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese ambassador to the United States, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joined Dominion Chairman Thomas F. Farrell II at the ceremony, along with Diane Leopold, president, Dominion Energy; Kazuhiro Takeuchi, president, CEO, and general manager for the Americas, Sumitomo Corp of Americas; Jayanta Sinha, president, GAIL Global U.S.A., and Steven R. Weems, president, Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.
"Cove Point will supply critical American allies in India and Japan with much-needed natural gas that will help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions," said Farrell. "Although the doubters said it could not be done, in late 2017 our liquefier will be online, and ships will begin receiving LNG for export."To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
Based on financial statements from selected international oil and natural gas companies, spending on upstream investments was 12% lower in fourth-quarter 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Upstream spending on exploration and development typically accounts for the bulk of these companies' investment expenditures.To read more or comment...
From the Associated Press today:
North Dakota is considering challenging a new federal fracking rule for U.S. government lands.
The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique. A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management rule, under consideration for more than three years, takes effect in June.
State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said the rule is an overreach, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple said it could interfere with the work of the state’s Water Commission and Health Department.To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday:
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – A Department of Energy report on crude oil properties and transportation safety published today highlights the continued need for efforts to prevent more train derailments, said API Director of Midstream Robin Rorick.
“This report shows the need to focus more on preventing train derailments as part of a holistic approach to safety improvements of shipping oil by rail,” said Rorick. “The Department of Energy found no data showing correlation between crude oil properties and the likelihood or severity of a fire caused by a derailment.”
The kinetic energy created by a derailment can play a far bigger role in the size of a fire than whatever the train is hauling, according to the report. DOE’s key findings state that “the energy generated from an accident has the potential to greatly exceed the flammability impact of...crude oil property-based criteria.”
“This report raises puzzling questions about Acting Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg’s suggestion that nothing more can be done to prevent derailments,” said Rorick. “We can and must do more to prevent derailments as part of a comprehensive approach to safety.”
The Department of Energy’s findings fit with the Federal Railroad Administration’s own report published last September, which concluded that “using vapor pressure as a metric to identify potential hazards may not prove effective when considering real world accident conditions.” The Department of Transportation stopped using vapor pressure for flammable liquid classification in 1990.
“Safety is our core value and zero incidents is our goal,” said Rorick. “The oil and natural gas industry has led in improving safety through tank car design and supports further enhancements based on good science, but prevention remains a critical piece of this equation. We will continue to work with the railroad industry and will not stop until the goal of zero incidents is achieved.”
API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
Ohio drilled its first oil well in 1814 and that triggered a drilling boom in three counties that lasted 40 years.
The counties involved in the so-called Macksburg Oil Field were Noble, Morgan and Washington.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geological Survey has outlined the history of the Macksburg Oild Field.
Click here for the interesting two-page account.To read more or comment...
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.