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Monday, April 16, 2018

Rover Seeks Permission to Begin Service on New Segments of Pipeline

From Kallanish Energy:
Rover Pipeline is seeking federal approval to begin service on additional segments of the $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio, Kallanish Energy reports. 
The request was filed Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 
Energy Transfer Partners is seeking approval to begin service on its 100-mile Market segment in northwest Ohio and Michigan, plus a major segment of Mainline B between Crawford and Wayne counties in northcentral Ohio. 
The Market segment is a 42-inch pipeline from Defiance County, Ohio, to Livingston County, Michigan, where it connects to the Vector Pipeline. 
The company also wants to begin service from two compressor stations in Crawford and Defiance counties in Ohio and one meter station in Michigan.
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Good News, Bad News: U.S. Natural Gas Production Hits New Highs in 2017

From Forbes:
The good news is that the oil and gas industry will set a new record for natural gas production in 2018. 
The bad news is that the oil and gas industry will set a new record for natural gas production in 2018. 
Wait, what?  Yes, really. 
First, the good news:
  • When natural gas is abundant and cheap, utility bills are lower in most areas, with the notable exception right now of the New England area, where politically-motivated pipeline constraints have led the absurd outcome of residents of the states north of New York paying much higher prices than the rest of the country, and having to actually import LNG from Russia in order to meet the region's natural gas demand.
  • The EIA report is also good news for the state of Texas, where Saudi Aramco announced on Tuesday its plans to invest as much as $10 billion in new capital in its Beaumont-based Motiva refining and petrochemical operations to take advantage of low U.S. natural gas prices.
  • Obviously, the report is great news for the petrochemical industry as a whole, and for the myriad other industries that use natural gas as a feedstock.  The low natural gas prices have already resulted in a massive manufacturing boom in the U.S. over the last half-decade, and the prospect of ongoing record production levels promises to keep that boom going.
So, what's the bad news, you ask?  Here you go:
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Cyberattacks Expose Pipeline Vulnerabilities, May Lead to Calls for More Regulation

From Bloomberg Quint:
A cyberattack that U.S. natural gas pipeline owners weren’t required to report has lawmakers taking a closer look at how the industry is handling such threats, raising the prospect of tighter regulation.

In website notices to customers this week, at least seven pipeline operators from Energy Transfer Partners LP to TransCanada Corp. said their third-party electronic communications systems were shut down, with five confirming the service disruptions were caused by hacking. But the companies didn’t have to alert the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the agency that oversees the nation’s more than 2.6 million miles of oil and gas conduits in addition to providing security at airports.

Though the cyberattack didn’t disrupt the supply of gas to U.S. homes and businesses, it underscores that energy companies from power providers to pipeline operators and oil drillers are increasingly vulnerable to electronic sabotage. It also showed how even a minor attack can have ripple effects, forcing utilities to warn of billing delays and making it more difficult for analysts and traders to predict a key government report on gas stockpiles.

“These attacks are a wake-up call that addressing our aging energy infrastructure needs to be a priority,” Congressman Robert Latta, a Republican from Ohio who serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, said in an emailed statement on April 5. “Bad actors are looking at any way to weaken the American energy sector.”
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Increasing Gas Output Means $170 Billion in Infrastructure Investment is Needed

From Bloomberg:
Bottlenecks on the U.S. natural gas super highway are starting to stack up, raising concerns about whether infrastructure can be built fast enough to meet surging supplies.

Gas output will expand by 24 billion cubic feet, or 32 percent, through 2025 from last year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. To support that growth, the country’s gas industry needs to spend $170 billion over the next seven years on pipelines, compressor stations, export terminals and other related infrastructure, said Meg Gentle, chief executive officer of gas exporter Tellurian Inc.

“One threat to the U.S. being able to export LNG and expand its export capability is the overall commitment to invest in infrastructure to move natural gas,” Gentle said in an interview at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York Tuesday.

It’s a warning that for parts of the country the pipeline woes aren’t over yet. Appalachian producers have been grappling for the better part of the shale boom of the past decade with limited pipeline access. Spot prices there slumped to record lows last year and have started to rebound as new capacity starts up.
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Epic Fail: Sierra Club ‘Pipeline Pillage: Petrochemical Hub’ Event Draws Just Eight Attendees

by Jackie Stewart, Energy in Depth

Just one week after a Sierra Club event in West Virginia attracted meager attendance despite the host group offering to pay people to attendjust eight people showed up to an April 12 Appalachian Ohio Sierra Club event dubbed “Pipeline Pillage: The Appalachian Petrochemical Hub.”
The event’s dismal attendance cannot be blamed on a lack of publicity, as the event was featured in the newspaper and across the group’s social media platforms.  However, these efforts were so ineffective that the Sierra Club has since yanked the event off its webpage, likely hoping nobody would notice that no one showed up! Newsflash, Sierra Club: Considering your event’s attendance, it’s clear no one even noticed when the event was on the webpage.

Taken together, these two events further highlight the fact that the Sierra Club has no traction in the Appalachian Basin — particularly in Ohio and West Virginia. The people who actually live and work in these states are wise to the Sierra Club’s “Keep It In The Ground” agenda, preferring the economic and environmental benefits provided by shale development over the misinformation touted by Sierra Club and similar fringe environmental activist groups.  As Belmont County Port Authority (BCPA) Executive Director Larry Merry told EID,
“Most of the Sierra Club leaders I know were given a sock full of money from their trust funds and billionaires in California, and now they don’t want any of the rest of us to have anything in Appalachia. They don’t want to give us a chance.” (Emphasis added)
This sentiment is echoed from county to county along the Ohio River, and it’s why fringe environmental activists have struggled to gain any influence in this region of the country. Even when these groups pay attendees to show up, they fail to make any significant headway, as they are so far removed from understanding the local men and women who support and depend on oil and gas development – especially since the introduction of shale development. Perfectly illustrating this fact, the “petrochemical hub” that Sierra Club’s April 12 event was fighting against could lead to an estimated 100,000 permanent petrochemical-related manufacturing jobs in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, according to a new report by the American Chemistry Council.
Good luck finding anyone in the Ohio Valley – or any rational person, for that matter – who would sacrifice these good paying jobs and economic security in order to perpetuate an anti-fossil fuel agenda.

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About 30 People Show Up to Protest Injection Wells in Brookfield

From The Sharon Herald:
Walking in her backyard, Gloria Douglas points to a mound of earth 100 yards away. 
That mound is the location for an injection well, to be drilled by Highland Field Services, for the storage of waste from the extraction of shale gas through the process of hydraulic fracturing.

“See how close it is,’’ Douglas said. 
Douglas, 74, is among a group of Brookfield residents trying to halt the drilling of injection wells in the township. Highland Field Services has gotten approval from Ohio Division of Natural Resources to drill two wells on 75 acres in the township. However, no drilling has been done so far. 
The property is next to Wyngate Manor, a manufactured home park with more than 200 residences, including Douglas. 
When crews started clearing land last year, Douglas said she knew something was up.
“It didn’t take us long to figure out what was going on,’’ she said.
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Democratic Lawmakers Pushing for More Money to Communities with Injection Wells

From NGI:
Two Democratic lawmakers from Northeast Ohio have introduced a bill that would see the communities they represent and others where injection wells are located receive more of the fees collected to dispose of oil and gas waste. 
State Reps. Glenn Holmes and Mike O’Brien, both of Trumbull County, introduced House Bill (HB) 578 last week. Under the proposal, 37.5% of the out-of-district injection well fees collected by the state would be redirected to the municipalities and townships where the wells are located. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) regulates underground injection wells and collects all fees from the state’s operators. 
Under current law, ODNR receives 5 cents/barrel for waste that’s been produced and injected inside a regulatory district. When the injected waste is produced outside of a regulatory district, but disposed inside it, ODNR collects 20 cents/barrel. 
“All we are asking for is that ODNR and the injection well industry be good community partners in dealing with this very sensitive issue,” Holmes said. “We think it is only fair that the community see some type of remediation for the impacts of dumping in our communities. Furthermore, we need to explore the technologies to stop the need for injection wells altogether.”
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Opposition and All, NEXUS Pipeline on Track for Completion This Year

From the Fremont News Messenger:
The NEXUS pipeline should become operational later this year, as the company completes work on an approximately 255-mile project that carries fracked natural gas through several counties in Ohio and Michigan. 
Adam Parker, a spokesman for NEXUS Gas Transmission, said the pipeline's status in Sandusky County generally involves land preparations at this time. 
He said that after more than three years of public and regulatory review, NEXUS has obtained all necessary authorizations and permits to begin construction and reached mutual agreements on easement with all affected landowners in Sandusky County. 
The pipeline has sparked opposition from hundreds of landowners along the route, including Kathy Schoen, a member of the No NEXUS Pipeline in Michigan & Ohio Facebook group. 
But Schoen, whose centennial family-owned 46-acre farm is in the pipeline's path, acknowledged Thursday that the pipeline appears to be a done deal.
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