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Wet vs. Dry Natural Gas – What is the difference?
Aug 28, 2015 @ 20:44

Published in WellSaid (Cabot Blog) As most people know, Pennsylvania has unique geology that has helped make it the home of some of the largest-producing shale plays in the world. Roughly 75 percent of the Commonwealth sits on top of the Marcellus and Utica shales, each with their own distinct characteristics. Even across Pennsylvania the Marcellus varies in structure, depth, thickness and even the type of gas produced. One of the most interesting differences in the Marcellus is whether the natural gas produced is considered “wet” or “dry” when produced. That will make a difference in the end usage and products which can be created from the natural gas. Cabot’s operations are in an area of dry gas therefore to get a full perspective, we’ve partnered with the folks at Sunoco L [ ... ]

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Big Benefits From Natural Gas Exports
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:08

Exporting U.S. natural gas would be good for the economy and the environment. Aug. 26, 2015  in US News and World Report,--- Author attribution at end of article As David Brodwin correctly states in his July 16 article ["The Case Against Exporting Natural Gas"], our oil and gas abundance, powered by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has driven down energy costs. Restricting the export of natural gas, however, has stifled production – especially against the backdrop of http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=22572" target="_blank">recent downward price projections – and in so doing threatens the many benefits that have come with our energy renaissance. Technological advances have made the United States a prolific producer of natural gas, so  [ ... ]

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EQT Ditching Upper Devonian in Favor of Deep, Dry Utica Shale
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:01

By Jamison Cocklin August 3, 2015 In NGI's Shale Daily After its record-shattering Utica Shale test in Southwest Pennsylvania, EQT Corp. plans to phase-out its Upper Devonian drilling program in the state and redirect that capital to the Utica. The company said earlier this month its Scotts Run well in Greene County, PA, tested at a 24-hour rate of 72.9 MMcf/d with an average flowing wellhead pressure of 8,641 psi (see Shale Daily, July 23). The Utica well was the company's first in Pennsylvania. It was completed with 18 fracture stages on a 3,221 foot lateral, bringing the initial production rate to 22.6 MMcf/d per 1,000 feet of lateral. Following the deliverability test, EQT said Scotts Run produced an average of 27 MMcf/d on restricted choke during a seven-day period. "Gi [ ... ]

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Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
Aug 26, 2015 @ 20:18

Guest post written by Jacki Pick 8/25/2015 in Forbes Opinion Ms. Pick is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Center for Policy Analysis. As environmental groups gather to strategize maximum mileage from the president’s “Clean Power Plan,” they would do well to remember what they might regard as the greatest environmental triumph of this century: The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction, with emissions down 26% since the shale boom hits its stride in 2007. Why? Because of the use of natural gas, a fossil fuel, now produced in historic volumes made possible through fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.  Fracked natural gas has been key to reducing U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest levels since 1988, [ ... ]

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A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of polic...
Aug 18, 2015 @ 17:41

By Tom Wilber at wilberwrites  8/7/2015 A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of policy tests July 8 the five-farm family group's intentions to install a natural gas well underneath afield in the Town of Barton.(Photo: KELLY GAMPEL / Staff Photo) The proposed propane frack in the Town of Barton is setting the stage for a new set of policy tests that could shape the long-term fate of shale gas development in the state. The Cuomo administration has banned the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing because too little is known about its impacts on health and the environment. But that ban could be lifted with a new administration, changing technology, shifting politics, more information and establishment of case law. In the meantime questions of what exact [ ... ]

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The Joe Martens Legacy of Cronyism
Aug 13, 2015 @ 15:07

By Tom Shepstone in Natural Gas Now on August 6 2015 UPDATE: Rumor has it the Cuomo Administration may choose the next DEC Commissioner directly from the ranks of the NRDC gang. Could this be true? Could Cuomo be THAT indebted to the Rockefeller clan and their ruling class ilk? Well, if Larry Rockefeller’s $60,800 contribution to Andrew’s last campaign and his campaign ad for the governor are any indication; the answer is a definite yes. The NRDC gang is running New York right now. The Joe Martens record at DEC should be Exhibit No. 1 in an indictment of the cronyism typifying New York government, if you can call it government. Joe Martens was lauded the other day in a fawning story that appeared in the Albany Times-Union entitled “Outgoing DEC Leader Joe Martens Le [ ... ]

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Pipeline delay a sign of policy conflicts to come
Aug 13, 2015 @ 15:05

By Scott Waldren in Politico NY on 8/11/2015 ALBANY—The latest delay in granting an approval for a major natural gas pipeline in New York illustrates the awkward spot the state's energy policy is in, where environmentally sensitive policies and practical reality collide. The Constitution Pipeline will stretch from Pennsylvania through the Southern Tier and into Schoharie County, where it can connect to a network of other pipelines. It will add more capacity as New York and New England increasingly turn to natural gas for power. Even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned fracking, a move that converted some of his harshest critics into his advocates, he has actively worked to make the state more reliant on natural gas, including his personal intervention in converting a Buffalo-area coal-bur [ ... ]

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Commentary: The truth behind the pipeline
Jul 28, 2015 @ 19:48

By Edward Dodge as comentary in Timesunion.com 7/26/2015 Anti-gas activist Yoko Ono recently ran a full page ad in The New York Times urging opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed 120-mile natural gas line that will bring Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania up to a distribution point in New York that will allow the gas to be delivered throughout the Northeast. Ono claims that fracking is bad for your health, bad for communities and bad for the climate, and we need to block infrastructure projects like pipelines in order to prevent the industry from growing. Like all anti-gas activists, Ono relies on the timeless method of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt without ever offering any cost-benefit analysis. Chief among the claims used to oppos [ ... ]

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Nonsensical ‘fractivist’ pipeline hysteria
Jul 27, 2015 @ 19:53

By Mark J. Perry - - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in The Washington Times---- opinion The anti-fracking movement has moved beyond the realm of the petty and unseemly into the ridiculous. Led by Yoko Ono, the avant-garde artist and widow of musician John Lennon, fracktivists are trying to stop construction of pipelines that would carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the Utica Shale region in Ohio to markets in New York and New England. Designed to alleviate current bottlenecks in natural gas distribution, the new pipelines could help reduce the cost of natural gas and electricity for hundreds of thousands of households and businesses throughout the Northeast. If there was ever any doubt, it’s now clear that the myopic anti-fracking obse [ ... ]

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Will Andrew Cuomo kill another way to drill for gas in New York?
Jul 27, 2015 @ 19:44

By Ken Girardin July 26, 2015 | 8:00pm in NY Post Opinion There’s more than one way to frack a shale formation, and that could be very good news for New York’s economically stagnant Southern Tier — if, this time, Gov. Cuomo allows it. The region’s prospects for resurgence were squelched last month when Cuomo formalized the nation’s first statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The process, commonly known as hydrofracking, uses large amounts of pressurized water to open fissures in shale deposits and release oil and natural gas buried thousands of feet underground. Cuomo’s prohibition has left billions of cubic square feet of natural gas locked in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — roughly a mile beneath a region that ended 2014 with fewer private-sect [ ... ]

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Joe Martens checks out after fulfilling his job-killing mission
Jul 24, 2015 @ 00:40

By Gilbert Ross 7/22/2015 in The NY Post opinion When Gov. Cuomo plucked Joe Martens out of the Open Space Institute to become the new head of the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2011, and charged him with leading the evaluation of hydraulic shale fracturing (“fracking”) in New York, those of us familiar with that organization realized the handwriting was on the wall. After years of dithering, dissembling and stalling, the final blow was rendered earlier this month: Martens issued the DEC’s “findings statement,” and (combined with the prior “Public Health” report) natural-gas drilling via fracking is dead, a victim of deep-green ideology triumphing over science, economics and the general welfare. Fracking has revolutionized America’s energy profile. We produ [ ... ]

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The Problem with Natural Gas Infrastructure
Jul 23, 2015 @ 12:57The Problem with Natural Gas Infrastructure

As Director of External Affairs for Cabot, I was honored to testify about the problem with natural gas infrastructure in the United States in relation to America’s energy security to members of the House of Representatives Natural Gas Caucus in Washington, D.C. Natural Gas Infrastructure is Vital To begin my testimony I tried to convey just how abundant the natural gas production is within the Marcellus Shale. I highlighted that a natural gas well that produced between 1 to 1.5 BCF over its life was a good well, a few years ago, but that today in Pennsylvania, we expect our wells to produce 17 BCF of natural gas. With this amount of proven gas, being available for decades, I then moved to discussing that Pennsylvania does not have a wide distribution network necessary to  [ ... ]

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The quiet lawsuit against NYS DEC
Jul 21, 2015 @ 17:06

In Poughkeepsie Journal 7/20/2015 East Rochester attorney David Morabito quietly filed a lawsuit two months ago against the state Department of Environmental Conservation, challenging the agency’s decision to prohibit him from fracking on land he owns in Allegany County. To this point, the lawsuit has garnered little public attention, in part because Morabito initially chose not to publicize it and it was filed in state Supreme Court in Allegany County. But the challenge could set the stage for the courts to decide whether the newly installed statewide ban on high-volume fracking has legal merit and comes as natural-gas trade groups weigh whether to file a lawsuit of their own. “If you analyze and critique the (DEC’s) studies, they’re all in favor of high-vo [ ... ]

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Gas Drilling Support Company Leaving Southport
Jul 16, 2015 @ 14:56Gas Drilling Support Company Leaving Southport

BY Jeff Stone in Mytwintiers.com 7/15/2015   SOUHTPORT, N.Y. (18-NEWS) -A business that provides support to the natural gas industry is pulling out of Chemung County. County officials confirm that more than 50 jobs have been lost as Baker Hughes has left its location on Lower Maple Avenue in Southport.
The business is in Chemung County Legislator Rodney Strange's district. He's heard that New York's fracking ban and the slowdown of the natural gas industry in Pennsylania are being blamed for the closing.
Strange said "Back in 2010 we had over 100 businesses in Chemung County that worked with the gas industry and right now there's less than a handful left and that has had a huge impact on the economy here." Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli says Chemung County has lost 550 j [ ... ]

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Shale Gas and Climate Change
Jul 14, 2015 @ 19:49

By  Every columnist has his or her “go to” sources, people we rely on for their deep understanding of a particular subject, and a mode of thinking about that subject we find persuasive. For me, one such person is Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi believes in the power of facts. Though sensitive to the importance of dealing with climate change, he doesn’t indulge in the hyperbole that you sometimes hear from environmentalists. And while he appreciates the economic import of fracking and shale gas, he isn’t afraid to call out the industry on its problems. Early in the fracking boom, he went to Pennsylvania to observe what drilling for sha [ ... ]

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Shale Revolution Boost U.S. Chemical Industry
Jul 14, 2015 @ 19:42

By H. Sterling Burnett in The Heartland Institute publication 7/14/2015 Just a decade ago, the domestic chemical industry was in decline as natural gas prices were high and estimated reserves low. Of the more than 40 chemical manufacturing plants being built worldwide in the mid-2000’s of more than $1 billion capitalization, none were under construction in the U.S.  Due primarily to the shale gas revolution, the fortunes of the domestic chemical industry have changed radically. The abundance of cheap natural gas and associated liquids resulting from the widespread use of fracking has made the U.S. the place to build new chemical manufacturing facilities. Growing Chemical Industry The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports, the $800-billion U.S. chemicals industry will expe [ ... ]

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