Annual U.S. NatGas Production Decreased by Tiny 1% in 2020

The pandemic did its best to shut the world down, and maybe it succeeded in shutting down other countries–but not here in the US of A. Against an onslaught of shutdowns (particularly in “blue” states), people staying home, businesses closing, anarchy and chaos in large Democrat cities…and against an onslaught against fossil fuels by environmental

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Gas Industry Has A Great Story to Retell and It Must Be Retold Often!

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. . … The natural gas industry has accomplished so very much, delivering economic and environmental benefits everywhere, but it must be retold. We talk a lot about how to keep the gas industry moving forward in a COVID economy, including the importance of legislation aimed at attracting new businesses to

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Natural Gas Now Best Picks of the Week – February 20, 2021

Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy. As usual, emphasis is added. Some Folks Just Aren’t Trustworthy Joe Manchin, the Democrat Senator from West Virginia who wants the trades to suppose he is

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Are WV’s Rugged Mountains Too Much for Mountain Valley Pipeline?

WV mountains Equitrans Midstream’s Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), which stretches 303 miles from Wetzel County, WV to Pittsylvania County, VA, is backed into a corner by anti-fossil fuelers. The project is 92% complete and in the ground, yet somehow antis have successfully blocked an Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12) that allows the

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EQT Update – Making Moves to Drill More in WV in 2021

Yesterday the country’s largest natural gas producer, EQT Corporation, released its 4Q and full-year 2020 update, holding a conference call with analysts to discuss the results. The update shows the company produced an average of 4.45 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas in 4Q. Although there was plenty of “free cash flow”

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WV Employs Just 11 Inspectors for 75K Active & Abandoned O&G Wells

The West Virginia Office of Oil and Gas (part of the Dept. of Environmental Protection) reports there are some 60,000 active and 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. Staffers at Oil and Gas respond to complaints and do the inspection for all those wells. Currently, there are just 14 field staffers with

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How Biden’s Drilling Ban on Federal Lands Affects the M-U

On Joe Biden’s first day in occupying the White House, he signed an Executive Order (EO) suspending new oil and gas leasing while the Interior Department reviews existing leases and permitting practices for 60 days. The aim is to make the federal lease ban permanent. However, some permits on existing leases will continue to be

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Diversified Opens New NatGas Control Center in Charleston, WV

Diversified Gas & Oil (DGO) owns close to 8 million acres of leases with some 60,000 (mostly) conventional oil and gas wells. Their focus has been to acquire quality production and cash flow–regardless of the well or commodity type (gas or oil)–in the Appalachian Basin. DGO currently owns over 400 Marcellus/Utica shale wells in their

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Big Green Jobs Killer Mows Down Blue Collar Workers

Clean Energy Doesn’t Happen Without Natural Gas! Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … The Biden Administration is a big green jobs killer intent upon on courting the special interests of blue blood elites. Blue collar workers in America now know who their friends are and they do not include the Biden Administration, which has

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Clean Energy Doesn’t Happen Without Natural Gas!

Clean Energy Doesn’t Happen Without Natural Gas! Tom ShepstoneShepstone Management Company, Inc. … … Clean energy is, to a large extent, in the eye of the beholder, but one thing is surely clear; natural gas is critical to any of it. As a new administration takes shape in Washington, D.C. we enter a period of

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EQT Asks 2 WV Judges be Removed from Royalty Cases re Conflicts

EQT Corporation, the largest natural gas producer in the United States, is asking West Virginia officials to remove two judges from hearing cases brought by landowners against the EQT relating to royalty disputes for alleged improper deductions. EQT wants Judges Timothy Sweeney and David W. Hummel Jr. to be disqualified from at least three cases

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PA’s UGI Corp. Deal to Buy WV’s Mountaineer Gas Company

UGI Corporation, one of Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas utility companies, is buying Mountaineer Gas Company, one of West Virginia’s largest natural gas utility companies, for $540 million. UGI serves 700,000 customers across PA (and one county in Maryland). Mountaineer serves 215,000 customers across WV. Both companies are big buyers of Marcellus/Utica shale gas.This post appeared

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Weekly Shale Drilling Permits for PA, OH, WV: Dec 14-18

Last week Pennsylvania issued 25 new shale well drilling permits in both northeast and southwest PA, although most of the permits for SWPA. Ohio issued 4 new shale well permits, all of them to the same company (Encino Energy) and the same well pad (in Harrison County). West Virginia issued 6 new shale well permits,

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NETL Morgantown, WV Working on Carbon Capture for Gas-Fired Plants

click for larger version The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is one of the crown jewels of our federal government. NETL is a U.S. national laboratory under the Dept. of Energy Office of Fossil Energy. NETL focuses on applied research for the clean production and use of domestic energy resources. Capturing and using carbon dioxide

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