The Shale Play Today – October 2014

In This Issue:

– West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act Interpretive Rule Filed and Emergency Rule Out for Comment:

The Aboveground Storage Tank Act was enacted in response to the January 9, 2014 spill that contaminated the Elk River water supply and affected a nine-county area in West Virginia. Since passage of the AST Act, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has been developing rules to implement the Act. On September 9, WVDEP filed an Interpretive Rule to provide guidance on compliance with the December 3, 2014 spill prevention response plan and January 1, 2015 tank inspection and certification deadlines….

– SHALE INSIGHT 2014 Deemed a Success:

Recently, the SHALE INSIGHT conference was held in Pittsburgh and drew nearly 2,000 attendees including industry executives, policymakers and technical experts. The takeaway?

– Dominion Cove Point Gets Federal Approval for LNG Terminal:

The $3.8 billion Cove Point terminal in Maryland will be the nearest export location for the Marcellus Shale…

– Monroe County, Ohio Lands Ethane Cracker Plant:

Appalachian Resins, Inc. was slated to build the billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in West Virginia. Now, the company have crossed the Ohio River and have leased land in Salem Township for the highly sought after plant that benefits the oil and gas industry….

– Pennsylvania Contributes to a Large Portion of the Nation’s Gas Supply:

Not only does Pennsylvania produce 20 percent of the national gas supply, but the Commonwealth also saw record production for the first six months of 2014…

– $5 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Proposed for West Virginia to North Carolina:

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, being proposed by Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, will carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas over 550 miles…

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WVDEP followed up on September 18, 2014 with
a 79-page draft emergency rule designed to
implement the broader AST Act and establish
regulatory requirements following the January 1,
2015 tank inspection and certification deadline.
The draft emergency rule will have significant
adverse impacts on virtually all industries
throughout West Virginia, but perhaps no industry
will be negatively impacted more than the oil and
gas industry. On October 1, WVDEP reported that
over 45,000 ASTs had been registered or were in
the registration process. Significantly,
approximately 5.7 percent of those ASTs are
located in a zone of critical concern, thereby
triggering categorization as Level 1 ASTs, the high
risk category under both rules.
In The News
SHALE INSIGHT 2014 Deemed a
Success
Recently, the SHALE INSIGHT conference was
held in Pittsburgh and drew nearly 2,000
attendees including industry executives,
policymakers and technical experts. The
takeaway?

Click here to read how shale may be
transforming the economy.
Dominion Cove Point Gets
Federal Approval for LNG
Terminal
The $3.8 billion Cove Point terminal in Maryland
will be the nearest export location for the
Marcellus Shale.
Read the entire article here.
Monroe County, Ohio Lands
Ethane Cracker Plant
Appalachian Resins, Inc. was slated to build the
billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in West
Virginia. Now, the company have crossed the
Ohio River and have leased land in Salem
Township for the highly sought after plant that
benefits the oil and gas industry.
Click here to read the article.
Pennsylvania Contributes to a
Large Portion of the Nation’s Gas

Click here to read about the Interpretive Rule.
Click here to read about the Emergency Rule.

Supply
Not only does Pennsylvania produce 20 percent
of the national gas supply, but the
Commonwealth also saw record production for
the first six months of 2014.
Click here to read the entire article.
$5 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline
Proposed for West Virginia to
North Carolina
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, being proposed by
Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas
and AGL Resources, will carry 1.5 billion cubic
feet of natural gas over 550 miles.
Click here to read the entire article.
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