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Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

SONY DSCBy Madasyn Czebiniak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation.

Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based Cabot Oil and Gas, where he now works as a completions engineer.

“The military plays a large part in how I got to where I’m at today,” said Mr. MacZura. He spent four years stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and two in the National Guard.

“I can’t say I was a commodity, but I was definitely sought after by companies,” he said.

Finding work in the energy sector isn’t a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.

“When the Marcellus kicked off in earnest in 2008-09, I would say there were two or three of us,” said Mr. Dokter, a veteran field artillery officer.

Read more: http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2014/09/15/Oil-and-gas-companies-court-veterans/stories/201409150175

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DEP aims to put abandoned oil and gas wells on the map

20140902hoWellmapBy Laura Legere / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Researchers are taking to the archives — and the air — to track down abandoned oil and gas wells that have left little evidence on the surface or aren’t marked in modern records.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is gathering maps made over the last century from the file drawers of other state agencies, municipal records offices and drilling company libraries. It is also sharing information with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, whose researchers flew a helicopter outfitted to detect metal casings in old wells over three state-owned properties this summer.

The department’s goal is to digitize both old and new maps, and merge them in a public online tool that drilling companies can use to scope out hazards before extracting gas from new wells.

DEP’s list of verified orphaned and abandoned wells includes fewer than 8,700 sites, but the agency estimates that 200,000 unaccounted for wells were drilled and abandoned during decades of oil and gas activity before wells were registered in the state. Pennsylvania began requiring operators to get permits to drill new wells in 1956 and to register old wells in 1985.

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Dominion, Duke Energy plan $5B natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina

Pipeline1-300x171Paul J. Gough

Some of the nation’s biggest natural gas providers are planning to build a 550-mile pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina.

Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources are combining to build and own the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a $4.5 billion to $5 billion project that will provide Marcellus Shale natural gas along the Interstate 95 corridor.

The project, which will be built by Dominion (NYSE: D), will carry at least 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas beginning in 2018. Dominion will own 45 percent of the pipeline, with Duke Energy owning 40 percent, Piedmont Natural Gas 10 percent and 5 percent from AGL Resources.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/morning-edition/2014/09/dominion-duke-energy-plan-5-natural-gas-pipeline.html?ana=e_pit_nrg&u=32322357774e8221e2d3778a70d257&t=1409745705

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International Trade Commission Vote Could Impact PA Steelworkers

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A recent decision by the International Trade Commission regarding South Korean steel tubes may have an effect here in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The ITC voted recently to impose duties on steel pipes and tubes from South Korea and five other countries, which were found to be “dumping” their products into the U.S. market.

“Dumping” refers to the practice of selling a product in another country for less than it is sold in the country where it is manufactured. It also includes the practice of selling a product for less than it cost to make.

“The Commerce Department recommended tariffs at a rate of about 16 percent on this pipe and tube, which was coming into the United States at no tariff because we have a free trade agreement with South Korea,” said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a nonprofit advocacy group for the manufacturing industry.

In February, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a preliminary statement saying an investigation into South Korea’s practice of selling steel tubes in the U.S. found no evidence of dumping.

Read more: http://wesa.fm/post/international-trade-commission-vote-could-impact-pa-steelworkers

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Enable Midstream to invest $200M for new processing plant in Oklahoma

plant2-300x171By Teresa Nones

Enable Midstream Partners LP on Sept. 3 said that its board of directors has approved a plan to build a 200-MMcf/d natural gas processing plant in Grady County, Okla., designed to serve producers in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, or SCOOP, play.

The partnership expects to invest more than $200 million for the project, which includes plant equipment, associated compression and installation costs, according to a news release.

Enable Midstream added that the project will also expand the capacity of a nearby facility, the Bradley processing plant, to 10,000 barrels per day. The Bradley plant is expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2015.

The partnership said the proposed plant, along with other projects such as the upgrading of its Cox City facility, will allow it to meet the increased drilling and rich gas production from the SCOOP play.

Read more: http://www.snl.com/Interactivex/article.aspx?CdId=A-29060233-14892

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