Welcome back to The Link-Up, your weekly rundown of our favorite stories from the past seven days in the oil and gas industry!
Weirton Daily Times
Hey, cementing, we know about that! I'm a history geek, so I love stories like this and thinking about the inevitable and long-term cycles of things, how our industry is giving new life to facilities and areas long considered abandoned as one example.
Basically, in this one we have Illinois-based LafargeHolcim building a terminal for their cement products in Weirton, WV's Half Moon Industrial Park, with the specific site having been inactive for a decade. They'll ship their cement along the Ohio River from Illinois to West Virginia, for easy distribution where a lot of it is needed.
sanluisobispo dot com
Wait, so people give money in support of things that benefit them economically or politically? The horror.
The more serious point here is that while we've largely focused on Colorado (and no apologies for that, it's a devastating proposal that most directly impacts a major producing state), there are things that need attention on ballots everywhere. Measure G, specifically, bans new petroleum extraction and fracking in unincorporated areas of the county.
Water & Wastes Digest
Did we already cover this study showing no link between fracking and elevated methane levels in water, or was that a different one? There are so many, it's hard to keep track.
In addition to the Chevy Cruze, Lordstown, OH will also be pumping out a bunch of electricity, thanks to a new gas-powered plant that will keep the lights on for 800,000 households. It's just a short article, don't bother clicking through...in fact, here's the whole thing:
There's a new sight on the skyline of Lordstown as a natural gas-powered electrical generating plant is now online.
The Lordstown Energy Center is producing 940 megawatts of power, according to officials.
Ground was broken in 2016 for the $853 million project designed to use natural gas from the nearby Utica and Marcellus shale sites.
The state-of-the-art plant, which generates enough electricity for approximately 800,000 households, employs 20 people.
It's kind of interesting reading our Google Alerts for the work "fracking," because they tend to pull in a lot of stuff from the UK (for whatever reason, they use the word a lot more than we do, maybe because we assume it a lot by now), which is just now starting to explore the technique and going through a lot of the same stuff we did in the US ten or fifteen years ago.
This quick video definitely doesn't show anything you don't already know, it didn't even show anything I didn't already know, but hey, you never know I guess. Besides, if it's true that you hate what you fear, and you fear what you don't know, then signal boosting a tiny little outlet like the BBC with our world-famous blog (you're welcome BBC, enjoy the traffic) can't be a bad thing.
As the UK evolves, it inevitably will run into a lot of the same stuff we have - first people scream about the drilling itself, then they scream about where you're doing it and the needed infrastructure. So any time you get a regulatory approval - for a compressor station in this case - it's Miller time.
We're getting closer and closer to Election Day, so I decided to double up on Colorado content this week.
The first piece primarily spotlights Zach Neal from Expedition Water Solutions, who is worried about his business.
Just like Colorado's shale drillers, his company has benefited from the oil boom and Neal said had plans to keep growing until this measure made the ballot. "We are not going to grow at all, we are going to shrink," he said. Neal said Prop. 112 not only threatens their growth, he's worried he may have to lay off workers.
Next up, the Denver Post takes a look at Amendment 74, a lesser-discussed item on the ballot that has implications for the oil and gas industry, although it isn't directly involved. Specifically, it's an amendment to the state constitution that will help ensure that property owners are fairly compensated by the government in cases where government actions adversely affect the property. Actions like not allowing people to sell mineral rights, I suppose.
See you next time, thanks for reading!