Methanol will cause blindness if consumed

Primus Advances Small-Scale GTL Facility in Marcellus Country

From an Article by Jamison Cocklin, Natural Gas Intelligence, October 15, 2018

Houston-based Primus Green Energy Inc. is finally moving forward with plans to develop a small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in West Virginia after partnering with an international engineering, procurement and construction firm to improve the project’s economics.

The facility, which is planned to be at the site of Covestro AG’s chemical production facility in New Martinsville, was initially slated to begin operations in 4Q2017. Service was later delayed until 2018, but Primus said this month operations would now start in 2020, thanks partly to a partnership with Jereh Oil and Gas Engineering Corp.

“Primus has long envisioned development of a methanol plant in the Marcellus region, but it is our relationship with Jereh and other strategic partners that has resulted in substantially improved economics and will allow us to move the project forward,” said Primus CEO Steven Murray. “With gas supply and methanol offtake agreements from an integrated oil and gas company, assistance from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. to arrange project debt financing, and design work by Koch Modular Process Systems, the project economics are very strong.”

Similar small-scale GTL facilities, which have smaller and more efficient equipment, have been announced for the Appalachian Basin, but none have entered service. The modular plants are said to be deployed more easily, making them a cost-effective alternative to larger refinery-sized plants.

Primus said the modular units would be fabricated off site by Jereh and Koch Modular, then be transported to the project location for final assembly. The company has developed a technology for converting various feedstocks, including wellhead and pipeline natural gas, natural gas liquids and synthesis gas, into methanol, gasoline and diluent.

The facility would produce about 160 metric tons (mt) a day of methanol, using as little as 6 MMcf/d of feed gas. The technology has been tested at a scale plant in Hillsborough, NJ.

The facility would be the second of its kind to enter operations if it starts up as planned in 2020. US Methanol Corp. broke ground last year on a similar methanol plant that would use Marcellus Shale gas. That plant is being built in Institute near Charleston, where Dow Chemical Co. has a facility.

While the Primus plant would produce about 58,400 mt/year (mty), US Methanol’s facility is larger, with a capacity of 200,000 mty

Methanol is used in a wide-array of products including antifreeze and solvents. It’s also an important product for the petrochemical industry, which is expected to grow in Appalachia once ethylene and polyethylene production begins at ethane crackers that have been proposed or are under construction in the region.


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Ohio residents point out water pollution & earthquake problems

Ohio Residents are VERY Fed Up with Fracking Wastewater from OH, PA & WV

From an Article by Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, October 5, 2018

Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvania’s fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio. Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were injected into underground wells in Ohio. Residents in at least one county say they’ve had enough.

Michelle Garman used to marvel at the 22-acres of land around her home in Vienna, Ohio, less than 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.

“I would lean out my back window and say, ‘oh my god, I never dreamed of owning this much land’,” she said.

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You can see and hear the injection well from Michelle Garman’s property, less than 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border. Photo: Julie Grant

She didn’t know much about fracking then, let alone frack waste injection wells.

But she remembers News Years Eve 2011, when a 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook nearby Youngstown, Ohio. Around a dozen smaller quakes followed. The state determined that the quakes were caused by an injection well. And one in New Castle, Pennsylvania was linked to fracking as well. The well believed to have caused the Youngstown quakes has been closed permanently.

“That’s poison they’re pumping into the ground”

But Garman’s view changed in 2013 when an injection well was built on the property next door.

“Where your looking at tanks and cement and fencing, it was trees and deer and turkey. And blue jays…and I never see them anymore,” she said.

Garman describes big trucks carrying chemical-laced wastewater that squeal into the site at all hours. She can hear the pump from her yard. And Garman fears for her family.

“How does it affect our health, my son’s health?” she wondered. “I mean, it is toxic. Plain and simple, that’s poison that they’re pumping into the ground.”

Garman says her concerns didn’t get much response from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the agency with authority over injection wells. In Ohio, there’s no local control of the oil and gas industry.

And few leaders in her town would criticize the local company, Kleese Development Associates, that built the well next to her property.

Then, in April of 2015, a waste oil spill caused a slew of dead animals and a polluted nearby wetlands. It was caused by another injection well owned by Kleese.

Garman says neighbors contacted her for help.

“People were scared,” she said. “[The were asking], ‘can I drink the water, can I bathe my children in it, can I cook with it?”

The state forced Kleese to shut down the injection well, and it’s still closed. The company could not be reached for comment.

“They don’t want it”

On a recent evening, leaders from townships in Trumbull County gathered at the gazebo in the Brookfield town square. Brookfield Township trustee Gary Lees coached people on how to send letters to their representatives in Columbus asking them to consider legislation that would stop more injection wells in Trumbull County.

Trumbull County already has 17, among the most in the state, and 6 more are in the works. In Hubbard Township, Bobcat LLC has applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for an injection well.

Pittsburgh-based Seneca Resources has drilled a new injection well in Brookfield Township, one of five it plans on the site. The company still needs state approval of its surface facility.

State representative Glenn Holmes says people there are fed up. He references a petition against a plan for the five injection wells by Seneca Resources.

“In a community of about 8,000 people, [we have] 5,000 signatures,” he said. “They don’t want it.”

Holmes has proposed two bills in the Ohio House of Representatives meant to rein in injection wells. One, introduced last spring, would divert more than a third of fees Ohio collects from other state’s frack waste disposal to local governments. Last year, fees for this waste brought in more than $650,000. Holmes says counties should get a cut.

“You have the truck traffic, you have the noise, and you also have the stress and the tension,” he said. “‘Is this going to cause an earthquake?’ Is my aquifer or my well going to be polluted because of this?’”

More recently, Holmes introduced another bill to stop ODNR from permitting any more injection wells in Trumbull County, capping the number of injection wells at 23 per county.

Ted Auch doesn’t think that’s a good idea. He works for the non-profit FracTracker Alliance. Auch worries that a cap per county would actually open up more of the state to injection wells, which have more than doubled in the last five years.

Auch said money from fees should be spent on inspectors.

“You can’t have your number of inspectors be static and your number of wells go up, up and away,” he explained. “That means the number of wells per inspector is going up.”

Auch warns that Ohio has become a dumping ground for other state’s fracking wastewater.

The ODNR says it has strong regulations for injection wells, but declined an interview for this story, as did the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.



Four Huge LNG Tankers Pass Through Panama Canal in One Day

October 15, 2018

Panama Canal reaches new Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) milestone From an Article by David Rowlands, LNG Industry, October 2, 2018 The Panama Canal Authority has announced that the Canal has reached a new milestone, after four LNG ships with beams of up to 160 ft (49 m) transited the waterway in a single day through [...]

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Perhaps 29 New Natural Gas Fueled Electric Power Plants in PA, OH, & WV

October 14, 2018

New Power Plants Represent an Investment of $25B in Tri-State Region From the Editor, Business Journal (Youngstown, OH), October 10, 2018 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A new report shows that natural gas-powered energy plants either in operation or in various stages of development have attracted more than $25 billion worth of new investment to the Appalachian [...]

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Federal Judges are Important in Protecting the Environment (or not)

October 13, 2018

Kavanaugh Also Lied About His Environmental Record From an Article by Olivia Rosane,, October 6, 2018 Protesters demonstrated against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the U.S. Supreme Court on October 3 thru 6 in Washington, DC. The upper chamber of the Senate is set to vote at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time Friday on [...]

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New Book on Frack Sand Mining and Impacts on the Local Communities

October 12, 2018

When the Hills Are Gone: Frac Sand Mining and the Struggle for Community Book Release and Signing, October 24, 2018 — 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fall Creek Public Library, 122 East Lincoln Avenue, Fall Creek, WI, 54742 Professor Tom Pearson will discuss how anthropological research was used in writing his book about the impact [...]

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Sandra Steingraber — An American Who Tells the Truth

October 11, 2018

Sandra Steingraber, Scientist, Writer, Environmental Activist: b. 1959 From a Biography provided in Honor of a Life of Honesty and Courage Sandra Steingraber said: “We are all musicians in a great human orchestra, and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony. You are not required to play a solo, but you [...]

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John Kerry Explains the Climate Crisis and its Challenges. He Says: VOTE

October 11, 2018

Living on Earth: John Kerry Looks Back – And Ahead Former Secretary of State John Kerry is the author of a new bestselling book, called Every Day Is Extra. At its heart is a message of urgency about the need to address the climate crisis. Yet Kerry remains optimistic about the ability of the United [...]

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Nobel Prize Winners Say Climate Action is Urgent, Will Benefit Economy

October 10, 2018

Climate Change Economists Win Nobel Prize, 50 Years of Honors in Economics From an Article by Lorraine Chow,, October 8, 2018 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics to a duo for their work on how the world can achieve sustainable growth. The prize was divided equally to [...]

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A Pipeline Moratorium Makes Sense in Pennsylvania (And Elsewhere)

October 9, 2018

Guest Column: The case for a moratorium on pipeline construction By Rebecca Britton, Delaware County Times, Swarthmore PA, October 7, 2018 The following is a response to a recent guest column by James Coyle against any moratorium in construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline: Dear Mr. Coyle: The pipeline incident in Beaver County is [...]

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