October 2021, Vol. 248, No. 10

Features

U.S. Northeast Update: Appalachian Basin Gas Production Still Outpacing Pipeline Construction

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor    The Northeast power grid is the most natural gas-dependent of all U.S. regions, and the Appalachian Basin is setting record highs for gas production. But pipeline construction and expansion projects, bedeviled by regulatory challenges and legal activism, have failed to keep up, and takeaway capacity continues to lag production.   Natural gas now fuels more than half of the Northeast’s growing electricity consumption, but environmentalists in the region have declared war on natural gas and the pipelines that deliver it, stalling projects that could have reduced winter price spikes and supply disruptions.   “There

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