PA Marcellus News Digest
June 29, 2012
Wayne County, Pa. — Few — if any in Wayne County — need to be told that hydraulic fracturing is a controversial means of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale beneath our feet.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Partners with Marcellus Shale Education & Training
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
In an effort to better prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus Shale Industry, Penn State Wilkes-Barre has partnered with the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center (MSETC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.
Shale gas boom shapes economy in NW PA
The world's first energy boom, born near Titusville in 1859, shaped both the economy and the physical landscape of northwestern Pennsylvania.
Deal struck on tax credit for ethane cracker plant in Beaver County
HARRISBURG — An agreement has been reached between legislative leaders and the governor on a tax credit for a petrochemical plant in Beaver County and others that may come to Pennsylvania, the governor’s office said on Thursday.
Pipeline work expected to begin in August in South Buffalo
NiSource Midstream Services expects to begin the first phase of its work on a portion of a 70-mile natural gas pipeline that runs through South Buffalo Township in the Murphys Bottom Road area.
South Buffalo supervisors to decide on drilling bid
The South Buffalo Township Supervisors will decide next month whether to allow the township's first horizontal Marcellus Shale gas wells.
Repeating The Shale Gas Boom: How Unconventional Oil May Crush Oil Prices By 2015
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
The chatter is becoming intense that the unconventional oil revolution will crush oil prices, just as unconventional gas production drove natural gas prices from $13 for a thousand cubic feet in July 2008 to $2 in 2012. Leonard Mauger of the Harvard Kennedy School has authored a paper, entitled "Oil: The Next Revolution," that offers some numbers for our collective consideration on how unconventional oil production will reshape the oil markets. http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/files/Oil-%20The%20Next%20Revolution.pdf. The paper also was the subject of an article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.
Stunning Fact: Just 7% Of America's Combined Cycle Gas Plants Operate More than 70% Of Time
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
Many wonder how natural gas power plants could so quickly displace so much coal-fired generation. The nation went from 52% coal-fired electricity in 2002 to 48% in 2008 and then gas roared. Coal's share was down to 44% by 2010 and then to an incredible 34% by March 2012. How did that happen? Was there a massive wave of gas-fired power plant construction?
Deal reached on tax breaks for Pa. refinery
Lebanon Daily News
Marc Levy, AP
HARRISBURG, Pa.—Top state Republican lawmakers have reached an agreement on a package of tax breaks that Gov. Tom Corbett has sought in hopes of encouraging the construction of a multibillion-dollar petrochemical refinery and an associated chemical manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania, lawmakers and legislative aides said Thursday.
Shell’s Tioga County Methane Geyser Captured On Video
Clean Air Council Seeks Federal Intervention with Marcellus Air Complaints
Corbett Administration Downsizes Ethane Cracker Job Claims