Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PA Marcellus Digest - March 4, 2014


PA Marcellus Digest - March 4, 2014


Natural gas industry buoyed by advancing technology

Trib Live

Timothy Puko

March 1, 2014

From the office computer to the drill site, to the wells that can stretch more than three miles underground, nearly everything in Pennsylvania's natural gas industry is different from just a few years ago.


Report sees 15K new Pa. jobs from Marcellus boom

Philadelphia Inquirer

Linda Loyd

March 2, 2014

A federal labor report released this week says Marcellus Shale gas drilling has added about 15,000 direct jobs in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania in recent years.


UGI PNG announces natural gas rate hike

Times Leader

Jerry Lynott

February 28, 2014

UGI Penn Natural Gas customers will pay more for natural gas today as the utility passes on its cost to purchase the commodity.


Pa. Democrats vying for Lt. Gov. clash on drilling

Lancaster Online

March 1, 2014

Six Democrats running for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania clashed during a debate Saturday in front of the party's liberal activists over whether the state should stop, at least temporarily, drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation.


Colorado first state to clamp down on fracking pollution

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Jennifer Oldham

March 1, 2014

Colorado regulators approved groundbreaking controls on emissions from oil and natural gas operations after an unusual coalition of energy companies and environmentalists agreed on measures to counter worsening smog.


Scores testified at local oil and gas regs hearings

Times Observer

Ben Klein

March 1, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection added a public hearing at the Warren County Courthouse earlier this month about proposed changes to conventional and unconventional oil and gas regulations to increase public participation.


Deal announced to sell PGW for $1.86 billion

Philadelphia Inquirer

Andrew Maykuth

March 3, 2014

Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Connecticut energy company UIL Holdings Corp., has agreed to buy Philadelphia Gas Works for $1.86 billion.


Cawley talks liquor, fracking, saving Pa. military bases

The Intelligencer

Natasha Lindstrom

March 2, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley has a busy agenda to tackle this year, from renewing talks to privatize the state’s Prohibition-Era liquor system, to squashing claims that Marcellus Shale drillers aren’t the responsible job creators his administration claims they are.


Campaign blather

Williamsport Sun Gazette

March 2, 2014

Recently I have been reading articles in the paper about good job growth, Gov. Corbett putting money into education and how great the Marcellus Shale experience has been for our state.


Oil, gas leases bring county $1.2 million

The Sharon Herald

Sandy Scarmack

March 1, 2014

The “gravel pit” area at Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 19 in East Lackawannock Township remains a hot topic in nearly any discussion of county business, running the gamut between a point of contention between elected officials and the public who thought the purchase was a mistake, to business leaders who envision the site as a jumping-off point for an explosion in economic development.


Trying to save Act 13 is reckless

Observer Reporter

March 2, 2014

The tragic well explosion in Dunkard Township, and the comments made about it by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo, demonstrate that the DEP’s continued fight to save Act 13 is nothing short of reckless.


Hundreds of Keystone XL pipeline opponents arrested at White House

Washington Post

Deneen Brown

March 2, 2014

More than 500 protesters chanting, “Hey, Obama! We don’t want no pipeline drama,” marched to the White HouseSunday, demanding that President Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline extension that would daily carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.


Act 13 impact fees, plunge in natural gas prices led to more plugged wells

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Anya Litvak

Sometime in 2012, Bruce Jankura, an oil and gas inspector supervisor with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, began receiving unusually large batches of requests for his plugging services from Marcellus Shale companies.


Range Resources appeals Mt. Pleasant’s decision

Observer Reporter

Emily Petsko

March 3, 2014

Nearly nine months after Mt. Pleasant Township Zoning Hearing Board issued notices of violation related to four Marcellus Shale water impoundments, the matter will head to court for deliberation.


Chevron finishes installing new wellheads at Greene County explosion site

Trib Live

March 3, 2014

Chevron over the weekend finished installing new wellheads at a Greene County site but continues to investigate what caused a recent explosion and subsequent days-long fire that killed a worker.


Wellheads secure at Lanco site

Observer Reporter

March 3, 2014

Now that Wild Well Control and Chevron successfully replaced the wellhead Saturday on the third well at the Lanco site in Dunkard Township, work will shift to installing plugs about 8,000 feet below the surface in all three wells as an extra layer of protection to relieve any pressure on the wellheads.


Frack-water site developers open to discussion

Times Leader

Jon O'Connell

March 3, 2014

A town hall meeting between Lake Township residents and developers might not change any hearts, but one real estate investor said he believes he can at least answer any questions about a proposed waste-water treatment center.


Joanne Kilgour

Chapter Director

Sierra Club PA Chapter



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