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Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School Board has postponed until September its decision to lease district property in West Leechburg for natural gas drilling. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with EQT Production Co. for an 8.3-acre tract at Main and Giron streets. …

Gas production from Marcellus shale sets record despite fewer new wells going online

By David Conti
Pennsylvania drillers are pulling record amounts of natural gas from the Marcellus shale even as they bring fewer new wells online, according to state data released on Monday. About 5,400 shale wells produced nearly 2 trillion cubic feet of gas …

PUC appeals ruling that curbed its power to review municipalities’ drilling rules

By David Conti
Regulators want one last shot at convincing the state’s high court that they should have some authority over local ordinances aimed at gas drillers. The state Public Utility Commission asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower …

Pennsylvania Department of Health will note fracking complaints

By Melissa Daniels
People who write to the state Department of Health to express worry that natural gas drilling might affect their health will receive return letters to document the correspondence, the agency said on Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health updated its …

Shell acquires Pa. shale gas rights as part of a $2.1B deal

By Alex Nixon
Royal Dutch Shell is shuffling its portfolio of natural gas holdings to increase attention on the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in northern Pennsylvania. The energy giant announced on Thursday that it is selling drilling rights to mature gas producing …

Drilling pays for paving in Washington Township

By Emily Balser
Thanks to Marcellus shale drilling impact fee money, Washington Township is able to catch up on bills and projects this summer. The township’s paving projects were completed with $85,000 of the $310,000 impact fee money. “The projects are finished,” said …

Pennsylvania drillers avoid using diesel, kerosene in wells, national report says

By David Conti
A national environmental report aimed at exposing gas companies for illegally using diesel fuel in their fracking fluids appears to clear Pennsylvania drillers of breaking the law intended to protect water supplies from toxic chemicals. Industry disclosure reports for 25 …

Middlesex amends zoning for Marcellus shale drilling

By Bill Vidonic
Middlesex supervisors Wednesday night amended the township’s zoning ordinances to allow Marcellus shale drilling in some residential and agricultural areas of the township. The zoning changes, approved by supervisors Michael Spreng, Donald P. Marshall and James Evans, allow drilling in …

OSHA decides no fine in fatal well fire in Greene County

By Michael Hasch
Chevron will not be fined by federal authorities for a fatal fire at a well in Greene County. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided that no citations will be issued and concluded that the cause …

Pipeline planned in Ohio, W.Va. to connect Marcellus to Gulf Coast

By David Conti
Columbia Pipeline Group said on Tuesday it will spend $1.75 billion to build a pipeline and improve an existing line to move more natural gas from the growing Marcellus and Utica shale fields to Midwest and Gulf Coast markets. The …

Rice Energy to spin off Pa. gas pipeline operations

By David Conti
Rice Energy Inc. plans to spin off its pipeline gathering and water systems in the Pennsylvania natural gas fields as a publicly traded company. The announcement Monday by the Cecil-based company follows a trend among energy companies tapping the Marcellus …

State points to human error, bad communication in fatal Chevron well fire

By David Conti
An inexperienced “greenhat” gas worker loosening a bolt without proper supervision likely caused the leak that days later led to a fatal fire on a …

DEP probes leaks at three Range Resources impoundments; company doesn’t suspect a larger problem

By David Conti
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating containment problems at three of the nine impoundments Range Resources Corp. uses to hold water for its gas drilling operations in Washington County. Range has found holes or evidence of leaks in …

Water management company Comtech’s focus saves time, money for clients in oil, gas industry

By David Conti
In his part of the expanding supply chain serving the oil and gas industry, Dean Grose considers time his “most valuable commodity.” “I protect it …

Sunoco Logistics’ 300-mile pipeline dealt setback

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — Sunoco Logistics has gotten a setback to its plans to pump propane and ethane in its 300-mile Mariner East pipeline across southern Pennsylvania. Two administrative law judges on Wednesday released a 25-page decision recommending that state utility regulators …

Network planned to distribute Marcellus shale power to East Coast

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — PPL Corp. said on Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily …

State to seek comments on drilling below Loyalsock State Forest

By David Conti
STATE COLLEGE — If Pennsylvania starts signing new leases with drillers seeking state-owned natural gas beneath parks and forests, companies will need to cough up $3,000 an acre upfront and likely won’t have access to park roads. Those are among …

Consol Energy posts $25 million loss despite gas gains

By David Conti
Leaders at Consol Energy Inc. expressed optimism Tuesday in the company’s natural gas production and coal sales despite a widened loss in the latest quarter. …

Hiring in shale industry shifts to engineering, construction workers

By David Conti
Gas companies operating in and around the Marcellus shale say they are increasingly hiring skilled workers for engineering and construction jobs as the industry matures …

Observers mixed on grid backup amid carbon rules, natural gas uncertainty

By David Conti
If the electrical grid that powers the United States encounters a supply problem, the easiest solution takes five years. That’s the minimum time it takes …

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