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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. “Our momentum continues to build,” CEO Nick DeIuliis said while discussing second-quarter results that the …

State to seek comments on drilling below Loyalsock State Forest

By David Conti 5:24 p.m.
STATE COLLEGE — People concerned about the impact gas drilling could have on a sensitive area of Loyalsock State Forest will get a chance to comment on any agreement the state strikes with drillers. The state plans to release to …

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 …

Construction of $500M power plant in South Huntingdon stalled

By Rich Cholodofsky
The enormous cost of building gas-fired power plants, coupled with regulatory complexities, may mean only one in five proposed plants ever will be built, says the regional grid operator that moves wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states …

Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation

By Jason Cato
The state’s official watchdog on Tuesday drilled Pennsylvania’s protectors of natural resources for failing to crack down on wayward oil and gas companies and make the public aware of what it’s doing to keep the state’s water clean. Auditor General …

Amwell wastewater site to be shut down

By David Conti
Range Resources plans to close a Marcellus gas well wastewater impoundment at the center of a two-year legal battle over environmental complaints in Amwell in Washington County. The state Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing the drilling company’s plan and …

Greene Co. town sued over regulation on seismic testing

By Brian Bowling
A Greene County municipality delayed a seismic testing agreement so that it could pass an ordinance that effectively makes seismic testing impossible, a Texas company claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court. Geokinetics USA Inc. of Houston wants …

Gas pipeline issues challenge for producers, users

By David Conti
Ten years ago, developers were building terminals to import liquefied natural gas, experts predicted production increases of less than 1 percent annually, and insufficient pipelines into New England during the cold winter sent prices soaring. A decade into the “shale …

Court restores local zoning rules for shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania

By David Conti
An appeals court on Thursday curbed the state’s power over local zoning rules that target the growing gas-drilling industry but upheld parts of Pennsylvania’s revamped oil and gas laws involving notification of spills, eminent domain and medical records. Commonwealth Court …

No fast answer to drilling questions, Pa. health chief says

By The Associated Press
The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said on Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue. Health Secretary Michael …

Mars Area drilling foes seek school ‘safe zone’

By Akasha Chamberlain
Concerned parents packed the Mars Area School board meeting room on Tuesday to push for establishment of a “safe zone” around school district property that would bar Marcellus shale drilling. “The group and supporters are not tired. We are committed …

Consol raises shale forecast but predicts 2Q loss

By David Conti
More Marcellus gas wells and smarter drilling techniques are driving up production estimates at Consol Energy Inc. even as prices tumble. Gas production in April, May and June increased 34 percent over the same period last year, “and the Marcellus …

Manpower shortage impacting pollution investigations

By Bob Frye
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officers haven’t been issuing many citations for Marcellus shale pollution cases. It’s not been for a lack of effort. The problem has been a lack of manpower, said Corey Brichter, chief of the …

Fire contained at Consol gas well pump station in Greene County

By Michael Hasch
There were no injuries in a fire that erupted Monday afternoon at a gas well pump station in Greene County. The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. at Consol Energy’s Green Hill 11 pad gas production unit along Lightner Run …

Consol raises shale forecast but predicts 2Q loss

By David Conti
More Marcellus gas wells and smarter drilling techniques are driving up production estimates at Consol Energy Inc. even as prices tumble. Gas production in April, May and June increased 34 percent over the same period last year, “and the Marcellus …

Washington County school district appeals value of natural gas facility

By Aaron Aupperlee
The Chartiers-Houston School District in Washington County has appealed the tax assessment of a MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resource natural gas processing facility, according to court documents. The facility at 800 Western Ave. is assessed at $429,367 for 2014 and 2015, …

Survey of Washington, Greene elected officials shows positive views of gas industry

By David Conti
A survey of elected leaders in Washington and Greene counties found generally positive experiences with the gas exploration industry that has changed the face of their communities. “They’re starting to see a lot of vitality. There’s physical activity in the …

Rice Energy buys wells from Chesapeake Appalachia

By John D. Oravecz
Rice Energy Inc. said on Monday that it signed an agreement to acquire 22,000 leased acres and 12 developed Marcellus shale wells in western Greene County from Chesapeake Appalachia LLC and partners for about $336 million in cash and debt. …

New York towns stymie gas fracking with ordinances

By The Washington Post
Three years ago, the multibillion-dollar Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder Philip Anschutz one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit against Dryden, a small town in upstate New York. The issue: Dryden was sitting …

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