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Meetings on proposed Shell ‘cracker’ plant in Beaver County lure 1,000

By Tom Fontaine 7:41 a.m.
More than 1,000 people flocked to two informational meetings on Wednesday to hear about Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed petrochemical plant in Beaver County, but they didn’t get an answer to their biggest question. “I’m like everyone else; I want to …

State reaps $582M windfall on gas drilling in state forests

By Adam Smeltz
Private natural gas and oil wells in state forests pumped $582 million into Pennsylvania budgets in five years, more than tripling the combined revenue of the prior 60 years, state forestry officials said on Wednesday. Royalty and lease payments for …

Would-be drillers quizzed by Allegheny County Council committee

By Aaron Aupperlee
What will likely be a lengthy discussion between Allegheny County Council members and the energy companies asking to drill under Deer Lakes Park started on Wednesday. Barry Osborne, a vice president with Range Resources, and Ed Valentas, a land manager …

Supporters surface at hearing on Deer Lakes Park drilling

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council members have heard comments from residents opposed to drilling for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park since August. But at a public hearing on Tuesday, they heard for the first time from dozens of residents and businesspeople …

Methane emission levels by shale natural gas drillers disputed by EPA, researchers

By David Conti
Increased regulations and improvements in the natural gas industry continue to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the federal government said Tuesday, although a study shows regulators might be missing some measurements. The Environmental Protection Agency issued its annual …

West Newton Council approves seismic testing for natural gas — without trucks

By Joe Napsha
An oil and gas services company received permission on Monday to install recorders in West Newton to collect seismic data from underground explosions to determine whether the land underneath the 1.1-square-mile borough contains pockets of natural gas. West Newton Council …

Attorney not permitted to speak about Deer Lakes Park drilling

By Aaron Aupperlee
The chair of the Allegheny County Council Parks Committee denied a request to have an attorney who successfully challenged Act 13 before the state Supreme Court speak to council members about Pennsylvania’s gas-drilling law. Councilwoman Sue Means, R-Bethel Park, asked …

Ohio geologists link quakes to fracking

By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s …

State: Greene well operator blocked regulators from explosion site

By David Conti
The owner of a Greene County gas well blocked state regulators from the site when a wellhead exploded and killed a worker, the Department of …

Federal judge allows seismic testing in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling
A Westmoreland County township can’t interfere with a Texas company when it uses public roads to conduct seismic testing this month, a federal judge ruled Thursday. ION Geophysical of Houston sued Hempfield after the township’s board of supervisors voted to …

Shale gas drilling approaches Deer Lakes Park entrance

By Aaron Aupperlee
Drilling for natural gas near Allegheny County’s Deer Lakes Park isn’t just a possibility. It’s happening. Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley, the two Western Pennsylvania-based energy companies trying to lease the county’s mineral rights at the park, have drilled …

Community officials worry enacting Pa. shale gas tax will diminish impact fee revenue

By David Conti
A push in Harrisburg to enact a tax on companies pulling natural gas and oil from Pennsylvania shale has some community leaders worried about losing the pipeline of impact fee money flowing to townships and counties. Act 13, the 2012 …

Residents near Pittsburgh airport push for drilling sites to be farther away

By Tom Fontaine
Findlay residents who live near a proposed drilling site at Pittsburgh International Airport made another push on Wednesday to get Consol Energy Inc. to drill farther away from their homes. Bob Sterner, 52, gave Findlay supervisors a petition signed by …

Allegheny County sets meetings on gas drilling in Deer Lakes Park

By Aaron Aupperlee
The Allegheny County Council Parks Committee will hold three meetings this month to address issues surrounding a proposal to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park. The meetings will start at 5 p.m. and could be held in the …

Allegheny County Council panel gets proposal for Deer Lakes Park drilling

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council President John DeFazio sent a proposal to allow drilling for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park to the Parks Committee, where members will begin formal discussions. Nearly 60 people signed up to speak against the proposal at …

Judge hears dispute over roadway use for seismic testing in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling
If a Westmoreland County township wants to regulate an activity, it has to pass an ordinance, a lawyer for a Texas seismic testing company argued on Monday in federal court in Pittsburgh. “This case is about Hempfield overreaching,” said Kevin …

Seismic mapping battle today between Hempfield, Houston company

By Brian Bowling
Seismic testing is causing legal rumbles in some municipalities, with private companies claiming they have a right to use local public roads for the tests, and the municipalities saying they don’t. The latest tremor is scheduled to happen in federal …

County to hear public on Deer Lakes Park drilling proposal

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Council members will hear public comment on a proposal to drill under Deer Lakes Park, but will not vote on the matter during their meeting on Tuesday. When the proposal is introduced, it will be sent directly to …

Shell, prospective neighbors of petrochemical plant in Potter, Beaver County, to meet

By Bill Vidonic
Royal Dutch Shell plc officials will host two public meetings April 16 to update the public about the multi-billion-dollar petrochemical plant it may build in Potter, Beaver County. The company and local leaders cautioned that the meetings don’t mean the …

Reaction to plan to drill under park a mixed bag for Fitzgerald

By Aaron Aupperlee
Questions posed to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald concerning a proposal to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park drew cheers, applause, jeers and boos during a public meeting on Wednesday night from a crowd split on the issue. …

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