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Penn State to host Marcellus Shale classes in Lancaster

Dozens of Lancaster and Lebanon county residents will soon have a chance to ask Penn State researchers about natural gas development in their communities.  

Indiana County allocates impact fee money

The Indiana County commissioners Wednesday approved a distribution of the county's share of Act 13 Impact Fee dollars, commonly referred to as the "unconventional gas well fund."  

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to sign order barring drilling of new oil, gas wells in state forests, parks

Oil and gas companies once again will be barred from drilling new wells under state forests and parks in Pennsylvania.  

How to bargain with a gas drilling company: Join up with your neighbors

Unlike in the western states, where gas companies deal with a few individuals who own thousands of acres or with the federal government, which owns millions, northern Pennsylvania is broken down into acreages of dozens or hundreds.  

Energy industry says it's on top of methane leaks, but environmentalists want oversight

Harnessed and burned, methane can power a city - but when it leaks from a well into the air, methane pollutes badly.  

Natural gas filling stations will become reality

There aren't many compressed natural gas-powered cars or refueling stations in the United States today, but that could change soon.  

Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand

Specialized, experienced engineers are becoming a tough get in Western Pennsylvania as the gas drilling industry outpaces the growth of an experienced talent pool.  

Shale sector won't gut area workforce

Shale gas companies have started dialing back on spending to help offset a sudden drop in prices, but analysts don't expect wide-scale layoffs and shutdowns in Appalachia like those prompted in other areas by the oil crash.