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Natural gas royalties lawsuit hinges on transaction date

A class-action lawsuit over natural gas royalties hinges on the question of when the company sold the gas, an industry expert said Friday.  

Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through a candy store window.  

Tax on shale-gas drillers would punish industry, Turzai says

A 5 percent severance tax on shale gas drilling that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to announce would be punitive and would hurt a burgeoning industry in the long run, House Speaker Mike Turzai warned Monday.  

Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced

As it enters its fourth year, FracFocus, the nationwide system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, continues to improve its performance and versatility.  

Few in Westmoreland County opposed to expansion plan for Mariner pipeline

The expansion of a natural gas liquids pipeline that attracted some opposition during the first phase found a friendlier reception Thursday among Westmoreland County residents preparing for another round of construction.  

Wolf tax proposal puts Beaver County Shell plant at risk, gas group head says

Royal Dutch Shell warned Gov. Tom Wolf that policies which hurt gas production could affect the company's decision on whether to build a multibillion-dollar plant in Beaver County to turn ethane into plastics, the head of a gas industry group said Wednesday.  

So much gas: Pa. Marcellus drilling slow til 2017, analyst says

Key Northeast markets are "oversupplied" with natural gas, so the number of gas drilling rigs in Pennsylvania's prime Marcellus Shale counties is expected to drop until at least 2017.  

Shale producers postpone oil well completions: Kemp

EOG Resources became the latest major shale producer to state that it would "delay a significant number of completions" when it announced fourth-quarter results.