Despite zoning issue, Act 13 off to a strong start

When Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law on Feb. 14, it marked the culmination of three years of work by the Legislature in crafting a comprehensive Marcellus Shale legislative package. The final legislation contained strong environmental safeguards, a mechanism for fair and predictable municipal regulation of the industry, and a robust, yet competitive, impact fee.



Benefits and opportunities in oil and gas

U.S. oil and natural gas production is higher today than it has been for many years, providing a big boost to the economy at a time of sluggish job and income growth.



Drilling's benefits evident

The downward price of natural gas shows the benefit of unlocking our domestic natural gas resources. If we removed some of the restrictions that are hampering exploration of our biggest potential oil reserves, don't you think supply could also drive down gasoline prices?



Another use for natural gas

Richard Kolodziej, President of NGVAmerica, comments on the current - and future - prospects of natural gas vehicles (NGV's).



The effects of PA's proposed drilling impact fee

How much, where and how will it be used - questions regarding the new drilling impact fee passed by PA's House of Representatives.



New energy duties: It makes sense for the PUC to deal with drilling

There's a lot wrong with the new state law regulating the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry, but lawmakers got one thing right: putting oversight in the hands of Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission.



Guest Viewpoint: Drilling could jump-start N.Y. economy

Regardless of your position in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, something we can all agree on: New York state needs an economic jump-start. Local businesses that have supported communities for years are now struggling to survive. However, let's look at what has happened in one company in neighboring Pennsylvania with shale development.



Exporting Natural Gas Benefits America

Natural gas prices in the United States have been low in the past few years, and increased estimates in natural gas reserves from shale formations in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana are opening opportunities to increase exports to other nations. In some countries, natural gas prices are three times as high as they are in the United States.



Housing Marcellus Shale Growth

Rapid growth in Marcellus Shale has been a mixed blessing. It has brought jobs for thousands of new workers, but also a shortage of housing as people move to Marcellus development areas. The Keystone Energy Forum and the Modular Building Systems Association recognize this issue, recently hosting a housing forum to identify and discuss the housing issues in areas affected by Marcellus Shale drilling.



Commentary: Drilling is a fact. Now, raise the right issues

There will be drilling. There will be natural gas. The real question is how to raise the right issues and hold the regulators and captains of industry to the highest standards.