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01.07.13

Research on Production and Disposal of Waste Materials from Gas and Oil Extraction in Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

Advances in technology have opened the doors wide for natural gas exploration and extraction throughout the world. Little research has been done regarding the quantity, transport, and disposal methods of wastes produced during the extraction process. Research conducted by Kelly O. Maloney, US Geological Survey-Leetown Science Center and David A. Yoxtheimer, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, examined the quantity of water produced by gas extraction activities from Pennsylvania Marcellus for the 2011 year.

 

01.07.13

Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' fuels a real-world battle over 'fracking'

The new Matt Damon film 'Promised Land' is giving voice to critics of natural gas production, but the film faces opposition too as "fracking" goes Hollywood. The movie arrives in the middle of political and regulatory battles over fracking, the controversial oil-and-gas development method that's enabling a U.S. production boom. The Beltway has taken notice as green groups highlight the movie and conservatives attack it.

 

01.07.13

Industry influence in universities' shale gas research eyed

Industry and foundation-sponsored research, long a multimillion-dollar enterprise at U.S. universities, is under added scrutiny because of questions about shale gas studies that some universities discontinued or retracted. Energy industry groups criticize research that environmental foundations pay for, saying they're dedicated to halting industry expansion. But Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors, said a lack of disclosure in industry-sponsored shale gas research is more troubling, and the organization will include ways to avoid conflict in its revised guidelines this fall.

 

01.04.13

Cumberland County mulls use of $400K in Marcellus Shale funding

While Cumberland County is starting 2013 with a property tax hike and tight finances, commissioners are wrestling with how to spend about $400,000 that is coming in from the state. The county is entitled to a portion of the state-collected impact fees from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling to use for green projects like trails and beautification.

 

01.02.13

Shale-Gas Revolution Spurs Wave of New U.S. Steel Plants: Energy

The U.S. shale-gas revolution, which has revitalized chemicals companies and prompted talk of domestic energy self-sufficiency, is attracting a wave of investment that may revive profits in the steel industry.

 

01.01.13

A New Era

Those who depend on bus transit to get around Williamsport and Lycoming County can now ride on a bus that is powered by compressed natural gas.

 

12.31.12

Business Workshop: Landowners can terminate oil leases

Unknown to many Pennsylvania landowners who have signed contracts to allow drilling for oil and gas on their land is the fact that in some cases they can terminate the contract the exact moment that the well stops producing any oil or gas.

 

12.31.12

Website mines Marcellus Shale data

Marcellus Shale exploration produces gas, money, controversy and happy statisticians. The thicket of data tracking Pennsylvania's drilling surge is compiled and stored by different federal and state agencies in various places online and on paper. A Susquehanna County-based website aims to merge it and present it in a meaningful way.

 

12.31.12

Attorney general appeals sentence for wastewater dumping

The state attorney general's office filed an appeal with the state Superior Court this week, claiming Greene County Judge Farley Toothman's probationary sentence given to Robert Allan Shipman was unreasonable and "did not fit the crime."

 

12.25.12

Rural townships find money from impact fee most helpful

For many of the more remote and rural Lycoming County communities, the money they stand to receive in natural gas impact fees may feel like a child's Christmas stocking bursting with goodies.