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12.13.12

Municipalities decide how to use impact fee money

Municipalities in Bradford and Sullivan counties are facing tough decisions on how to best use a new revenue source. Across the state, municipalities have received increased revenue in the form of "impact fees" levied on gas companies. These fees were enacted into state law through Act 13, and have been a major source of money for local governments this year.

 

12.11.12

Parkland's new natural gas pipeline for high school to save district $400K

Parkland High School is the district's largest building. On a regular school day, more than 3,500 staff and students pass through the South Whitehall Township structure. The school burns about 180,000 gallons of fuel oil annually, but next year will be different. District and community officials this afternoon celebrated the completion of a new natural gas pipeline to the 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. school.

 

12.10.12

Nearly $8 million available to tackle Marcellus housing needs

A state housing agency will meet Thursday to distribute nearly $8 million for projects to build and rehabilitate rental units and single-family homes and also help individuals pay rent in 20 counties throughout the Marcellus Shale drilling region.

 

12.10.12

Geisinger considers natural gas stations

A Geisinger Health System administrator says the company is studying the potential for a business partnership to create a natural gas fueling station. Al Neuner, vice president of facilities operations, said in an e-mail through a spokesperson that the review is part of a continuing evaluation of a state grant program providing incentives for using natural gas to fuel fleet vehicles like large trucks and, in Geisinger's case, shuttle buses.

 

12.05.12

Lebanon County receives share of Marcellus Shale drilling funds

Lebanon County will receive a $113,000 slice of the Marcellus Shale impact fee pie. Although it is a substantial amount, it is just a fraction of the $204 million collected this year by the Public Utility Commission from natural gas companies, which are charged $50,000 for each horizontal well and $10,000 for each vertical well they drill.

 

12.04.12

Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.

 

12.04.12

State's First Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant is Approved

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved the air quality plan Moxie Liberty LLC of Vienna, Va., will follow to build the first power plant in Pennsylvania to run on natural gas, including gas from the Marcellus Shale.

 

12.03.12

County basking in money from drilling impact fees

State spreads wealth: parks first to benefit.

 

12.03.12

Driven by Oil Shale Economics, Natural Gas Prices Primed for Slow and Steady Rise

Much has been written about the Marcellus shales, the largest shale gas field in the US. The rapid drilling program has been responsible for a supply glut, which drove spot prices down this year as low as $2.00 per mmBtu. Since then, prices have recovered somewhat...

 

11.30.12

UGI Utilities Inc. says natural gas bills will drop nearly 4 percent for most Lehigh Valley customers

Heating bills for most Lehigh Valley natural gas customers served by UGI Utilities Inc. will drop nearly 4 percent this winter, a trend reflecting declining wholesale prices. UGI said today that an average residential customer's bill will drop more than $3 a month effective Saturday, from $89.55 to $86.17, or 3.8 percent.