News

11.25.12

Marcellus Shale producers making the switch to cleaner rigs

Some Marcellus Shale producers are beginning to practice what they preach: switching to gas-powered drilling rigs that are cleaner, quieter, and cost less than diesels.

 

11.25.12

Natural gas producers turn to 'green completion'

Natural gas producers are turning to new techniques to capture the gas emitted during the well-completion process. In the past, a well's initial production was typically vented or burned off to allow impurities to clear before the well was tied into a pipeline.

 

11.21.12

The Simple Facts on Stray Gas Migration

What is stray natural gas, what causes it, and what protections, standards and regulations are in place to ensure natural gasdoes not get into drinking water as a result of development?

 

11.21.12

Natural Gas Research 'Space Race' Is On

It has taken a couple of years for the energy industry to acknowledge a new reality: Natural gas availability is soaring in contravention of forecasting models that have been in use for decades, and the fuel is set to transform everything from power generation and transport to chemicals and even the trade deficit.

 

11.20.12

Pittsburgh-area residents see drilling as part boon, part bane

Those living in the Pittsburgh and surrounding counties support Marcellus drilling, but they still worry about environmental and health risks, new data says.

 

11.20.12

Industry Vet Sets Sights on Marcellus 2.0

In the latter part of the previous decade, attractive natural gas wellhead prices and technological advances in exploiting shale formations prompted an exodus to Appalachia. Some of the companies flocking to the Marcellus shale formation and its enormous store of natural gas willingly paid landowners several thousand dollars per acre merely to stake their claim and, when the time was right, flip their leaseholdings for a handsome profit to another speculator or to an operating company.

 

11.19.12

Trading gas for gasoline

Leaders in the oil and gas industry, along with state and local government officials and other stakeholders, gathered at Waynesburg University Friday for a presentation on the future of transportation fuels. Entitled "Fill it up, what's in your tank?," the multiphased event, sponsored by Tri-County Oil and Gas Expo, enlightened participants in the slowly growing trend of using compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel source.

 

11.16.12

Susquehanna Health joins Geisinger in Marcellus shale research effort

Susquehanna Health, a health care system serving northcentral Pennsylvania, has joined with Geisinger Health System and Guthrie Health to study the health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling, the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of natural gas production.

 

11.16.12

Marcellus pushes boom in regional short line rail traffic

At Allegheny Valley Railroad's Glenwood Yard in Hazelwood, train tracks laid in the heyday of steel and steam trains are being straightened, strengthened and spaced out for the age of Marcellus shale.

 

11.14.12

Former shale gas foe makes a deal to allow drilling on her historic farm

Two years ago, Denise Dennis delivered a dramatic denunciation of Marcellus Shale natural gas development at a Philadelphia City Council hearing. She equated drilling to the tobacco industry, and said that "Pennsylvanians are the lab rats" for a massive shale gas experiment.