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."



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.



Local developer adding Studio 6 extended stay hotel in Houston

Tejas Gosai plans to soon break ground for a Studio 6 motel off the Houston/Route 519 exit of Interstate 79. It will be the fourth hotel he owns, all in Washington County and all catering largely to Marcellus Shale drillers.



Bradford County gets funding for housing projects

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency recently approved the distribution of $1.27 million for Bradford County to use towards low-income and senior citizen housing projects.



Drillers Shift to Use of Natural Gas

Energy Companies Convert Rigs, Other Gear to Run on Cheaper Alternative to Petroleum-Based Fuels



Report: African Americans, Latinos can benefit from growth in US oil and natural gas development

API released a new report by IHS Global Insight showing the oil and natural gas industry is in a strong position to expand its workforce with minority employees.



EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Today the EPA issued an update on its studies, ducking the inevitable round of controversy by releasing its report in the final hours before a long holiday weekend...



Going down! Pennsylvania county cuts property tax rate by 5.9 percent

The Bradford County (Pennsylvania) commissioners on Thursday passed a $61.2 million county budget for 2013 which includes a 5.9 percent decrease in the county property tax rate. The millions of dollars in annual revenue that the county has started to receive from the impact fee on gas drilling companies is allowing the county to reduce its property tax rate, county officials said.



Some homes in shale areas to get help

Westmoreland County will spend $125,000 next year to rehabilitate private homes in communities with Marcellus shale gas wells. Westmoreland was one of 19 counties to receive grant funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency from a pool of cash accrued from impact fees assessed on the gas wells throughout the state.



PA ranks just after Texas in shale jobs

Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the number of workers employed by the unconventional oil and gas industry, according to a new report by IHS Global Insight. The Keystone state had nearly 103,000 people employed in jobs linked to oil and gas extraction, much of which has grown thanks to the development of the state's Marcellus Shale formation. That number counts workers who are incurring state income tax, which means it can include non-permanent residents who moved here for the job.