News

10.25.12

Shale-drilling seismic tests ongoing in New Beaver

The Marcellus shale boom is heading into full swing throughout Lawrence County, with a tangible presence not just on remote farms in the area, but along some of the county's most well-traveled roads. Over the last few weeks, private contractors have been performing seismic testing along Route 18 in New Beaver near Wampum. Jim Struzzi, a spokesman for PennDOT District 11, said companies are required to get permits to perform seismic tests along state roads.

 

10.25.12

Explain ground rules for natgas export decision -Sen. Wyden

The U.S. Energy Department needs to explain how it will determine whether to allow more exports of the nation's bountiful supplies of natural gas, Senator Ron Wyden, a top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, said on Tuesday.

 

10.24.12

Gas glut may be good for cracker plant

The reasons for Shell to move into Beaver County keep piling up. The Marcellus boom has brought with it a gas glut, bringing natural gas prices to near-record lows. The price of natural gas, experts say, has fallen more than 60 percent since summer of 2008. While this isn't good for drilling companies and their investors, it's great for those companies that rely on natural gas to produce their products.

 

10.22.12

Marcellus Shale reserves larger than expected

There's been plenty of debate over the Marcellus Shale natural gas field, but new research adds a twist that could impact political and environmental battles. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn't just the biggest natural gas field in the country - it's the cheapest place for energy companies to drill.

 

10.18.12

Bill encourages use of mine water in gas well drilling

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would encourage the use of mine water for Marcellus shale natural gas well development. "The commonwealth must begin to take an innovative approach to the treatment and use of acid mine water," bill sponsor Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, D-Dunbar, said on the Senate floor Tuesday tonight. "Senate Bill 1346 affords this incentive for private investment, by providing essential liability protections for the development of treatment systems for acid mine water utilized for oil and gas well development."

 

10.18.12

Greene County among top Act 13 money recipients

Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties are among the top 10 money winners in Act 13 Marcellus shale natural gas impact fee distributions, and Cumberland Township in Greene County is due to receive more than any other municipality in the state.

 

10.18.12

Driller agrees to $84K federal fine for pollution in Washington County

The EPA cited a subsidiary of Atlas Energy LP for several storage problems in 2008 and 2009 for failing to notify emergency responders about hazardous chemical storage, improperly storing some of its gas by-products and having storage tanks that leaked vapor.

 

10.18.12

Treating Water From Hydraulic Fracturing

Treating the waste water from hydraulic fracturing operations is a highly technical and precise operation.

 

10.17.12

Natural gas fueling station coming to Erie County

A future that includes new manufacturing jobs and cars that run on low-cost natural gas could arrive sooner than many had expected. There was evidence Tuesday that the leading edge of those developments could be just months away.

 

10.17.12

North Fayette school to offer gas drilling program

Spurred by the Marcellus Shale industry, Pittsburgh Technical Institute in North Fayette plans to begin offering a program focused on natural gas and drilling technology. The township planning commission heard plans tonight (10/16) for a 15,000-square-foot energy tech building on the eastern side of the McKee Road campus.