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11.29.12

Optima Sees Fracking Increasing Specialty Steel Demand

Demand for specialty-steel products used in hydraulic fracking is poised to continue rising next year as energy companies step up exploration and production in shale-rock formations, Optima Specialty Steel Inc. said. Optima's sales of steel tubing to natural gas producers have climbed 15 percent in 2012, and a similar increase is forecast for 2013, said Kevin Stevick, chief executive officer of the closely held company. Growth at the Miami-based company is coming from fracking in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, he said.

 

11.29.12

Philly college faculty oppose shale group funds

Several faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia say their school shouldn't be accepting funds for a new Energy Training Center from a natural gas industry trade group. The training center, which will launch in January, will receive $15,000 for student scholarships from the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

 

11.28.12

More of nation's gas coming from Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale region now accounts for 26 percent of the country's shale gas production, according to the latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

11.27.12

Natural Gas: Energy You Can Hold Infographic

Natural gas isn't just for kitchen stoves and and large power plants. Natural gas liquids are widely used in manufacturing thousands of everyday products, as well as fertilizers and other applications that people may not be as familiar with.

 

11.27.12

Agency to make Marcellus housing aid decisions

An initial outlay of revenue from gas drilling impact fees to address affordable housing needs in the Marcellus Shale region will be made next month by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The agency's governing board is scheduled to meet Dec. 13 to vote on proposals made by county and municipal officials to tap part of the $2.5 million collected for 2011 gas production, said spokesman Scott Elliott.

 

11.26.12

Natural gas drillers target US truck, bus market

If the trash truck or bus rolling down your street seems a little quieter these days, you're not imagining things. It's probably running on natural gas. Surging gas production has led the drilling industry to seek out new markets for its product, and energy companies, increasingly, are setting their sights on the transportation sector.

 

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.