Revolving Door: Report shows link between governor's office and gas industry

A recent report released by the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI), says several government officers and environmental regulators in the state have left their public jobs for careers in the oil and gas industry or vice versa -- left their industry jobs for government posts. The report, released in February, details the ties between the industry and Pennsylvania's governors, state officials and environmental regulatory bodies.



Shale Gas Production Exceeds 2 Trillion Cubic Feet During 2012

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released the unconventional production data for the second half of 2012 and once again Pennsylvania witnessed a record level of natural gas production. Production from 3,551 unconventional wells totaled 1.15 trillion cubic feet (TCF) from July through December 2012. There were 176 wells that produced over 1 BCF in the 6 month period with the Heitzenroder well the top producer at 4.5 BCF. Adding production from the first half of 2012 equaling 895 BCF, it helped push natural gas production from unconventional sources to 2.04 TCF.



Breakthrough Institute Finds Gas Primarily Caused USA's Sharp Carbon Drop

Defeat is an orphan, but victory has many parents. Uncle Sam's remarkable success in cutting carbon emissions since they peaked in 2007 is an environmental victory, but it has triggered a debate about the contribution of the gas boom to the fact of the big US carbon drop.



For Hollywood, fracking hasn't reached the promised land

A revolutionary new horizontal drilling method taps into lucrative underground energy resources, fueling the most famous quote and satirized scene of one of this century's most critically hailed movies. C'mon, you remember Daniel Day-Lewis bellowing, "I ... drink ... your ... milkshake!" in 2007's Oscar-nominated "There Will be Blood." Too bad he was talking about 1920s oil and not 2013 natural gas.



The Business Boom?

When it comes to the Marcellus shale play and the local economy, experts have two things to say: Extracting the natural gas from the massive shale is just the beginning, and this development is going to be around for decades to come. Nearly 500 companies in the 10-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania are involved in the natural gas industry, according to research compiled by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.



Shale lease helps preserve historic Black farm

When she was young and would vacation at her family farm in late summers before heading back to school, Denise Dennis didn't think it was a big deal. She was just "going up country" to visit her grandparents. But, as she later learned, it was, and is, a big deal. Initially purchased by Prince Perkins in 1793, and is the oldest surviving farm founded by free Blacks in the state. It's located approximately 20 miles north of Scranton, Pa. On Feb. 26 Dennis was the guest of honor at the African American History Museum event sponsored by members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.



Transco pipeline to expand to meet demand

Abundant natural gas in Pennsylvania's northern tier counties means growth for the pipelines that take it to market. Energy infrastructure company Williams is planning an expansion of its Transco pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to add capacity for enough natural gas to serve about 2 million homes. The interstate transmission pipeline, constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, supplies natural gas to major Eastern Seaboard markets including New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.



State officials to tap state forest drilling royalties for revenue

State conservation officials plan to tap more revenue from oil and gas drilling royalties and timber sales to start to tackle a backlog of $1 billion in infrastructure repairs in the state-owned parks and forests. Calling his agency's budget proposal for fiscal 2013-14 "fundamentally lean," Richard Allan, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday about plans to draw additional money from the separate Oil and Gas Fund to undertake larger-scale repair projects as well as pay for increased personnel costs.



Shale Plays a Positive for Railways in the Appalachian Basin

Despite the lower natural gas prices, railroads operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale areas continue to enjoy a productive year. Rail yards are busy transporting shale development supplies such as frac sand, pipe, chemicals and other commodities. In some areas, water is also being transported by rail. In southwestern Pennsylvania and in West Virginia, rail yards have seen an increase of business from 2011.



Shale fees to benefit SW Pennsylvania conservation districts

Five southwestern Pennsylvania counties will receive $272,000 in state grants funded by Marcellus shale drilling fees to promote local conservation efforts.