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.



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."



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.



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.



Treating Water From Hydraulic Fracturing

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



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.



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.



Corbett says parks drilling not under consideration

Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday that natural gas drilling on state park land is not on his agenda. "We are not drilling in the state parks," said Corbett. The governor said his administration has not lifted a 2010 moratorium on new drilling in state forest lands or even talked about doing so.



Anti-fracking advocates hold protest

People opposed to fracking for natural gas protested Monday against the infrastructure used to bring the gas to market. About two dozen people from as far away as Ithaca, N.Y., and Bloomsburg gathered in front of PVR Partners' natural gas dehydration station on Route 309 across from the former Beaumont Inn. Rebecca Roter of Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County, organized the rally as part of national "Occupy the Pipeline" day.



Roughneck Fest puts face on Marcellus workers

The Roughneck Fest was established to show another side of the industry. Per Scott Bradley, "So far, the face of the industry has been the big corporations destroying the Earth....We wanted to show another face -- the working man."