Pennsylvania natural gas production rose 69% in 2012 despite reduced drilling activity

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data released in February 2013.



Marcellus gas drilling fees generate $5M to ease housing shortages

The state is looking to spend $5 million in fees generated from Marcellus shale drillers to ease housing shortages in areas that have been flooded by a migrating stream of industry workers.



Pa. pushes drillers to frack with coal mine water

Each day, 300 million gallons of polluted mine water enters Pennsylvania streams and rivers, turning many of them into dead zones unable to support aquatic life. At the same time, drilling companies use up to 5 million gallons of fresh water for every natural-gas well they frack.



DEP cites two natural gas companies over malfunctions

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued violations to two natural gas companies with facilities in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.



Natural gas well malfunction causes spill

Three Wyoming County families near a malfunctioning natural gas well were evacuated Wednesday night and Thursday as thousands of gallons of fluid waste escaped from the well before crews could shut it down.



Cabot moving into Wyoming County

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has given out $175 million in royalties to Marcellus gas leaseholders in Susquehanna County over the past three years and people in Wyoming County could be next, company spokesman George Stark said.



Western Pennsylvania workers make inroads in landing shale gas jobs

Western Pennsylvania building contractors and tradespeople say they're gradually making inroads into the shale gas business - meaning fewer Texas and Oklahoma contractors' license plates are spotted on area roads these days.



Program to hike access to gas OK'd in South Side

A pilot program sponsored by UGI Penn Natural Gas and the borough of South Williamsport could help some property owners connect to gas lines at a reduced rate.



Commissioners poised to earmark remaining Act 13 funding

The Fayette County Commission is poised to allocate nearly $380,000 of its Act 13 money to various capital projects when it meets next week in regular session. In a 2-1 vote, officials agreed Tuesday to deposit the funding into a restrictive capital reserve account for specific projects.



Lawmakers want PEMA to explain lack of notification about drilling waste in river

Two state senators want the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to explain why authorities didn't notify local officials in Beaver and Lawrence counties about the illegal dumping of wastewater in Ohio.