Local developer adding Studio 6 extended stay hotel in Houston

Tejas Gosai plans to soon break ground for a Studio 6 motel off the Houston/Route 519 exit of Interstate 79. It will be the fourth hotel he owns, all in Washington County and all catering largely to Marcellus Shale drillers.



Bradford County gets funding for housing projects

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency recently approved the distribution of $1.27 million for Bradford County to use towards low-income and senior citizen housing projects.



Drillers Shift to Use of Natural Gas

Energy Companies Convert Rigs, Other Gear to Run on Cheaper Alternative to Petroleum-Based Fuels



Report: African Americans, Latinos can benefit from growth in US oil and natural gas development

API released a new report by IHS Global Insight showing the oil and natural gas industry is in a strong position to expand its workforce with minority employees.



EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Today the EPA issued an update on its studies, ducking the inevitable round of controversy by releasing its report in the final hours before a long holiday weekend...



Going down! Pennsylvania county cuts property tax rate by 5.9 percent

The Bradford County (Pennsylvania) commissioners on Thursday passed a $61.2 million county budget for 2013 which includes a 5.9 percent decrease in the county property tax rate. The millions of dollars in annual revenue that the county has started to receive from the impact fee on gas drilling companies is allowing the county to reduce its property tax rate, county officials said.



Some homes in shale areas to get help

Westmoreland County will spend $125,000 next year to rehabilitate private homes in communities with Marcellus shale gas wells. Westmoreland was one of 19 counties to receive grant funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency from a pool of cash accrued from impact fees assessed on the gas wells throughout the state.



PA ranks just after Texas in shale jobs

Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the number of workers employed by the unconventional oil and gas industry, according to a new report by IHS Global Insight. The Keystone state had nearly 103,000 people employed in jobs linked to oil and gas extraction, much of which has grown thanks to the development of the state's Marcellus Shale formation. That number counts workers who are incurring state income tax, which means it can include non-permanent residents who moved here for the job.



State approves $1.1 million for local housing needs

Lycoming County has been approved for $1.1 million in funding for housing and residential improvement projects. It's all part of an overall $8 million funding source through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE).



Natural Gas Abundance Drives GM to Offer CNG Pickup Trucks in 2013

n 2013, General Motors will be releasing two pickup trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The move comes in response to fleets all over the nation, and Ohio, converting to natural gas as a fuel source in part thanks to its low cost. The development of Ohio's Utica Shale and shale formations across the country are expanding our natural gas reserves exponentially, and it is a large part of why more and more companies and fleets are switching to the clean-burning, abundant fuel source.