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.



Blair County's Natural Gas Business Development Seminar

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 7:30 am - 12:30 pm Blair County Convention Center Registration Fee: $85 per person This event is a joint promotion of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. and the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.



The Marcellus Shale in 2012 Gas companies focus on local communities

The holidays are upon us. Houses are lit with bright lights and living rooms are adorned with trees. The ringing of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign bell can be heard at stores across northeastern Pennsylvania, reminding everyone that it really is better to give than to receive. It is the most giving time of year, but for the gas companies, that time has been all year. While the activity below-ground may have slowed down, the efforts of the gas companies above the ground have not slowed down at all as they have focused largely on giving back to their local communities this past year.



Natural gas vehicles are coming to Pennsylvania

Today the term Marcellus Shale is a household name. It's transformed Pennsylvania's economy and has elevated the state's energy profile. Recent production figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection illustrate the prolific nature of this play. Production topped 895 billion cubic feet of natural gas for the first six months of 2012, pushing the total production over 2.5 trillion cubic feet since 2008. How big is this? Pennsylvania has gone from importing 75 percent of its natural gas just five years ago to being a net exporter today.



Drilling for natural gas in the wilds of Lycoming County

To reach the Seneca Resoures drilling sites north of Trout Run is to negotiate a series of winding, narrow unpaved roads through rugged mountainous and forested terrain. While bumping along inside a vehicle driven by Seneca Manager Rob Boulware, one passes occasional signs of civilization - the rustic cabin, a deer hunter or two attired in blazing oranges and the occasional security checkpoints where a man or woman waves to us from inside a shed.



Drilling industry gets into holiday spirit

The oil and gas industry is ramping up all around us, thanks to the prolific and profitable new drilling destinations that bear a pretty little name like Marcellus or the industrial sounding label of Utica. The renewed interest in Pennsylvania's oil and gas patch brings with it a return to the lingo of the trade.