Cracker plant proposed in West Virginia

Aither Chemicals LLC of South Charleston, W.Va. is taking the first steps toward determining market interest for the chemicals and plastics that would be produced by a cracker facility in the Kanawha Valley region of the state.



Methane near Canton under investigation

Operations at a natural gas well in Union Township near here have been suspended pending the results of an investigation of a methane migration.



Valerus puts emphasis on Marcellus shale gas safety

Over the past 18 months, Valerus and its CEO have introduced an emphasis on safety which reshapes floor operations at its maintenance facility in Smithfield, Fayette County.



Gov. Corbett turns up pressure on neighbors

Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has been lobbying neighboring states to approve regulations to open the Delaware River basin to natural gas drilling.



Williamsport airport set for $13M expansion needed due to gas boom

Transportation officials say an airport serving north-central Pennsylvania will undergo a $13 million expansion.



Pennsylvania lobbying for DRBC fracking rules

New York might allow drilling in five counties near Pennsylvania border.



New study projects 14 percent growth in shale--related employment in PA

An IHS Global Insight study projects that shale gas-supported employment in Pennsylvania will grow 14 percent each year between 2010 and 2015, more than in any other unconventional gas producing state.



US DOE testing for links between faults, groundwater pollution

Federal researchers are testing whether hydraulic fracturing fluids can travel thousands of feet via geologic faults into drinking water aquifers close to the surface.



Pennsylvania counties cashing in on Marcellus Shale drilling revenues

Counties are trying to determine how new impact fee revenue can help pay for critical services facing county budgets.



IEA: China natural gas demand to double by 2017

Global demand for natural gas will likely grow 17 percent over the next five years as Chinese consumption doubles.