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04.14.15

Severance tax proposal would keep drillers from passing tax to leaseholders

A section of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax bill that would prohibit companies from sharing the cost of the tax with natural gas leaseholders is raising questions among Republicans in the General Assembly who doubt the proposal is legal.

 

04.09.15

Natural gas industry offers stability for Western Pennsylvania economy, experts say

The natural gas industry must become a bigger part of the Western Pennsylvania economy if the region is going to keep pace with job growth around the rest of the nation, economists said Wednesday.

 

04.08.15

Gas tax can't ignore prices

The trouble with Gov. Wolf's natural-gas tax is that it wasn't imposed five years ago. Thanks to the Rendell administration's halfhearted support for a tax and the Corbett administration's misguided opposition, Harrisburg slumbered - and schools and other services suffered - while the Marcellus Shale boomed.

 

04.07.15

Forum Aims to Answer Drilling Questions

A statewide energy forum is weighing in on a controversial topic. The idea behind today's forum was to bring together people from a non-drilling community to have their questions answered about the oil and gas industry.

 

04.06.15

Energy Pipeline: Making Hole - A crude history of Mabel's eyelashes

When a young chemist distills paraffin from Pennsylvania oil fields into petroleum jelly - Vaseline - its leads to a new mascara and the Maybelline Company.

 

04.06.15

Energy companies explore lower shales for greater yields of gas, liquids

Low natural gas prices that have companies balancing spending cuts with promises of ramped-up production are driving some new development in the Utica and Point Pleasant shale, where deeper wells can yield more gas and liquids.

 

04.03.15

Columbia Gas preparing for future retirements

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania formally broke ground Thursday on a new operations and training center in Beaver County, marking the start of $19 million project for the natural gas utility.

 

04.01.15

A geoscientist's take on new U.S. fracking rules

New federal rules aimed at making a controversial oil and gas drilling technique safer and more transparent reflect numerous suggestions from technical experts, says a geoscientist involved in the process.

 

04.01.15

Conventional gas, oil drillers seek rules differing from shale industry in Pennsylvania

A cookie cutter won't work when it comes to writing safety and environmental rules for shallow, conventional oil and gas drilling and the newer deep, horizontal fracking in Pennsylvania shale, said Bruce Grindle, president of Oil & Gas Management Inc.

 

04.01.15

Pennsylvania shale drillers to release monthly reports on gas production

Pennsylvania's unconventional natural gas producers pulled 390 billion cubic feet of gas from the Marcellus Shale and other resource-rich rock layers in January, according to the first monthly production reports the companies filed with the Department of Environmental Protection.