DEP secretary, AG agree agency needs better record-keeping

The secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and the state's top auditor may have their disagreements on DEP's oil and gas program, but both agree the agency's record system needs a reboot.



Pa. Health Department responds to accusations it mishandled queries on fracking

The Pennsylvania Department of Health says it wants to help citizens better navigate the complaint process, specifically when it comes to the Marcellus Shale industry.



PUC appeals ruling that curbed its power to review municipalities' drilling rules

Regulators want one last shot at convincing the state's high court that they should have some authority over local ordinances aimed at gas drillers.



OSHA decides no fine in fatal well fire in Greene County

Chevron will not be fined by federal authorities for a fatal fire at a well in Greene County.



Pennsylvania drillers avoid using diesel, kerosene in wells, national report says

A national environmental report aimed at exposing gas companies for illegally using diesel fuel in their fracking fluids appears to clear Pennsylvania drillers of breaking the law intended to protect water supplies from toxic chemicals.



Area school budgets cushioned by gas money

Looking south from a parking lot at Trinity Middle School, one can see a glint of water through the trees - a reservoir. But not far beyond that, hidden from plain view, is a well extracting natural gas from deep beneath the earth' surface.



USGS: Natural Methane in 80% of Drinking Water Wells in Pike County, PA

Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found detectable levels of naturally-occurring methane in 80% of drinking water wells it sampled in Pike County, PA, an area prospective to the Marcellus and Utica shales but where unconventional development is currently banned.



Third gas pipeline in planning stages

Four companies in a joint venture plan an interstate natural gas pipeline to run from Luzerne County to New Jersey.



Southwestern Energy fined for drilling unpermitted wells in Bradford County

Southwestern Energy Production company will have to pay $128,031 for drilling five unpermitted Marcellus Shale gas wells in Bradford County. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine today after the Houston, Texas company continued to drill even after the DEP issued a "notice of violation" in January 2013.



Goodhart Sons Inc. Announces New Pipe Fabrication Facility

Goodhart Sons Inc., a 79-year-old non-union ASME code shop, industrial fabricator and erector serving both domestic and international clientele, has announced development of a new pipe fabrication facility at their Lancaster, PA headquarters.