Final bills address Marcellus lease issues

Marcellus Shale leaseholders would have more protection in dealing with drillers under new laws signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett.



Legislature OKs bill requiring more frequent gas production reports

A bill approved by the state House and Senate would change the way drillers report gas production figures. The measure now awaits Governor Corbett's signature.



Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative

Chevron Corp. today said $20 million will be poured into a new initiative to improve education and technical training for the region's workforce.



New tracers can identify frack fluids in the environment

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment.



Without pipelines, gas can't get to demand

We will start hearing this week from gas companies how they performed during the fiscal quarter that ended Sept. 30. Expect to hear a lot about dismal prices in the Marcellus shale.



Plastics, tech sectors crucial to cracker plants

As is the case with other high-profile proposals to build petrochemical plants close to the shale gas that would feed them, Odebrecht hasn't made a final decision to build on the spot it picked in West Virginia.



Study finds Marcellus a foundation for building trades

A recent study concludes the oil and gas industry is building up the building trades.



Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

Today, three of the five companies in Alta Vista Business Park work in the oil and gas industry. An energy company is set to start construction in the spring, and at least one more is close to signing a deal to locate there.



Sand may become weak link in fracking

Demand is exploding for the huge amounts of sand used in fracking, generating a windfall for mines from Texas to Wisconsin but leading to worries about the health impacts of breathing silica dust.



Promoters see energy hub, economic revival in transmission of Marcellus fuel

Philadelphia's reindustrialization starts 300 miles away at a sprawling processing plant in Southwestern Pennsylvania where liquid fuels extracted from Marcellus Shale gas begin a cross-state journey to the Delaware River.