Court restores local zoning rules for shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania

An appeals court on Thursday curbed the state's power over local zoning rules that target the growing gas-drilling industry but upheld parts of Pennsylvania's revamped oil and gas laws involving notification of spills, eminent domain and medical records.



Butler County to get higher impact fees from gas activities

The windfall from Pennsylvania's impact fee on gas fracking activities in Butler County will be a third higher this year, and there's no shortage of what to do with the extra money. "We've got a lot of ideas on how to spend it," said Butler County Commissioners Chairman Bill McCarrier.



Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority replacing fleet with natural gas-powered buses

By next fall, buses operating on natural gas will begin making the rounds in the Valley. Bob Smith, operations manager for the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, said the price of compressed natural gas is more stable than diesel fuel, which the entire fleet now uses.



Bradford County commissioners ask feds to investigate Chesapeake Energy

Bradford County's three commissioners have reached out to the federal Department of Justice, seeking its help investigating allegations gas driller Chesapeake Energy is cheating Pennsylvania landowners out of royalty money.



Conservation District helping to monitor water

The Greene County Conservation District is continuing to partner with landowners to monitor water quality in homes and streams throughout the county. Many residents are concerned about the effects that industry and energy development may have on surface water and groundwater resources. Water quality testing is important, but can be very expensive and time-consuming for landowners.



Pa. health boss: No quick answer to gas drilling complaints

The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.



Google, nonprofit map gas leaks in U.S. cities

Scientists at the Environmental Defense Fund and Google mapped methane leaks in three U.S. cities using data from sensors mounted on the Google Street View cars. Dots represent leaks, with darker colors indicating bigger leaks.



USW Welcomes Commerce Department Decision on South Korean Oil Country Tubular Goods

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Commerce made its decision to impose dumping margins against South Korean oil country tubular goods (OCTG) dumped into the United States.



Crop yield effects of pipeline installation

The Bradford County Conservation District and Penn State Extension are looking to study the effect that gas pipeline installation is having on crop yields.



Oil & Natural Gas Development Arrives at Pittsburgh International Airport

A partnership between CONSOL Energy, Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) has the potential to be a $1 billion opportunity that will further distinguish southwestern Pennsylvania and the surrounding Appalachian Basin as the new global Energy Capital.