Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County to audit gas royalties

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County could earn up to $6.5 million this year in royalties from Marcellus shale gas drilling on its 8,000 acres.



Two-year schools help to fill needs of growing natural gas industry

Jonathan Ressler knew he didn't want to spend the money or the time required to earn a four-year college degree to add to his high school diploma.



Ferlo has concerns about fracking

State Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Pittsburgh, is calling for a moratorium on state-issued fracking permits.



Man pleads guilty in scheme to falsely sell mineral rights to Marcellus Shale gas drillers

One of two men accused of involvement in an elaborate fraud that resulted in the sales of millions of dollars of bogus mineral rights to gas drilling companies pleaded guilty today.



Natural gas leaks from fracking found to be low

Natural gas leaks from production wells are lower than previous estimates and below the level that would erase the fuel's climate benefit over coal, according to a University of Texas study released Monday and backed by both industry and environmentalists.



Study: Methane Leaks From Gas Drilling Not Huge

Drilling and fracking for natural gas don't seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.



PHFA Announces Recipients for Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Funding

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today approved the recipients of funding for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state.



Volkswagen To Add Natural-Gas Cars As Well As Diesels, Hybrids?

When it comes to green technology, Volkswagen is hedging its bets. In addition to promoting its line of TDI diesels, the German carmaker is launching hybrids like the Jetta Hybrid and electric cars like the e-Golf.



Recent decision shows value of gas impact fee system

There has been debate about the worth of gas impact fees that the state Legislature chose over a gas drilling tax.



Wastewater plant set to launch in Penn Township

RES Water-Butler, an Penn Township-based wastewater processor, has broken ground on a treatment plant for the shale gas industry.