Fourth annual conference focuses on helping royalty owners

Gas well productivity and the potential to develop oil and gas from shale formations below the Marcellus were among major themes of a central Pennsylvanian conference Thursday.



FAA approves next step to permit drilling on Pittsburgh International Airport property

Drilling for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport will not affect the Indiana bat, the short-eared owl, the northern harrier bird or the eastern small-footed myotis, a protected species of bat, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled.



Giant to add liquefied natural gas vehicles

Giant Food Stores was awarded a $125,000 grant to buy five liquefied natural gas vehicles.



More Marcellus jobs coming here

Blair County is not a hot bed for the Marcellus Shale industry as Juniata Township is the only municipality in the county that has any of the gas wells. However, as a result of Marcellus Shale, at least two companies have located here, and another soon will be coming to the area.



Official: Boom at city railyard tied to drilling

City Council learned Thursday, if its members did not already know, the Newberry Railyard, primarily through Marcellus Shale industries and natural gas exploration businesses, has become the largest of its kind between Harrisburg and Buffalo, N.Y.



Natural gas fueling station headed to Pittston Township

The region's first public-access liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas fueling station is coming soon to Pittston Township.



Update on ethane 'cracker' petrochemical plant good news for Beaver County, leaders say

State and Beaver County officials can't wait for Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether it will build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Now neighbors won't have to wait to see intensified activity around the potential ethane "cracker" site.



Beaver County firms place wager on Shell building petrochemical plant

After eight years of up and down business, Ed Vescovi is hoping the best is yet to come for the dormant biodiesel plant he oversees on the banks of the Ohio River in Beaver County.



Drilling impact fees OK'd in agreement on Pennsylvania oil and gas law

The impact fee on Pennsylvania's shale drillers is likely to stand under an agreement reached in the challenge of the state's revamped oil and gas laws.



Gas boom still possible for region

The natural gas boom is passing Luzerne and Lackawanna counties by, at least for now - but that might not be a permanent situation.