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05.30.13

W.Pa. business finds niche in drilling industry

Power ends, cement plugs, D-rings, O-rings, spider and suction valves - who needs them? The oil and gas drilling industry does, and Twin Pines Manufacturing in Clarksburg is catering to that niche market.

 

05.29.13

Pittsburgh Presbytery ends ban on shale gas leases

The Pittsburgh Presbytery has ended a yearlong moratorium on shale gas leasing and development on church property, which could clear the way for construction of a gas pipeline across its Crestfield Camp & Conference Center near Slippery Rock where 3,500 children and adult visitors a year attend ministry camp.

 

05.29.13

Pa. water plants fined by EPA for drilling waste

Two wastewater plants, which merged into a company that was later acquired by Canonsburg-based Aquatech, were fined by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for discharging natural gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River or tributaries that feed it.

 

05.24.13

Ambridge's Beemac Trucking gets state grant for natural gas fueling

Beemac Trucking in Ambridge recently received a boost in its efforts to go green and run clean. The company has been awarded a $469,292 state grant toward the compressed natural gas refueling facility it is building, the first of its kind in Beaver County.

 

05.24.13

FracFocus Drillers' Registry to Create Chemicals Database

FracFocus, the website drillers use to disclose chemicals in hydraulic fracturing, is revamping its system next week to let regulators for the first time search and aggregate the information.

 

05.23.13

Marcellus shale testing to start in Perry Township

From spooked cattle to losing underground water, Fayette County residents vented their anxieties Wednesday to a pair of natural gas industry representatives at the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Hall.

 

05.22.13

Marcellus Shale has impact on Delco: Rose Tree Media receives $500,000 natural gas grant

State officials have awarded the Rose Tree Media School District a $499,994 Natural Gas Vehicle Development Program grant which will go toward an upgrade of the district's school bus fleet.

 

05.21.13

Production and reclamation Well production, daily monitoring, and prep for market sales

The natural gas industry has brought many new things to northeastern Pennsylvania in a short amount of time.

 

05.20.13

DEP drilling records reveal water damage

State environmental regulators determined that oil and gas development damaged the water supplies for at least 161 Pennsylvania homes, farms, churches and businesses between 2008 and the fall of 2012.

 

05.20.13

Scientists find new tools for tracing fracking impacts

Researchers in the Rice University chemistry professor's laboratory have developed nanoparticles that will flow with the fluid used to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells, slip through rocks and travel wherever the water ends up - in a holding pond at the surface, a tanker on the highway or, in a worst-case scenario, a nearby drinking water well.