Shale Plays a Positive for Railways in the Appalachian Basin

Despite the lower natural gas prices, railroads operating in the Marcellus and Utica shale areas continue to enjoy a productive year. Rail yards are busy transporting shale development supplies such as frac sand, pipe, chemicals and other commodities. In some areas, water is also being transported by rail. In southwestern Pennsylvania and in West Virginia, rail yards have seen an increase of business from 2011.



Shale fees to benefit SW Pennsylvania conservation districts

Five southwestern Pennsylvania counties will receive $272,000 in state grants funded by Marcellus shale drilling fees to promote local conservation efforts.



Free market at odds in debate to export more natural gas

The free market is at odds in the debate to export more of America's vast natural gas resources - energy officials support an expansion of the overseas market but some manufacturing executives object saying it would drive up prices and eliminate jobs. Dow Chemical is leading the effort to convince Congress and the Obama administration to show restraint in approving more than a dozen requests to export natural gas in a liquefied state.



Farmers, Landowners Gather to Kick Around Shale Politics

As of late, the local Grange Hall in this rural corner of Washington County has been a gathering spot for showers, birthday parties and Boy Scouts. But on a recent rainy Wednesday evening, cars and trucks filled the lot and parked along the road in front of the hall as - even if for just one night - the Burgettstown Grange Hall was once again used for its first-intended purpose.



Marcellus Shale funds might pay for bridge project in York

The West Princess Street bridge over the Codorus Creek in York City could be replaced using the money paid to the state by natural gas drillers. It's a county bridge, and the York County Commissioners recently voted to include it on a list of approved projects to be funded through Marcellus Shale Legacy funds.



PA Marcellus topped 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2012

Pennsylvania's Marcellus and other shale wells produced more than 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2012, continuing a trend of production growth despite fewer drilling rigs in the field. New production data reported by natural gas drilling companies and released by the state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday showed that 1.1 trillion cubic feet of gas flowed from unconventional wells in the state during the second half of 2012.



Geisinger gets $1 million grant for Marcellus health research

Geisinger Health System has received a $1 million grant from a Sunbury foundation to help it underwrite its study into the potential health impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. "Geisinger's research into the health impacts of natural gas drilling fits perfectly with our mission and we are proud to support this important initiative," said Michael Apfelbaum, co-trustee of the Degenstein Foundation.



Protesters block pipeline access gate

Two protesters locked arms through a gate in Pike County on Monday to stall work on a controversial natural gas pipeline project that environmental groups have failed to stop through legal appeals. The gate in the Delaware State Forest in Milford Township is being used by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. crews to cut trees along a right of way for a pipeline expansion known as the Northeast Upgrade Project. Tennessee Gas is constructing five loops totalling nearly 41 miles of 30-inch pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to increase capacity largely along an existing line so it can move gas produced from the Marcellus Shale to market.



Questions abound on Seitel seismic testing

When South Heights Council President Bob Schmetzer started getting calls from Aliquippa and Hopewell Township residents asking about a company named Seitel Data Ltd. that wanted to conduct 3D seismic survey on their land, he didn't know much about it. Then he got a letter of his own.



Blackhawk developing Marcellus curriculum

The Blackhawk School District has probably never sent its foreign language teachers to Europe or its world history faculty to Machu Picchu, but district educators have visited Washington County. Teachers explored a Chesapeake Appalachia drilling site in October as part of their training for a Marcellus shale/natural gas classroom initiative.