Shale gas innovation contest underway

Are you a researcher, entrepreneur, or innovator working in the shale gas space in Pennsylvania? The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center announced today the program will award a total of $75,000 in cash prizes for the three best shale gas-oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched. In addition to the cash prizes, successful applicants will gain exposure to investors, potential partners, and industry sponsors.



Shale Gas Will Fuel a U.S. Manufacturing Boom Chemical producers abandoned the U.S. in droves. Cheap natural gas is luring them back.

People predicting a manufacturing renaissance in the United States usually imagine whirring robots or advanced factories turning out wind turbines and solar panels. The real American edge might be in something entirely more mundane: cheap starting materials for plastic bottles and plastic bags. The plummeting price of natural gas, which can be used to make a vast number of products, including tires, carpet, antifreeze, lubricants, cloth, and many types of plastic, is luring key industries to the United States.



Use of mine drainage in drilling operations endorsed by state officials

State environmental regulators are willing to sign legal agreements with gas companies to help them use mine drainage in drilling operations without the risk of long-term problems, according to a guidance paper the state issued on Wednesday. State officials want to encourage the use of mine drainage in drilling to help clean up that statewide water pollutant and issued a long-awaited eight-page document to detail the process.



U.S. report predicts rising natural gas prices in 2013-14

Marcellus Shale drillers who have had to cut costs and disassemble rigs because of recent record-low natural gas prices should expect a reprieve over the next two years, according to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price of natural gas is expected to increase by almost a dollar in 2013, hitting $3.74 per million British thermal units.



Natural gas boom fuels U.S. office market

Leasing demand from natural-gas and other energy companies is helping to bolster the U.S. office market and drive growth in cities such as Pittsburgh, where rents are at their highest in more than a decade. Greater Pittsburgh, along with Houston and other cities with concentrations of energy-related workers, is outpacing national growth in rents and occupancy, according to a report.



Heavy Duty Ram truck runs on $1 'gas'

It's an age-old question: What do we do about heavy duty trucks and the high cost and consumption of fuel? These mighty machines are meant for hauling gear, transporting crews to job sites, and pulling massive trailers, but you often have to live at the gas station to keep them running. The 2012 Ram 2500 HD CNG offers a new alternative. Outfitted with two compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks in the bed, it is a factory truck like no other.



Dominion Resources gets court's OK to export liquefied natural gas from Maryland facility

Dominion Resources Inc. can export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point, Md., facility, a state court ruled on Friday, rejecting arguments by the Sierra Club that such exports violate a 2005 agreement. Calvert County Circuit Judge James Salmon said in a ruling that under the company's 2005 agreement with the environmental group, Richmond, Va.-based Dominion retains the right to pipe liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from Cove Point, taking advantage of natural gas production in bountiful shale formations in Pennsylvania and other states.



Research on Production and Disposal of Waste Materials from Gas and Oil Extraction in Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale

Advances in technology have opened the doors wide for natural gas exploration and extraction throughout the world. Little research has been done regarding the quantity, transport, and disposal methods of wastes produced during the extraction process. Research conducted by Kelly O. Maloney, US Geological Survey-Leetown Science Center and David A. Yoxtheimer, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, examined the quantity of water produced by gas extraction activities from Pennsylvania Marcellus for the 2011 year.



Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' fuels a real-world battle over 'fracking'

The new Matt Damon film 'Promised Land' is giving voice to critics of natural gas production, but the film faces opposition too as "fracking" goes Hollywood. The movie arrives in the middle of political and regulatory battles over fracking, the controversial oil-and-gas development method that's enabling a U.S. production boom. The Beltway has taken notice as green groups highlight the movie and conservatives attack it.



Industry influence in universities' shale gas research eyed

Industry and foundation-sponsored research, long a multimillion-dollar enterprise at U.S. universities, is under added scrutiny because of questions about shale gas studies that some universities discontinued or retracted. Energy industry groups criticize research that environmental foundations pay for, saying they're dedicated to halting industry expansion. But Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors, said a lack of disclosure in industry-sponsored shale gas research is more troubling, and the organization will include ways to avoid conflict in its revised guidelines this fall.