Cumberland County mulls use of $400K in Marcellus Shale funding

While Cumberland County is starting 2013 with a property tax hike and tight finances, commissioners are wrestling with how to spend about $400,000 that is coming in from the state. The county is entitled to a portion of the state-collected impact fees from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling to use for green projects like trails and beautification.



Shale-Gas Revolution Spurs Wave of New U.S. Steel Plants: Energy

The U.S. shale-gas revolution, which has revitalized chemicals companies and prompted talk of domestic energy self-sufficiency, is attracting a wave of investment that may revive profits in the steel industry.



A New Era

Those who depend on bus transit to get around Williamsport and Lycoming County can now ride on a bus that is powered by compressed natural gas.



Business Workshop: Landowners can terminate oil leases

Unknown to many Pennsylvania landowners who have signed contracts to allow drilling for oil and gas on their land is the fact that in some cases they can terminate the contract the exact moment that the well stops producing any oil or gas.



Website mines Marcellus Shale data

Marcellus Shale exploration produces gas, money, controversy and happy statisticians. The thicket of data tracking Pennsylvania's drilling surge is compiled and stored by different federal and state agencies in various places online and on paper. A Susquehanna County-based website aims to merge it and present it in a meaningful way.



Attorney general appeals sentence for wastewater dumping

The state attorney general's office filed an appeal with the state Superior Court this week, claiming Greene County Judge Farley Toothman's probationary sentence given to Robert Allan Shipman was unreasonable and "did not fit the crime."



Rural townships find money from impact fee most helpful

For many of the more remote and rural Lycoming County communities, the money they stand to receive in natural gas impact fees may feel like a child's Christmas stocking bursting with goodies.



Local developer adding Studio 6 extended stay hotel in Houston

Tejas Gosai plans to soon break ground for a Studio 6 motel off the Houston/Route 519 exit of Interstate 79. It will be the fourth hotel he owns, all in Washington County and all catering largely to Marcellus Shale drillers.



Bradford County gets funding for housing projects

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency recently approved the distribution of $1.27 million for Bradford County to use towards low-income and senior citizen housing projects.



Drillers Shift to Use of Natural Gas

Energy Companies Convert Rigs, Other Gear to Run on Cheaper Alternative to Petroleum-Based Fuels