Drilling for natural gas in the wilds of Lycoming County

To reach the Seneca Resoures drilling sites north of Trout Run is to negotiate a series of winding, narrow unpaved roads through rugged mountainous and forested terrain. While bumping along inside a vehicle driven by Seneca Manager Rob Boulware, one passes occasional signs of civilization - the rustic cabin, a deer hunter or two attired in blazing oranges and the occasional security checkpoints where a man or woman waves to us from inside a shed.



Drilling industry gets into holiday spirit

The oil and gas industry is ramping up all around us, thanks to the prolific and profitable new drilling destinations that bear a pretty little name like Marcellus or the industrial sounding label of Utica. The renewed interest in Pennsylvania's oil and gas patch brings with it a return to the lingo of the trade.



Marcellus shale impact fee to fund Fayette County projects

A portion of the $1.4 million Marcellus shale impact fee received by Fayette County will be used to defray the cost of an equipment purchase, hire staff and fund an existing retirement fund deficit. County commissioners agreed Thursday to spend about $740,000 of the impact fee rather than use the general fund revenue to pay for the expenses or delay action in the matters as they continue to finalize the 2013 budget.



NEPA housing projects get impact fee revenue

More than $2 million for projects to address housing needs in the Marcellus Shale drilling region in Northeast Pennsylvania was approved Thursday by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The money from impact fees paid by natural gas drilling companies in 2011 will go to build new housing for senior citizens and low-income residents, help landlords rehabilitate rental properties, help low-income individuals pay rent and for other purposes.



Municipalities decide how to use impact fee money

Municipalities in Bradford and Sullivan counties are facing tough decisions on how to best use a new revenue source. Across the state, municipalities have received increased revenue in the form of "impact fees" levied on gas companies. These fees were enacted into state law through Act 13, and have been a major source of money for local governments this year.



Parkland's new natural gas pipeline for high school to save district $400K

Parkland High School is the district's largest building. On a regular school day, more than 3,500 staff and students pass through the South Whitehall Township structure. The school burns about 180,000 gallons of fuel oil annually, but next year will be different. District and community officials this afternoon celebrated the completion of a new natural gas pipeline to the 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd. school.



Nearly $8 million available to tackle Marcellus housing needs

A state housing agency will meet Thursday to distribute nearly $8 million for projects to build and rehabilitate rental units and single-family homes and also help individuals pay rent in 20 counties throughout the Marcellus Shale drilling region.



Geisinger considers natural gas stations

A Geisinger Health System administrator says the company is studying the potential for a business partnership to create a natural gas fueling station. Al Neuner, vice president of facilities operations, said in an e-mail through a spokesperson that the review is part of a continuing evaluation of a state grant program providing incentives for using natural gas to fuel fleet vehicles like large trucks and, in Geisinger's case, shuttle buses.



Lebanon County receives share of Marcellus Shale drilling funds

Lebanon County will receive a $113,000 slice of the Marcellus Shale impact fee pie. Although it is a substantial amount, it is just a fraction of the $204 million collected this year by the Public Utility Commission from natural gas companies, which are charged $50,000 for each horizontal well and $10,000 for each vertical well they drill.



Liquefied natural gas exports will help, not harm economy, environment

As our nation's leaders work to improve our nation's struggling economy, there is one opportunity we cannot overlook: a responsible exports policy. U.S. Senators and Representatives from across the country have voiced their support for natural gas exports as a unique American opportunity that will create jobs and strengthen our energy security.