Top Marcellus producers weather Sandy unscathed

Some of the top Marcellus Shale producers have handled "superstorm" Sandy with relative ease and have not yet reported any material impacts.



Shale Boom, Part 3: Drilling work generates tourism, conservation dollars

Lawrence County's conservation district and tourist promotion agency both stand to receive financial boosts from Marcellus Shale revenues.



Pa. towns savor drilling impact-fee checks

William Groves, chairman of the Cumberland Township board of supervisors, was poring over the municipal budget last week, confronting a challenge that most local officials would envy.



Seneca to Convert Marcellus Drilling Rigs to Nat Gas

Seneca Resources Corporation, the wholly-owned exploration and production subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, Thursday announced plans to complete the conversion of two of its Pennsylvania drilling rigs to cleaner-burning natural gas, displacing the diesel fuel currently used to power equipment at the well site. These will be the first dedicated 100 percent liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled drilling rigs operating in the Marcellus Shale within Pennsylvania.



Shale-drilling seismic tests ongoing in New Beaver

The Marcellus shale boom is heading into full swing throughout Lawrence County, with a tangible presence not just on remote farms in the area, but along some of the county's most well-traveled roads. Over the last few weeks, private contractors have been performing seismic testing along Route 18 in New Beaver near Wampum. Jim Struzzi, a spokesman for PennDOT District 11, said companies are required to get permits to perform seismic tests along state roads.



Explain ground rules for natgas export decision -Sen. Wyden

The U.S. Energy Department needs to explain how it will determine whether to allow more exports of the nation's bountiful supplies of natural gas, Senator Ron Wyden, a top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, said on Tuesday.



Gas glut may be good for cracker plant

The reasons for Shell to move into Beaver County keep piling up. The Marcellus boom has brought with it a gas glut, bringing natural gas prices to near-record lows. The price of natural gas, experts say, has fallen more than 60 percent since summer of 2008. While this isn't good for drilling companies and their investors, it's great for those companies that rely on natural gas to produce their products.



Marcellus Shale reserves larger than expected

There's been plenty of debate over the Marcellus Shale natural gas field, but new research adds a twist that could impact political and environmental battles. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn't just the biggest natural gas field in the country - it's the cheapest place for energy companies to drill.



Bill encourages use of mine water in gas well drilling

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would encourage the use of mine water for Marcellus shale natural gas well development. "The commonwealth must begin to take an innovative approach to the treatment and use of acid mine water," bill sponsor Sen. Richard A. Kasunic, D-Dunbar, said on the Senate floor Tuesday tonight. "Senate Bill 1346 affords this incentive for private investment, by providing essential liability protections for the development of treatment systems for acid mine water utilized for oil and gas well development."



Greene County among top Act 13 money recipients

Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties are among the top 10 money winners in Act 13 Marcellus shale natural gas impact fee distributions, and Cumberland Township in Greene County is due to receive more than any other municipality in the state.