$21M investment switches company's York County truck fleet to natural gas

Republic Services has made a $21 million commitment to reduce air-polluting emissions within York County. With that amount, the company -- which owns refuse collection companies, recycling centers and landfills -- is replacing 65 of its 100 diesel-powered trucks in York with natural gas vehicles, said Mark Pergolese, general manager for Republic Services' York Waste Division.



DEP approves emissions permit for Pennsylvania's first new gas-fired power plant

The state Department of Environmental Protection has approved an air emissions permit for the state's first new electric power plant to run on natural gas, and at least one other new gas-powered plant has been proposed.



How Drilling Near An Abandoned Well Produced a Methane Geyser

A geyser of methane and gas sprays out of the ground near a Shell drilling site in Tioga County. StateImpact Pennsylvania obtained this picture from a nearby landowner.



U.S. Natural Gas Resources Bigger Than Estimated, Analyst Says

The U.S. has almost three times as much recoverable natural gas as the government estimates, enough to place it third in the world, a Canadian analyst said.



All Energy Now Radio Show with Tejas Gosai

"All Energy Now" is the voice of our regional energy market and will devote 23 hours of airtime each week as a public affairs meeting place for people interested in energy news.



Pheasant stock to increase for hunting season

Thanks to additional revenue for the state Game Commission through a series of Marcellus Shale leases, the state game commission released more than 300 pheasants in Schuylkill County on Friday as hunters this small game season will see the stock return to 200,000 birds for the first time since 2004.



Chesapeake Energy pleads to environmental violations

Chesapeake Energy pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to three violations of the Clean Water Act, admitting it had dumped at least 60 tons of crushed stone and gravel into the Blake Fork stream in West Virginia on three different occasions in 2008.



Suits claim Marcellus jobs pay less than advertised

Companies tapping the Marcellus shale for natural gas regularly advertise good-paying jobs in Pennsylvania, but three federal lawsuits and a state investigation suggest some of those jobs pay less than they should.



Now serving the oil and gas industry: just about everyone

Let's face it -- the so-called shale drilling revolution is exciting to witness. But since every other month another "next hot new play" seems to surface, it may be easy to overlook the backstory of just what a tremendous economic net the shale phenomenon has cast--not just on industry and producing areas, but virtually everywhere.



Review cuts confusion, bias from studies on shale jobs

Studies vary widely on how many jobs oil and natural-gas drilling will bring to eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. "It only takes a small assumption to create a result that is much higher or lower," said Matthew Rousu, associate professor of economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and creator of a website designed to evaluate such studies.