County hears proposals for shale revenues

Monessen municipal fire Chief Del Hepple made a plea for the Westmoreland County Commissioners to consider using Marcellus shale gas drilling proceeds to help volunteer fire departments.



Students Explore Career Options at Marcellus Camp

Teenagers learned about career paths in the shale gas industry while attending the inaugural Marcellus Camp 2012 at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.



US approves portion of Keystone pipeline

TransCanada has a permit, but not for the larger portion of Keystone, which would transport Canadian oil sands from Alberta.



EPA to stop Dimock Twp. water deliveries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will end water deliveries to four homes in Dimock Township after a repeat round of sampling found no contamination "that would give EPA reason to take further action".



Court throws out state zoning for Marcellus Shale drilling

A Commonwealth Court panel ruled that the state cannot require local municipalities to allow gas drilling in areas that would conflict with their zoning rules.



Seismic testing to map the Marcellus Shale created loud noises in parts of South Fayette

Loud pounding sounds and convoys of large trucks through South Fayette recently were made by Dawson Geophysical Co., which was performing seismic testing.



Montco Rep Sees Big Savings For School Districts In Natural Gas

School districts looking to trim the fat in already tight budgets could see substantial savings by changing the way their school buses are powered.



DEP to monitor for shale-related air impacts in northeast counties

State environmental regulators plan to install a long-term air-monitoring device in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties to screen for impacts from natural gas operations in the region.



Driller agrees to penalty in settlement with EPA

One of Pennsylvania's gas drillers has agreed to pay a $62,457 federal penalty to settle allegations of failing to meet hazardous chemical reporting requirements.



Bicyclists protest 'fracking' on trip through Somerset County

Twelve participants in the Tour de FRACK, or Freedom Ride for Awareness & Community Knowledge, rode their bicycles through Rockwood this week to bring attention to the side effects of hydraulic fracturing.