Pennsylvania well permits hit a low

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) information, the number of unconventional well permits issued for this year's first quarter has dropped by 30 percent; the lowest it has been over the last five years.



Millions needed to replace at-risk natural gas pipes in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's highest-risk natural gas distribution system needs to raise millions of dollars a year to accelerate the replacement of its aged, dangerous pipelines, state regulators said Tuesday.



Monthly natural gas production reports improve value of Marcellus data

Pennsylvania has gathered just two rounds of new monthly natural gas production reports from Marcellus Shale operators, but analysts say the more timely data has already become a valuable resource for tracking shifts in the nation's dominant shale gas field.



Methane leaks reportedly decrease in Pennsylvania

Methane leaks from shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania continue to decline, even with increased production and more wells going online, according to data from the state Department of Environmental Protection.



Deal could make Philadelphia a fertilizer shipping hub

In what could signal an energy corridor south of the Walt Whitman Bridge, a Houston energy-transportation company has signed a long-term lease with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to ship dry bulk commodities - initially fertilizer - into Pier 122, a strategic finger pier on the Delaware River.



College Getting Simulator for Natural Gas Industry

A college in northeastern Pennsylvania is about to get a piece of equipment that only one other school in the nation has.



Severance tax proposal would keep drillers from passing tax to leaseholders

A section of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax bill that would prohibit companies from sharing the cost of the tax with natural gas leaseholders is raising questions among Republicans in the General Assembly who doubt the proposal is legal.



Natural gas industry offers stability for Western Pennsylvania economy, experts say

The natural gas industry must become a bigger part of the Western Pennsylvania economy if the region is going to keep pace with job growth around the rest of the nation, economists said Wednesday.



Gas tax can't ignore prices

The trouble with Gov. Wolf's natural-gas tax is that it wasn't imposed five years ago. Thanks to the Rendell administration's halfhearted support for a tax and the Corbett administration's misguided opposition, Harrisburg slumbered - and schools and other services suffered - while the Marcellus Shale boomed.



Forum Aims to Answer Drilling Questions

A statewide energy forum is weighing in on a controversial topic. The idea behind today's forum was to bring together people from a non-drilling community to have their questions answered about the oil and gas industry.