Balancing gas pipeline expansion, environmental unease a problem in Pa.

The pipes that energy companies need to move record amounts of natural gas from Pennsylvania shale to profitable markets run between 36 inches and 42 inches wide. The line companies must walk between the rush to build and trampling over communities in their path can be much narrower.



Organic farmers appeal approval of gas compressor station

The owners of an organic farm have appealed the township supervisors' decision last month to allow a natural gas compressor station in an agricultural district near their property.



County distributes $250,000 from Marcellus shale impact fee

This week, the Lawrence County Commissioners disbursed more than $250,000 in funds generated by the state's Marcellus shale impact fee.



Oil and gas jobs outnumbered steel jobs in Pennsylvania last year

Anybody who grew up in Western Pennsylvania, worked in a mill or rooted for a football team called the "Steelers" might find it hard to believe, but there are more people in Pennsylvania working in the oil and gas industry than there are in the steel industry.



County shares Marcellus Shale revenue

The Lawrence County commissioners are sharing $240,000 with 10 local agencies. The funds, available through the Marcellus Shale Act 13 Impact Fees, are collected through the Public Utility Commission from deep well drillers seeking natural gas.



Grants from well impact fees available

Crawford County will make almost $500,000 from unconventional gas well impact fees available this year to local governments, public authorities, 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups and area-wide agencies like housing, recreation or community development.



CNG pump: Small start to what may be a huge new business

Nearly four years after set out to build a nationwide fueling network for compressed natural gas, the Bala Cynwyd company last week launched its first outlet: a single pump at a BP Station next to a Roosevelt Expressway on-ramp.



Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

Finding work in the energy sector isn't a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.



Yale, Penn State studies offer conflicting views of fracking

Two academic studies exploring health and water issues in the gas drilling industry on Wednesday painted very different pictures of its potential impact and brought rebukes from advocates on both sides.



Communities, oil/gas companies navigate drilling issues

When Consol Energy Inc. began drilling the first of 45 planned wet gas wells on 9,000 acres of Pittsburgh International Airport land in Findlay Township in August, township Supervisor Janet Craig was not worried.