AG releases audit of DEP's enforcement of oil gas industry regs

A state audit of the Department of Environmental Protection's regulation of the oil and gas industry revealed inconsistent enforcement, disorganization and poor record management.



What is Frac Sand?

This special sand is one of the keys to producing oil and natural gas from tight shale formations.



Gas pipeline issues challenge for producers, users

Ten years ago, developers were building terminals to import liquefied natural gas, experts predicted production increases of less than 1 percent annually, and insufficient pipelines into New England during the cold winter sent prices soaring.



Lebanon County replenishes farmland preservation fund

Lebanon County will have nearly $1.5 million to preserve prime farmland this year, if anticipated federal matching funds come through.



Gulf Oil plans LNG facility in Great Bend

An oil company with Pennsylvania roots plans to have a liquefied natural gas facility up and running in Susquehanna County by the end of 2015.



State is ready to act if study of drilling radiation shows the need: PennLive letters

After reading Jan Murphy's article, "Which release is worse - radiation or information on radiation? DEP told to hand over data on well sites," we realized that we were not clear in our response to Murphy's inquiry on the TENORM study; and I want to stress a point that was not made evident.



Gov. Corbett agrees not to sign state park leases until court decision

The Corbett administration will not sign any new natural gas leases under state parks and forests until at least this fall under an agreement with an environmental group that was submitted in court on Thursday.



Court restores local zoning rules for shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania

An appeals court on Thursday curbed the state's power over local zoning rules that target the growing gas-drilling industry but upheld parts of Pennsylvania's revamped oil and gas laws involving notification of spills, eminent domain and medical records.



Butler County to get higher impact fees from gas activities

The windfall from Pennsylvania's impact fee on gas fracking activities in Butler County will be a third higher this year, and there's no shortage of what to do with the extra money. "We've got a lot of ideas on how to spend it," said Butler County Commissioners Chairman Bill McCarrier.



Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority replacing fleet with natural gas-powered buses

By next fall, buses operating on natural gas will begin making the rounds in the Valley. Bob Smith, operations manager for the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, said the price of compressed natural gas is more stable than diesel fuel, which the entire fleet now uses.