Marcellus Shale information

KEEP DRILLING

Banning natural gas production simply would be disastrous for the economy, according to business leaders and those with ties to the industry. Late in 2016, a number of officials cited reasons as to why drilling should continue. Their comments during a teleconference with the media come on ...

Local pipeline activist calls North Dakota a ‘rallying cry’

Jason White, of Mansfield, has made the protection of a tribal water source in North Dakota his personal cause. Originally from Columbia Cross Roads, White, 32, and his brother, Joshua, now of Dover, Delaware, are among the protesters who have braved frigid North Dakota weather as part of an ...

State DEP unveils methane controls for shale gas sites

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental officials unveiled plans for new permits aimed at limiting methane and other air pollution from shale gas well sites and compressor stations on Dec. 8, adding specifics to a methane reduction strategy Gov. Tom Wolf announced as a priority at the ...

PA Energy

By The Associated Press Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations. The Department of Environmental Protection said Dec. 7 that subsidiaries of Rice Energy Inc. operated an ...

Royalty bill battle is not over

Local leaders who have been supportive of passage of House Bill 1391, which would have made sure landowners who lease their land to natural gas drillers don’t get less than one-eighth of the dollar value of produced gas from wells on their land or in which they are a unit, are disappointed ...

Energy plant powers up in Lycoming County

MONTGOMERY — Construction began on the massive Marcellus Shale-gas power plant, Patriot Energy Center, a little over two years ago. To celebrate its completion, Panda Power Funds held an official commissioning ceremony at the Clinton Township location on Nov. 16. The power plant, the second ...

Amelia Papapetropoulos

Caterer finds fulfillment in drilling industry

Life at a drilling site is difficult. The hours are long, the work is hard and a person can develop a pretty good appetite during a shift. And the food? For many it might be a bologna sandwich or a frozen dinner. Enter Amelia Papapetropoulos, owner of Amelia’s Elegant ...

Vast shale oil field in Texas could yield 20 billion barrels

DALLAS (AP) — A vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the U.S. Geological Survey has ever assessed, agency officials said. The Wolfcamp Shale geologic formation in the Midland area also contains an estimated ...

Pipeline projects’ importance emphasized

A discussion during a Sept. 28 conference call with leaders of Pennsylvania's natural gas and manufacturing industries shed light on the industry's concerns about the future of the natural gas industry in the state and how it hinges on whether or not pipeline projects that will transport ...

US helicopters sent to Haiti after hurricane

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Rescue workers in Haiti struggled to reach isolated towns on Haiti's southern peninsula and learn the full extent of the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew as the powerful storm lashed at the Bahamas on Wednesday and triggered large-scale evacuations along ...

Quickly rising cost of Medicaid expansion is unnerving some states

ATLANTA - The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.Far more people than projected are signing up under the new, more relaxed eligibility requirements, and ...

Parents of teen with nut allergy who died reach settlement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The parents of a teen girl with a peanut allergy who died in their arms after she ate a snack at a camp have reached a $15 million settlement with the city of Sacramento, they announced Wednesday.Natalie Giorgi, 13, died in July 2013 after eating a Rice Krispie snack ...

Royal-ty Pain

TOWANDA - Spurred on by Wilmot Township supervisors recently adopting a resolution demanding an end to gas and oil production on leaseholders' property within the township until post-production costs cease to be removed from royalty checks, about 750 people filled the auditorium at Towanda ...

State agency announces gas and oil drilling rules

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Environmental Protection announced and explored its new rulemaking package during a live webinar Wednesday morning. The Environmental Quality Board will consider the rules for adoption at a meeting Feb. 3.The rulemaking is a product of consultations with the ...

Gas well emergency training to prepare first responders

CHARTIERS (AP) - Officials say a new half-million-dollar training center in western Pennsylvania will help prepare first responders in several states for emergencies at natural gas well sites and production facilities.Fire commissioner Tim Solobay called the facility at Washington County Fire ...

Donations help fund use of protective vests for K9s

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Most police dog handlers say their K-9 counterparts haven't needed their protective vests. But they're happy to have the equipment, and more K-9s in the area are being outfitted with vests.Twenty police dogs nationwide were killed in the line of duty in 2014, including ...

Bulldozer rolls over, kills pipeline worker

ROARING BRANCH (AP) - A pipeline worker is dead after the bulldozer he was operating rolled over in northern Pennsylvania.It happened just before noon Tuesday in Union Township.State police say 54-year-old Ricky Dettman was driving a bulldozer on steep grade when it rolled down the hill, ...

‘Jobs that pay’

ALLENWOOD - As he toured a local natural gas well training site Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf emphasized the need for the state to continue investing in the industry."I really want to make this industry work for Pennsylvania," he told the Sun-Gazette at Pennsylvania College of ...

Planner testifies at Inflection gas well hearing

Loyalsock Township's conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy's application to construct a gas well site at 515 Hepburn Hill Road continued with the applicant presenting testimony from a professional land-use planner at the fire hall Wednesday night.No decision was immediately announced as ...

Township witness counters Inflection growth report

Officials continued to present testimony this week at Loyalsock Township's ongoing conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy, which wants to construct a gas well at 2175 Warrensville Road.Doug Keith, executive director of Williamsport Municipal Water Authority, was among those testifying.He ...