Marcellus Shale information

New DEP website provides data; 41 area drilling permits issued in May

As additional permits for gas drilling have been approved in central Pennsylvania by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the agency is introducing a website providing data ranging from air and water quality to municipal waste. The site at data-padep-1.opendata.arcgis.com allows ...

Everett won’t give up fighting for landowners

State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, has been trudging uphill to pass a gas royalties bill for the past three terms, and while there still is a long way to go he promised he is not giving up anytime soon. “I’m going to try to find a way to get these landowners paid fairly. More fairly at ...

DEP and supporters urge high court to reverse limits on pollution fines

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nearly 100 Pennsylvania elected officials, environmental groups and businesses signed on to legal briefs recently to support the Department of Environmental Protection in a state Supreme Court case that could severely restrict the maximum fines the state can issue for ...

Official: Gas demand will continue to grow

WILKES-BARRE (AP) — The demand for natural gas across the country is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next decade and by even more in Pennsylvania, said Carl Marrara, vice president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. He said improved ...

Small companies push back against One Call expansion

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Last fall, the chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee in the Pennsylvania House put off making the substantial amendments to the state’s One Call safe digging law that were endorsed by the Senate until he could hear all parties debate the changes. On June 5, for ...

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Virginia-based energy giant changes name RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond, Virginia-based energy giant Dominion Resources Inc. has changed its name to Dominion Energy Inc. The company said in a news release that shareholders voted Wednesday to approve the new name. The proposed change was ...

Combustible ice being extracted from seafloor

BEIJING (AP) — Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. But experts said May 19 that large-scale ...

EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he’s issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule ...

DEP extends comment period for revisions on methane emissions

Hundreds of people are speaking out on reducing methane emissions at natural gas well sites and compressor stations. The state Department of Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments from the public on proposed revisions for establishing Best Available Technology (BAT) practices for ...

Williams pipeline project moves ahead, with ‘heat’

Expansion of the Williams Transco pipeline that will transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region to markets in the U.S. is expected to continue this year The 185-mile Central Penn Line, part of the Atlantic Sunrise Project, includes 185 miles of pipeline through parts of central ...

Gas-fired power plant takes step in Renovo

RENOVO — Plans are moving forward on construction of an $800 million, natural gas fired electric power station here. Renovo Council in February heard an update on the plans by Bechtel Development Corp. and Renovo Energy Center (REC) LLC’s massive investment. Thomas D. Emero, director ...

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Pa. Supreme Court again considers Marcellus zoning PHILADELPHIA — The state Supreme Court heard arguments March 8 in a Marcellus Shale zoning case that could have broad implications for how municipal governments decide which of their land use districts are appropriate for oil and gas ...

Natural gas industry transportation and related equipment sits idle at Adeva Energy’s site along Lycoming Creek Road awaiting the call for more drilling action. 
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Permit approvals encouraging sign

It may be a stretch to conclude that the natural gas drilling is returning in force to central Pennsylvania. The boom days of several years ago are becoming a more distant memory each day for places such as Lycoming and Tioga counties and the Bradford County community of Towanda. Still, ...

Compressor station gets OK from planning commission

Plans are underway for a natural gas compressor station near Trout Run. Approval of the land development for the station, owned by NFG Midstream Trout Run LLC, a subsidiary of Natural Fuel Gas Midstream Corp., was given during the Lycoming County Planning Commission’s meeting Jan. ...

Surge in ‘downstream’ energy job openings provides hope

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Gas industry terms used in this story include: Upstream (exploration and production) jobs include land agents, roustabouts, floor hands, service operators and environmental control workers. Midstream (transportation, storage and marketing) jobs include process operators, ...

Pa. landowner challenges gas royalty deductions — and wins

MT. POCONO (AP) — For more than four years, the natural gas company tapping the Marcellus Shale beneath Paul Sidorek’s 150-acre property in rural northeastern Pennsylvania took deductions for preparing and shipping his share of the gas. The deductions reduced his royalties by $5,000 a ...

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UGI gas rates increase in local area UGI Utilities Inc. — Gas Division announced its purchased gas cost rates increased effective March 1. As a result, the average residential heating customer’s bill will rise 1.4 percent, from $63.74 per month to $64.62 per month. “Even with this ...

Will rules on oil and gas industry wastewater be revised?

A consent decree recently approved in federal court ordering the federal Environmental Protection Agency to review its rules for the disposal and handling of oil and gas waste may be far from perfect, environmentalists say, but at least it’s a start. “It is a step in the right ...

New gas deals offer nearly $1.5M bonus payments to Game Commission

Energy-development agreements approved recently by the state Game Commissioners are expected to result in nearly $1.5 million in bonus payments, which will be added to the Game Fund. Energy Corporation of America has agreed to develop natural gas under about 370 acres beneath state Game Lands ...

$1 million pipeline investment grant in Elk County announced

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved a $1 million state grant for Domtar Paper Co.’s installation of a 3-mile pipeline to its facility in Elk County, announced state Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway. Scarnati, who was instrumental in securing funding for the project, explained ...