Marcellus Shale information

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 ...

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$4.2 billion natural gas pipeline approved A federal agency has approved construction of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline extending from West Virginia to Michigan, turning aside objections from some landowners and environmentalists. Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover Pipeline will ...

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 ...

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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 ...