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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 ...

2nd well pad hearing held; no decision announced

Loyalsock Township's conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy's application to construct a gas well site at 2175 Warrensville Road continued with objectors' presentations and the supervisors' response at the fire hall Wednesday night.As of presstime, no decision had been announced.Jerry ...

Inflection presents case for new gas well site on township road

Loyalsock Township's conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy's application to construct a gas well site at 515 Hepburn Hill Road began with the applicant's presentation at the fire hall Wednesday night.Geologist Tom Gillespie, Inflection Energy's director of health safety and environment, ...

Bills to protect leaseholders pass state Senate

Two pieces of legislation designed to protect landowners with natural gas production on their property passed the state Senate on Wednesday.One bill would expedite the payment of royalties from gas companies to leaseholders, while the other would prohibit those companies from retaliating ...

EYEBALLING IT

Loyalsock Township's conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy's application to construct a gas well site at 2175 Warrensville Road continued at the fire hall Wednesday night.No decision was immediately announced as of presstime. Additional hearings may be held, but dates and times were not ...

Experts: Shale taxes could result in less state drilling

As the state prepares for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to take office, leaders from the natural gas industry voiced their disapproval of a proposed 5-percent severance tax during a media call Tuesday afternoon."The proposal threatens to stifle energy production and the jobs that go with it," said ...

Empire state to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, N.Y. - Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led ...