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State checked 1 Pennsylvania well that feds missed
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 9:58 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An Associated Press review has found wide disparities by state in inspections of oil and gas wells on federal lands.

Green groups question state's gas drilling report
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection thinks it is doing a good job regulating the biggest gas drilling boom in the nation, but environmental groups say that a new state report is far too optimistic.

'Forced pooling' hearings delayed again
Posted: May 07, 2014

The Pennsylvania DEP has again delayed the hearings regarding “forced pooling” -- on a 3,267-acre tract of land in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

W.Va. experts: Quakes from fracking nothing to get shook up about
Posted: April 27, 2014

CHEAT LAKE, W.Va. – Two experts said the processes involved in the natural gas drilling process are linked to earthquakes, but should not be a serious cause for alarm.

Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania
Posted: April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania intersection was shut down after crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations.

Shell cracker plant meetings draw hundreds
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 8:29 am

HOPEWELL TWP. -- If anyone had doubts about the interest in the ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter Township by Shell Oil Co., they were likely assuaged Wednesday as approximately 1,200 people packed into the Club at Shadow Lakes golf course for Wednesday’s two separate public meetings on the project.

Methane levels from shale drillers disputed
Updated: May 07, 2014 - 10:31 am

Increased regulations and improvements in the natural gas industry continue to drive a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, although a study shows regulators might be missing some measurements.

US rig count up 13 to 1,831
Posted: April 14, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 last week to 1,831.

Shale gas drilling approaches Deer Lakes Park entrance
Posted: April 14, 2014

Drilling for natural gas near Allegheny County's Deer Lakes Park isn't just a possibility. It's happening.

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:38 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

Energy forums prepare students for industry jobs post-graduation
Posted: April 11, 2014

CANONSBURG — Still a senior at the Western Area Career and Technology Center, 18-year-old Haylee Vujanovich already has multiple job offers.

DEP issues Chevron nine violations in wake of Greene County well explosion
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:44 am

The Pennsylvania DEP has issued nine violations to Chevron Appalachia in the wake of a well explosion in Greene County that left one man injured and killed another.

Energy firms want role in next phase of shale case
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:39 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The energy industry wants a Pennsylvania state court to let it play a formal role in sorting out the loose ends left to resolve after a landmark court decision on a new state law designed to modernize oil and gas drilling regulations.

State doesn't make all drilling complaints public
Posted: April 07, 2014

Testimony in a lawsuit over shale gas drilling suggests Pennsylvania regulators don't always publicly release records of pollution complaints.

US rig count up 9 to 1,818
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 8:33 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine last week to 1,818.

Pennsylvania to collect $224.5 million in impact fees
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:38 am

Impact fees are making the state a big paycheck.

White House signals tighter rules on methane gas emissions
Posted: March 31, 2014

The Obama administration outlined a new strategy for addressing methane, signaling it may move to regulate a potent greenhouse gas released into the air from hydraulic fracturing.

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist
Posted: March 31, 2014

A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has loosened restrictions on an anti-fracking activist who had been barred from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling
Posted: March 31, 2014

An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land.

FAA: Airport drilling won't have significant effects
Posted: March 31, 2014

Drilling for natural gas on land at Pittsburgh International Airport won’t have a significant impact on the environment, Federal Aviation Administration officials said Thursday.

Fracking activist wants back on driller's land
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 7:49 am

A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers.

Youngstown man pleads guilty in wastewater dumping
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

The former owner of D&L Energy pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations in the dumping of fracking wastewater into a northeast Ohio storm sewer.

US rig count down 6 to 1,803
Posted: March 24, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six last week to 1,803.

Pa. DEP delays hearing on gas ‘pooling'
Posted: March 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection delayed a hearing about forced pooling in Lawrence and Mercer counties set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Consol names DeIuliis to succeed Harvey as CEO
Posted: March 24, 2014

Calling his promotion to CEO more "evolution" than revolution, Nicholas DeIuliis said on Friday that Consol Energy Inc. is nevertheless working on another big deal that will add value for shareholders.

Shell cracker plant fate still unknown
Posted: March 21, 2014

HOPEWELL TWP. -- Shell Oil Co. is still staying mum -- at least for a little while longer.

Shale coalition unveils new 'grassroots' program
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 9:01 am

PLAINS TWP., Pa. — The Marcellus Shale Coalition, longtime promoter for industrial natural gas development, now aspires to advocate on behalf of everyone else who benefits from it.

Plea change hearing for Ohio wastewater official
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 8:30 am

A change of plea hearing has been set for the former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Drilling impact fees OK'd in agreement on Pennsylvania oil and gas law
Updated: March 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

The impact fee on Pennsylvania's shale drillers is likely to stand under an agreement reached in the challenge of the state's revamped oil and gas laws.

US rig count up 17 to 1,809
Posted: March 16, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 last week to 1,809.

Corbett defends natural gas policy
Posted: March 16, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his opposition to an extraction tax on natural gas, telling a newspaper that higher costs could drive away the industry.

Leaseholder worries about explosives left idle in holes
Updated: March 24, 2014 - 7:36 am

SPRINGHILL TWP. -- When Gerald Medved signed a lease to allow seismic testing on his property, he thought the process would be over in a matter of days.

Shell to reduce 2014 spending by 20 percent
Posted: March 14, 2014

Shell Oil Co. plans to reduce capital spending by 20 percent this year compared to 2013, company CEO Ben van Beurden said in the company’s annual report, released Thursday.

Marcellus shale driller Noble Energy Inc. sinks roots into Pittsburgh
Posted: March 12, 2014

Dropping an anchor in Pittsburgh was an easy choice for executives at Noble Energy Inc.

Gas tax could factor into Pennsylvania gubernatorial race
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 9:01 am

A debate over how to tax the plentiful gas from Pennsylvania shale is intensifying and will remain prominent this election year as Democrats use it to attack Gov. Tom Corbett, observers say.

Natural gas industry struggles to keep promises
Updated: March 11, 2014 - 8:35 am

HOUSTON (AP) — America's plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected.

Ohio halts gas drilling near site of earthquakes
Updated: March 16, 2014 - 11:07 pm

State regulators ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations in an area of northeastern Ohio after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area.

Chevron pizza 'scandal' isn't one in small town
Posted: March 10, 2014

Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker.

DEP: Radiation levels normal at well explosion site
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 8:32 am

DUNKARD TWP. -- Radiation levels are normal after last month’s gas well fire in Greene County, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials said Friday.

Minorities crucial to filling drilling jobs
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 8:26 am

For Jade Morel, the labor landscape in Pennsylvania looks a lot different from what it did when she was growing up near Johnstown.

US rig count up 23 to 1,792
Posted: March 10, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 23 last week to 1,792.

DEP routinely changes data on gas wells
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 8:13 am

Since Feb. 18, when the Pennsylvania DEP released natural gas production data for the second half of 2013, the department changed it at least eight times.

Pa. Democrats vying for Lt. Gov. clash on drilling
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 8:17 am

HARRISUBURG, Pa. (AP) — Six Democrats running for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania clashed during a debate Saturday in front of the party's liberal activists over whether the state should stop, at least temporarily, drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation.

Wyo. water testing rule doesn't include punishment
Posted: March 03, 2014

Wyoming’s groundwater testing rule goes into effect today amid questions from industry and environmentalists over how it will be implemented.

A tax on fracking would have raised millions
Posted: February 25, 2014

HARRISBURG -- As he has done during each budget address since taking office, Gov. Tom Corbett this year praised the Marcellus shale gas industry as the linchpin of his economic and jobs policies.

Fee hike will put more inspectors in field
Posted: February 24, 2014

HARRISBURG - State regulators plan to hire several dozen new staffers for gas and oil regulatory duties with revenue coming from a permit fee hike for Marcellus Shale wells.

Conn. considers ban on natural gas wastewater
Posted: February 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A year after approving a massive expansion of natural gas use in Connecticut, state lawmakers are considering a ban on storing or recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of gas exploration.

DEP: Wasterwater plant application lacking
Updated: February 24, 2014 - 8:09 am

An application to build a natural gas wastewater recycling facility in Lake Township has lots of holes, from using buckets to catch potentially toxic spills to explaining just how the polluted water will be treated, the state Department of Environmental Protection determined.

Colorado first state to clamp down on methane pollution from fracking
Updated: February 25, 2014 - 8:54 am

DENVER — Colorado regulators approved groundbreaking controls on emissions from oil and natural gas operations after an unusual coalition of energy companies and environmentalists agreed on measures to counter worsening smog.

Pa. Supreme Court won't revisit gas drilling case
Posted: February 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments.

Anti-fracking is a Civil Rights movement
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

“This is a civil human rights action that is all. Forget about it, no politician will save you. They have to be held accountable,” said Craig Stevens, and, if you are taking any lessons from his playbook from Monday’s blog, targeting infrastructure is the way to bypass political inaction and thwart the sprawling pipeline infrastructure that brings liquid natural gas(LNG) to market.

Why energy will top Pennsylvania’s legislative agenda in 2015
Updated: December 05, 2014 - 2:31 pm

It’s official. Democrat Tom Wolf will assume the reigns of the governorship of Pennsylvania from Republican Tom Corbett following the turn of the New Year.