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Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil and Gas Regulations

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Despite formal disapproval by Pennsylvania House and Senate Committees, the Commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, on April 21, 2016, in a 3-2 decision, approved contentious oil and gas regulations that the Governor’s Office claims will improve protection of water resources, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency and improve data management.  The regulations include updates to the… Continue Reading

EIA: Marcellus and Utica Account for 85% of Increase in Natural Gas Production Since 2012

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that since 2012, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays have accounted for 85% of the increase in U.S. natural gas production. The EIA attributes this growth to a number of factors, including greater use of advanced drilling techniques, increased number of stages used in hydraulic fracturing operations, increased… Continue Reading

Forbes: “Amazing” Rise in U.S. Natural Gas Production

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Forbes reports on the “amazing” rise in natural gas production in the United States: “Shale gas today is nearly 50% of U.S. gas supply, when the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012 projected that this wouldn’t happen until 2035.” The article further notes that “[c]urrent marketed U.S. natural gas production is 75 Bcf/day, compared to 58 Bcf/day in… Continue Reading

Op-Ed on America’s “Remarkable Shale Revolution”

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In a Cleveland Plain-Dealer op-ed, Professor Robert W. Chase writes about the reasons that led to today’s “remarkable shale revolution” in the United States. Among the factors that Professor Chase points to: (1) resource-rich shale formations, (2) private ownership of mineral rights, and (3) ample supply of infrastructure and experienced labor. Click here to read the story.… Continue Reading

PA: DEP to Create Pipeline Taskforce

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection “is proposing to create a task force — modeled after a state collaboration that established voluntary wind turbine siting standards — that would include pipeline companies, nonprofits, municipalities, conservation agencies and others to propose ways to reduce community impacts and improve economic efficiency in pipeline planning.” Read… Continue Reading

Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites

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The  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) issued draft revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites. According to the DEP’s press release, the specific changes would: • Require operators to demonstrate that streams and wetlands will be protected if the edge of the well pad is within 100 feet of the resource,… Continue Reading

PA: PennEast Pipeline to Create 12,000 Jobs in PA and NJ

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From the Times Leader: The planned PennEast Pipeline — which will start in Luzerne County — will create 12,000 jobs within a six-county area and have a $1.62 billion impact on Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to a economic impact study released Monday. A two-month study by Drexel University School of Economics and Econsult Solutions… Continue Reading

PA: Court Finds State Oil and Gas Revenue Allocated to PA General Fund Constitutional

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Recently the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania announced its holding in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas W. Corbett, Jr., in his official Capacity as Governor.  The court found against the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation and upheld the state legislature’s ability to appropriate revenue resulting from oil and gas… Continue Reading

Sunoco to Build 2.4 Million Barrel NGL Storage Facility Outside of Philadelphia

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Reuters reports that Sunoco Logistics Partners is seeking Pennsylvania’s approval to build cryogenic tanks at a site outside of Philadelphia. The tanks will be capable of storing up to 2.4 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Earlier this month, Sunoco announced it was proceeding with a $2.5 billion pipeline project—dubbed Mariner East 2—which will bring… Continue Reading

Shale Boom Not Slowing Down Despite Price Slump

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From Bloomberg: "The U.S. shale boom does not appear to be slowing in response to the oil-price slump, with the country’s output of petroleum liquids rising above 12 million barrels a day for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency. U.S. production of crude oil, condensate and natural gas liquids climbed to 12.2… Continue Reading

PA: Universities and Charities Benefiting from Marcellus Shale

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the windfall PA universities and charities are seeing from the Marcellus Shale:  Some universities and charities don’t need a gas well in their backyards to be enriched by the Marcellus shale frenzy. Contributions of mineral rights and royalty checks are flowing in from landowners who are sitting on fortunes because of the… Continue Reading

WV: Gastar Wins Bid to Drill Under Ohio River

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Gastar Exploration is the winning bidder for the right to develop the Marcellus and Utica formations under the Ohio River in West Virginia. The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register reports: Because his company spent more than $500 million while successfully fracking 64 Marcellus and Utica shale wells in Marshall County, Mike McCown believes Gastar Exploration can… Continue Reading

Utica and Marcellus Could Support Three Cracker Plants

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio’s Utica shale in generating enough liquid ethane to support new so-called cracker plants. That assessment came Tuesday from Cleveland State University economist Iryna Lendel, a speaker at the day-long Utica Summit II at Kent State University’s Stark Campus. At least four cracker cracks to turn ethane into ethylene, a… Continue Reading

Marcellus Shale Created 45,0000 Construction Jobs According to New Study

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A new study commissioned by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee found that the Marcellus shale play created over 45,000 construction jobs between 2008 through the first half of 2014. The study concludes that: A preliminary examination of employment data in states related to the Marcellus Shale Play (i.e., Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia)… Continue Reading

PA: Marcellus Production

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Columbus Business First has a good article on Marcellus production:  "The Marcellus is far and away the biggest natural gas producer among the top six shale plays, dwarfing production totals from the much ballyhooed Eagle Ford and Bakken plays in Texas and North Dakota, respectively. To put things in perspective, Associated Press reported that if… Continue Reading

EIA: Rig Movement Between PA and WV

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The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has an interesting post on drilling rig activities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia:  "Drilling continues to shift out of the dry region of northeast Pennsylvania, where most natural gas production in the Appalachian Basin’s Marcellus Shale play has occurred. *** As part of this shift, drilling activity has increasingly moved… Continue Reading

Bentek Natural Gas Report

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The WSJ is reporting on a new analysis from Bentek Energy:  "Massive shale-driven production growth in the U.S. Northeast and soaring demand from the Southeast will turn the nation’s traditional south-to-north and west-to-east pipeline natural gas flows and price spreads upside down, according to Bentek Energy(R), the natural gas and oil analytics unit of Platts,… Continue Reading

Ohio’s Utica Shale

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The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the Utica and Marcellus are poised to benefit local utilities and consumers:  "The two shales are capable of producing enough natural gas to power electric-producing power plants now fueled with coal and other large customers, [Justin Carlson of Bentek Energy] told 250 people on Tuesday at the Think About… Continue Reading

Liquid Pipelines Out of Appalachia

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting article on moving natural gas liquids from Appalachia to the Gulf Coast:  "Over the past year, several energy infrastructure firms have announced plans to transport Pennsylvania liquids to the petrochemical facilities and export markets available in towns near the Gulf Coast like Beaumont. Oftentimes, the deals are financed with… Continue Reading

PA: New Water Study

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published a recent study on the impacts of shale development on surface water quality in Pennsylvania.  Of note:  "The density of shale gas wells upstream in a monitor’s watershed has a statistically insignificant effect on Cl- concentration downstream ***."  What does that mean?  From a related Council on… Continue Reading

Another PA Pipeline Planned

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This article in the Reading Eagle discusses an expansion of Texas Eastern’s transmission line in Berks County, PA.  "The proposed expansion of the Texas Eastern infrastructure, which went into service in 1954 and is several pipelines running parallel below ground, would put a new 36-inch diameter pipeline in a 5.6-mile stretch. It would run through… Continue Reading

Marcellus Activity to Slow in 2013?

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That’s the report from the Washington Post:  "Energy experts say the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas production will slow this year but not because there’s any lack of supply. *** The slowdown is happening because drillers are waiting for pipelines to expand, new markets to develop and wholesale prices to rise."  Some items of… Continue Reading