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Thanksgiving gas prices fall to lowest levels in five years

Good news for the estimated 41 million Americans who plan travel more than 50 miles by car this Thanksgiving week–gasoline prices are continuing to decline, averaging $2.82 per gallon. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it’s the lowest price heading into Thanksgiving since 2009. What’s behind the price drop? Part of the reason is the [...]

Pennsylvania gets no property tax from expanding pipelines

While Pennsylvania gains no tax revenue from expanding pipelines, that’s not the case across the river in New Jersey. The Allentown Morning-Call reports on how the proposed Penn East pipeline is expected to generate $54,000 for Delaware Township, New Jersey, and $329,000 each year to the local county and school district. But on the Pennsylvania side [...]

EPA boosts rules for methane reporting by oil and gas producers

The Environmental Protection Agency has moved to require oil and gas operators to improve how they measure methane leaks. Climate scientists and environmentalists increasingly worry about the warming aspects of methane. Although carbon dioxide has been the focus in the fight against global warming, methane is actually more potent in the short run. And as [...]

New report counts more than 13,000 renewable energy jobs in Pa.

A new report shows the renewable and alternative energy industry supports more than 13,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance and Environmental Entrepreneurs – the two nonprofit organizations that put out the report – are touting it as the first full accounting of these jobs, which are not tracked by the state. The Department [...]

Pipeline conference planned for State College next week

A one-day conference next week will focus exclusively on the midstream side of the natural gas business. The first annual Midstream PA conference is co-hosted by Penn State and Shale Directories. It will be held next Tuesday at the Penn Stater in State College and bring together some of the biggest midstream companies and drillers in the [...]

Court permanently bars activist from gas sites

A Susquehanna County judge has ruled that 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will be permanently barred from setting foot on Cabot Oil & Gas sites. Scroggins has been a thorn in the company’s side for years. She hosts a lot of citizen gas tours around Susquehanna County where Cabot has most of its operations. The [...]

Shell to buy Beaver County industrial site for proposed ethane cracker

A proposal to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania has taken another step forward. Shell Chemical announced Friday it will buy the site of a former zinc plant in Beaver County. The cracker plant would turn ethane – a natural gas liquid being extracted in abundance from the Marcellus Shale – into ethylene, [...]

Three new gas-fired power plants planned for Pennsylvania

The Associated Press reports three new natural gas fired power plants are planned for Pennsylvania. One of the plants will be located in Bradford County and the other two are planned for Tioga County. Construction could begin as early as next year. From the AP: Officials said at a Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development [...]

Shell plans more public meetings on proposed ethane cracker

Shell Chemicals is planning a pair of public meetings to discuss its proposed ethane cracker plant for western Pennsylvania. If built, the multi-billion dollar plant would convert natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale into products used by the plastics industry. Two identical meetings will be held Thursday, November 13th at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts [...]

Governor Tom Corbett says the impact fee is still the best deal for Pennsylvanians

Governor Tom Corbett speaks about taxing the Marcellus Shale in an interview at WHYY in Philadelphia

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips sat down with both candidates for governor and pressed them on energy issues. The candidates visited WHYY in Philadelphia, where several reporters interviewed them for about ten minutes each. Wolf has proposed taxing the Marcellus Shale gas differently than Governor Corbett. Wolf wants to charge a 5 percent tax on the [...]

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