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Protesters arrested opposing natural gas exports

Two dozen environmental activists were arrested Monday outside the Washington D.C. offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They were protesting the proposed Cove Point export terminal for liquefied natural gas. If approved by FERC, the facility would be the closest gas export terminal to the Marcellus Shale. About 40 protesters participated in the demonstration. [...]

Corbett announces $12.5 million in renewable energy grants

Governor Corbett announced $12.5 million dollars will be available for grants and loans to fund renewable energy projects around the state. The grants will financed by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority for solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass projects. Funding will also be available for alternative energy fuels, manufacturing, and research. “This funding is an opportunity for [...]

Turzai: gas extraction tax is not the answer

In an interview Thursday with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R- Allegheny) said he opposes the idea of enacting a natural gas extraction tax as a way to balance the state budget. Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office is projecting a $1.3 billion budget gap this year. From the Tribune-Review: Turzai didn’t say whether he’d use [...]

Thousands rally in Harrisburg to support Marcellus Shale development

Thousands of supporters of natural gas development marched to the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg today. Estimates of up to 3,000 people from all over the state hopped on buses and turned out for the day-long event, hosted by the state’s main gas industry trade group—the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Bob Beck works for [...]

Most drillers ignore law requiring inclusion of minorities and women

Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers have largely ignored a state law requiring efforts to include minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in contracting opportunities. Last year, fewer than a third of the state’s gas operators replied to a legally-mandated survey asking them to document their use of small diverse businesses. Among the companies that did reply, about [...]

Winter price spikes drive 50K Pa. electric customers back to local suppliers

Electricity customers in Pennsylvania on variable rate plans suffered from sticker shock this winter when temperatures plunged and prices spiked. That’s driven at least 50,000 customers back to their local utilities since early March, according to the state Public Utility Commission. Rather than shopping around for electric suppliers, those customers are letting geography choose for them, [...]

Royalties bill stalled in state legislature

A bill aimed at guaranteeing minimum royalty payments to landowners who have leased their property for natural gas drilling has hit a snag in the state legislature, according to the Towanda Daily Review: Speaking at a meeting on Tuesday of the Bradford County Council of Republican Women, Baker, R-Wellsboro, said that the leadership of the [...]

Union groups supporting boom in gas-related jobs

Union groups are vocally supporting the jobs gains made by natural gas development, to the frustration of some environmental groups who continue to oppose it. From the Associated Press: “The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families,” said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers’ International Union, [...]

Pa. drill rig manufacturer taking the ‘rough’ out of roughnecking

As shale oil and gas production soars in states like Pennsylvania, Texas and North Dakota, the number of drill rigs towering over treetops is on the decline. Operators are becoming more efficient and advances in technology are driving other changes in oil and gas fields. Several hours away from where drillers are boring down into Pennsylvania’s [...]

Shell holds public meetings on proposed cracker plant

Shell is still weighing whether to build a multibillion dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County. A spokesman for the company says it may spend another one or two years deciding. Although Shell first announced its interest in an industrial site outside Monaca over two years ago, Dan Carlson, who is general manager for new business [...]

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