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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 [...]

Old debate over taxing Marcellus Shale getting new life

An old debate over taxing natural gas production in Pennsylvania has been getting new life. A Republican state representative from Bucks County has introduced legislation to create a severance tax on shale gas. Democrats running to unseat Governor Tom Corbett are also calling for a tax. Last week, a report by the state’s Independent Financial [...]

U.S. Census Bureau: mining is fastest-growing sector of economy

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction are the fastest-growing sectors of the nation’s economy, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The federal agency publishes an economic census every five years. This report examines national data from the year 2012. The previous economic census looked at 2007– before the recession hit. “In [...]

Businesses already betting on proposed ethane cracker in Beaver County

Royal Dutch Shell is still mulling over its proposal for a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County. However, businesses are already betting on the plant that would break down natural gas liquids into building blocks for manufacturing. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports new hotels and housing could be on the way to Beaver County as engineering [...]

Analysis finds Pa.’s effective tax rate on shale gas wells among lowest

Pennsylvania has one of the lowest effective tax rates on shale gas extraction, according to an analysis from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). The analysis only considers Marcellus gas wells going into production this year. It compares Pennsylvania against ten other shale gas-producing states around the country. “The states we examined were either a large [...]

Berks County gas-to-liquids plant gets preliminary approval

Supervisors in South Heidelberg Township, Berks County have given preliminary approval to a plant that would turn natural gas into liquid motor fuel. The gas-to-liquids plant is among the first of several similar projects proposed around the state. The idea is to turn Pennsylvania’s cheap, abundant natural gas into more expensive liquid fuel. The plant would cost between [...]

Maryland court rules in favor of proposal to export natural gas

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has ruled in favor of a plan by Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from an existing import terminal at Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland. It is the closest such facility to the Marcellus Shale. In a federal lawsuit, the Sierra Club argued that an agreement between the [...]

Pennsylvania shale production continued to grow in 2013

Pennsylvania’s annual gas production swelled last year, with drilling companies pulling 3.1 trillion cubic feet of gas from the Marcellus Shale and other unconventional formations in 2013, according to new data released by the state. The production data is reported by operators and is not verified before it is posted online by the Department of [...]

Shell seeks to move Pa. highway for proposed ethane cracker

The Associated Press is reporting that Shell Chemical LP is seeking to relocate a state highway in western Pennsylvania as part of its proposal to build a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker. From the AP: PennDOT spokesman Dan Cessna says Shell would pay for the changes, which include moving a section of Route 18 in Beaver County [...]

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