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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 [...]

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 [...]

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