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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 [...]

While pushing gas tax, Wolf vague on how much money would stay local

At a campaign stop in Harrisburg Friday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf repeated his pledge to enact a new tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas production. “I want to put a five percent severance tax on that gas,” he told a crowd of supporters. “And do it responsibly, from an environmental point of view.” Gas companies [...]

2014 Governor’s Race: Face off over the sweet spot on taxing Marcellus Shale

Here’s something Governor Tom Corbett and his democratic challenger Tom Wolf agree on: Each calls Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas a “game-changer” for the state’s economy. But they disagree on how to get the most out of the gas boom for all Pennsylvania residents. Comparisons to Texas keep coming up in the race. And natural [...]

Fracking in Texas helps the state’s public school fund top Harvard’s endowment

A fund that collects rents and royalties from oil and natural gas development to Texas public schools recently became the largest education endowment in the country. The publicly run endowment, called the Permanent School Fund, is worth $37.7 billion dollars. That’s $1.3 billion more than Harvard University’s $36.4 billion endowment. Jim Suydam, a spokesperson for [...]

Mind ‘the gap’: why more gas means more pipelines

Pennsylvania is producing more gas than it knows what to do with. Amid a push to export gas to foreign markets, there’s also a shift away from coal toward gas at electric power plants. Right now the state gets about 20 percent of its electricity from gas, but that’s expected to increase significantly. All these changes are [...]

Federal regulators approve Cove Point gas export terminal

Federal regulators have approved a proposal to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Dominion’s Cove Point, Maryland terminal. The facility was originally designed to receive gas imports, but will now become the closest export terminal to the Marcellus Shale. As the domestic fracking boom has unleashed record amounts of natural gas and depressed prices, the industry has [...]

Travel the Turnpike with StateImpact Pennsylvania

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Drivers traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike can see nearly every major form of energy from their car window. As the federal government pushes states to cut emissions that are leading to climate change, StateImpact Pennsylvania took a road trip down the toll road. We profiled five major energy sources along the way: coal, wind, nuclear, solar, [...]

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