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Heirs to 19th century lumber baron claim gas rights in Loyalsock State Forest

A group representing the descendants of a 19th century lumber baron is claiming most of the mineral rights in an area of the Loyalsock State Forest where there are controversial plans to expand natural gas drilling– it’s a direct challenge to two gas companies who say they own the rights and have already submitted development [...]

New Marcellus Shale gas pipeline proposed for Pa., NJ

The Philadelphia Inquirer has the details on a proposed $1 billion pipeline project to bring natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to customers on the east coast. Wyomissing-based PennEast Pipeline Company said the pipeline would start in Luzerne County and travel about 105 miles to hook up with Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey. The company [...]

OSHA will not fine Chevron for fatal well fire in southwest Pennsylvania

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has wrapped up its investigation into the death of a worker at a Chevron natural gas well site in southwest Pennsylvania. The agency announced in a brief statement Tuesday it will not issue citations or fines for the incident. On Feb. 11, Ian McKee, 27, was killed when a well [...]

On public land, a gas company takes private control

On any given day Bob Deering doesn’t know how much trouble he’ll have getting to and from his home. He lives on a mountain in Lycoming County and he’s routinely stopped and questioned by security guards. It’s been happening for the past six years– ever since the natural gas boom began. “I’ve been coming up here [...]

Southwestern Energy fined for drilling unpermitted wells in Bradford County

Southwestern Energy Production company will have to pay $128,031 for drilling five unpermitted Marcellus Shale gas wells in Bradford County. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine today after the Houston, Texas company continued to drill even after the DEP issued a “notice of violation” in January 2013. Southwestern Energy has 229 active [...]

Lawmaker proposes Marcellus Shale tax with a twist

A natural gas extraction tax in Pennsylvania has been regarded at times as a silver bullet, and lawmakers have proposed shooting it every which way to solve financial woes. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone suggested aiming it at the state’s pension problems. Republican Sen. Tommy Tomlinson, running for reelection in [...]

Williams bans pipeline surveyors for trespassing

Lancaster Newspapers reports a crew of pipeline surveyors trespassed on at least five properties in Lancaster County. The surveyors were contractors for the pipeline company Williams, which has now banned the workers from this and all future projects, according to a spokeswoman. Five landowners spoke about the incidents in a press conference last night in Martic [...]

Transparency about fracking chemicals remains elusive

The website FracFocus.org was built to give the public answers to a burning question about the shale boom: what exactly were companies pumping down tens of thousands of wells to release oil and gas? Today, FracFocus has records for more than 77,000 wells. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states requiring operators to use the website as part of [...]

Pa. faults Chevron for lack of oversight, poor communication in fatal well fire

In a new report out today, the Department of Environmental Protection says Chevron was “too guarded” in its communication with state regulators and the media, and did not provide adequate information after a fatal well fire in southwest Pennsylvania. The DEP admits it is also to blame for the poor communication and that the agency did [...]

PPL proposes new transmission line

PPL Electric Utilities is looking to build a new multi-billion dollar transmission line to keep up with natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale and the changing landscape of power generation. If approved by regulators, the high-voltage power line is still a decade away but PPL has started planning. The transmission line would start in [...]

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