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Allegheny County could get $73M in park gas drilling deal

Allegheny County could receive as much as $73 million by leasing a public park for natural gas drilling, including a $3.5 million signing bonus. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obtained documents from Range Resources that detailed the company’s proposal to county Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Range wants the county to lease all 1,180 acres of Deer Lakes Park [...]

Ferlo Introduces ‘Open-Ended’ Fracking Moratorium Bill

Legislators will soon be considering a bill that would place an “open-ended” ban on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The bill, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) doesn’t place a time limit on the moratorium in order to allow a seven-member commission, created by the bill, to study a range of impacts of hydraulic [...]

EQT And Consol Bid To Drill At Pittsburgh-Area Airports

Two companies – EQT and Consol – have submitted bids to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport. Allegheny County owns the land at both facilities, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald sees the drilling revenue as a way to alleviate airline expenses at the underused Pittsburgh International Airport. “Will that bring every airline [...]

Act 13 Review Prompts Testy Legal Exchange

South Fayette, Allegheny County, is not a big fan of the fact that the Public Utility Commission is reviewing whether or not its drilling ordinances fit within the parameters of Act 13. More from the Post-Gazette: In a filing dated Friday, attorneys for South Fayette, which was part of the legal challenge to Act 13, [...]

Pipe Bomb Found Near Allegheny County Pipeline

Allegheny County’s bomb squad was called in to detonate a pipe bomb found next to a natural gas pipeline in Buffalo Township, Allegheny County yesterday. More from the Post-Gazette: A contractor working on a natural gas pipeline in Washington County on Monday afternoon unearthed a pipe bomb that was detonated by the Allegheny County bomb [...]

Opinion On Pittsburgh Fracking Ban Will Have To Wait

Pittsburgh’s city solicitor has asked the Public Utility Commission to weigh in on whether or not the city’s fracking ban runs afoul of Pennsylvania’s new drilling laws. The city will have to wait on an answer, though, as the PUC is waiting until Commonwealth Court has ruled on a challenge to Act 13, before it [...]

Is Pittsburgh’s Fracking Ban Hurting Business?

The Post-Gazette reports a Pittsburgh developer wants to build a $238 million skyscraper, but is having a hard time finding an anchor tenant. A big energy company would be a logical choice, given Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. But developer Steve Guy says the industry is turned off by the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing:

Drilling’s Economic Impact

Just how many jobs does natural gas drilling produce? The Morning Call is the latest news outlet to take a crack at the answer, in this report from John Micek: Viewed as a whole, the raft of reports and studies pegs the number of jobs created by the industry at as few as 10,000 to [...]

Allegheny County Hits “Pause” On New Setbacks

Allegheny County is preparing to approve an impact fee on natural gas wells within its borders. But as the Tribune-Review reports, the county is putting the breaks on regulations setting buffers between wells and buildings: Council’s Economic Development & Housing Committee voted 2-0 today to recommend a fee on deep-shale oil and gas wells for [...]

Western PA Townships Prepare To Challenge Impact Fee

The Post-Gazette takes a look at the southwestern municipalities who are preparing to challenge Pennsylvania’s new impact fee in court. Their problem: language limiting local governments’ ability to zone and regulate drilling: South Fayette has joined other municipalities in considering legal action against House Bill 1950, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Feb. 8. [...]

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