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Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy 2013 drilling close to a dozen new wells on one site. It [...]

EQT Uses New Pooling Law To Sue Landowners

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports EQT Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Allegheny County landowners, citing a new law that gives drilling companies the power to combine land parcels into drilling units. From the Tribune Review: The 69 individuals and one golf course in Forward named in the lawsuit are accused of blocking the company [...]

EQT Buys Marcellus Shale Holdings From Chesapeake

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports EQT Corp. has announced it’s spending $113 million to buy approximately 99,000 acres of land holdings in southwestern Pennsylvania from the state’s top gas driller, Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy. From the Post-Gazette: The acreage includes 67,000 Marcellus acres and 32,000 Utica Shale acres. Of the total purchase price, $60 million is for the [...]

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 [...]

Pennsylvania Utility Wants Customers To Help It Switch To Marcellus Gas

A Pennsylvania natural gas provider wants its customers to help foot the bill for pipelines that would enable it to purchase and distribute more gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Equitable Gas’ argument: once the infrastructure is in place, the locally-extracted gas would be cheaper. But as the Tribune-Review reports, Pennsylvania’s consumer advocate is challenging [...]

Earth First Shuts Down Drilling Site in Moshannon State Forest

Update 9:30 pm: A blockade against natural gas drilling at a well site in Moshannon State Forest that began Sunday morning has been dismantled by police, according to protestors. Witnesses say police used a cherry picker to remove two tree-sitters this evening at about 8:30 pm. Alex Lotorto, a protester who joined a rally at [...]

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