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Shale gas boom has utilities rushing to increase electricity supply

One of the largest electricity providers in the Marcellus Shale gas region is planning to spend $35 million in infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the increasing need for power at natural gas processing plants and compressor stations. FirstEnergy Corp. recently announced plans to expand electric substations and upgrade large electric power lines. Tim Myers, a spokesman [...]

Gas industry hopes to score points with Super Bowl ads

How hot is shale gas? Hot enough to warrant ad buys during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The American Petroleum Institute has purchased local ad time during the big game in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Colorado, touting the benefits of shale gas development. National advertisers are spending $4.5 million for 30 seconds of air time [...]

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 [...]

Reports: Range Resource admits it doesn’t know makeup of fracking fluid

EnergyWire reports a Pennsylvania judge has ordered a major drilling operator to disclose the full chemical composition of its fracking fluid. Turns out, that’s not an easy task, according to court documents that show Range Resources does not know the makeup of the products it uses to extract natural gas from shale. More from EnergyWire: Range [...]

‘Landman’ Pleads Guilty To Marcellus Shale Mineral Rights Fraud

A man accused of selling millions of dollars in fake mineral rights, along with a parter, has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports 29-year-old William J. Ray could face about three years in prison for securing fake leases and selling them to gas companies. The scheme was discovered by [...]

Lifelong Gag Order Imposed on Two Kids in Fracking Case

Two young children are forbidden from speaking about Marcellus Shale or fracking for the rest of their lives. The court action stems from a settlement in a high-profile Marcellus Shale lawsuit in western Pennsylvania. The two children were 7 and 10 years old at the time the Hallowich family settled a nuisance case against driller [...]

DEP Cites Washington County Compressor Station For Smoke Pollution

The state Department of Environmental Protection has cited a Washington County gas compressor station for emitting black smoke during two days last month. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the pollution lead to numerous complaints from nearby residents: The state Department of Environmental Resources cited MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources LLC for actions “inconsistent with good [...]

Legislative Proposal Aims to Re-unite Landowners with Mineral Rights

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that the Hallowich family had a split estate. That’s not the case, the Hallowich’s retained their mineral rights and continue to receive royalties from natural gas production. Just as landowners across the state began to realize they were sitting on top of a lucrative slice of natural [...]

Unsealed Records in Contamination Case Claim Lax Oversight by DEP

A Washington County couple settled a high profile Marcellus Shale contamination case for $750,000 and signed affidavits that say no medical evidence ”definitively” connects their children’s health problems to drilling activity. Stephanie and Chris Hallowich also signed an affidavit that says their children were in good health. More than $155,000 will go to the plaintiff’s attorneys. [...]

Drilling Companies Agree to Settle Fracking Contamination Case for $750,000

Range Resources, MarkWest Energy and Williams Gas agreed to settle a high profile contamination case in Washington County for $750,000, according to recently unsealed court records.  An order to unseal the records was entered Wednesday in Washington County Court of Common Pleas by President Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca. Judge O’Dell-Seneca reversed an earlier decision to permanently keep [...]

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