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DEP approves Mariner East 2 permits

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has approved earth-moving and water-crossing permits for Sunoco’s controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline project, paving the way for construction on the 350-mile line that would begin in Ohio and West Virginia, and travel through 17 counties across Pennsylvania to Sunoco’s Marcus Hook plant in Delaware County. The pipeline would [...]

Local governments hurt by declining impact fees, says Moody’s

Declining impact fee revenue from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas industry is hurting many local governments’ budgets, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. “The data show that hydraulic fracturing has been very important to these towns,” says Moody’s analyst Michael Higgins. But he points out that as natural gas production has risen [...]

Report: gas impact fee revenue will hit record low this year

Revenue from Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling impact fee is expected to hit a record low this year, according to a report from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. The IFO projects the fees will bring in $174.6 million–down 7 percent compared to last year. It’s a 23 percent decline since peaking at $225 million three years [...]

Gov. Wolf says Mariner East 2 pipeline permits could be approved

Responding to a question from a reporter at an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia last week, Gov. Wolf indicated he supports approval of the required state permits to build the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline project. When questioned by 6abc anchor Matt O’Donnell about permit delays Wolf said “We’re working [...]

Gas industry talks pipelines, bird flu, at the Farm Show

Pennsylvania’s natural gas pipeline building boom is happening mostly in rural areas, which is one of the reasons representatives from the oil and gas industry were at the 101st Farm Show in Harrisburg this week. They kept a relatively low profile though, and tried connect with farmers– about issues ranging from eminent domain, to stopping the [...]

Natural gas production to make U.S. a net energy exporter

Within the next decade, the U.S. could be exporting more energy than it imports, something that has not occurred since the early 1950′s. The Energy Information Administration projects that under a number of different scenarios, exports of natural gas will increase as petroleum liquid imports decrease, making the country an energy exporter by 2026. The [...]

Pa. oil and gas jobs down 32 percent since last year

Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry shed about a third of its workforce between early 2015 and 2016.

Jobs in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry declined 32 percent in the second quarter of 2016, compared to the same time period last year, new state data show. The Department of Labor and Industry counts 19,623 people employed directly in the oil and gas industry, compared to 28,926 in the second quarter of 2015. It’s [...]

Sunbury pipeline nears completion

A new 20-inch pipeline designed to deliver Marcellus Shale gas to a power plant in central Pennsylvania is nearing completion. UGI Energy Services’s $150 million Sunbury pipeline is expected to be in service early next month. The line begins in Lycoming County and runs 35 miles southward. It’s designed to feed the new Hummel Station power [...]

Pa. investing $300 million into Philadelphia ports

Boosters of the Port of Philadelphia gathered Wednesday to celebrate a big Christmas present from Governor Tom Wolf: $300 million. Jerry Sweeney, chair of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, called the room full of politicians, business leaders and union workers to order. Behind him was a large Christmas tree, decorated with twinkling white lights, red ornaments [...]

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