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Shale gas production expected to decline

For the first time since the shale gas revolution began, natural gas production from shale formations in the U.S. will decline next month, according to the Energy Information Administration. The federal government predicted Wednesday that gas production in the country’s largest shale formations will decrease in September to 44.9 billion cubic feet per day. That’s [...]

Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative

Researchers at Penn State University will share $24 million in federal funds to develop new solar panels to capture sunlight more efficiently, contributing to a package of measures to improve energy efficiency and boost the Obama administration’s climate goals, government officials said on Monday. The $2.9 million Penn State project is one of 11 around [...]

Feds show Pennsylvania gas revenues sharply lower than other leading producers

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to wrangle over whether to impose a severance tax on natural gas production, a new study finds that the state derives dramatically less revenue from its gas industry than some other leading oil and gas states that have a severance tax. The study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed Friday [...]

State says gas industry still ignoring minority, female hiring law

A state agency says the oil and gas industry is failing a requirement to report on hiring of women and minority owned businesses. The Department of General Services is calling on the legislature to make it harder for the industry to avoid its reporting requirements. It says 70 percent of businesses it contacted did not [...]

D.C. to buy Pennsylvania wind power

Iberdrola Renewables Iberdrola Renewables will send wind power from Fayette County, Pa. to Washington D.C. A wind farm in Western Pennsylvania plans to send its energy to Washington D.C., where the municipal government is trying to get its carbon footprint down to zero. Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish company that owns the South Chestnut Wind Power [...]

Enviro groups appeal air permit for Shell’s ethane cracker

Environmental groups are appealing the air quality permit state regulators gave Shell for its proposed ethane cracker petrochemical plant in Beaver County. The appeal is before the state’s Environmental Hearing Board. A hearing date has not been set. The groups are arguing the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should have required more stringent monitoring [...]

Scarnati says natural gas tax would cost Pa. 250,000 jobs

More than a month into a budget stalemate between Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-led state legislature, the governor and Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati continue to spar over whether to tax natural gas drillers. Scarnati, speaking on WITF’s Smart Talk Wednesday morning, implied a natural gas severance tax would cost the state 250,000 jobs–a figure [...]

Pa. coal operator announces bankruptcy

Alpha Natural Resources, which owns two mines in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, said Monday it was filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The announcement comes on the same day President Obama released new rules aimed at reducing global warming emissions, which target coal-burning power plants across the country. Alpha Natural Resources did not say what impact [...]

PJM, pipelines agree to share more information about gas supply and demand

The biggest U.S. electric grid operator and nine interstate natural gas pipelines have agreed to share more information about the supply of, and demand for, natural gas for power generation to improve operational planning and anticipate the growing interdependence of the two industries. PJM Interconnection, which transmits power in 13 states and the District of [...]

Protest Planned at Pipeline Talk

Public meetings over the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline have drawn the ire of opponents in Lancaster County. This time, an activist group is planning to protest a meeting between the pipeline company and the local chamber of commerce. The group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, says it’s organizing the protest to call attention to the environmental and [...]

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