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Marcellus output flat amid falling prices, slack demand, pipeline shortage

Natural gas production from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and Utica shales showed little change in 2015 as energy companies deferred expansion plans amid falling prices, sluggish demand growth, and a continuing shortage of pipelines to take the state’s abundant gas to market. Data from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection show unconventional gas production from the two [...]

Attorney General sues Chesapeake Energy for ‘deceptive’ gas leases

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Chesapeake Energy, seeking millions of dollars for Pennsylvanians who leased land to the company for fracking. The Oklahoma City-based driller is one of the most active in Pennsylvania. It was an early adopter of fracking and touts itself as the nation’s second largest producer of [...]

Despite drilling slowdown, rents still high in fracking boomtowns

The nation’s fracking boom has brought new jobs and wealth to many rural communities. But the abrupt highs and lows of the oil and gas industry can sometimes feel like whiplash for small cities and towns. When it comes to housing, some people have been left out in the cold as drillers moved in and pushed up [...]

Déjà vu all over again: why the shale gas tax keeps flaming out

Over the years, both Republicans and Democrats in Harrisburg have wanted to raise revenue by passing a severance tax on Marcellus Shale drillers. Polls have consistently shown a majority of Pennsylvania voters support it. Last year, the idea helped propel Democrat Tom Wolf into the governor’s mansion. But now, as Wolf and the Republican-led legislature struggle [...]

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drives boost in nation’s proven gas reserves

Nationwide, the amount of gas that producers can afford to get out of the ground, broke records in 2014, topping 388 trillion cubic feet, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. A big chunk of these proven natural gas reserves came from Pennsylvania’s operators, who added 10.4 trillion cubic feet of gas to [...]

Philadelphia area refiners cut crude-by-rail shipments in favor of imports

The drop in global oil prices means the number of black crude-by-rail tank cars may become less prominent along the state’s rail lines. Philadelphia area refiners have begun to import more crude from abroad. And oil train traffic has leveled off for the first time this fall, after rising dramatically between 2012 and the early [...]

Coal pleads its case against the Clean Power Plan to state lawmakers

Things were already pretty bad for Pennsylvania’s coal industry, and the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan will make things worse. That’s the message from industry to a joint hearing of the state’s House and Senate coal caucuses on Tuesday. “We talk about the perfect storm, what we are in the midst of is the perfect [...]

Changing Spaces: Williamsport housing stock strained by gas boom

Williamsport has a long history of using its natural resources. It was once the lumber capital of the world. But changing economics and deforestation led to the industry’s decline. More recently the city saw an economic renaissance, thanks to the Marcellus Shale boom. But the ups and downs of drilling can make it difficult to [...]

Tune in to see Pennsylvania’s changing spaces

Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources and attractive river system have made it a hub of industry since its founding in the 1600′s. These industries’ boom-and-bust cycles spurred rapid growth in cities, then just as quickly left those spaces behind. The Keystone Crossroads: Changing Spaces TV special explores communities reinventing themselves, using historic legacies or tapping new resources to [...]

Sunoco plans to start ethane exports from Marcus Hook by year end

Massive new ships are due to begin carrying refrigerated ethane from Marcus Hook in southeastern Pennsylvania to Europe at the end of the year as Sunoco Logistics completes a plan to pump the gas from western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to the point where it will have more access to world and local markets. The Philadelphia-based [...]

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