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Ahead of Wolf’s budget plan, Republicans discuss Marcellus tax bills

A day before Governor Tom Wolf is expected to unveil another attempt at taxing Marcellus Shale drillers, House Republicans were discussing their own proposals. The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting Monday to look at two Republican-backed severance tax bills. Rep. John Maher (R- Allegheny) chairs the committee. He says he [...]

Shale gas boosts Delaware River port traffic

Ship traffic up and down the Delaware River is bouncing back after a slump that began in 2008 due to the Great Recession. In addition to the improved economy, a new export product has driven much of that growth — natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale. Dennis Rochford leads the Maritime Exchange, which acts [...]

Gas breathes new life into coal-fired power plant

At UGI’s Hunlock Creek Energy Center near Wilkes-Barre, an old coal-fired power plant has transitioned to natural gas. It’s part of a broader trend going on across the United States, as gas begins to close in on coal as the nation’s main source of electric power. Take a look inside the plant:

Rosebud Mining furloughs 429 workers

A Western Pennsylvania coal company is furloughing 429 workers and idling 20 mines due to poor market conditions exacerbated by an usually warm winter, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Kittaning-based Rosbud Mining says the employees will keep their benefits and the company hopes to bring them back to work next month. “We would expect, based on the guidance [...]

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 [...]

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