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Consol Energy gives up naming rights to Pittsburgh arena

Consol has given up the naming rights to the Consol Energy Center– home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the announcement came this morning during a Penguins press conference. Financial terms were not disclosed. PPG Paints has bought the naming rights and the venue will now be called the PPG Paints arena. Consol’s [...]

Attorney for PUC says “small cadre” trying to kill gas industry

*This story has been updated with a comment from the PUC. A private practice attorney representing the Public Utility Commission before the Supreme Court in the Robinson Township case, has told a Pittsburgh newspaper that he was discouraged by the court’s decision to toss aspects of the state’s oil and gas law saying “there’s an [...]

Delco township gives go-ahead to Mariner East 2 but demands safeguards

Delaware County’s Middletown Township decided on Monday to allow Sunoco Logistics to build its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline through four parcels of public land but called for rigorous protections against leaks or explosions of natural gas liquids in light of  grave public concerns about the pipeline’s safety. The township’s council voted unanimously to approve [...]

States feud over fossil fuels in federal court

A federal court in Washington, D.C. will be hearing arguments Tuesday morning about the future of the country’s electricity. President Obama’s landmark climate change initiative will be subjected to arguments from both sides, with 28 states aligned with coal companies facing off against the EPA, which is backed by a number of other states and [...]

Trump addresses Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave the keynote address Thursday at the annual Shale Insight conference in downtown Pittsburgh, hosted by the gas trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Trump told the crowd of about 1,200 industry representatives at the David L. Lawrence convention center that as president, he would encourage American energy production and [...]

Dakota Access pipeline controversy hits home for Pa.

The ramifications of the Obama administration’s recent decision to temporarily halt construction on the Dakota Access oil pipeline are being felt throughout the country– particularly in Pennsylvania. Industry executives worry about growing public opposition to pipelines, while activists have been encouraged by the success of Native American protesters. Once under the radar, pipeline projects have taken [...]

Fracking billionaire backs Trump

One of Donald Trump’s top energy top advisers warned an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday that a Hillary Clinton presidency would harm the drilling industry. Fracking billionaire Harold Hamm spoke to the Shale Insight Conference, telling the conference that he was impressed with Donald Trump when the two met while working on the Mitt Romney campaign, [...]

Following audit, state recovers $1.3 million in gas royalties

Following internal audits over the past year, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recovered $1.3 million in gas royalty money from drilling in state forests. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has leased 386,000 acres of publicly-owned forest land for drilling, and like private landowners, it’s had problems getting paid properly. Recently the royalty [...]

State releases updated forest management plan

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released an updated plan outlining its priorities for managing Pennsylvania’s 2.2 million acres of public forest land. It’s the the first time DCNR has updated the plan in nine years. “It’s a good road map for us to use over the next several years,” says State [...]

Pro-drilling county targets gas trade group

When the Marcellus Shale gas boom was taking off, Bradford County welcomed it with open arms. With more than 1,000 active wells, this region in north-central Pennsylvania became one of the most heavily drilled places in the state. But the enthusiasm turned to anger, and many people now allege they’re being cheated out of royalty money [...]

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