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Pennsylvania could support four more ethane crackers, report says

Pennsylvania has the capacity to attract up to four more ethane cracker plants because of its abundant reserves of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and its proximity to major markets for plastics feedstock, a report released by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said on Tuesday. The report from the consultant IHS Markit projects that more petrochemical companies [...]

EPA steps up pressure on FERC over new pipeline assessment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of failing to fully address climate change in its assessment of a new plan to build a natural gas pipeline through three states including Pennsylvania, adding a powerful new voice to claims that FERC takes a permissive approach to gas-industry projects. The EPA [...]

EPA bans disposal of fracking waste water at public treatment plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste water at public sewage plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011. The EPA on Monday finalized a rule that prevents operators from disposing of waste from unconventional oil & gas operations at publicly [...]

Large reserve of Utica Shale gas could lie beneath state forest land

Tapping the Utica Shale in north central Pennsylvania could become the state’s next natural gas drilling boom, at least once the pipelines get built. Seneca Resources has announced the successful completion of a well on state forest land in Tioga County. Seneca, a subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Company, says its test well generated 22.7 [...]

Shell taps Utica shale in northern Pennsylvania

Royal Dutch Shell announced today it has successfully drilled two new discovery gas wells in the Utica shale in Tioga county, signaling  the formation could be bigger than previously thought. The company has drilling rights to about 430,000 acres in the discovery area and says the wells show the Utica’s “sweet spot” extends into Northern [...]

DEP postpones hearings on forced pooling request in western Pa.

A growing controversy surrounding a company’s request to drill for natural gas without some property owners’ consent has moved the Department of Environmental Protection to postpone a set of hearings on the issue. Hilcorp Energy Company asked DEP in July to approve Utica Shale drilling units for 3,267 acres in Lawrence and Mercer counties – all but 35 [...]

Environmental court says DEP has to consider forced pooling request

A state environmental court ruled Wednesday that the Department of Environmental Protection must decide whether a drilling company can gather Utica Shale gas from Western Pennsylvania properties without all of the owners’ consent. The decision helps clarify one of many questions about Pennsylvania’s 1961 pooling law – known as the Oil and Gas Conservation Law [...]

Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Deals Reach $882 Million in First Quarter of 2013

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships across Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and Utica shales in first quarter of 2013 are on pace with last year’s growth, according to a new analysis by the firm PwC: The report found three transactions totaling $882 million in the first three months of the year related to development in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus [...]

The Utica Shale May Hold 38 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Gas

Move over, Marcellus – the United States Geological Survey has released its first estimate of the Utica Shale’s natural gas potential, and believes the formation may contain 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered gas. That’s less than the Marcellus – currently estimated to house 84 trillion cubic feet – but still a substantial amount of [...]

153 Years Later, Another Kind Of Drilling In Crawford County

Earlier today, we took you on a tour of the Drake Well Museum, which documents the world’s first oil well. During our interview, I asked curator Sue Bates when western Pennsylvania’s oil boom had ended. “Well, we’re booming again,” was her response. And Bates is right. This summer, Crawford County got its first shale well: [...]

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