Weekly Clips

As a member service,each Friday we provide a roundup of articles of significance to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry that have appeared in newspapers within the region during the past week. Click on an item’s heading to read the article online. The past two weeks’ reports are included. Note that some news websites archive or remove articles after a short period. We try not to include articles that require a subscription to read.

September 14-19

09-19-2014 PSEG joins shale-gas pipeline consortium
New Jersey’s largest utility has joined a consortium of companies that wants to build a $1 billion bistate Marcellus Shale pipeline. PSEG Power L.L.C., a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group, has joined a partnership, PennEast Pipeline Co. L.L.C., which announced in… - Philadelphia Inquirer
09-19-2014 Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules
PITTSBURGH — Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday… - AP
09-19-2014 White bill would create database for steel used in gas wells
In an effort to help promote and protect American jobs, state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, introduced a bill requiring the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to create an online public database listing the country of origin for any steel product used in the completion of a natural… - Washington Observer-Reporter
09-18-2014 Pennsylvania legislators debate energy measures
HARRISBURG — With only weeks left in the current legislative session, the majority and minority chairs of the state Senate and House environmental resources and energy committees were more certain Wednesday about which bills they hope will pass the General Assembly this year than… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-18-2014 Consol, Noble expect at least $325 million from partnership’s IPO
Consol Energy Inc. and a Texas partner expect to raise at least $325 million in an initial public offering. The two are partnering in a venture to gather and transport natural gas flowing from Marcellus shale wells. Cone Midstream Partners, the spin-off that Cecil-based Consol formed with… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-18-2014 Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water
From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling company’s pond contaminated their underground well water. The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled their well was… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-18-2014 Pipeline forum highlights concerns about property damage, environment
DALLAS — As natural gas development booms in northern tier counties, pipelines to get the gas to market are springing up all over Luzerne County. Two new pipelines are proposed that will run from north to south in the county, and the existing Transco interstate pipeline is undergoing two… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
09-18-2014 Gov. Corbett touts natural gas industry during York County stops
Gov. Tom Corbett said his job has brought him to a lot of factory tours. One of his favorites was a potato chip factory. ”But this is fun, too,” he said during a news conference at Glatfelter’s Spring Grove mill, “because it talks about what we’re doing in Pennsylvania, growing jobs, keeping jobs in Pennsylvania.”… - York Daily
09-18-2014 DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine
Range Resources will pay penalties totaling more than $4 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County, under an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Resources…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-17-2014 Natural gas, coal have defined Pittsburgh’s history
If the current tug and pull between coal and natural gas rings familiar, it’s because it was born in Pittsburgh and has defined the region’s energy scene more than any other force, according to Joel Tarr… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-17-2014 Oil and gas jobs outnumbered steel jobs in Pennsylvania last year
Anybody who grew up in Western Pennsylvania, worked in a mill or rooted for a football team called the “Steelers” might find it hard to believe, but there are more people in Pennsylvania working in the oil and gas industry than there are in the steel industry…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-17-2014 Western Pa. colleges to emphasize curricula for energy, industrial fields
Colleges in Western Pennsylvania are gearing up to emphasize curricula that prepares students for jobs in energy and industrial fields. Rosedale Technical Institute in Kennedy, which on Wednesday will change its name to Rosedale Technical College, is among schools aiming to help… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-17-2014 Switch to compressed natural gas shifts into gear across Centre County
As buses, garbage trucks and other public vehicles continue to belch out clouds of diesel and gasoline fumes, the Centre Region is working on a solution that’s more natural. Natural gas, that is. Specifically, compressed natural gas. According to representatives who spoke to Centre County commissioners and… - State College Centre Daily Times
09-17-2014 Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
PITTSBURGH — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania… - AP
09-17-2014 Rice Energy issues checks to area first responders
Rice Energy extended a million thanks to first responders Tuesday – and nearly a half-million dollars. “Not only are you keeping your communities safe, you are keeping workers in these communities safe,” said Toby Rice, president, chief operating officer and director of the oil and gas company…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
09-17-2014 Schoenecker experiences refining industry from ground up
Perhaps the best example of Jeannine Schoenecker’s commitment to all aspects of American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) are the blue refinery coveralls that can be found hanging in a corner of her office. Schoenecker, who has served as the first female president and chief… - Bradford Era
09-16-2014 Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows
John MacZura, an Army infantry veteran, started work a week after graduation. Before receiving his petroleum engineering degree from Penn State in 2013, Mr. MacZura, 30, had already piqued the interest of five or six oil and gas companies. He had job offers from three. He eventually joined Houston-based… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-16-2014 Sunoco eyes CNG pumps at Pittsburgh Airport
As drilling rigs make their way to Pittsburgh International Airport property, Sunoco is in the early stages of bringing compressed natural gas even closer to the runway. The Philadelphia-based petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer is working with the Allegheny County Airport Authority on plans to renovate its… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-16-2014 $3b plan promises more natural gas in New England
Two of the largest players in the New England natural gas market have formed a partnership to expand the capacity of two major pipelines, they said Monday, the latest of several proposals to increase the supply of natural gas to the region and moderate the costs of heating and electricity… - The Boston Globe
09-16-2014 Companies look overseas to find customers for ethane
As drillers have tapped the liquids-rich areas of the Marcellus, Utica and other shale plays, they’ve faced a quandary: There’s a lot of ethane coming out of the ground and not a lot of places to use it. That is expected to change… – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-16-2014 New BC3 classes prepare students for energy industry jobs
Butler County Community College is adding four energy classes to its curriculum this fall, part of a strategy to prepare students for employment in the booming natural gas industry. The classes will lead to a certificate and eventually to a degree program, school officials say…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-16-2014 Well Leaks, Not Fracking, Are Linked to Fouled Water
A study of tainted drinking water in areas where natural gas is produced from shale shows that the contamination is most likely caused by leaky wells rather than the process of hydraulic fracturing used to release the gas from the rock. The study looked at seven cases in Pennsylvania and one in Texas where… - New York Times
09-16-2014 Broken gas wells fuel support for electronic monitors
A former environmental official said it’s time for the state to again update rules for gas well construction, less than four years after the last sweeping set of standards was implemented. “Time marches on,” said John Hanger, former secretary of environmental protection. “This is a dynamic industry and there are… - New Castle News
09-16-2014 Beaver County farm challenges compressor station permit
The owners of one of the region’s oldest and most successful organic farms in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, are challenging the validity of township land use ordinances that allowed a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station next to their farm. Don and Rebecca Kretschmann, who have operated their 80-acre organic farm… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-15-2014 Kasich vows to ‘focus’ on hiking fracking tax
The legislature has steadfastly declined to give Gov. John Kasich what he wants regarding a new severance tax on fracking in Ohio, but the governor says he’s only going to push harder if he wins re-election — and end a “rip-off” of consumers at the same time…. - Columbus Dispatch
09-14-2014 Energy firm reapplies for well near Moraine State Park
XTO Energy has resubmitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection an application for a well site about a mile from Moraine State Park in Butler County, the company said. There was no timetable as to when the DEP could make a final decision on… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-14-2014 CNG pump: Small start to what may be a huge new business
Nearly four years after VNG.co set out to build a nationwide fueling network for compressed natural gas, the Bala Cynwyd company last week launched its first outlet: a single pump at a BP Station next to a Roosevelt Expressway on-ramp. That Gov. Corbett would come to East Falls to inaugurate one fuel pump… - Philadelphia Inquirer


September 7-12

09-12-2014 Treatment plant to cut chlorides
A Warren County industrial treatment plant agreed to install equipment that would remove high levels of chloride from gas-drilling wastewater as part of settling a federal lawsuit. Clean Water Action on Thursday said it reached an agreement with Warren-based Waste Treatment Corp. to halt damaging discharges into the… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-12-2014 State grants to aid CNG fueling stations
Getting more people behind the wheel of natural gas-powered vehicles requires solving the “chicken and egg” conundrum: What comes first: cars or fueling stations? Pennsylvania is spending millions to crack it. The Commonwealth Financing Authority this week approved almost $10 million in grants for companies… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-12-2014 New research: Gas development might impact forest birds
LA PLUME TWP. — The natural gas industry is encroaching into the state’s deep forests and early research shows an avian entourage is along for the ride. Penn State researchers have observed human-associated species that love forest edges — American robins, blue jays, brown-headed cowbirds and… - Scranton Times
09-11-2014 Marcellus gas production expected to set another record in October
Gas production from the Marcellus shale will continue to reach record levels through at least October, federal analysts said Monday. The Energy Information Administration expects output from the country’s biggest shale play to surpass 16 billion cubic feet per day in October,… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-11-2014 Yale, Penn State studies offer conflicting views of fracking
Two academic studies exploring health and water issues in the gas drilling industry on Wednesday painted very different pictures of its potential impact and brought rebukes from advocates on both sides. A Yale University survey supported by environmental groups including The… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-10-2014 Airport drilling stirs noise complaints from neighbors
A constant drone from outside their Imperial Pointe home kept Laura D’Eramo’s 8-year-old son awake well past his bedtime on his first day of school. D’Eramo, 44, of Findlay at first thought the air-conditioning unit had a problem. “That is when I got up to investigate and realized that the noise was… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-10-2014 Survey looks to vendors supported by oil and gas industry
They do everything from manufacturing work gloves and valves to supplying portable toilets to work sites, or providing accounting or legal services, and they vary widely in size. They’re vendors of goods and services to the country’s oil and gas industry, and according to the latest survey from the American Petroleum… - Washington Observer-Reporter
09-10-2014 Chief well collision leads to $13,000 fine
On Feb. 27, drilling rig operators with Chief Oil & Gas LLC noticed an unusual increase in gas pressure almost 2,000 feet down a new well. They soon realized they had accidentally drilled a new well, 2H, into an older, producing well, 4H, on the T Brown South Unit well pad in Lemon… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
09-10-2014 UGI: Marcellus Shale gas is hot commodity
As far as heating the house goes, natural gas from the Marcellus Shale is a hot commodity for UGI customers. During an editorial board meeting at The Citizens’ Voice on Tuesday, UGI Utilities Communications Manager Joe Swope and Keith Dorman, director of communications and community relations for UGI, talked about how… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
09-10-2014 Ohio oil, gas production from shale shifts south
The center of Ohio shale development is shifting somewhat to the south, based on new oil and gas production figures that show strong results for Noble County and Antero Resources Corp. Antero has eight of the top 10 producing oil wells, and all eight are in Noble County, according to an Ohio Department of Natural Resources report… - Columbus Dispatch
09-09-2014 DEP releases updated details on water contamination
Pennsylvania regulators found an array of contaminants in the roughly 240 private water supplies they said were damaged by oil and gas operations during the past seven years. Most were the usual culprits: methane, metals and salt that had apparently seeped from well sites or been stirred up by the activity of extracting… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-09-2014 An energy opportunity that went from solar to shale supply
Paul and Nanette Battista were struggling to find the right business model. They started with visions of a solar company and then moved on to selling maintenance repair supplies for manufacturing companies. In 2004, inspiration struck in the form of a Marcellus Shale gas well. That… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-09-2014 Standard water testing sought in shale industry
State environmental regulators will participate in a gas industry-funded study aimed at developing standards for testing groundwater near drilling sites for the presence of methane. The study will examine how a dozen laboratories — including the Department of Environmental Protection’s lab — analyze water samples… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
09-09-2014 Pa. residents like natural-gas drilling, also want to tax it
A majority of Pennsylvanians, 54 percent, support the extraction of shale natural gas, while just 29 percent of New Yorkers do, according to a new University of Michigan poll of two states that share a chunk of the massive Marcellus Shale deposit. Despite positive views of hydraulic fracking for shale gas in their state,… - Philadelphia Inquirer
09-09-2014 Ohio shale’s oil and gas production shows growth
Energy companies continue to report increased production in Ohio from shale formations, with 2.4 million barrels of oil and 88.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the second quarter of this year, according to figures released yesterday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources…. - Columbus Dispatch
09-09-2014 Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry. But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal… - New York Times
09-09-2014 Pipeline company addresses pipeline safety, property values, farms, condemnation, other concerns by residents
The company that wants to build a 35-mile natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County has responded to concerns topmost on the minds of residents here and along the Atlantic Sunrise Project’s 178-mile route. Protection of Native American sites, fears of pipeline explosions,… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
09-08-2014 2011 flood still holds some Wyoming County families under water
MEHOOPANY TWP. — Pete and Sharon Morgan are caught between the home they love, a gas lease and a hard place. After their home, which sits on a slice of property less than one acre along Mehoopany Creek, was flooded in August, 2011, they set out to restore it back to livable conditions and make it better than it was…. - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
09-08-2014 Gas lease settlement stalled by legal challenge
One year after it was reached, a proposed $7.5 million settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit between natural gas leaseholders and Chesapeake Appalachia remains in limbo as law firms continue to battle over how the case should proceed. The settlement, which was negotiated by the O’Brien Law Group of Moosic… - Scranton Times
09-08-2014 Hilcorp investigating second local fire in three weeks
For the second time in a month, a separator caught fire on one of Hilcorp Energy Co.’s gas-well sites in Mercer County. There were no injuries reported when a blaze broke out before 6 a.m. Saturday at one of the eight tanks on a site in the 200 block of Pulaski… - New Castle News
09-07-2014 5 things to know about gas boom and polluted water
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released details on 243 cases in which regulators determined that oil and gas drilling polluted or diminished private water supplies… - AP
09-07-2014 Robinson residents challenge zoning amendment
McDONALD – Six Robinson Township residents are challenging the validity of the township’s zoning amendment, passed last month, which opened up more areas to drilling companies. The challenge, filed Thursday with the township, will require Robinson’s zoning hearing board to review the validity of the amendment… - Washington Observer-Reporter