Weekly Clips

As a member service, each Monday 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.

October 20-26

10-26-2014 Komen acceptance of drilling-linked money raises ire
In the race to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer, there is division among advocates. Supporters of Breast Cancer Action are protesting the decision of fellow breast cancer awareness group, Susan G. Komen, to accept a $100,000 donation from Baker Hughes, the Houston-based supplier of equipment for the… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-26-2014 FERC issues final environmental review for Constitution Pipeline
A brand-new, 124-mile pipeline from Susquehanna County to New York is one step closer to being laid in the ground after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement Friday. Constitution Pipeline would have “some adverse environmental… - Scranton Times
10-26-2014 15 win Women in Natural Gas awards
Fifteen were honored Oct. 16 at the second annual Women in Natural Gas awards, hosted by Shale Media Group. The event was at the Holiday Inn Monroeville. The WING Awards go to women who are employed in the shale oil and gas industry, participate in community outreach and display other qualities…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-26-2014 Forum: Converting tugs, towboats to LNG may take some time
OAKDALE – A group of maritime executives and public officials agreed Friday there is tremendous potential for converting the region’s tugs and towboats to liquefied natural gas, but several said the goal may be a long voyage filled with challenges. That was the conclusion of a day-long LNG Marine Forum at Community College… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-24-2014 PUC approves Columbia Gas pipeline extensions program for homeowners
Some homeowners will be able to finance expensive pipeline extension projects to bring natural gas to their houses under a pilot program approved Thursday by the state Public Utility Commission. Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania won unanimous approval for its four-year Pilot… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-24-2014 Fracking tax key issue in race for governor
HARRISBURG — Drillers seriously started fracking in Pennsylvania seven years ago, launching a swell in natural gas production that also tapped new sources of cash for the state. But the industry’s growth — and how to tax it — has also stirred ongoing controversy for Gov. Tom Corbett. And it now represents a… - Meadville Tribune
10-23-2014 Final bills address Marcellus lease issues
HARRISBURG — Marcellus Shale leaseholders would have more protection in dealing with drillers under two new laws signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Corbett. One measure will require Marcellus well drillers to file monthly production reports with the state Department of Environmental Protection, replacing a… - Scranton Times
10-23-2014 Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits for dangerous chemicals, report says
Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of… - Columbus Dispatch
10-23-2014 Butler County township eyes drilling restrictions
LYNDORA – A western Pennsylvania township has created an advisory board on gas drilling and authorized restrictions on such development on residential and commercial property… - AP
10-23-2014 Pennsylvania bill would place impact fee on new natural gas pipelines, give money to communities
Should communities in Lancaster County be compensated for shouldering the impacts of natural gas pipelines as are communities in the Marcellus Shale fracking fields? Yes, say two state senators who have introduced legislation to collect impact fees from future pipelines and distribute the money to counties,… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
10-23-2014 Supervisors tangle over drilling ordinance
RIDGWAY — Two Ridgway Township supervisors argued Tuesday about the lack of action in developing a zoning ordinance to regulate where Marcellus Shale wells can be drilled within the township borders. Several oil and gas developers are ramping up to begin their plays in the… - DuBois Courier-Express
10-23-2014 Erie schools consider bus fuel switch
The Erie School District is considering a switch to buses that run on propane autogas as it replaces its fleet. Switching from diesel-run buses to those with “cleantech engines” that run on domestically produced propane autogas is more environmentally friendly… - Erie Times-News
10-22-2014 Dose of reality for region’s energy hub proponents
Boosters of an emerging movement to develop Philadelphia as an energy hub were cautioned Tuesday that they need to do more to sell a skeptical public. Energy consultants told a gathering of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that public opposition may be the biggest obstacle to advancing… - Philadelphia Inquirer
10-22-2014 Washington County judge reaffirms court order for Range Resources
A Washington County Court judge reaffirmed her opinion that Range Resources should be compelled to release a full list of chemicals and additives, including proprietary substances, used at an Amwell Township drill site that is the subject of ongoing litigation…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-22-2014 Fracking-well monitors find high pollution levels
CLEVELAND — A study in a rural Ohio county where oil and gas drilling is booming found air-pollution levels near well sites higher than those in downtown Chicago… - AP
10-22-2014 Pennsylvania DEP fines pipeline company more than $300,000 for violations
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined Dallas, Texas-based midstream company Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering $306,570 for violations during the construction of two natural gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013, the department said Tuesday. The pipeline construction was performed by another company, PVR Marcellus… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-22-2014 W. Mifflin backs drilling at airport
Even if Consol Energy Inc. doesn’t plan to drill for natural gas at Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin area officials is pressing the county to approve a lease with Consol. “We’re in strong support of it,” borough Councilman Dan Davis said Tuesday. “(State Rep.) Bill Kortz sent a letter in support of it.”… - McKeesport Daily News
10-22-2014 Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf aims to tax gas industries for extraction
With gubernatorial elections rapidly approaching, issues such as the taxation of natural gas extraction has once again come into the forefront. Morgan Leap, a Biological Science 003 teacher’s assistant, said she thinks people have to keep in mind that the gas is a part of the… - Penn State Daily Collegian
10-22-2014 Seneca Resources attorney says zoning ordinance could lead to potential lawsuit
ST. MARYS — During a marathon meeting Monday, an attorney representing Seneca Resources threatened St. Marys City Council with a potential lawsuit if it passes a zoning ordinance requiring oil and gas developers to set well pad perimeters 2,000 feet away from a dwelling…. - DuBois Courier-Express
10-21-2014 Officials touting methane cleanup urge quick action
WASHINGTON — The United States can’t afford to wait until it understands the amount of methane escaping from oil and gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure before plugging those leaks, officials said Monday. “We know enough to act,” said Judi Greenwald, a deputy director for… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-21-2014 Water pipelines mostly a pipe dream in the Marcellus
Happy Valley Road in Morgan Township has been a bustling thoroughfare for the past several years, with tanker trucks zooming through the Greene County community 24 hours a day. The township has tried to find alternate routes to break up the truck flow. EQT Corp., the oil and gas company drilling shale wells in the area, has… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-21-2014 What do falling oil prices mean for U.S. shale plays?
As oil prices slip from their lofty perch, the effect on U.S. shale producers remains to be seen — but an impact, if any, is going to be on a play-by-play basis, analysts said. Brent, the international benchmark for crude, had soared above $115 in June, a peak for 2014. Last week, it dropped to $86.16 per barrel…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-21-2014 Energy firms challenge DEP’s method to calculate fines
Energy companies facing multimillion dollar fines from Pennsylvania regulators over leaks from their pits and pipelines are challenging the state Department of Environmental Protection’s method of calculating those penalties. In separate cases in different state legal venues, Philadelphia-based… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-21-2014 Pitts wants head of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to meet with Lancaster County residents about gas pipeline concerns
U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts has asked the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to come to Lancaster County and hold a “town-hall style” meeting to hear residents’ concerns over a proposed natural gas pipeline. “I believe it is very important that my constituents be given the… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
10-21-2014 Commissioners grant easement for building Highridge natural gas service station
POTTSVILLE — Compressed natural gas will soon be available for the trucking industries at the Highridge Business Park. Frank Zukas, president of Schuylkill Economic Development Corp., said work started about three weeks ago on a $1 million truck service plaza that will… - Hazleton Standard-Speaker
10-21-2014 PennEast Pipeline opponents warn against potential impact, call for action
A natural gas pipeline proposed to run through Northampton and Hunterdon counties is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, several environmental activists said Monday. About 125 people attended a forum organized by opponents of the PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC proposal at Northampton Community College’s Bethlehem… - Easton Express-Times
10-20-2014 State studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents
Three widely cited state studies of air emissions at Marcellus Shale gas development sites in Pennsylvania omit measurements of key air toxics and calculate the health risks of just two of more than two dozen pollutants. State regulators and the shale gas drilling industry over the past four… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-20-2014 Plastics, tech sectors crucial to cracker plants
The Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise project hasn’t broken ground, but project Vice President David Peebles has a quick retort when asked where it stands. “We’re not standing. We’re moving,” the Houston-based executive with Brazilian consortium Odebrecht said recently during one of his… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-20-2014 Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny Fallowfield, Washington County, in 2001. Today, three of the five companies in Alta Vista work in the industry. An energy company is set to start construction in the spring, and at least one… - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch


October 13-19

10-19-2014 Armstrong commissioners leery about Wolf’s severence tax proposal
Armstrong County commissioners are not ready to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s proposal to add a tax on natural gas production because of uncertainties of how that extra revenue would be distributed in the state. “With a severance tax, all that money will go to Harrisburg and we… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-19-2014 Gas drilling lease weighed at Allegheny County Airport
The Allegheny County Airport could receive $2.28 million from a natural gas drilling company that has no plans to drill on the West Mifflin property. County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, proposed an ordinance leasing the airport property to Consol Energy Inc., which leased Pittsburgh… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-19-2014 Experts expect record Marcellus shale gas production next year
With a number of pipelines across the country coming online in early November, natural gas and oil production in the Marcellus shale play could reach record production next year, energy experts said. “Once November hits, there should be an uptick,” said Sami Yahya,… - Uniontown Herald-Standard
10-19-2014 Land records show many state parks could see mining, drilling
About 40 percent of Ohio’s natural treasures — its state parks, forests and wildlife and nature preserves — could be undermined in the quest to remove valuable coal, oil, natural gas and other minerals. Mineral rights owned by other parties could permit mining or drilling in… - Columbus Dispatch
10-17-2014 Chesapeake has $5B deal to sell part of its Marcellus portfolio
Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced Thursday that it will shed its liquids-rich Marcellus Shale acreage in a $5.38 billion deal with Southwestern Energy Co. Oklahoma-based Chesapeake, whose leasing appetite in the Marcellus made it among the top companies holding claim to the land here, said the area being… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-17-2014 Study finds Marcellus a foundation for building trades
A recent study concludes the oil and gas industry is building up the building trades. “This study confirms what trades have known for some time: The shale industry leads to many construction and maintenance jobs, and that this started happening during a depression, not a recession,” said Scott… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-17-2014 Pickett fights for more clarity, transparency for Marcellus lease holders
HARRISBURG – Two proposals that will bring greater clarity to holders of leases within the Marcellus Shale drilling areas have passed the state Senate and will be on the governor’s desk shortly, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), author of the legislation…. - Towanda Daily Review
10-16-2014 Draft of Penn Township rezoning proposal would limit gas well sites
Penn Township is considering a change to its zoning laws that would further restrict Marcellus Shale gas drilling in residential and commercial areas and is moving to start a formal review process that will involve more public input. It’s part of the township’s comprehensive revision of… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-16-2014 West Leechburg revises proposed amendment to zoning ordinance for oil, gas operations
West Leechburg officials are proposing a set of rules for oil and natural gas operations while a tentative agreement for drilling beneath borough property is revisited. A public hearing was held Wednesday for the proposed amendment to the borough’s zoning ordinance…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-16-2014 Impact fee is sought for Chesco pipeline users
A bill introduced in the state Senate on Tuesday would require companies that use future pipelines to pay an “impact fee” that backers say will protect property values and the environment as the number of pipelines… - Philadelphia Inquirer
10-16-2014 Sunoco spill in Louisiana raises concerns along Mariner East
A Louisiana oil spill is adding to anxiety for Pennsylvania residents who live near the Mariner East pipeline connecting the Marcellus Shale to Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. of Philadelphia on Tuesday supervised cleanup operations in Northwest Louisiana after its Mid-Valley pipeline on… - Philadelphia Inquirer
10-16-2014 Regional natural-gas price half of benchmark
An abundance of natural gas from shale has helped push down the wholesale price in Pennsylvania to about half of the national price for the fuel. The gap is caused by a lack of pipeline capacity for carrying gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, and it means savings for Ohio… - Columbus Dispatch
10-16-2014 Companies optimistic about regional manufacturing renaissance
The enormous output of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale has a lot of companies looking to use the fuel for a plethora of applications that could create a manufacturing renaissance in the tri-state region. On a day in which the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced the… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-16-2014 South Allegheny School District OKs new oil, gas lease
South Allegheny School District is entering a new oil and gas lease with Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration. On Wednesday, the school board unanimously approved an agreement that gives Huntley & Huntley the right to explore oil and gas opportunities on 91.38… - McKeesport Daily News
10-15-2014 Waynesburg officials investigate dumping of fracking wastewater
Waynesburg officials and the state Department of Environmental Protection are investigating the dumping of up to 4,000 gallons of what is believed to be fracking wastewater into the Greene County borough’s sewer system. The fluid dump was discovered on the morning of Sept. 30 by workers at the… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-15-2014 Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A study suggests that fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique… - AP
10-15-2014 Fracking sites fertile ground for NY candidates
ALBANY, N.Y. — Political challengers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are making pilgrimages to Pennsylvania drilling sites to argue for and against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas — and highlight Cuomo’s reluctance to weigh in on a subject that almost evenly divides voters… - AP
10-15-2014 Moving region’s abundant natural gas theme of conference
The ABCs of distributing CNG and LNG energized the opening of a Southpointe energy conference. “The growth rates in natural gas have been pretty amazing. But we need growth in infrastructure to allow companies to supply it,” said Jeremy Zeman, commercial development manager of the pipeline firm Williams Co…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-15-2014 Impact fee focus of panel discussion
Regardless of the outcome of the gubernatorial election next month, the face of taxes and fees implemented on the Marcellus shale will require a compromise in Harrisburg. But elimination of the impact fee on the industry would have a detrimental effect on local communities…. - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
10-14-2014 Warmer winter not likely to hit natural gas demand
If predictions hold, the Northeast may not have to hibernate through bone-chilling cold like it did last winter. The latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows temperatures are expected to be warmer than last year, when a deep freeze forced people to crank up the heat, drew down natural… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-14-2014 NETL developing working lab to improve shale drilling
It’s not easy to convince an oil and gas operator to experiment with a $30 million well pad, to put a different kind of sand into a well that has been responding just fine to the status quo or to try fracking it with liquefied natural gas instead of the cheap, available and proven water… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-14-2014 Small-business owner challenges Cecil attorney in 46th District
One candidate for a seat in the Pennsylvania House is a political novice whose grandfather inspired him to run while the other is a four-term incumbent who wants to monitor unconventional gas drilling in the district and state. “I’ve developed a reputation as an independent watchdog,” said Rep…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-14-2014 DEP still investigating Bradford County gas migration 2 years later
A state Department of Environmental Protection investigation of methane in a private water supply in Bradford County has lasted almost two years, records show. In late October 2012, the DEP received a complaint about a private water supply in Springfield Twp. The complaint sparked an investigation that is… - Scranton Times
10-14-2014 Pipeline company announces plan to fund environmental projects in Lancaster County; opponents critical
Saying it wants to exceed expectations, the company seeking to build a natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County has announced it will fund worthwhile environmental projects here. Williams Partners has launched an Atlantic Sunrise Environmental Stewardship Program to help out an unspecified number of “wish… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
10-14-2014 Natural gas plant plans raise concerns
Some Salem Township residents are concerned over plans to build a natural gas power plant on Route 11 and are seeking to have Luzerne County Council intervene. Virginia-based Moxie Energy announced plans to build a 900-megawatt power plant a few miles away from the PPL nuclear power plant. It is called the… - Hazleton Standard-Speaker
10-13-2014 Washington County drilling hearing raises conflicts over contamination
Loren “Buzz” Kiskadden first noticed a water problem at his house trailer in rural Amwell Township, Washington County, while using a hose to fill a wading pool for his grandchildren in June 2011. “A gray sludge was filing up the bottom of the pool. It was just… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette