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.

August 17-22

08-22-2014 Sunoco rejects PUC judges, pushes ahead on pipeline
Despite an adverse advisory opinion that its Mariner East pipeline does not qualify as a public utility, Sunoco Logistics Partners is plowing ahead with plans to develop the Marcellus Shale project. The Philadelphia company, in a filing this week, urged the Pennsylvania… - Philadelphia Inquirer
08-22-2014 Compressed natural gas fueling station to open in 6 to 9 months in Dunmore
A Dunmore company’s public compressed natural gas fueling station should be operational in six to nine months, the firm’s chief executive officer said this week. Louis Evans of Commonwealth Energy Group recently announced the company would build the station in Dunmore…. - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
08-22-2014 Anti-drilling wastewater well billboards defended
An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the First Amendment protects him from a lawsuit filed by a Texas well owner… - AP
08-22-2014 How to make the most out of your mineral rights: Geology
Joe Wilson is CEO of Infinity Resource Group, Inc., a professional mineral rights consulting firm in Parkersburg, W.Va., and a Registered Landman. David Pearl is managing director of a CNG patent holding company and president of a CNG fuel island development company. Your questions are… - Waynesburg Greene County Messenger
08-22-2014 AG: DEP gas records show improvement
The secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s top auditor may have their disagreements on DEP’s oil and gas program, but both agree the agency’s record system needs a reboot. On July 22, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a… - Tunkhannock The New Age Examiner
08-22-2014 IMG offers details on power plants
TUNKHANNOCK — A company planning small gas-fired power plants met Wednesday with gas-savvy residents and officials who have learned much about living with well pads, compressors and pipelines. Now, they’re considering living next to electrical plants, including… - Tunkhannock The New Age Examiner
08-22-2014 Consol plans groundbreaking for airport drilling project
FINDLAY TWP. — The first phase of natural gas development at Pittsburgh International Airport begins Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a Consol Energy Inc. project there. Nick DeIuliis, president and chief executive officer of Consol Energy, Gov. Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald will host… - Beaver County Times
08-22-2014 FEMA halts flood assistance for properties with gas leases
MESHOPPEN TWP. — In fall of 2011, about a month after the flooded Meshoppen Creek spilled over its banks and into their basement, Pete and Sharon Morgan applied for federal flood assistance to help them move out of their home. They won’t get it, at least not anytime soon, due to a little-known… - Hazleton Standard-Speaker
08-22-2014 Airport too reliant on gas industry?
The region’s natural gas boom kept Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport afloat while the economic downturn dramatically slowed traffic at similar-sized airports, but some airport officials fear becoming too dependent on the industry. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study found the Pittston Township… - Hazleton Standard-Speaker
08-21-2014 Peters councilman taking his shale ruling expertise on the road
David Ball has a story to tell, and people want to hear it. The 71-year-old Peters councilman has lately been in demand across the country for his expertise as a local official who stood up to state politicians and gas industry officials over the rights of local citizens to… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-21-2014 Energy sector powers Pa. pace
Pennsylvania’s economic growth outpaced the national average at the end of the year, suggesting the state’s gas drilling boom may have contributed to the improving performance as cold weather increased demand for natural gas. It was the first time in five years that Pennsylvania’s fourth-quarter… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-21-2014 Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling
The Leechburg Area School Board has postponed until September its decision to lease district property in West Leechburg for natural gas drilling. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with EQT Production Co. for an 8.3-acre tract at Main and Giron… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-21-2014 Kiski Township OKs drilling rules
Kiski Township has opened its doors for oil and natural gas exploration. Township supervisors on Wednesday enacted an ordinance that allows, for the first time, drilling and natural gas operations in the township. It was approved 4-0, with Supervisor Michael Bash absent…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-21-2014 Barletta wants FEMA policy revised in favor of gas development
TUNKHANNOCK — The fate of five Wyoming County properties devastated by flooding and approved for federal buyouts hangs in limbo nearly three years after storms swept through the region. A policy issued May 5 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency prohibits… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
08-20-2014 Pa. fines gas driller for losing control of well
HARRISBURG, Pa. — State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania… - AP
08-20-2014 Coalition of health care professionals seek probe of state health department
HARRISBURG — A controversy over state oversight of Marcellus drilling-related health complaints took a new turn Monday when a coalition of health care professionals called for an independent probe of the state Department of Health. The call from two groups focused on public health came at a Capitol press… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
08-19-2014 Pennsylvania Department of Health will note fracking complaints
People who write to the state Department of Health to express worry that natural gas drilling might affect their health will receive return letters to document the correspondence, the agency said on Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Health updated its process for handling… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-19-2014 Gas production from Marcellus shale sets record despite fewer new wells going online
Pennsylvania drillers are pulling record amounts of natural gas from the Marcellus shale even as they bring fewer new wells online, according to state data released on Monday. About 5,400 shale wells produced nearly 2 trillion cubic feet of gas during the first six months of the year, a 14 percent increase in production over… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-19-2014 Radiation measuring device triggered by load at Yukon facility
State officials are investigating a load of hazardous waste that set off radiation monitoring detector alarms last week at MAX Environmental Technologies Inc.’s hazardous waste treatment and storage facility in Yukon. Department of Environmental Protection inspectors received… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-19-2014 Kane adds CNG trucks
Kane Is Able Inc. made new additions to its fleet Monday — seven compressed natural gas trucks that burn fuel cleaner, run quieter and save money. The trucks were on display for an event for the media and customers at Kane’s Taylor headquarters. Natural gas is locally produced, and the trucks are environmentally… - Scranton Times
08-19-2014 UM study warns of health impacts from fracking
A University of Maryland study warns that without adequate safeguards, drilling for natural gas using hydraulic fracturing could harm the health of residents, workers and communities in Western Maryland. The study, released Monday, raises the stakes for a long-running state… - Baltimore Sun
08-18-2014 Lebanon Conservancy airs pipeline concerns to federal agency
The proposed Williams Partners natural gas distribution pipeline through Lebanon County could harm preserved farmland and sources of drinking water for thousands of county residents, the Lebanon Valley Conservancy told the Federal Regulatory Commission. Those concerns, along with others, were included in written comments the… - Lebanon Daily News
08-18-2014 Tanks, not gas well, caught fire
Though it was the first fire related to the Utica-Marcellus shale drilling that Mercer County has had, emergency management officials said the response “worked like clockwork” to douse a Friday night blaze located near, but not at, a gas well in Jefferson Township…. - Sharon Herald
08-17-2014 New Sewickley supervisors OK Marcellus Shale gas compressor
The New Sewickley Township supervisors have approved a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station near the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, one of the region’s oldest and most successful Community Supported Agriculture operations. Don Kretschmann and his wife, Becky, who started the 80-acre organic farm… - POST-GAZ.
08-17-2014 Demand may determine if pipeline gets green light
On March 28 there was a knock on the door of Malinda Clatterbuck’s rural Lancaster County home. Standing on her front stoop was a pipeline company contractor who calmly told her he needed to walk her wooded 8-acre property to survey it for what she later learned would be a section of a proposed $3 billion, 177-mile… - Allentown Morning Call
08-17-2014 Equitrans seeks property under eminent domain
Equitrans, a natural gas company based in Pittsburgh, filed a civil complaint in federal court this week seeking a preliminary injunction to allow it to take possession of property in Washington Township, Greene County, in order to construct, operate and maintain a natural gas pipeline…. - Washington Observer-Reporter


There was no report for August 10-15

August 3-8

08-08-2014 Oil boom, housing bust alter spending trends
The boom in shale drilling didn’t cause as big a windfall in increased consumer spending for Pennsylvania since the recession ended as it did for other oil and gas states. State-by-state data released Thursday for the first time by the U.S. Department of Commerce showed wide variation in spending by consumers —… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-08-2014 More than a dozen share concerns about natural gas pipeline
LEHMAN TWP. — The high school auditorium’s air grew thick with complaints and concerns about Williams’ proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline at a federal hearing on the project Thursday night. Sixteen people offered comments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s hearing on the pipeline. Only two of them, both labor… - Scranton Times
08-08-2014 Robinson Township amends zoning ordinance
Robinson Township officials Thursday passed amendments to the zoning ordinance that in some ways will make it easier for Marcellus Shale companies to do business there. Immediately after a public hearing was held on the topic, the board voted 2-1 to change the process for considering oil and natural gas applications… - Washington Observer-Reporter
08-08-2014 Update: Pipeline company bans survey crew for trespassing incidents; residents respond
Williams Partners has removed the survey crew that trespassed on at least five Martic Township properties Tuesday in laying out a proposed gas pipeline corridor. Williams spokeswoman Cindy Ivey, in an e-mail to Lancaster Newspapers, acknowledged that the trespassing incidents did happen as landowners had… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
08-07-2014 MarkWest plans to add more processing capacity in the Marcellus, Utica
MarkWest Energy Partners is further expanding its processing capacity in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, the Denver-based midstream company said Wednesday. In the Marcellus, MarkWest will construct a seventh 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) processing plant at its Sherwood complex in Doddridge… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-07-2014 Watchdog group faults center for links to oil and gas industry
A nonprofit watchdog group has released a new report criticizing the Center for Sustainable Shale Development for continuing to maintain what it perceives as questionable links to the oil and gas industry, but the center said the criticism is unfair. The report, released Wednesday by the Public Accountability Initiative,… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-07-2014 State points to human error, bad communication in fatal Chevron well fire
An inexperienced “greenhat” gas worker loosening a bolt without proper supervision likely caused the leak that days later led to a fatal fire on a Chevron gas well in Greene County, state investigators said. In two Department of Environmental Protection reports released on… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-07-2014 Gas wells hearing set for September
ELLWOOD CITY — A twice-postponed public hearing to discuss proposed gas wells in northwestern Lawrence County and southern Mercer County has been scheduled for next month. Hilcorp Energy Co. is applying to drill four wells to extract natural gas by hydraulic fracturing from the underground Utica shale rock layer. There… - Ellwood City Ledger
08-06-2014 State: Fracking waste tainted water, soil at three Washington County sites
Leaks of fracking waste water from three impoundments in Washington County have contaminated soil and groundwater, prompting the state to issue a violation notice at one site and increase monitoring and testing at another. John Poister, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman,… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-06-2014 Marcellus Shale gas production hits new high
PITTSBURGH — Federal energy experts say Marcellus Shale natural gas production has hit an all-time high… - AP
08-06-2014 CNG filling station pledged for Dunmore
A Dunmore-based energy company pledged to develop a CNG filling station in the borough by early next year. While several other compressed natural gas filling stations have been proposed for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, Commonwealth Energy Group LLC could be the first to serve the fledgling market for natural gas as a… - Scranton Times
08-06-2014 Municipalities defend Act 13 impact fees
CECIL – Roughly half of the municipalities in Washington County have taken action to protect the revenue stream flowing into local governments by way of natural gas development. On Monday, Cecil Township became the most recent municipality to pass a resolution opposing any amendment to the state’s Act 13 that would… - Washington Observer-Reporter
08-06-2014 Ohioan gets prison after workers dump toxic drilling brine
CLEVELAND — The owner of a northeastern Ohio business that collected and stored toxic fluids from oil- and gas-drilling operations was sentenced yesterday in Cleveland to 28 months in federal prison and fined $25,000. Ben Lupo, 64, of Poland, Ohio, had hoped for probation or home detention… - AP
08-06-2014 Demonstrators protest bill that would allow gas drilling in state parks and forests
Twenty people toting “Rest in Peace” signs for Evansburg and French Creek state parks protested Tuesday in South Coventry Township against a provision that would allow natural gas companies to lease land in state forests and parks. The demonstrators, including representatives from Clean Water Action and… - Reading Eagle
08-06-2014 Pulaski to look at new oil and gas rules
NEW CASTLE — Pulaski Township is considering a new oil and gas ordinance. Township planning commission member Michelle Hoffman told the supervisors at their meeting Tuesday the commission believes the township needs more extensive zoning rules dealing with drilling…. - New Castle News
08-05-2014 Gas interests silent at EPA carbon pollution hearings
An industry that has become ubiquitous on Pittsburgh’s energy scene — and one that might stand to benefit most from proposed carbon pollution standards — was conspicuously missing from two days of hearings and protests on the federal proposal. Natural gas companies and their trade groups sat out the Environmental… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-05-2014 Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to take Marcellus gas southeast
A proposed 178-mile pipeline in northeastern Pennsylvania that aims to connect Marcellus Shale production to the Mid-Atlantic and southeast is advancing. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it is preparing an environmental impact statement for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-05-2014 Philly business leaders visit Susquehanna County for primer on gas opportunities
DIMOCK — Philadelphia-area community leaders had to see firsthand whether Pennsylvania’s gas industry can help abate their floundering employment statistics. About 25 business and community leaders from Southeastern Pennsylvania traveled Monday to Susquehanna County for a primer on the opportunity still… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
08-04-2014 Beaver Run water untainted by shale gas wells, tests show
Three years of testing at the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County’s Beaver Run Reservoir has found drinking water untainted by Marcellus shale gas wells, drilled just yards from the water supply. Testing will continue for a fourth year under a new contract with Indiana… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
08-04-2014 Survey looks at effects of energy boom
Located in the middle of Marcellus Shale development, Washington & Jefferson College appropriately is at the center of an interesting shale study. W&J’s Center for Energy Policy & Management teamed with the Environmental Law Institute of Washington, D.C., on “Getting the Boom… - Washington Observer-Reporter
08-04-2014 Group Earns Oil Income Despite Pledge on Drilling
The nation’s largest environmental group is earning money from an oil well on land it controls in Texas, despite pledging a decade ago not to permit new oil and gas drilling on land supposedly set aside for conservation. That revelation is contained in a forthcoming book about climate change by… - New York Times
08-03-2014 Drillers did not report half of spills that led to fines
Half the spills at Marcellus Shale well sites that resulted in fines weren’t spotted by gas companies, which are required by state law to look for and report spills of drilling-related fluids. That is one of the main conclusions of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
08-03-2014 DEP to test Cecil impoundment groundwater
For the second time since 2011, high chloride levels were detected in groundwater under a Marcellus Shale impoundment in Cecil Township. Residents closest to the impoundment on Swihart Road were notified Friday after the township caught wind of the state Department of Environmental… - Washington Observer-Reporter