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.

November 17-23

11-23-2014 153-year-old Venango well pumps out oil, history
About 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, a pothole-pocked dirt road along the side of a warehouse leads to a solitary oil well, undisturbed by the recent plunge in crude prices. McClintock No. 1, the world’s oldest continually producing oil well, is… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-23-2014 Drilling regulations divisive in Middlesex
The legal battle over Middlesex’s zoning regulations that allow natural gas drilling in the majority of the township could play out for years, the head of the township’s zoning hearing board said. “These gentlemen on both sides have a lot of arguments,” said… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-23-2014 Marcellus gas now heats Scranton, Wilkes-Barre homes
When temperatures dipped and Scranton residents switched on their natural gas heat this week, that fuel came straight from Susquehanna County. UGI Energy Services Inc. recently completed its Union Dale Pipeline project, about six miles of 12-inch diameter pipeline that connects… - Scranton Times
11-23-2014 Bluestone line to expand, accept more Southwestern gas
DTE Energy Co. will expand its Bluestone Gathering System in Susquehanna County, the company announced this week. By mid-2016, the Detroit-based company will add 200 million cubic feet of capacity per day to the roughly 44-mile Bluestone line, which gathers gas… - Scranton Times
11-23-2014 Pennsylvania oil producers stung by low prices
Analysts have compared falling gasoline prices to a multibillion-dollar economic stimulus that will trickle down to all of us. But those lower gas prices — the product of oil prices that have fallen in just a few months from more than $100 a barrel to less than $75 — have oil… - Erie Times-News
11-21-2014 Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: Who gets to say where fracking… - Columbus Dispatch
11-21-2014 Salem Twp. officials, residents hear proposed power plant details
SALEM TWP. — Residents and officials learned more Wednesday about a natural-gas-fired power plant that could be coming to their neighborhood next year. Supervisors Steven Fraind, Joseph Siecko and Chairman Joshua Kishbaugh voted to approve conditional use for Vienna, Virginia-based Moxie Energy… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
11-21-2014 County approves LNG facility in Herrick Township Plant will supply liquefied natural gas for the trucking industry
At its meeting this week, the Bradford County Planning Commission approved the construction of REV LNG Inc.’s planned facility in Herrick Township, which will cool locally produced natural gas to its liquid state, so that it can be used as a fuel in the long-range trucking industry…. - Towanda Daily Review
11-21-2014 Halcon proposes pipeline through Mercer County
An energy company is proposing to run a 17-mile natural gas pipeline through Mercer County that would cross dozens of streams and wetlands. Halcon Field Services has submitted a plan to the Army Corps of Engineers to run the 16-inch-diameter pipeline that would connect to the existing… - New Castle News
11-20-2014 Drilling remains an issue in Mars Area
The pros and cons of nearby gas well drilling continue to dominate meetings of the Mars Area school board. A group of pro-drilling residents asked the board Nov. 11 to reconsider allowing Rex Energy to drill under the district’s schools. Rex is planning to operate up to six wells approximately a half mile from the… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-20-2014 Peters Township weighs zoning options for drilling
McMURRAY – Peters Township Council is working on an update of its zoning ordinances to allow natural gas drilling in certain areas, and Tuesday had a preliminary discussion with the planning commission and township officials ahead of a January public hearing…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-20-2014 WesBanco follows Marcellus’ pull to Western Pa.
WesBanco is banking on Marcellus Shale. The Reconstruction Era financial institution widened its footprint across the formation, from Ohio and West Virginia into Southwestern Pennsylvania. It recently ramped up its presence in this end of the state, acquiring ESB… - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-20-2014 Ex-Consol manager pleads guilty in gas royalties scheme
A former manager of Consol Energy’s land management department pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $440,000 from the company in gas royalties through a leasing scheme involving parcels in West Virginia and Illinois. Scott Hamilton, 37, of Baden in Beaver County, pleaded to mail fraud and… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-20-2014 New gas pipeline to cross Indiana County
BLACK LICK — Construction could begin as early as December in southern Indiana County on a planned cross-state pipeline for carrying natural gas products from western Pennsylvania wells to a processing center near Philadelphia. Most of the $2.5-billion pipeline will be built within a few feet of an… - Indiana Gazette
11-20-2014 Pipeline opponents urge Conestoga officials to enact anti-pipeline law
Conestoga Township supervisors Tuesday vowed to take action in early December on a proposed anti-pipeline law. There are no technical issues with the legislation intended to stop a natural gas pipeline from bisecting Conestoga Township, according to a… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
11-19-2014 Anti-frackers ask Wolf to forget shale tax
Protesters of hydraulic fracturing took to the Capitol rotunda today to call on incoming governor Tom Wolf to abandon his plan to tax the drilling of natural gas and instead ban the practice altogether. ”We’re going to be in Wolf’s face everywhere he goes, to make our message… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-19-2014 Health care, gas drilling industries await Gov.-elect Wolf’s footprint
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is expected to push for change affecting two high-profile industries in Pennsylvania — natural gas production and health care — when he takes office in two months. The York County Democrat successfully campaigned on a number of policy differences with Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, including a pledge to extract… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-19-2014 ‘Consolidation’ might be the word for some shale companies
The for-sale sign WPX Energy Inc. recently put on its Marcellus shale wells and land could signal more moves among natural gas producers struggling with low prices, observers say. “I do know a couple of companies that are interested in getting out of the basin,” Lou D’Amico, president of the Marshall-based Pennsylvania… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-19-2014 Sunoco cited by DEP for Little Mingo Creek discharge
Sunoco Logistics violated environmental standards when its subcontractor discharged about 5,300 gallons of clay into Little Mingo Creek in Union Township two months ago, according to a notice of violation issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-19-2014 In Compromise Plan, Limited Fracking Is Approved for National Forest in Virginia
Drilling for oil and natural gas will be mostly off-limits in the largest national forest in the East, whose streams bring drinking water to Washington and Richmond, Va., the federal government said Tuesday. But in a reversal of an earlier proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing… - New York Times
11-19-2014 PennEast Pipeline proposal subject to review by agency protecting Delaware River watershed
A multi-state agency aimed at protecting the Delaware River watershed plans to conduct a review of the PennEast Pipeline route currently proposed to cut through a large swath of the watershed. But a spokeswoman for the consortium of energy companies that wants to… - Easton Express-Times
11-17-2014 Dinniman suggests using the state constitution against pipeline projects
WEST CHESTER – State Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman Friday suggested local communities use the state constitution as a tool to force their voices be heard to regulate the Sunoco pipeline project through Chester County. The Chester County Sierra Club stopped by his office to present him an… - West Chester Daily Local News
11-17-2014 Preparing for the pipeline: Some routes remain secret for security purposes
Marcellus shale gas deposits are sprouting numerous transmission stations, and with them, a grid of pipelines crisscrossing Pennsylvania. But the location of the pipelines is secret. That information “is not part of the public record per a 2006 law that protects utility infrastructure information for homeland security… - Lehighton Times News



November 10-16

11-16-2014 State liquor stores sale more likely with gas tax bargain, analyst says
The next state House speaker won’t consider more taxes on Pennsylvania natural gas drilling until fellow lawmakers take another look at his plan to privatize liquor stores. “If the discussion is about more revenue, that has to be the first place anybody looks,” Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, said in… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-16-2014 Oil, gas industry tries to keep talent in pipeline
Four years ago, Bryan Dickson and Matt Ockree were among the youngest engineers working on gas well pads in Western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields. “I was out in the frack van with Bryan a lot of days and a lot of nights, learning from the people with more experience,” said Ockree,… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-16-2014 Kittanning companies take gas drilling in a different direction
Work is ramping up at an East Franklin site that is home to Snyder Brothers’ and MDS Energy’s first horizontal Marcellus shale well in Armstrong County. A large rig has been set up and is expected to start drilling Saturday. Crews drilled vertical wells at the site earlier in the month…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-16-2014 Safety the focus of Consol summit
The new speaker spoke energy Friday. “The continued development of natural gas and clean coal is contributing to the economies of Pennsylvania families,” state Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, said to a small klatsch of reporters at the DoubleTree hotel on Racetrack Road in Meadow Lands…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-14-2014 Natural gas industry rains cash for state lawmakers’ campaigns, lobbying efforts
The natural gas industry spent nearly $50 million on campaign contributions and lobbying in Pennsylvania since 2007, giving it unwarranted influence over lawmakers, according to two advocacy groups that have been criticized for their opposition to gas drilling…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-14-2014 New Stanton turnpike plaza 1st to offer compressed natural gas
Motorists who drive vehicles that use compressed natural gas can fill up at the New Stanton plaza of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Turnpike commission officials Thursday kicked off the opening of three CNG fueling dispenser stations at the plaza. The New Stanton plaza is the first of the commission’s 17 plazas to offer… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-14-2014 Second public meeting held on Mt. Pleasant zoning
In the heart of Marcellus Shale country in Washington County, the million-dollar question is where natural gas drilling should occur. Mt. Pleasant Township is halfway through a yearlong process to overhaul its oil and gas zoning ordinance, which moved forward with a public meeting… - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-14-2014 Halliburton Is in Talks to Buy Rival Baker Hughes
Halliburton is in talks to buy Baker Hughes, a potential acquisition that would unite two of the biggest oil field services providers in what would be one of the largest energy deals in years, Baker Hughes confirmed on Thursday. It is not clear what price Halliburton is considering, but Baker Hughes… - New York Times
11-14-2014 Worker killed in explosion at Noble County oil and gas facility
Fracking sites claimed lives in Ohio and Colorado this week, bringing home concerns about worker safety that have grown as the controversial method of collecting oil and gas has increased. A Virginia man working on an oil and gas pump at a fracking site in Noble… - Columbus Dispatch
11-14-2014 Kerosene in fracking fluid: It’s toxic but legal
In the last three years, 230,171 gallons of kerosene — a petroleum distillate with chemical components that are toxic to humans and wildlife — were used in fracking fluid in 129 wells throughout Fayette County. And it was all within the letter of the law. “They are environmental terrorists,” according to Ken Dufalla,… - Ellwood City Ledger
11-14-2014 As House approves Keystone pipeline, Obama veto grows more likely
Even as the House passed legislation Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by a decisive vote of 252 to 161, President Obama is signaling he is increasingly skeptical of the project. Congressional momentum for granting the permit has accelerated in the wake… - Washington Post
11-13-2014 EQT gets OK to look at drilling in shale on East Allegheny school district land
The East Allegheny school board has unanimously approved a lease agreement that will allow EQT Production Co. to drill in the Marcellus Shale on district land. Solicitor Daniel Beisler said the company will work for six months to find possible drilling sites on district parcels. EQT representatives will look… - Pittsburgh Post-Gaztte
11-13-2014 Opponents of selling PGW could push for revenues from LNG
If the deal to sell Philadelphia Gas Works dies, the city has several opportunities it can pursue to increase earnings from its gas utility. One of the more alluring alternatives: Liquefied natural gas, or LNG. The city utility’s most valuable asset is a four-decade-old industrial… - Philadelphia Inquirer
11-13-2014 PennEast makes a case for its pipeline
About 11 years ago, Peter Benson bought 21 acres in northern Moore Township. It was the perfect investment, a scenic, wooded spot to hunt with his three dogs — two English pointers and a Rhodesian ridgeback — and a parcel of land he could, if he ever wants to, split up to accommodate two… - Allentown Morning Call
11-12-2014 Disagreement on legal authority complicates local fracking bans
Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-12-2014 All eyes on Tom Wolf as governor-elect begins vetting cabinet
Welcome to hunting season at the Capitol. The period between Nov. 4 and inauguration day, on Jan. 20, is a particularly important one for new administrations. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has already chosen his chief of staff, Katie McGinty, and will soon begin the complicated process of vetting, courting and publicly announcing cabinet… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
11-12-2014 South Strabane Township delays vote on Range conditional-use application
South Strabane Township supervisors delayed a vote on a Range Resources well pad on Kopper Kettle Road Tuesday because two board members were absent and a third said she would abstain from the vote on the Marcellus Shale company’s conditional-use application…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
11-12-2014 West Cornwall hears from Sunoco — not residents — on gas pipeline
QUENTIN >> A representative of Sunoco Logistics Partners spoke about the proposed Mariner East 1 gas pipeline at Monday’s West Cornwall Township meeting. About 30 local residents could not. Don Zoladklewicz of SLP community relations, presented a brief history of the project and listed a… - Lebanon Daily News
11-12-2014 Rice Energy narrows loss, boosts production
Rice Energy Inc. narrowed its loss during the past quarter to $6.9 million, or 5 cents per share, from $33.7 million, or 38 cents per share during the same period last year. Operating revenues for the Canonsburg-based oil and gas operator increased from $23.7 million to $79.1 million between the two quarters…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-12-2014 Did gas drilling contaminate his water? Centre County man is frustrated at his government’s response: Analysis by Matt Zencey
The first letter from Donald Ludwig arrived last year in late October. Addressed to various media and public officials, the lines of small handwriting crammed together gave a detailed account of strange things happening to his well water and to his health. He suspected the cause was “fracking” – the common shorthand term for… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
11-11-2014 Marcellus players looking long-term
If there’s a notion out there of wildcatters hopping from town to town, striking it rich on an oil and gas well and moving on to the next great thing, it isn’t so today. Not with shale. This, companies say, is a long-term game. It has to be so for the economics to make sense, as companies struggle with… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
11-11-2014 Rex Energy puts Marcellus shale drilling site work in Middlesex on hold during appeals
Rex Energy has suspended development of a controversial Marcellus shale drilling site in Middlesex, Butler County, until appeals are settled, according to a letter sent to several people who live in the area. “At this time, the duration of the delay in operations is not… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11-10-2014 Site work could begin within days on property for proposed Shell plant
POTTER TWP. – Site work could begin within a matter of days for the proposed $2.5 billion Shell Chemicals ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. A source familiar with the project said Friday that Trumbull Corp., a contractor based on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, was awarded the coveted… - Ellwood City Ledger