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.

May 11-17

05-17-2015 Energy boom lifts sales of new, pricey homes in Washington County
Khris Soldner has never liked renting. So when he moved to Washington County last year from Louisiana, he intended to buy a home. Then came the sticker shock. “The market up here is extremely high,” said Soldner, 33, a branch manager at National Oilwell Varco, a gas company in Houston, Pa…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
05-17-2015 UGI natural gas customers to see bills drop
Local residential gas users will see the rate they pay for gas reduced starting June 1 because of increased Marcellus Shale gas use, UGI Penn Natural Gas announced Friday. The utility’s purchased gas cost rates will decrease 10.3 percent for average users, spokesman Joe Swope said. Nearly all natural gas used in the… - Scranton Times
05-17-2015 UGI proposes LNG plant in Wyoming County
UGI Energy Services LLC plans to build a liquefied natural gas production facility in Wyoming County. The facility will be adjacent to UGI’s Manning compressor station on Meshopany Ridge Road in Washington Twp., slightly north of Procter & Gamble’s plant, the gas supplier announced Thursday…. - Scranton Times
05-17-2015 Marcellus Shale to fuel compressed natural gas filling station near Tunkhannock
A third compressed natural gas filling station is planned for Northeastern Pennsylvania with the help of a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Southwestern Energy NGV Services LLC will build the station open to the public along state Route 6 in Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County using… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
05-15-2015 Consol training academy in Amway draws 100 students
At the first mention of a selfie station and prizes for best Tweets, approximately 100 students from Chartiers Valley, Moon Area, Montour and West Allegheny school districts perked up a bit at a career development program in Consol Energy’s new Gas Training Academy in Washington… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-15-2015 New York fracking report underscores quake, climate issues
ALBANY, New York — New York is 2,000 pages closer to becoming the first fossil fuels-rich state in the U.S. to ban fracking indefinitely because of the climate-changing methane it could emit and the earthquakes, air pollution and water contamination it could cause… - AP
05-15-2015 Links in natural gas supply chain worry about Wolf’s proposed severance tax
LA PLUME — As much as the Marcellus Shale has fueled an energy boom in the state, business owners and others who are links in the supply chain to the natural gas industry expressed their concerns about the effects of a proposed severance tax. They had the opportunity Thursday to share their successes and worries with… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
05-15-2015 Rep. Reed brings outreach effort to Indiana
A new service expansion program offered by Peoples Natural Gas is ready to extend gas lines to more homes, communities, businesses and school districts in Indiana County, with new customers being able to pay through a small charge added to a monthly utility bill…. - Indiana Gazette
05-14-2015 Senate committee approves Dunn to lead DCNR; nomination to go to full Senate
HARRISBURG — A Senate committee unanimously approved acting Secretary Cindy Dunn’s nomination to head the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Wednesday, despite some legislators’ concerns about positions on natural gas development and other issues advocated by an… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-14-2015 West Goshen OKs pipeline settlement
West Goshen Township officials voted Wednesday to accept a settlement agreement that would limit Sunoco Logistics’ pipeline construction but that critics say would make fighting future pipeline projects more difficult. The 5-0 decision by the Board of Supervisors came a month after the board… - Philadelphia Inquirer
05-14-2015 Witnesses at Pulaski hearing express opposition to wellpads
Residents’ concerns about wellpad noise and other issues surfaced again at a hearing Monday in Pulaski Township. The hearing was on conditional use permits for two wellpads. While a wellpad on property owned by Supervisor Sam Varano was not approved, another for property on Topper Hill Road owned by Victor Litwinovich did… - New Castle News
05-14-2015 Williams Cos. to buy Williams Partners
Williams Cos., which owns a majority stake in Williams Partners, the firm that plans to build the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through Lancaster County, announced Wednesday it is absorbing its subsidiary outright. Williams Cos. currently owns 58 percent of Williams Partners. Under the… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
05-13-2015 New rules to protect threatened bats could affect natural gas site construction
Related Media: bullet Mysterious fungal disease threatens major Pennsylvania bat species PowerSource: energy news and analysis Little bats that are being decimated by a big disease in 28 states are now protected by the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species, a decision… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-13-2015 Well driller accused of stealing natural gas from Peoples TWP
The owner of a local natural gas well drilling and supply company is accused of stealing gas from Peoples TWP to supply his own customers… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
05-13-2015 Robinson approves compressor station
Three people were ordered to leave a Robinson Township Board of Supervisors meeting Monday following a spirited discussion about a planned natural gas compressor station. Board Chairman Rodger Kendall asked a police officer to escort Lisa Graves-Marcucci of Pleasant Hills from the building after she continued to… - Washington Observer-Reporter
05-13-2015 McMurray group pushes for fracking health registry
The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is pushing for the implementation of a health registry related to unconventional oil and gas development in Pennsylvania. The McMurray-based group hosted a national workshop in Chicago, Ill., last week to explore its options. The workshop was attended by 24 people from 11… - Washington Observer-Reporter
05-12-2015 Mt. Morris company plugging gas well beside I-70
BENTLEYVILLE – A Greene County company typically finds itself working in an open field when it is called upon to plug an abandoned natural gas… - Washington Observer-Reporter
05-12-2015 Drillers Answer Low Oil Prices With Cost-Saving Innovations
KENEDY, Tex. — These are lean days in the South Texas oil patch, with once-bustling roads and hotels now empty as the price of oil has plunged and rig after rig sits idle. Still, production has barely declined, a testament to the rapid gains that oil producers are making in coaxing ever more oil from older wells and the… - New York Times
05-12-2015 Rising tide of opposition to pipelines, other natural gas projects
It’s not just Lancaster County where new infrastructure to transport natural gas is generating opposition – even protests. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has moved its regular monthly meeting up a week due to anticipated protests outside FERC… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
05-12-2015 PA needs tighter regulations on oil, gas industry, protesters say
Carrying signs and chanting “no gas near schools,” a coalition of environmental groups staged a rally outside the state Department of Environmental Protection headquarters Tuesday urging adoption of tighter regulations on oil and gas drilling. A group of about two dozen activists delivered 9,000 letters to DEP at the… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
05-11-2015 Frack water treatment site set up in Eighty Four
Alex Gonzalez started a water solutions company in West Texas – where nature provides few water solutions. It’s arid with minimal rain. While relocating the Neptune Solutions Co. headquarters to Eighty Four in recent months, he and a number of employees have gained a keen appreciation… - Washington Observer-Reporter



May 4-10

05-10-2015 Mine drainage treatment system shows promise with fracking waste in Clinton Twp.
The success of a new treatment method for acid mine drainage is evident in a clear stream of water running into a holding pond in Clinton Township just a few feet from the red-orange runoff of traditionally treated mine water… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
05-10-2015 DEP receives tests from Range impoundments
Range Resources will continue to monitor the water quality surrounding several of its defunct impoundments in Washington County, but the company wants to “discontinue” its tests for substances typically associated with fracking fluids, including benzene, toluene, methanol and… - Washington Observer-Reporter
05-08-2015 Sunoco Logistics to own 30 pct. share of Bakken Pipeline
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. will own a 30 percent share of the 1,100-mile Bakken Pipeline, which will deliver about 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day from North Dakota shale fields to the Midwest and Gulf Coast. Sunoco Logistics CEO Michael Hennigan told investment analysts Thursday… - Philadelphia Inquirer
05-08-2015 API study shows energy investment impact on public pension funds
An oil and gas industry trade group said Thursday a proposed severance tax on Pennsylvania’s unconventional shale wells could cause 113 fewer horizontal gas wells drilled next year, as well as the loss of 6,000 jobs in the natural gas industry and its supply chain…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
05-07-2015 Delaware River Basin Commission wants joint review of PennEast pipeline
Citing concerns about adverse effects on the Delaware watershed, the Delaware River Basin Commission says the proposed PennEast pipeline is subject to a commission review and public hearing. The commission, which oversees the watershed, is requesting a joint meeting… - Allentown Morning Call
05-07-2015 Faced with pipeline expansion, a new idea to pool resources
TUNKHANNOCK TWP. — Local landowners affected by Williams’ proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline heard a fresh proposal Wednesday to pool their resources against the company. If landowners in Susquehanna, Wyoming and Luzerne counties jointly resist Williams’ offers to place a natural gas pipeline on their land, they… - Scranton Times
05-07-2015 Dunmore CNG station step closer
DUNMORE — Site preparation for what could be the Scranton area’s first compressed natural gas filling station will begin within three weeks. The building formerly occupied by Gertrude Hawk Chocolates on Tigue Street in Dunmore, purchased last month by Constellation CNG LLC, will be the site… - Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice
05-07-2015 Shale business spurs Rostraver hotels
For years, the former Holiday Inn hotel on Finley Road — near the intersection of Interstate 70 and Route 51 in Rostraver — sat vacant. In the recent months, though, construction crews have been restoring the facility, one of three Rostraver hotels expected to open in the next 18… - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
05-07-2015 Harrisburg resident named chairwoman of Pa. Public Utility Commission
A Dauphin County woman has been chosen by Gov. Tom Wolf to serve as the new chairwoman for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Gladys M Brown, a Middletown native and Harrisburg resident who has been on the commission since 2013, will replace Robert F. Powelson as chairperson…. - Harrisburg Patriot-News
05-07-2015 Peco gets OK to double spending on old gas main replacements
State regulators on Thursday approved a Peco Energy Co. plan to double the amount it spends annually to replace aging gas mains, from $34 million to $61 million. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved Peco’s plan to accelerate the pace at which it upgrades at-risk pipes from 34 years to 20… - Philadelphia Inquirer
05-06-2015 DEP, Shell share air quality plans for Beaver County cracker plant
MONACA — The public got its first look on Tuesday at Royal Dutch Shell’s proposed multibillion-dollar chemical plant in Beaver County when state environmental officials held a two-hour meeting here about the company’s air quality permit. Shell representatives and officials from the state Department of… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-06-2015 Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seeking tax revenue to cover cost
This year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission cut the cost of a fishing license by $1. But that doesn’t mean the agency isn’t in need of more revenue. During Tuesday’s quarterly board meeting, which was held at the Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre, the board discussed three avenues to bolster… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
05-06-2015 Details of the debate in U.S. on oil drilling, fracking
Clashes are growing between cities and states across America over oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the practice of high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas… - AP
05-06-2015 Charges withdrawn against North Beaver Twp. resident accused of disrupting Wolf’s inaugural
HARRISBURG — Heading into her trial last week on charges of disorderly conduct, Maggie Henry was prepared, not with a legal defense, but a manifesto on how hydraulic fracturing drilling has impacted her life. Henry, of North Beaver Township, was arrested and jailed with seven other… - Ellwood City Ledger
05-05-2015 The “monster” beneath the Marcellus
Range Resources Corp. tested the shale well with the best ever initial flow rate in the Appalachian Basin and possibly the country in December in Washington County. But the “monster well,” as financial analysts called it, wasn’t hiding in the Marcellus. Production rates for wells, like Range’s, that have been drilled into… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-05-2015 Study links foam in water wells to shale well sites
White foam in northeastern Pennsylvania water wells likely was caused by Marcellus Shale gas well sites that have already been blamed for causing natural gas to infiltrate residential water supplies, a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported on… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
05-04-2015 Proposed rule on noise limits for oil, gas sites in Pa. pleases none
Gas industry leaders and fracking critics in Pennsylvania have found common ground in their views on one aspect of proposed environmental regulations for drilling: A rule aimed at limiting noise from sites is too vague to be effective. The state Department of Environmental Protection is proposing noise… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
05-04-2015 Fracking, wastewater-injection wells raise Ohio’s quake risk, feds say
It wasn’t that long ago that Denison University professor Erik Klemetti added a caveat when he taught his students about earthquakes. “When I used to show (seismicity) maps in my intro class, I’d say, ‘Ohio is about as earthquake-free as you get,’??” Klemetti… - Columbus Dispatch