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.

July 20-24

07-24-2014 Gas facility plan divides New Sewickley residents
An overflow, equally divided crowd of more than 300 people attended Wednesday night’s New Sewickley township supervisors hearing on a proposal to build a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station in southeast Beaver County next to the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, one of the… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-24-2014 United States proposes tougher rules for moving crude oil, ethanol by rail
Older rail tankers would be phased out in two years and speed limits would be lowered for trains transporting highly flammable crude oil and other dangerous liquids under rules prompted by a series of derailments such as those in Vandergrift and Philadelphia this year…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
07-24-2014 State gives gas export facility go-ahead
Maryland’s top elected officials gave a key approval Wednesday to developing a natural gas export facility in Southern Maryland that some fear could threaten residents’ safety and the environment. In their first and only vote on the controversy, Gov. Martin O’Malley and… - Baltimore Sun
07-23-2014 Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm’s future
This week, for the first time this summer, Don and Becky Kretschmann are pulling an early crop of carrots, and will include them in the overflowing boxes of vegetables, fruits and herbs they‘?ll deliver to the more than 1,000 customers of their Community Supported Agriculture operation 25 miles… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-23-2014 Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
The state’s official watchdog on Tuesday drilled Pennsylvania’s protectors of natural resources for failing to crack down on wayward oil and gas companies and make the public aware of what it’s doing to keep the state’s water clean. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the Department of Environmental… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
07-23-2014 Amwell wastewater site to be shut down
Range Resources plans to close a Marcellus gas well wastewater impoundment at the center of a two-year legal battle over environmental complaints in Amwell in Washington County. The state Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing the drilling company’s plan and expects to respond this week or next, agency spokesman… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
07-23-2014 Agency reviewing environmental impact of pipeline
A federal agency in charge of interstate natural gas pipelines will develop an environmental impact statement for a line proposed to further connect Susquehanna County to national gas markets. Williams, operator of the Transco pipeline, which runs from the Texas Gulf… - Scranton Times
07-23-2014 Company seeks court order to conduct seismic testing in Center Township
A company that conducts seismic testing for the oil and natural gas industry filed a petition with the court seeking an order to allow it to conduct its operations in Center Township. Geokinetics USA Inc. of Houston, Texas, originally filed its complaint for… - Washington Observer-Reporter
07-22-2014 DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07
Drilling-related water impacts DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07 Nana Wilberforce, right, PNC Energy Manager, guides U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on a tour of The Tower at PNC Plaza on Monday. Energy secretary faces questions during push for nontraditional-energy… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-22-2014 Gas pipeline issues challenge for producers, users
Ten years ago, developers were building terminals to import liquefied natural gas, experts predicted production increases of less than 1 percent annually, and insufficient pipelines into New England during the cold winter sent prices soaring. A decade into the “shale gas revolution,” the pipeline issues… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
07-22-2014 Corbett touts long-lasting effects of shale drilling
Natural gas is natural, of course. And a valued resource that is abundant, accessible and spearheading the nation’s charge toward energy independence. And, according to the governor of Pennsylvania, an engineering marvel. “Engineers have figured out how to (drill for gas) and do it… - Washington Observer-Reporter
07-22-2014 Furor over gas pipeline not unique to Lancaster County
The issues that have surfaced since a proposed 35-mile natural gas pipeline was announced in March in Lancaster County are hardly unique. Take Nelson County, Virginia, a largely rural area in central Virginia where residents and public officials learned in late May of a planned… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
07-22-2014 Pipeline company posts answers to “misconceptions” about project
Responding to concerns raised about its Atlantic Sunrise Expansion pipeline project, Williams Partners has posted on its website “Misconceptions about Atlantic Sunrise.” Williams addresses what it considers 11 misconceptions about the controversial project. Related: Complete pipeline coverage… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
07-21-2014 Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill
A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North America… - Columbus Dispatch
07-21-2014 Bradford County agency seeks public’s help in study of pipelines’ effect on crop yields
Towanda – The Bradford County Conservation District and Penn State Extension are looking to study the effect that gas pipeline installation is having on crop yields. - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
07-20-2014 Repeat executives, fortified by shale, play opportunities to get rich
For PennEnergy Resources, as for many other oil and gas startups, it started in a bar. Or at a dinner table, or on the golf course. A couple of former executives from major energy companies were sitting around, talking about their hunch that the majors were leaving some valuable crumbs in the… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-20-2014 Clean up started after fracking operation effects orphan well
A company hydro fracking a conventional oil well in Jackson Township Monday blew out the plug on a nearby unknown “wildcat,” or orphan well, forcing materials in the orphan well to the surface and requiring a cleanup of an unnamed tributary of Long Run. Penneco Oil Co. was fracking the horizontal portion of the well off Long… - Washington Observer-Reporter



July 13-18

07-18-2014 Fracking issue raised at North Versailles commissioners meeting
At Thursday night’s North Versailles commissioners meeting, a township man said he is not in favor of potential Marcellus Shale drilling in the Crestas Terrace neighborhood. Nathan Wallace said two public meetings were held in Crestas Terrace to discuss the possibility of drilling…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-18-2014 State appeals court hands down split decision on state’s oil and gas law
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday issued a split decision on the state’?s oil and gas law, rejecting some challenges to the 2012 update to the drilling rules but affirming the rights of municipalities to regulate the location of oil and gas development…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-18-2014 Municipalities pleased with Act 13 ruling
Of the more than 2,500 municipalities in Pennsylvania, four faced challenges to the money they received from Marcellus Shale development since 2012, when the state’s Act 13 governing the industry was passed. Those four townships – Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and South Fayette… - Washington Observer-Reporter
07-18-2014 Planning commission tables gas compressor station
After a lengthy debate and a nearly 40-minute executive session to address legal questions, the Lycoming County Planning Commission voted 5-2 Thursday to table approval of a gas compressor station in Gamble Township until its August meeting. - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
07-18-2014 Bradford County commissioners ask U.S. attorney to investigate Chesapeake Energy
TOWANDA – The Bradford County Commissioners announced this week that they have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith which asks him to investigate the large decline in the size of royalty payments made by Chesapeake Energy Corp. The decrease in the size of royalty checks has affected a large number of… - Towanda Daily Review
07-18-2014 Corbett administration agrees not to lease more state parks & forest land for drilling until court case is decided
The Corbett administration announced Friday that it has agreed to a partial settlement in the Commonwealth Court case challenging the governor’s plan to lease more state forest and state park land for natural gas drilling. The Corbett administration has agreed not to lease any more state land for… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
07-17-2014 Mars opposes gas well
A standing-room-only crowd urged the Mars Area school board Tuesday night to join their fight against a proposed gas well that would be within one mile of the school district’s campus. Although the school board in March unanimously turned down a Rex Energy request to drill under the schools, members of the Mars Parent Group want… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-17-2014 Butler County to get higher impact fees from gas activities
The windfall from Pennsylvania’s impact fee on gas fracking activities in Butler County will be a third higher this year, and there’s no shortage of what to do with the extra money. “We’ve got a lot of ideas on how to spend it,” said Butler County Commissioners Chairman Bill McCarrier…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-17-2014 No fast answer to drilling questions, Pa. health chief says
The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said on Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue… - AP
07-17-2014 Planned fracking sand facility rejected
The Wyoming County Planning Commission denied preliminary approval Wednesday for a proposed facility that provides sand for fracking, saying it violated a section of the county code that protects the health, safety and welfare of the community. In a packed room, around a dozen residents were given three minutes each to… - Scranton Times
07-16-2014 Pa. Fish & Boat agency seeks gas drilling funds
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says its officers are struggling to monitor possible violations at Marcellus Shale gas drilling sites… - AP
07-16-2014 Which release is worse – radiation or information on radiation? DEP told to hand over data on well sites
It’s well established that radiation can be harmful. But is it possible that the release of information about radioactive material is dangerous as well? That was an argument that the state Department of Environmental Protection made when it denied a request from an environmental group for recently… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
07-16-2014 Johnstown company gets $1 million
JOHNSTOWN — JWF Industries has been awarded a $1 million infusion of state funding that the company believes will enable it to double the size of the workforce at its Cramer Pike facility. Money provided through Pennsylvania’s Economic Growth Initiative will… - Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
07-15-2014 After a notoriously harsh winter, natural gas stocks are being replenished
After a notoriously harsh winter that drained natural gas storage inventories, stocks are still hovering below the five-year average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “The punch line is that this isn’t unexpected,” said Joe Gregorini,… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-15-2014 More LNG export pipelines in the pipeline
As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decides whether to approve Dominion Resources’ plan to convert a liquefied natural gas import facility in Lusby, Md., to an export facility, other LNG export projects are already underway and still more are lining up for permission to start… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-15-2014 Chinese shale holds opportunities for U.S. shale firms
When Chinese officials travel to the U.S. to prepare for the shale gas boom they expect back home, they are often told to take the Marcellus Shale as an example. No, seriously, take it, offered Bart Hyita to a group of Chinese delegates visiting Washington County last month…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-15-2014 Fire extinguished at Greene County gas production site
A fire has been extinguished at a Consol Energy gas production site in Greene County on Monday afternoon, spokeswoman Kate O’Donovan said. The fire started around 3:30 p.m. at the Green Hill 11 pad gas production unit on Lightner Run Road in Center Township, a country emergency… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-15-2014 Washington County school district appeals value of natural gas facility
he Chartiers-Houston School District in Washington County has appealed the tax assessment of a MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resource natural gas processing facility, according to court documents. The facility at 800 Western Ave. is assessed at $429,367 for 2014 and 2015,… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
07-15-2014 Dem billionaire’s ads attack Corbett as oil-and-gas tool
Outside money has entered the Pennsylvania governor’s race in a big way, with a new ad from billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate super PAC accusing Gov. Corbett (R) of giving favorable treatment to oil and gas companies while shortchanging public schools…. - Philadelphia Inquirer
07-15-2014 Keystone landfill can now treat drilling mud
With the state’s permission, Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore can begin recycling drilling fluid for gas industry reuse. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Waste Management approved an application last week for the landfill to use a… - Scranton Times
07-15-2014 DEP investigates oil tank fire
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was on the scene Monday in Springfield Township to investigate a fire that occurred at some oil tanks Sunday night following a lightning strike, according to a DEP official. Daniel Spadoni, Community Relations Coordinator for the DEP Regional… - Towanda Daily Review
07-15-2014 Survey shows state gas drilling support stands at 58 percent
A recent Quinnipiac University poll revealed Pennsylvanians support drilling for natural gas by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
07-14-2014 Scientist tests water before fracking soars
By Lisa Song / InsideClimate News As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of the Utica Shale. Her project, which includes samples of more than 100 wells, is one of the few sustained… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
07-14-2014 League of Women Voters discusses fracking, health
The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters held a public seminar on the possible health effects of the natural gas industry Saturday at the Indiana Free Library. The event was hosted by League members Vera Bonnet of the Indiana chapter and Heather Wechter from the Allegheny chapter…. - Indiana Gazette
07-13-2014 Allegheny County executive, 2nd councilman included in ethics probe over Deer Lakes Park drilling vote
Allegheny County Council members said State Ethics Commission investigators told them that an inquiry into Councilman Nick Futules’ vote to allow natural gas drilling under Deer Lakes Park has expanded to include fellow Councilman Ed Kress and county Executive Rich Fitzgerald…. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review