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 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



October 5-10

10-10-2014 Safety a focus as millions of gallons of crude travel through Western Pa.
Millions of gallons of crude oil are passing through Western Pennsylvania — up to 75 trains each week on their way to refineries in the East — according to records released by state emergency management officials. A Tribune-Review analysis of the records released by the Pennsylvania… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-10-2014 Range Resources signs lease to drill in Allegheny County park
Range Resources and Allegheny County on Thursday signed a lease that authorizes the Fort Worth-based energy company to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park in West Deer and Frazer, according to a notice sent to county council members. The county received $4.7 million in bonus payments and the first $600,000… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-10-2014 Mon Valley authority to roll out natural gas-fueled buses
NORTH CHARLEROI – A Mon Valley transit authority plans to add to its fleet eight new heavy-duty buses fueled by natural gas. “They’ll be hitting the road in December 2015,” said Marc Rancone, executive director of the North Charleroi-based Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority, which manages local bus routes and others to Pittsburgh… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-10-2014 Cabot Oil & Gas raises $170,000 for Lackawanna College
Cabot Oil & Gas propped up its endowment to the Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural gas with a sizable sum last weekend during its 2014 Fall Classic Sporting Clay fundraiser. Cabot, one of the state’s top natural gas producers, raised about $170,000 for the school to offer in scholarships…. - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
10-10-2014 Analyst: Prepare for long-term impact of drilling
At times, the promises of what the Marcellus Shale offers seem endless. Drilling companies point to such positives as job creation, tax revenue and community revitalization. Convoys of trucks bearing drilling waste water and filled-to-capacity motels are constant reminders the search for natural… - Sharon Herald
10-10-2014 Local farmers against proposed pipeline
PITMAN — The Hepler family has made a living for seven generations plowing fields and tending livestock on their farm in Eldred Township. They have overcome many setbacks over that time, but a proposed natural gas pipeline that would cut through that section of Schuylkill County has Jim… - Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald
10-10-2014 Middlesex ordinance that allows shale gas drilling challenged
Two environmental groups and some Middlesex residents are appealing recent changes to the township’s zoning ordinances that allowed Marcellus shale drilling in most of the township. Clean Air Council and Delaware Riverkeeper Network, along with several residents, said that the zoning changes, adopted Aug. 13, remove… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-10-2014 W.Va. man fined $10k for driving overweight truck across Greene County bridge
A West Virginia man on Thursday pleaded guilty to driving an overweight truck over a historic Greene County bridge, causing it to partially collapse last month. Online court records show Jason Strawderman, 38, of Beverly, W.Va., was fined $10,297.50 for disobeying a traffic control device and for operating… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-09-2014 Pa. judges seek balance for leasing park, forest land to drillers
PHILADELPHIA — The judges on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court on Wednesday tried to sort out the standard that the state government must meet to lease parks and forests for shale gas extraction without violating its responsibility to protect public natural resources…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-09-2014 As price of oil drops, so could drilling
 The shale boom is producing record amounts of oil as demand weakens, pushing prices down toward levels that threaten to reduce drilling. Domestic fields will add an unprecedented 1.1 million barrels a day of output this year and 963,000 in 2015, raising production to the most since… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-09-2014 Williams residents: Don’t let pipeline ruin scenery
At a meeting more than 100 people attended, Williams Township residents said they don’t want to see their hillsides and farmland changed to accommodate a 100-mile natural gas pipeline. Wednesday’s supervisors meeting was standing-room only as PennEast Pipeline… - Allentown Morning Call
10-09-2014 Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at fracking sites
Disclosure of complete chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency-response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization said yesterday. Based on its study of a Monroe County well-pad fire in June, the nonprofit… - Columbus Dispatch
10-09-2014 Leechburg Area directors urge action on gas lease
A presentation from an oil and gas training specialist Wednesday helped Leechburg Area School Board members agree on one thing: it’s time to take meaningful steps toward deciding whether to enter into a lease agreement with EQT Production Co. EQT wants to drill beneath an 8.3-acre tract in West Leechburg at Main and… - Kittanning Leader-Times
10-09-2014 Highland Township receives check from ARG Resources for roads
KANE — A check from ARG Resources Inc. for $6,000 left the Highland Township Supervisors wondering whether they should take the money or require ARG to obtain a bond for the township roads. Now, the supervisors are considering both options. Supervisor chairman Jim Wolfe said he received an email from ARG stating… - Bradford Era
10-08-2014 Mars Area school board takes heat from parents over gas well
A group of Mars Area parents continued to press the school board about protecting the health and safety of district students as a gas well opens approximately 2 miles away from the schools. Rex Energy is operating a gas well on property owned by former school board… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-08-2014 Chevron funds study targeting hurdles to STEM curriculum
With 700 workers employed in gas drilling operations in the tri-state region surrounding Pittsburgh, energy giant Chevron believes it has a significant stake in whether current middle and high school students are adequately prepared for careers in the gas and drilling sector…. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-08-2014 Rex’s Stabley stresses his Pennsylvania roots
In a shale play dominated mostly by out-of-town oil and gas companies, Tom Stabley emphasizes his Pennsylvania roots. The CEO of State College-based Rex Energy Corp. keeps the company he helped found 12 years ago focused on being a good neighbor as it expands its… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-08-2014 Marcellus Life: One Greene County man’s encounter with a landman
Leigh Shields refused to allow seismic testing for natural gas on his 88 acres in Spraggs. He thought if he said no to the company asking, that… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-08-2014 Company to convert natural gas to electricity IMG Midstream plans electric generation facilities in Canton Twp., Smithfield Twp.
IMG Midstream plans to build three small-scale electric generation facilities in Bradford County that will convert natural gas to electricity. Two are planned to be built in Canton Township and one in Smithfield Township. – Towanda Daily Review
10-07-2014 Not all shale is created equal, and the same is true of water treatment
Not all shale is created equal. That means flowback — the watery mix filled with sediment, chemicals, metals and salt that returns to the surface after hydraulic fracturing — isn’t all the same, either. “Each shale will have different waste fluids,” said David… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-07-2014 Range Resources CEO: Proposed natural gas tax threatens Pa.’s edge
Imposing more taxes on record amounts of natural gas from Pennsylvania wells would harm an industry squeezed by low prices and insufficient infrastructure, the CEO of the state’s most prolific driller said Monday. Some major energy companies reduced drilling activity in the state because… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-07-2014 Cecil supervisors’ vote to appeal court ruling fails
A motion by Cecil Township supervisors to appeal the state Commonwealth Court’s recent ruling that the township’s zoning hearing board erred when it denied a Marcellus Shale company’s application for a natural gas compressor station failed Monday. The vote, which came after 2½ -hours of public comment, failed 3-2…. - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-07-2014 Lease deal could net $1M for Elizabeth Township
Elizabeth Township commissioners on Monday approved an agreement with Huntley & Huntley Inc. that could net more than $1 million in revenue from leasing the drilling rights of township property. The vote was 5-0-1, with Commissioner Robert Rhoderick Jr. abstaining…. - McKeesport Daily News
10-07-2014 St. Marys proposes new natural gas restrictions
ST. MARYS — Responding to mounting public pressure, St. Marys City Council on Monday announced new zoning restrictions over oil and gas activities in a move meant to appease residents without alienating the industry. Among the newly proposed changes to the city’s zoning ordinance… - Bradford Era
10-07-2014 Pennsylvania DEP seeks $4.5 million penalty against EQT
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is seeking a $4.5 million civil penalty from Downtown-based EQT Corp. for a 2012 incident that contaminated waterways and groundwater at a well site in Duncan, Tioga County. The penalty comes about a week after the state attorney general’s… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-06-2014 DEP to DePasquale: Problems are already addressed
WILKES-BARRE — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is outspoken in his belief that when it comes to dealing with water contamination issues, the state Department of Environmental Protection needs to get its act together. During a public hearing on tracking and reporting natural gas… - Scranton Times
10-06-2014 Landowners reject Williams pipeline offers
A group of Lancaster County landowners held a press conference Saturday to publicly reject what they call Williams Partners’ “disrespectful” and “ludicrous” offers to buy easements allowing a massive natural gas pipeline to cross their properties. At the event, held in the driveway of his home on Susquehannock Road in… - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal