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.

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


September 28-October 3

10-03-2014 Heads start to roll, as porn emails from Corbett’s guys spill forth
CHRIS ABRUZZO, Gov. Corbett’s appointed secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, says he does not remember all that porn. But Abruzzo took “full responsibility” yesterday for the explicit emails recovered from his archived inbox from when he was chief of staff to… - Philadelphia Daily News
10-03-2014 Pa. regulator: Sunoco pipeline project has public utility status
Sunoco Logistics Partners and its proposed Marcellus Shale Mariner East project have public utility status, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday. The decision was a victory for Sunoco, which is repurposing a petroleum pipeline to transport Marcellus Shale ethane and propane to Marcus Hook…. - Philadelphia Inquirer
10-02-2014 Greene County bridge damaged by too-heavy water truck, police say
It could take weeks for engineers to determine the extent of the damage to a historic Greene County bridge that partially collapsed Sunday when an overweight truck tried to cross it. The county’s chief clerk, Jeffrey Marshall, said engineers are inspecting the Pollocks Mill Bridge and trying to come up with an estimate… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10-02-2014 Oil, gas industry boom leads to expansion of laws in Pennsylvania
The booming oil and gas industry has led to an expansion of laws in Pennsylvania and other states aimed at protecting water supplies, an analysis by a group of regulators representing 20 states has found. The report released Wednesday by the Ground Water Protection Council, a… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-02-2014 Study links natural gas wells with hospital visits
The more natural gas wells in an area, the more of its residents end up in the hospital. So indicate the results of an unreleased study revealed at a state Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing at King’s College on Wednesday on the subject of tracking, reporting and acting on public health concerns… - Scranton Times
10-02-2014 On working with Legislature; Marcellus Shale differences, and isolated agreement: Corbett / Wolf debate wrap-up
A few odds and ends from Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate between Gov. Tom Corbett and his challenger, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, in Philadelphia. ON WORKING AND PLAYING WITH OTHERS. Wolf was asked if Washington-style gridlock could come to Harrisburg in the… - Harrisburg Patriot-News
10-01-2014 EPA says greenhouse gas releases from wells, pipelines decline
The U.S. oil and gas sector reduced greenhouse gas emissions from well sites, pipelines and processing facilities last year despite the industry’s continued growth, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. Use of technology and improvements in hydraulic fracturing techniques in… - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
10-01-2014 Another Tennessee pipeline project on the horizon
Kinder Morgan is in early stages of another project to add capacity to its Tennessee Gas Pipeline, including work in Susquehanna and Bradford counties. The project, dubbed the Northeast Energy Direct Project, would deliver more gas from the Tennessee line to customers in New England, according to a… - Scranton Times
10-01-2014 Fire erupts at Greene County oil well
Fire erupted at a producing oil well in Greene County Tuesday, although no one was injured and the blaze was extinguished without harming any workers or the well. Emergency crews responded to the Energy Corp. oil well in Jackson Township about 11 a.m. when a two-inch pipeline pumping oil from a holding tank to a… - Washington Observer-Reporter
10-01-2014 Pa. panel approves natural project for public transit, private vehicle fueling; NEPA may benefit
The state plans to hire a private company to develop compressed natural gas fueling stations at public transit agencies around the commonwealth, and the public will be able to use the stations as well. The state’s Public-Private Partnership, or P3, Board Monday gave the… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
10-01-2014 Gas export terminal approved by federal commission
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has green-lighted the first export terminal that will send natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania to customers overseas. Plans already are underway to ship gas from wells in Susquehanna County via proposed pipelines through Luzerne County to the Calvert County, Maryland,… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
10-01-2014 Baker Hughes to disclose all fracking fluid components
Effective today, Baker Hughes Inc. is planning to disclose “100 percent” of the chemicals contained within its hydraulic fracturing fluid systems without the use of trade secret designations. The Houston-based oilfield services company had announced in March that it… - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09-30-2014 Coal competing with oil and gas for space on rail
In 2010, Chuck West, manager of coal procurement for one of the country’s largest power generators, American Electric Power, rode a train down from the coal fields of Wyoming to Denver. Out the window, he took note of the many empty coal cars parked along the tracks…. - POST-GAZ.
09-30-2014 Advocacy group seeks faster export approval
As a bevy of liquefied natural gas export projects inch their way along, one organization is trying to activate shale supporters to lean on their legislators to speed the process. Our Energy Moment — a coalition of companies, institutions and individuals tied to shale development founded in Louisiana in 2013 —… - POST-GAZ.
09-29-2014 Pennyslvania DEP admits drilling probe error
The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County…. - POST-GAZ.
09-29-2014 Columbia Gas parent spinning off pipeline division
NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, said today that it will spin off its pipeline division into a separate, publicly traded company that can better take advantage of the shale-energy boom. Indiana-based NiSource has about 8,800 employees, including about 2,200 in… - Columbus Dispatch
09-28-2014 Thai-Japanese duo angling for another Marcellus ethane cracker
A partnership between Thailand’s largest chemical company and a Japanese trading and investment house is shopping the region for an ethane cracker site. Allenport’s Mon River Industrial Park in Washington County is one of three locations being evaluated by the group, which joins Bangkok-based PTT… - POST-GAZ.
09-28-2014 Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger
The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past… - AP
09-28-2014 FEMA reverses ‘anti-fracking’ policy affecting NEPA flood victims
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has backpedaled on a policy that banned hydraulic fracturing or fracturing beneath land purchased with federal flood buyout money. In a letter provided by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, FEMA regional administrator MaryAnn Tierney said the department will make an exception… - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
09-28-2014 Three anti-fracking demonstrators plead guilty to blocking road to gas wells
A Lycoming County judge has told three environmental activists he does not fault them for their zeal or intentions in blocking a road to natural gas wells. But, Judge Marc F. Lovecchio Friday told Nathan W. Joseph, 26, Zora M. Gussow, 24, and Sierra Dawn Moy, 19, before sentencing them that they could… - Harrisburg Patriot-News