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July 16, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis and Laura Olson, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
  HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett's advisory panel on drilling in the Marcellus Shale endorsed a long list of recommendations Friday on how to deal with the burgeoning industry, including imposing a local impact fee - not a tax - on the extraction of natural gas. The 30-member commission also tacitly threw its weight behind the controversial practice of "pooling," which effectively allows a drilling company to force holdout landowners to...
BUSINESS
October 23, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a call from City Council, Mayor Nutter has declined to immediately join a lawsuit seeking to block Marcellus Shale drilling in the Delaware River basin. Howard M. Neukrug, the Philadelphia water commissioner, said in an interview last week that the city's law department had not decided whether to join with New York state, which sued federal agencies in May to halt the start of drilling in the Delaware watershed until a broader environmental analysis is completed. "As a utility, we have not concluded it's worthwhile for our participation in litigation," Neukrug said.
NEWS
July 9, 2012
A headline in Sunday's Inquirer about Marcellus Shale drilling contained a typographical error. It should have said the number of wells has dropped markedly from a year ago. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.com .
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday concluded that Marcellus Shale drilling was not responsible for a high-profile case of methane contamination of private water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has closed the books on an investigation of the methane migration in Franklin Forks, Pa., which anti-drilling celebrities Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon visited in January. Citing a 125-page consultant's report, DEP says the methane in some residents' wells is naturally occurring shallow gas, not production gas from well drilling.
NEWS
May 6, 2011 | Associated Press
HARRISBURG - Policymakers in Pennsylvania should immediately strengthen rules that make areas around sensitive ecosystems, water sources and places where people live or work off-limits to natural-gas drilling, an environmental group said yesterday. The message comes as drilling intensifies in the hotly pursued Marcellus Shale formation, the nation's largest-known natural-gas reservoir, and state officials consider adding safety precautions around drilling sites. PennEnvironment said that it has found permitted Marcellus Shale sites within 2 miles of numerous day cares, schools and hospitals in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 27, 2011
It's encouraging that Gov. Corbett may allow local impact fees on natural-gas drillers, but this potential step only addresses part of the problem. Local communities have incurred significant costs due to the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, including road repairs and added emergency services. The affected towns and counties deserve to be compensated. Corbett said last week that he would "listen" to proposals that address the local impact of drilling. That doesn't mean it will happen, but hooray for listening.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HERSHEY, Pa. - Gov. Corbett vowed Monday to not allow natural-gas drillers to "poison the water," while also restating his case against imposing a tax on the state's booming industry. He gave a detailed defense of his opposition to a gas severance tax during his remarks to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors' annual gathering. As he brought up the subject of Marcellus Shale drilling, one woman in the audience shouted: "They're poisoning our water!" Corbett replied that he will not let that happen, adding to the ballroom packed with township officials that oversight of the industry should be "based on science, not emotion.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
IN THE REGION Delta completes refinery buy Delta Air Lines on Friday finalized its purchase of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer and will begin to bring back about 400 employees who were laid off last year when the plant was idled. A Delta spokesman said that its subsidiary, Monroe Energy L.L.C., will start a turnaround at the Delaware County refinery after the July 4 holiday with the aim of resuming fuel production this fall. The airline paid $180 million for the plant, with the Corbett administration chipping in $30 million on the condition that Monroe maintain 400 employees for five years.
NEWS
February 12, 2011
No one at the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works could have foreseen that the approach of an upbeat milestone - the company's 175th anniversary - would be marred by a fatal gas explosion that took the life of a PGW repair crewman. The Jan. 18 accident that took the life of Mark Keeley, 19, and injured six others was a reminder, though, that the nation's largest municipally owned gas utility is in a business fraught with risks, even amid the best efforts to safeguard the public. As it happens, the pending results of the probe into the explosion will pose challenges for a new generation of PGW leaders: With this month's passing of a notable anniversary, the utility also faces a changing of the guard in its top ranks.
NEWS
November 6, 2014
NO ONE can call this week's election a mandate for "same old, same old," at least not in Pennsylvania, where Tom Wolf made history by breaking the two-term governor charm that's been in effect for nearly 70 years. The problem, of course, is that he will preside over a Legislature that doesn't exactly embrace the new - one that provided obstacle after obstacle to a governor who shared its majority political party. How it will react to Wolf, who is a Democrat with an ambitious agenda, much of which runs counter to their agenda, is of course the question of the hour.
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NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
As bad as last year was for the Marcellus Shale drilling industry, 2016 is shaping up to be worse. Several major shale-gas operators have announced dramatic cuts in drilling plans for this year. The cuts will inevitably mean less local spending on suppliers, haulers, and construction firms. Seneca Resources Corp., the exploration subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Co., on Friday became the latest operator to tighten its belt. Seneca, which recently operated three drill rigs in northern Pennsylvania, said it planned to cut one of its two remaining drill rigs in March.
NEWS
November 6, 2014
NO ONE can call this week's election a mandate for "same old, same old," at least not in Pennsylvania, where Tom Wolf made history by breaking the two-term governor charm that's been in effect for nearly 70 years. The problem, of course, is that he will preside over a Legislature that doesn't exactly embrace the new - one that provided obstacle after obstacle to a governor who shared its majority political party. How it will react to Wolf, who is a Democrat with an ambitious agenda, much of which runs counter to their agenda, is of course the question of the hour.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
TROUT RUN, Pa. - When David Dewberry landed in Pennsylvania in 2010, the veteran of the migratory worldwide oil-and-gas workforce said he required more than a month to drill a typical Marcellus Shale natural gas well. On Dec. 4, a crew under Dewberry's direction dug into the mountaintop of a state forest near here with a diamond-studded drill bit. Dewberry reckons it will require only 16 days to finish drilling the well's full length, more than 21/2 miles. "Since I came up here three years ago, it's 200 percent better," said Dewberry, who manages this Lycoming County site in Loyalsock State Forest for Seneca Resources Corp.
REAL_ESTATE
May 26, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
We were on our way across country in 2008, planning to stop at Fallingwater, the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright design, and were looking for a place to stay the night. We ended up near the turnpike outside Uniontown, Fayette County, Pa., but finding a hotel room was difficult. Large blocks of rooms in motels and hotels had been booked by drilling-company executives and their employees, and not only did we have to search for a room, getting into even a chain restaurant for dinner wasn't easy.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday concluded that Marcellus Shale drilling was not responsible for a high-profile case of methane contamination of private water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has closed the books on an investigation of the methane migration in Franklin Forks, Pa., which anti-drilling celebrities Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon visited in January. Citing a 125-page consultant's report, DEP says the methane in some residents' wells is naturally occurring shallow gas, not production gas from well drilling.
NEWS
July 9, 2012
A headline in Sunday's Inquirer about Marcellus Shale drilling contained a typographical error. It should have said the number of wells has dropped markedly from a year ago. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.com .
BUSINESS
June 23, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
IN THE REGION Delta completes refinery buy Delta Air Lines on Friday finalized its purchase of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer and will begin to bring back about 400 employees who were laid off last year when the plant was idled. A Delta spokesman said that its subsidiary, Monroe Energy L.L.C., will start a turnaround at the Delaware County refinery after the July 4 holiday with the aim of resuming fuel production this fall. The airline paid $180 million for the plant, with the Corbett administration chipping in $30 million on the condition that Monroe maintain 400 employees for five years.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells. Cabot Oil & Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19 order to deliver fresh water supplies to four Dimock houses "do not accurately represent the water quality" and are inconsistent with the body of data collected at the residences.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a call from City Council, Mayor Nutter has declined to immediately join a lawsuit seeking to block Marcellus Shale drilling in the Delaware River basin. Howard M. Neukrug, the Philadelphia water commissioner, said in an interview last week that the city's law department had not decided whether to join with New York state, which sued federal agencies in May to halt the start of drilling in the Delaware watershed until a broader environmental analysis is completed. "As a utility, we have not concluded it's worthwhile for our participation in litigation," Neukrug said.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A leading advocate against Marcellus Shale drilling in the Delaware River basin has resigned from a coalition of civic organizations because she says the group will not take a harder stand against shale-gas development. Maya K. van Rossum, who heads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, said Friday she had stepped down from the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission to protest the group's final report, which will be issued Monday. Van Rossum said the commission declined to support a moratorium on natural-gas development, as the Riverkeeper Network has advocated.
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