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March 8, 2012
Penn State University and two other schools will launch training programs this summer aimed at instructing regulators and policymakers about the latest developments in producing oil and natural gas from shale formations. The program, which will also be hosted at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Texas at Austin, will provide regulators with an intense two-week overview of the latest geologic, technological and environmental developments, said Thomas B. Murphy, co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | By NEAL PEIRCE
Don't count on the already-besieged Exxon public-relations department to alert you. But June 13 will mark the 10th anniversary of one the biggest corporate missteps of all time. Top brass of the world's biggest corporation swooped in by corporate jet to the little city of Grand Junction on Colorado's remote, sagebrush-covered Western Slope. And there, to a stunned audience of 800 people, Exxon unveiled a "white paper" for extracting 500 billion barrels of oil from the deposits of oil shale, a rock rich in hydrocarbons, in western Colorado and neighboring Utah.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
The Marcellus Shale Coalition on Tuesday unveiled an online business directory of small and medium-size firms that want to be part of the shale gas economy. The aim of the Marcellus on Main Street site is to facilitate connections among businesses in the supply chain, Kathryn Klaber, the coalition's president, told a gathering Tuesday at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, one of five events announcing the site. She said the outreach is also intended to counter "unfair" negative portrayals of natural gas development.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Let Mr. Holland fiddle while schools burn. A more effective way to save public education, asserts the politically incorrect film The Substitute, is to send military covert operatives to bring control to classrooms where gang members, not teachers, are in charge. It's a crudely entertaining argument for redeploying the U.S. military into our schools. In this vigilante fantasy fully loaded for drug dealers and other social vampires, Tom Berenger plays Shale, a soldier of fortune who does to Miami's Christopher Columbus High what he has already done to Nicaragua and Cuba.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2012 | Andy Maykuth
Philadelphia Gas Works on Friday announced the latest decrease in natural gas rates, which have been falling because of low commodity prices. The new rate for residential customers is $1.35623 per hundred cubic feet, down about 2.5 percent from $1.40. Rates also decreased for commercial, industrial and municipal customers. In the last year, PGW's residential natural gas rate has fallen 13 percent. On an annualized basis, a typical PGW residential customer now pays $181 less than 12 months ago. PGW is required to adjust its gas-cost rate quarterly to reflect market conditions, and must pass commodity costs through to customers without markup.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Kevin Begos, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government. Though serious drilling began only five years ago, the sheer volume of Marcellus production suggests that in some ways there's no going back, even as New York debates whether to allow drilling in its portion of the shale, which also lies under large parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | By Doug Donovan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In September 1993, a quarry applied for a zoning ordinance amendment that would allow it to mine land where mining is prohibited. After attending Planning Commission meetings in January and February, quarry officials stood up the commission in March and April. On Monday, officials from the New Hope Crushed Stone & Lime Co. finally showed up at a special hearing, but with a different proposal. Irritated by the quarry officials' performance, commission member Ed DuBois made a motion to reject the proposal.
NEWS
October 14, 2011 | By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG - Counties in the state's gas drilling region shouldn't start counting their riches from impact fees just yet - they may be waiting a little longer than they thought for those dollars. An analysis of the latest state Department of Environmental Protection data shows that there were about 1,650 Marcellus Shale wells producing in Pennsylvania as of June 30. That's a little more than half the minimum 3,000 wells that will be needed to rake in the $120 million that Gov. Corbett estimates his proposed impact fee would raise in its first year.
NEWS
August 7, 2011
Pennsylvania's experience with shale-gas drilling has given the Delaware River Basin Commission plenty of reason to take a long and careful look before letting the rigs set up shop in the region's most important watershed. Gas wells bring up millions of gallons of water that carries high levels of radioactivity. Air pollution builds up as drilling rigs and diesel trucks and huge gas-pumping compressors proliferate. Pipelines spread across the land, even where landowners don't want them to cross.
NEWS
October 27, 2010
THE FOSSIL-fuel industry always promises to bring jobs and prosperity, but the promise always proves false. For 150 years, coal has been extracted from West Virginia, yet West Virginia is 48th in the nation in terms of per-capita income. The state is in effect a sort of Third World nation, the coal being exported for use elsewhere while the state receives little in return beyond environmental devastation. Pennsylvania is about to follow the same route with Marcellus shale natural gas. The only beneficiaries will be the minority of those who own most of the mineral rights, so we might as well get at least some benefit by taxing the extraction process.
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NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Highland Township, a tiny Elk County town that in 2013 approved an ordinance banning natural-gas wastewater injection wells, overturned the ordinance this week and promptly settled a federal lawsuit with a Marcellus Shale gas producer that wants to build a disposal well in the community. Two new supervisors on the township's three-member governing board voted Wednesday to rescind the ordinance, saying they were unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit with gas producer Seneca Resources Corp.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
By David Spigelmyer While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together. And there's more that unites us - business and labor as well as Republicans, Democrats, and independents - than divides us. While division might drive TV ratings and social-media clicks, it's no secret that all Americans support a stronger economy with low unemployment; a thriving manufacturing sector that creates middle-class jobs for families; and a healthier, cleaner environment for our kids and grandkids.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office estimates that Marcellus Shale impact-fee revenue in 2016 will decline for a third consecutive year because of the continuing slowdown in gas drilling and low natural gas prices. IFO, in a research brief set to be released on Thursday, said the impact fee will decline as little as $5.4 million next year if drilling activity accelerates during the last half of 2016. The impact fee could also plunge by $56.5 million - 30 percent - if the average NYMEX gas price averages below $2.25 per thousand cubic fee average for the year.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania will distribute $187.7 million this year from the impact fee on shale-gas development, down 16 percent from $223.5 million last year and the lowest amount collected since the tax's first year in 2011. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday outlined its disbursement schedule for the fee, which is assessed on each shale well. The amounts collected are smaller this year because the price of natural gas is low. County and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of $101.8 million.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
New Jersey natural-gas customers can expect a price break this winter, the latest reduction in energy costs that have cut one utility's bills by more than half since 2009. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. on Wednesday proposed to reduce residential gas bills by 7.4 percent, saving customers $64 per year. South Jersey Gas proposed reductions of 3.7 percent, or $4.39, to monthly residential gas bills. The proposed rate reductions, which would go into effect Oct. 1, were made in annual filings Wednesday with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the state regulatory body.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday that it will expand its network of systems monitoring fine airborne particulates in Marcellus Shale production areas. DEP said it would add 10 monitoring sites to its existing network of 27, positioning the metering stations near shale-gas wells and compressor stations in Marcellus Shale production areas. "We need that data and monitoring capability to help us understand whether or not there are risks or impacts to public health from current air quality in these areas," said DEP Secretary John Quigley.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
JAMES CITY, Pa. - Highland Township's rebellion against the fossil-fuel state began more three years ago, when word spread that Seneca Resources Corp. wanted to convert a depleted natural-gas well into a site for disposing of wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling operations. Marsha Buhl, who had some unpleasant experiences 40 years ago living near oil wells in northwestern Pennsylvania, feared the proposed injection well would pollute the town's drinking-water supply with fracking waste.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Gov. Wolf on Thursday hailed the departure this week of the first ship containing Marcellus Shale ethane from Sunoco Logistic Partners' terminal in Marcus Hook as a "vital first step" in completing a cross-state pipeline to tap into Pennsylvania's new energy fortunes. "Sunoco Logistics is making a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania's energy economy by keeping Marcellus Shale resources for manufacturing right here in Pennsylvania, rather than sending this business, revenue, and jobs to other states," Wolf said.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
The first export shipment of Marcellus Shale ethane set sail Wednesday afternoon from Sunoco Logistics Partners' Marcus Hook terminal to a petrochemical plant in Norway. The JS Ineos Intrepid, one of eight 575-foot tankers commissioned by European chemical manufacturer Ineos, was loaded this week with 173,000 barrels of ethane that had been delivered to Marcus Hook from Western Pennsylvania through the Mariner East pipeline, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said. Ethane, a liquid used in plastics manufacturing, is derived from natural-gas production.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
ISSUE | MARCELLUS SHALE TAX Additional expenses will hurt industry, state Energy companies are laying off employees left and right. Pennsylvania won't continue to enjoy the billions of investment dollars it has received from companies developing shale gas in our commonwealth. Reserved Environmental Services employs 70 Pennsylvanians, and 85 percent of our workforce is blue collar. We've postponed capital projects this year and cannot hire an additional 20 employees. And we are not alone.
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