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.
June 4, 1990 |
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.
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.
April 19, 1996 |
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.
June 2, 2012 |
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.
August 7, 2012 |
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.
May 26, 1994 |
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.
October 14, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.