April 17, 2016 |
Budget and staff cuts have left the state Department of Environmental Protection ill-equipped for its role in monitoring the installation of tens of thousands of miles of natural-gas pipelines over the next decade, DEP Secretary John Quigley said Friday. After what Quigley described as "years of relentless budget cuts," the department has 671 fewer positions than it did seven years ago, an estimated 20 percent decrease. Of these lost jobs, 441 were permit writers and pipeline inspectors, he said.
March 5, 2016
By John J. Interval It is hard for a petroleum geologist like me to find good news in the drastic cuts in shale-gas drilling or the calls by some politicians for a moratorium on fracking, but there is at least one silver lining: Producers in the Marcellus have become much more efficient, using innovative technologies and better knowledge of the shale formation to complete a well in less than half the time it took a decade ago. Producers are...
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.
September 19, 2015 |
In an assist to the shale-gas industry, the speaker of Pennsylvania's House said Thursday that Republicans will propose a "Keystone Energy Zone" to extend tax breaks to gas-hungry manufacturers. Rep. Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), speaking on the final day of the Marcellus Shale Coalition's two-day conference in Philadelphia, disclosed the tax-break concept as a counterpoint to Gov. Wolf's plan to create a natural-gas severance tax. "Let's quit talking about this severance tax, and let's talk about how we improve usage," Turzai said during an onstage discussion with David J. Spigelmyer, the coalition's president, and K. Scott Roy, a Range Resources Corp.
September 17, 2015 |
After shifting its annual conference to Western Pennsylvania last year, the shale-gas industry returns to Philadelphia on Wednesday for a two-day gathering amid an economic climate substantially subdued from the industry's early go-go years. The Shale Insight 2015 conference at the Convention Center, sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, is placing an emphasis on the industry's ties to the Philadelphia region as a potential energy hub, if the pipelines to deliver shale-gas products can be built.
February 19, 2015 |
Despite low gas prices and a reduction in drill rigs, Marcellus Shale producers generated nearly 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Pennsylvania last year, up 28 percent from the previous year, according to state figures. Exploration companies produced 2.08 trillion cubic feet of gas from 5,960 "unconventional" shale wells during the second half of 2014, up 10 percent from the first half of 2014. During all of 2013, Pennsylvania unconventional wells produced 3.1 trillion cubic feet of gas. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
November 17, 2014
WE LEARNED many new things at City Council's hearings on Philadelphia's energy future last week. Here's one: components of natural gas include propane, butane, methane . . . and here, in Philadelphia, civic pain. We're referring to the pain of listening to experts on Philadelphia's future as an energy hub and wondering why the city wasn't having these discussions years ago. And the pain of realizing that PGW's private ownership could be a key to the city's future as an energy hub, but Council killed that prospect just last week primarily because of "process" instead of the potential outcome for the city as a whole.
September 26, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale industry is trying to reclaim a word that has become one of the most effective weapons of natural gas foes: Fracking. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which opened its annual conference Wednesday in Pittsburgh, is launching a campaign aimed at countering the negative connotations associated with fracking, the term derived from the gas-extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing, which has become a catchall pejorative among activists for all aspects of drilling.
September 20, 2014 |
New Jersey's largest utility has joined a consortium of companies that wants to build a $1 billion bistate Marcellus Shale pipeline. PSEG Power L.L.C., a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group, has joined a partnership, PennEast Pipeline Co. L.L.C., which announced in August plans to build a 105-mile gas pipeline underground from Luzerne County to the Trenton area. Construction would begin in 2017. Retail utility customers of Public Service Electric & Gas Co. would benefit by better access to low-cost Marcellus gas, said Mike Jennings, a PSEG spokesman.
September 7, 2014 |
A consortium of New Jersey and Pennsylvania utilities that wants to develop a 105-mile Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline says it has received enough commitments from shippers to move ahead with the $1 billion project. PennEast Pipeline Co. L.L.C. says it received binding bids for nearly one billion cubic feet a day of gas on the pipeline, which would start in Luzerne County and terminate in the Trenton area. About half of the pipeline's capacity is committed to serve utilities associated with the four companies funding the project.