March 22, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's fee on Marcellus Shale natural-gas wells is the lowest among 11 states examined in a study released Thursday by the Independent Fiscal Office, the state legislature's nonpartisan budget agency. The IFO said Pennsylvania could collect less than 1 percent of the value of the production from shale-gas wells during their lifetime. Under the same scenario in neighboring West Virginia, the wells would generate nearly 12 times the tax revenue. The state agency's report will likely rekindle a smoldering debate in the coming gubernatorial election over whether Pennsylvania set its impact fee too low in 2012.
December 11, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL heard testimony yesterday from the brass of gas companies pushing for Philadelphia to use natural gas and other alternatives to fuel the city's municipal fleet. But opponents of the measure say that idea is a lot of hot air. Administrators from the city's Office of Fleet Management, local gas-industry providers and private companies already undergoing fleet conversion testified during a hearing before the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy yesterday in City Hall.
September 28, 2013 |
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday praised shale gas developers for being "pioneers of the future" who must resist being held back by "prison guards of the past. " The former Republican presidential candidate told a natural gas industry conference at the Convention Center that new discoveries of oil and gas from shale formations had reversed the nation's energy fortunes, thanks to the much-maligned practice of hydraulic fracturing. "There are people who don't want this future, who don't want these competitive ideas," Gingrich said during closing remarks at the two-day Shale Insight conference sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
June 15, 2013 |
Foreign business leaders are increasingly looking to Pennsylvania as a potential location for investment because of the availability of abundant Marcellus Shale natural gas, Gov. Corbett told an industry-supported energy summit Friday. Corbett said Pennsylvania's shale-gas boom was a frequent subject of interest on his trade missions this year to South America and last year to Germany. "In each place, business leaders wanted to know more about our shale industry," Corbett told about 170 people attending the daylong summit sponsored by the Keystone Energy Forum.
May 6, 2013 |
Since the Marcellus Shale boom began in 2008, there has been much debate and disagreement over the effect natural gas development would have on Pennsylvania's economy. Gov. Corbett, who found himself in the hot seat last week over his comments on the state's lagging employment rate, has promoted Pennsylvania as a rival to Texas as a regional energy hub. In his budget address this year, he talked about the energy sector creating "hundreds of thousands of new jobs. " Most economists credit the Marcellus Shale development with creating jobs and having a profound economic effect in the rural areas where drilling is taking place.
April 1, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University is seeking to expand its influence on the burgeoning natural gas industry with the creation of what it is calling the "world's premier academic institute" on the fossil fuel. The university announced this month the creation of the Institute for Natural Gas Research, which it says will conduct "independent and rigorous scientific research" on the resource at the center of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. But Penn State, which has come under attack for its close ties to the Marcellus Shale industry, is likely to come under increased scrutiny from activists by doubling down on shale gas. The new institute, dubbed INGaR, is a collaboration of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the College of Engineering.
December 8, 2012 |
The Community College of Philadelphia's faculty union has called on the college to sever ties with the Marcellus Shale Coalition after the industry trade group pledged $15,000 to the school's new Energy Training Center. The Faculty and Staff Federation's governing council approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the college's association with the industry group after the college announced last month it was establishing a center to prepare students for energy jobs, including some related to the state's shale-gas boom.
December 7, 2012 |
The Community College of Philadelphia's faculty union has called on the college to sever ties with the Marcellus Shale Coalition after the industry trade group pledged $15,000 to the school's new Energy Training Center. The Faculty and Staff Federation's governing council approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the college's association with the industry group after the college announced last month it was creating a center to prepare students for energy jobs, including some related to the state's shale-gas boom.
November 26, 2012 |
SYCAMORE, Pa. - The towering flares that turn night into day in the Marcellus Shale gaslands are becoming an increasingly rare sight. Natural gas producers are turning to new techniques to capture the gas emitted during the well-completion process. In the past, a well's initial production was typically vented or burned off to allow impurities to clear before the well was tied into a pipeline. Now, more operators are employing reduced-emission completions - a "green completion" - a process in which impurities such as sand, drilling debris, and fluids from hydraulic fracturing are filtered out and the gas is sold, not wasted.
November 17, 2012 |
The impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom is about to be felt in a corner of South Jersey. Surveyors have started several months of work in Gloucester County as part of a planned major pipeline expansion project to carry gas from northern Pennsylvania to the country's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. Dubbed the East Side Expansion project, it is expected to cost $210 million and it had not yet received approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Most of the work would be on right-of-way owned by Columbia Gas Transmission L.L.C., a subsidiary of Houston's NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, said Chevalier Mayes, a NiSource spokeswoman.