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.
September 1, 2014 |
The Marcellus Shale natural gas discovery has triggered an associated boom in Pennsylvania land disputes, as formerly valueless mineral rights are now potentially worth millions. The heirs of a Centre County landowner asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this month to resolve a case that stripped them of their 19th-century mineral rights, now claimed by a hunting club that bought the land in 1959. The convoluted legal question affects the natural resources beneath huge expanses of timberland in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, which now accounts for nearly a quarter of the nation's natural gas production.
August 14, 2014 |
A consortium of New Jersey and Pennsylvania utilities wants to develop a 105-mile pipeline to deliver low-cost Marcellus Shale natural gas to East Coast customers, easing bottlenecks that caused price spikes last winter. The PennEast Pipeline Company L.L.C. on Tuesday announced plans to build a $1 billion, 30-inch-diameter pipeline from Luzerne County to the Trenton area. Utilities and customers in Pennsylvania and South Jersey would be the beneficiaries. UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corp., of Valley Forge, would build and operate the interstate pipeline.
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.