July 3, 2011 |
At some point this year - it may have already happened - production of Marcellus Shale natural gas will exceed Pennsylvania's demand for the fuel. The state will become a net exporter of natural gas. If current trends continue, annual Marcellus output could quintuple by 2020, making Pennsylvania the second-largest producer behind Texas, according to Timothy J. Considine, a University of Wyoming energy economist, who has cowritten several bullish studies on shale gas. Where will the gas go?
April 3, 2011
John Hanger served as Pennsylvania's secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection between September 2008 and January 2011 Americans looking at the headlines over the last year must believe no good energy news exists. Stories about the Japanese nuclear crisis, the BP oil spill, skyrocketing oil prices, and the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia have dominated the news. Add the thousands of Americans who are sickened annually by breathing pollution coming from old coal plants, and there seems no hopeful case.
November 15, 2012 |
Two years ago, Denise Dennis delivered a dramatic denunciation of Marcellus Shale natural gas development at a Philadelphia City Council hearing. She equated drilling to the tobacco industry, and said that "Pennsylvanians are the lab rats" for a massive shale gas experiment. The Philadelphia resident had a powerful story: Her family owned a historic 153-acre farm in Susquehanna County, where her ancestors were among the first freed African Americans to settle in Pennsylvania just after the Revolutionary War. She became a potent symbol in the shale gas wars.
February 1, 2012 |
In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells. Cabot Oil & Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19 order to deliver fresh water supplies to four Dimock houses "do not accurately represent the water quality" and are inconsistent with the body of data collected at the residences.
August 1, 2012 |
This might be a good time to invest in the natural-gas industry, given that the commodity is extremely cheap. If you live in or near Pennsylvania, you have heard of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas discovery, which some have considered to be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. That boom is highlighting how money can be made in this source of energy. But trading in natural gas itself isn't the way to go; commodity markets are highly volatile and can swing wildly in price, as much as 50 percent in a few days.
December 13, 2011 |
LAWMAKERS in Harrisburg will soon decide whether they are interested in taking an affirmative step and making a real investment in our roads, bridges and mass transit using funds from natural-gas extraction. This can happen only if the Marcellus Shale fee legislation now poised for action in both the Senate and House is changed to generate more fee revenue from shale drillers. If that occurs, the shale fee can serve as a catalyst for rebuilding our infrastructure and creating jobs. What we now need is leadership to make this new energy source work for all Pennsylvania.
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.
April 21, 2011
Dow Chemical Co. plans to build its first ethylene production plant in the country since 1995 to take advantage of increasing shale-gas supplies. The plant will be built on the Gulf Coast and will get ethane and propane from producers in Texas and the Marcellus shale-gas regions. Dow and Range Resources Corp. have a preliminary accord to supply ethane from the Marcellus region in southwest Pennsylvania to Dow's Gulf Coast operations. - Bloomberg News
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.
September 7, 2011 |
A WHO'S WHO of Pennsylvania's emergent natural-gas industry will meet in Philadelphia today and tomorrow to talk about a shale-gas boom that supporters say has boosted domestic energy supplies while creating tens of thousands of jobs. Drilling opponents, meanwhile, are planning a rival event. An industry trade group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, expects 1,600 attendees at its inaugural Shale Gas Insight conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The sold-out event will include presentations by the CEOs of several major drilling companies, as well as speeches by Gov. Corbett and his two immediate predecessors, Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge, all of whom have been supporters of an industry that's grown exponentially since the first successful Marcellus well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 2004.