May 31, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - A well-known expert on the natural gas boom is again facing criticism over his ties to industry and a lack of transparency in how he presents work to the public, fueling debates over research that has been published by major universities. Timothy Considine was lead author on a shale gas report recently issued by the University at Buffalo and a previous report from Pennsylvania State University. Critics say both reports presented research in misleading ways and failed to fully disclose funding sources.
May 18, 2012 |
The collapse of natural gas prices has created a buying opportunity for Atlas Energy L.P., the Philadelphia company controlled by Edward E. Cohen's family that cashed out most of its Marcellus Shale assets for billions in 2010. Atlas Resource Partners L.P., the company's exploration and production subsidiary, on Thursday announced it is buying the Barnett Shale assets of Titan Operating L.L.C., a private company in Fort Worth, Texas, for $184 million. The leases contain 250 billion cubic feet of proven reserves and 43 producing wells on about 16,000 acres.
May 3, 2012 |
The shaky future of the oil industry in the Philadelphia region took a turn for the better this week, as did the prospects for hundreds of workers whose jobs are linked to oil refineries along the Delaware River. In what proved to be a double-barreled announcement Monday of corporate takeovers, one unlikely savior literally swooped down from the clouds, as Delta Air Lines became the buyer of the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer. Given its limited presence at Philadelphia International Airport, Delta's move to lock up a reliable source of discounted jet fuel won't mean lower airfares locally.
April 11, 2012 |
Penn Virginia Resource Partners L.P., a Radnor energy company that traces its Philadelphia roots back 130 years, on Tuesday made a major move into the Marcellus Shale natural gas region with the acquisition of a pipeline company for $1 billion. PVR agreed to buy Chief Gathering L.L.C.'s pipeline system, which performs the largely invisible but lucrative chore of collecting gas from individual wells and delivering it to the nationwide pipeline network. The deal decisively moves PVR away from coal, where it historically made its money, and into natural gas. William H. Shea Jr., chief executive officer of the company's general partner, Penn Virginia Resource G.P., told analysts in a conference call that the deal "catapults" the company into the "midstream" pipeline business, where pipeline owners can earn steady profits collecting transportation fees like tolls on a highway.
March 30, 2012 |
Even though a congressman boasts that his bill signed into law in January will assure steps are taken to safeguard new shale-gas pipelines snaking across Pennsylvania, safety regulators surveyed nationally say they still need convincing. The state regulators' fears, expressed to federal auditors about the public-safety threat from badly built or shoddily maintained pipelines, stand as a continuing concern for residents living amid Pennsylvania's gas boom. At issue is whether thousands of miles of pipeline stretched across rural areas will be subject to safety checks to safeguard against flaws or lax upkeep, given that federal law now exempts these lines from safety rules.
March 18, 2012
"People feel really, really good about it when you get a flagship store â ¦ from one of the most respected retailers in the nation, and they pick your neighborhood. " - Meg Major, editor in chief of Progressive Grocer, referring to the passions stirred when a new Whole Foods comes to town. One opened last week in Glen Mills. "It's becoming so much of a sound bite economy. " - Ziad Abdelnour, CEO of private equity firm Blackhawk Partners, speaking of short-term market surges.
March 9, 2012
The multistate agency that governs the Delaware River basin has made a sensible decision to continue a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in the watershed. But that has put the Delaware River Basin Commission at odds with some very powerful forces, including state capitals that provide its funding. Fortunately, aside from a direct threat that wasn't carried out by New Jersey to yank its contribution to the DRBC, the agency hasn't been targeted because of its policies on drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.
March 5, 2012 |
American entrepreneurship and ingenuity have made the United States the wealthiest economy in the world and will continue to do so in the future if it is not smothered by taxes and unproductive regulation. The boom in natural gas is another good example of this. The hydraulic-fracturing technology was invented and developed in Texas, and it is the key to unlocking the estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of shale gas available in the United States (and the estimated 6,000 trillion cubic feet globally)
February 9, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is a signature away from imposing a fee on natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. After three years of debate and false starts, the House voted, 101-90, Wednesday to approve a compromise plan for a "local impact fee" on natural gas drillers. With the Senate's approval in hand, the measure goes to Gov. Corbett, who said he would sign it. "This legislation reaffirms our strong commitment to safe and responsible natural gas development here in Pennsylvania," Corbett said in a statement minutes after the House vote Wednesday afternoon.