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Profit falls at EQT on low shale gas prices

A 40 percent drop in natural gas prices is eroding profits at EQT Corp. despite continued increases in production. Net income at the Downtown-based company fell by 95 percent to $5.5 million, or 4 cents per share, during the quarter that ended June 30, compared to $110.9 million, or 73 cents per share, during the same period last year, EQT ...

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Proposed Shell plant would generate own power _ a lot of it

MONACA, Pa. — A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would use — and generate — a substantial amount of power. The Beaver County Times reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate. That would power 100,000 homes at any given moment, ...

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Update: Drilling in Pennsylvania forests

In 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” On Thursday, the DCNR released an updated report of Marcellus Shale development in state forests that covers all the way through 2014.  Secretary Cindy Dunn commented on the department’s newest ...

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EQT Midstream Partners and Range Resources are teaming up

It’s official, EQT Midstream Partners LP and Range Resources Appalachia LLC have entered a definitive agreement together to construct a natural gas header pipeline. The pipeline will be located in southwestern Pennsylvania and will support Range Resources dry development in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.  It will provide over half a billion cubic feet per day of firm capacity ...

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Mercer County joins the “block PennEast” list

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Mercer County is the latest county to join several landowners who have created a list in hopes to block the PennEast Pipeline LLC from surveying property to construction the natural gas pipeline. As reported by State Impact Pennsylvania, “The county, which has opposed the project since last year, told PennEast yesterday that the company would no longer have access to ...

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Atlantic Sunrise opponent found guilty

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A woman arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at a public meeting in April has been found guilty. Kim Kann, 54, was arrested a few months ago for speaking out of turn during a public meeting.  Police arrested her for failing to abide by the meeting rules, which specifically explained that people were permitted to only ask questions and not ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio

Activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, and one energy company is boosting its game when it comes to electric cars. American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) is beginning to pay closer attention to the number of customers it serves that have electric cars and the ...

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Pipeline Task Force: First official meeting

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It is official, Pennsylvania’s brand new pipeline task force is holding its first meeting this Wednesday in Harrisburg. The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southcentral Regional Office located at 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday.  The meeting will also be available for live-streaming online for those ...

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Severance Tax: Compromise is now an option

On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf shared that he would be open to discussing potential compromises regarding the severance tax he has proposed. While speaking in Western Pennsylvania, Wolf made the following comment regarding his stance on the state’s budget and severance tax: I want a better Pennsylvania. If I’m convinced we can have a better Pennsylvania with something better ...

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Kern’s next top oil regulator may be a political appointee

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The job of Kern County’s top oil regulator may soon become a politically appointed position subject to hiring and firing by California’s governor. Switching the job’s classification from a civil service position to a political appointment would allow the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to offer a higher salary to its next District 4 deputy. It might ...

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