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Editorial: We know the drill – plan for worst

New cases of common sense never cease to surprise us. Still, despite the shock at the agreement reached Tuesday at the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, no one should be in awe, yet. The shared action plan we refer to — signed by Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — provides for cooperation, rather than competition, among these states to attract ...

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Drilling support firm lays off dozens from Clearfield County office

Calfrac Well Services laid off about 60 workers last week from its Chester Hill office. The cuts were due to slowed production of natural gas in central Pennsylvania that has left the company without any ongoing work, a company spokesman said. Calfrac, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that provides oil and gas exploration companies with acidizing, hydraulic fracturing, coiled tubing, nitrogen ...

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Marcellus shale field lab zeroes in on gas drilling efficiency

The first integrated, long-term examination of shale gas drilling — from before a rig breaks ground to post-production — is under way in West Virginia to help energy companies find ways to drill more cheaply and lessen environmental impacts. “We call it unprecedented, and it is,” said Ray Boswell, technology manager for the federal Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology ...

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Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks

MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — The inside of the Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory, crammed with racks of computer equipment and an array of suitcase-sized plastic containers. Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania so a pair of scientists could measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere. In ...

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Pendleton residents rally against compressor

PENDLETON — Residents of the town of Pendleton are resisting National Fuel’s plan to put a 22,000 horsepower compressor in a residentially zoned area off of Beach Ridge Road. Citing concerns about noise, pollution and quality of life reduction, residents packed Monday’s town board meeting to address the board about the issue. Although National Fuel had been seeking to place ...

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Editorial: The power of Marcellus: Real & impressive

Impressive as they are, statistics tell only part of the positive economic story of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale natural-gas industry. The stories of entrepreneurs who depend on and partner with the industry to succeed tell the rest. Former miner Frank Puskarich, 61, has seen his Hog Father’s Old Fashioned BBQ boom along with gas production, drawing about 40 percent of his ...

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Drillers’ new techniques, experience gut well costs, boost yields

Ray Walker often invokes a favorite saying when asked how shale gas companies can increase production by 20 percent or more while cutting spending on drilling by more than 40 percent. “The rock rules,” said Walker, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Range Resources Corp., repeating a phrase he used during the Fort Worth-based company’s most recent earnings ...

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Cabot makes impression in Penn. town

A natural gas producer won’t drill in the Hazleton area, where it recently joined the chamber of commerce, but will tell businesspeople and students about opportunities created through gas production in the Marcellus Shale. Cabot Oil and Gas will participate in two programs Friday, talking to members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at breakfast at The Pines Eatery ...

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Pooling legislation would ease development of shale gas wells

Legislation moving through the West Virginia House of Delegates seeks to allow lease integration for deep well horizontal drilling. House Bill 2688, introduced by Energy Committee chairman Delegate Woody Ireland, R-Ritchie, would allow property owners to come together and agree to allow gas companies to drill deep horizontal wells on their properties. Under current law, one holdout can prevent development ...

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