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Large pipelines proposed to carry gas from shale formations

CLEVELAND — The growing supply of natural gas being pulled from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania has become a potential boon for businesses that build large interstate pipelines and a potential nightmare for people who don’t want massive amounts of gas surging through their property. Several underground pipeline projects are proposed to transport ...

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Consol Energy posts $74M profit in fourth quarter

Consol Energy Inc. plans to trim capital spending on natural gas development but avoid the more drastic cuts other shale companies are announcing as it continues to ramp up production. The Cecil-based gas and coal company on Friday said it will spend about $1 billion on development in the Marcellus and Utica shales, a drop of 23 percent from the ...

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Complicated by drilling boom, a chronic housing shortage in Greene County gets new attention

Pump jack oil well

WAYNESBURG — It began in 2005 as an ad hoc collection of trailer hookups tucked away in a backyard in Jefferson Township. Now an RV campground, it flourishes by luring prospective campers with all the amenities: shower facilities, coin-operated laundry, a community room and flexible rates for daily, weekly, monthly and long-term stays. But the campground, which has an entry ...

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Gas companies could be shortchanging the state

gas flare

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is investigating a few Marcellus Shale gas companies to see whether or not they are cheating the state on royalty money. The DCNR is responsible for managing gas drilling on state forest land.  The organization currently has 117 active leases with 18 different companies. DCNR’s Chief Counsel Richard Morrison commented on the ...

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The Philadelphia Inquirer Phillydeals column


Why so slow? Pennsylvania is one of the states where fewer people are working than in 2007. This isn’t quite new. Job growth here has been half the national average for the last 75 years, writes senior economist Mark Vitner and his team at Wells Fargo Securities L.L.C., the investment arm of the Philadelphia area’s dominant bank, in its yearly ...

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Natural gas pipeline regulations pit safety vs. need

Size matters. At least, it should when it comes to regulating more than 230,000 miles of pipelines that gather natural gas in drilling fields across the country, the former head of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said. Known as gathering lines, the lines largely transport natural gas to processing facilities. And, as a Tribune-Review investigation in late ...

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Infrastructure is moving in

Even though the price of gas has slowed the growth of the natural gas industry, production in Pennsylvania is moving right along and continues to break records, said the President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition David Spigelmyer. Wells are producing more with the help of hydraulic fracturing, a method that uses high-pressure liquid to break through the underground rock formations ...

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Pennsylvania lags in studying health risks of shale fracking


New York and Pennsylvania share a border, but on shale gas policy the states are separated by a gulf. The breach widened last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced that state will ban fracking, citing uncertainty about the health risks posed by the oil and gas extraction process. In Pennsylvania, where elected officials from both parties embrace ...

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Study: More drilling could lead to more crime, traffic deaths and STDs

Six Pennsylvania counties with a high number of Marcellus shale drilling operations had more violent crime, traffic fatalities and, in some cases, sexually transmitted diseases than counties with less drilling, a newly released study determined. Although they experienced employment gains, those counties also saw rent prices increase while their populations had no noticeable growth, according to “The Shale Tipping Point” ...

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