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Southwestern Energy is moving in on the action in Pennsylvania

Southwestern Energy Co. is tossing around the idea of building an operating base in southwestern Pennsylvania’s shale fields. As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Paul Geiger, Southwestern’s senior vice president of the company’s new Appalachia division, explained, “The company is looking to set up what he’s calling a ‘forward operating base’ — a dual purpose satellite office and equipment ...

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Range Resources releases first-quarter results


On Tuesday, Range Resources announced its first-quarter results, which had a couple big highlights. During the first-quarter, which ended on March 31st, Range Resources recorded a few key events and statistics that occurred: -Production volumes reached a record high, averaging 1,328 Mmcfe per day, a 26% increase over the -prior-year quarter. -Unit costs declined $0.53 per mcfe, or 15% compared ...

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Washington County residents speak against gas drilling


Gas well drilling companies can’t be counted on to follow the raft of ordinance changes being proposed in Peters, claim a group of Washington County residents who imparted what they said were their experiences with Marcellus Shale drilling to council Monday. “This is a cautionary tale,” said JoAnne Wagner of Mount Pleasant Township, where the first Marcellus well was drilled ...

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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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Peters moves toward new policy on Marcellus Shale drilling


On Monday night, Peters officials will continue their years-long quest to revamp the township’s zoning to determine whether it can accommodate gas drilling and, if so, where and how. “Industry has never been a consideration of this area. It’s not part of the plan of this township, and it never has been,” Councilman David Ball said. “We’re not considering drilling. ...

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Round two: Marcellus shale vs. health and health care

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania authorized another Marcellus Shale Impacts study that will take a second look at health and health care. The main concern and purpose of the study is to show the potential health effects that Marcellus Shale drilling and related development activities have on humans.  It is believed that the various phases of drilling and development can ...

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Tom Wolf’s agenda: Tax natural gas drilling


Democrat Tom Wolf, who was elected governor in November, wants to tax natural gas drilling to increase funding for education and other things. Here are 11 things you need to know about the issue. There is no natural gas drilling here, but the county has transmission pipelines to move large amounts of gas. The county receives money from an impact ...

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Range Resources sets new record in the Utica

Range Resources Corp. announced yesterday that it believes a record has been set for horizontal drilling in the Appalachian Basin with its Utica exploration well after seeing a higher initial production rate than any other Utica well. The well, dubbed the Claysville Sportsman’s Club No. 1, is located in Washington County, Pennsylvania. It achieved an initial test rate of 59 ...

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Rice Midstream prices IPO at $600 million

Rice Midstream Partners, the pipeline spin-out from Canonsburg-based Rice Energy Inc., has priced its IPO at $604 million, or $21 per share. The midstream company is focused on Rice’s shale assets in southwestern Pennsylvania, in Washington and Greene counties. It will collect the gas flowing from its parent firm’s dry gas wells in those areas and offer compression services. Currently, ...

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Ohio’s Utica shale likely to be productive for up to 50 years, energy analyst says

CLEVELAND — Ohio’s Utica shale will produce natural gas and liquids for decades, a Texas-based energy analyst predicted Wednesday. Irene Haas of Wunderlich Securities in Houston said the shale under eastern Ohio probably will produce vast quantities for the next 50 years. “Ohio is going to be very, very busy for a very long time,” she said. “It’s very prolific.” ...

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