Nominations sought for Women Making a Difference!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Once again, The Pennsylvania and Marcellus Business Central is proud to present the fourth annual “Women Making a Difference” publication scheduled to appear in the Sept. 19 edition. It was announced earlier this week that nominations are now open for the Read...

$haring the wealth: How local governments spend Impact Fee money

By Julie Benamati, MBC Editor Municipalities in the Commonwealth are cashing in on about $135 million in Act 13 Impact Fees that were distributed by the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) on July 1. Local governments received on average about an 11.5 percent increase...

New Pig Energy products provide engineering control to prevent spills, injuries

By Beth Powell TYRONE, PA — There have been numerous studies regarding hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination. Surface spills, however, are one area where industry, regulators and environmentalists tend to agree on the risk. Sources of oil, fuel, fracturing...

Civil engineers hold first Shale conference in Pittsburgh

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held its inaugural shale-related conference, titled Shale Energy Engineering Conference: Technical Challenges, Environmental issues and Public Policy, in Pittsburgh on July 21-23. More than 300 people attended from the engineering...

Marcellus Shale Coalition issues annual workforce survey results

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) recently released the results of its annual workforce survey. The findings – based on 2013 data – were provided by a large majority of MSC member companies, representing nearly 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s shale production. Key...

Court further limits reach of gas drilling law

HARRISBURG, PA (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry. The Commonwealth...

Shawville power plant to convert to natural gas, reopen in April 2016

BY JULIE BENAMATIMarcellus Business Central Editor   SHAWVILLE, PA – NRG Energy Inc., based in Houston, Texas and Princeton, NJ, recently announced plans to convert the currently coal-fired Shawville Power Plant to a natural gas operation. According to David Gaier, spokesman...

Summer gas & oil conferences attract crowds with headline speakers, pig roasts

BY JULIE BENAMATIMarcellus Business Central Editor PITTSBURGH, PA – It appears that the summer months are becoming more attractive for hosting gas & oil conferences. More than 3,200 attendees and 321 exhibitors participated in the recent DUG East conference and exhibition in...

Marcellus businesses giving back: Williams’ annual BBQ cook-off benefits northeast

BY JULIE BENAMATIMarcellus Business Central Editor NICHOLSON, PA — Williams will be making a significant contribution to local United Ways by hosting its third annual Marcellus Barbecue Cook-Off at the Nicholson Carnival Grounds, Wyoming County on Friday, Sept. 12....

Rice Energy buys wells from Chesapeake Appalachia

(AP) — Rice Energy Inc. said on Monday that it signed an agreement to acquire 22,000 leased acres and 12 developed Marcellus shale wells in western Greene County from Chesapeake Appalachia LLC and partners for about $336 million in cash and debt. Cecil-based Rice Energy...