Penn State Shale Webinar Looks at How Natural Gas Processing Affects Royalty Income Streams

Much has been discussed regarding wet and dry gas, and the need for gas processing plants to separate components other than methane often found in wet gas. How does dry gas and wet gas production affect the landowner and the royalty income? Penn State Extension’s Shale Webinar on...
Posted On 19 Aug 2014

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...

Guide Explores Careers in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

There has been much discussion about shale gas and the job market. However, it’s also been hard to find current and helpful information on a long-term career, as well as on related financial and growth opportunities in the field. ShaleNET, a coordinated network of the oil and gas...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014

DEP: Performance Report Validates Dept.’s Work Regarding Unconventional Gas Drilling Activities

HARRISBURG — The Auditor General’s Office has released the Special Audit of DEP’s Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety...
Posted On 23 Jul 2014

DePasquale: Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP’s Ability to Oversee Industry, Protect Water Quality

DEP unprepared in 2009; now understaffed, underfunded and inconsistent HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said that a recent audit shows that the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry caught the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) unprepared to...
Posted On 22 Jul 2014

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...