Shale Drilling Boom a Bust For Some Western Pennsylvania Towns

Trib Live By Craig Smith John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through a candy store window. He’s watched the demand for new homes soar in Cecil and North Strabane. He’s seen high-end restaurants, hotels and retail outlets […]

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Cheap oil’s victims: Civeo slashes over 1K jobs

Gas at $2 a gallon isn’t good for everyone. More than 1,000 employees at Civeo (CVEO), a provider of housing for oil workers, have lost their jobs in recent months. There’s concern this is only the beginning of the energy sector layoffs. Now that crude oil has plunged to nearly $50, Big Oil companies like […]

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Forward Township Road to Gas Well Waits for Repairs

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral Driving along parts of Pangburn Hollow road in Forward Township is an exercise in precision steering. The residential Allegheny County road that runs to EQT’s Oliver West gas well is gone in several places, the only pavement left a yellow-lined strip in the middle. “There literally is no road to […]

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Report Claims Oil, Gas Drillers More Open About Fracking Risks

Trib Live By Katelyn Ferral EQT Corp. and Range Resources Corp. were among companies that improved reporting about the risks to the environment and communities from hydraulic fracturing in a scorecard from a group that pushes corporations to be more environmentally responsible. But the report released Thursday by the coalition of investment companies and shareholder […]

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Experts Exploring Link Between Natural Gas Drilling & Earthquakes

CBS By David Highfield PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some places that rarely have earthquakes are having them now, and officials have linked some of them to fracking or related activities. While Marcellus Shale drilling has meant billions of dollars for Pennsylvania, across the state line in Ohio it’s also meant some shaking, according to state experts. […]

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Disagreement On Legal Authority Complicates Local Fracking Bans

Power Source By Daniel Moore Last week in eastern Ohio, where natural gas production in the Utica Shale has been booming, voters in three towns rejected ballot proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing. While Athens overwhelmingly passed a fracking ban, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted down their measures. The ballot issues highlight the disparity in responses […]

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Locals near Horsehead make way for Shell property

Power Source By Anya Litvak David Swan has lived at his Beaver County home on Pleasant Drive, near the former Horsehead Holding Corp. zinc smelter, for 32 years. Soon it will be the property of Shell Chemical LP. About a year ago, Mr. Swan learned that his house and the 11 acres surrounding it were […]

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Shell to Buy Horsehead Plant in Beaver County

Power Source By Anya Litvak The division of Dutch chemical and energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is exercising its option on Beaver County property as it moves ahead with evaluating the site for a possible Appalachian ethane cracker plant — a multibillion dollar facility that would turn the natural gas liquid into ethylene, a feedstock for […]

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