Rich Fitzgerald on Fracking

As the upcoming election approaches, an important topic, especially for Western Pennsylvania, has been fracking. On September 22, SHALE INSIGHT 2016 was held in Pittsburgh, and provided participants a front-row seat for the most important discussions on shale development, featuring some of the most prominent industry and government leaders. Attendees networked with the most influential […]

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Shell Buys Hotel Property in Beaver County, PA

Royal Dutch Shell bought the former Kubuta Hotel in Beaver County, PA adding to its real estate holdings in the Marcellus Shale. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports, the hotel sits by the new construction of an ethane cracker plant. Though, Shell has not confirmed if development will continue on the plant, the company continues to […]

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Wolf’s severance tax would set a minimum value on gas produced

philly.com By Andrew Maykuth Gov. Wolf’s proposed severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas production contains a unique feature that sets a minimum taxable level, guaranteeing that the state would capture its share no matter how low the gas price sank. The severance tax, dubbed the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, would set a minimum value of […]

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College Launches Program to Prep for Shell Cracker

Pittsburgh Business Times By Justine Coyne Community College of Beaver County is launching an associate degree program in process technology the school said will prepare workers for jobs at the ethane cracker Shell Chemical has proposed building in the county. CCBC said it worked with more than 30 industry partners to develop the curriculum, which […]

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UGI Utilities Connects its Shale Well Distribution System

Pennsylvania Business Daily By Amanda Rupp UGI Utilities, Inc., recently became the first of Pennsylvania’s natural gas utilities to connect its distribution route with the Utica Shale wells. The direct connection runs between a Utica Shale well, two Marcellus Shale wells in northern Tioga county and a UGI pipeline. The interconnection required that the company […]

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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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MarkWest Signs Customer to Keystone Facility

Pittsburgh Business Times By Sam Kusic MarkWest Energy Partners has added a customer to its Keystone processing facility in Butler County. In its third-quarter earnings release, the company announced that it will be providing processing, fractionation and natural gas liquids marketing services to PennEnergy Resources, an independent producer operating in Butler, Beaver and Armstrong counties. […]

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FirstEnergy increases profit with boost in industrial use

By Katelyn Ferral Growing electricity demand from shale drilling is boosting the transmission business at FirstEnergy Corp., which announced plans to pour money into new distribution plants and upgrade transmission lines. “Clearly, shale-related activity remains a bright spot,” Chuck Jones, president of FirstEnergy Utilities, said during a call Tuesday to discuss the latest earnings. The […]

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