DEP to Reveal New Permit Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plans to reveal new general permit requirements for Marcellus Shale well pads at a meeting of its Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee on December 8th in order to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, despite expectations President-Elect Donald Trump may seek to roll back new […]

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Donald Trump’s Plans for Fracking Industry

Now that Americans have elected Donald Trump into office, we can expect American oil and gas production to surge. Going by his campaign promises, Americans will see more fracking, more pipelines, and no carbon tax. Trump has promised to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would curtail carbon dioxide emissions from power plants — […]

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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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Saudi Arabia’s Hostage

Almost two years ago, the increased oil production by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, drove down oil prices to nearly $50/bbl, the price at which many shale producers could not break-even, initiating an economic oil war against the United States. But their plan has backfired, since OPEC has failed […]

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Week of Review: April 11th

Here are the biggest articles circulating the shale and natural gas industry for the week of April 11th, 2016. Why Crude Oil Prices Keep Taking us by Surprise – VOX By Brad Plumer Though most people understand how global economics and oil prices are interlaced, analysts are largely surprised by the swing of oil prices. […]

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Local Shale Driller Fined Nearly $400,000

Rice Energy Inc. is set to pay $393,000 in fines for negligence, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Pipelines built by the company in Washington and Greene counties spilled nearly a 100 barrels of fracking wastewater, and caused a landslide. The construction also crossed over 20 streams without appropriate permits, in fact many of […]

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California farms are using drilling wastewater to grow crops

By Bloomberg California’s epic drought is pushing Big Oil to solve a problem it’s struggled with for decades: what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that gush out of wells every year. Golden State drillers have pumped much of that liquid back underground into disposal wells. Now, amid a four-year dry spell, […]

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Tom Wolf’s Severance Tax Political Disaster Part II

naturalgasnow.org by Charles A. Schliebs Rather than the Wolf Administration reaching out to the industry to create a solution to the severance tax issue that can appropriately provide funding to the state and its future budgets in a fair and reasonable manner (as suggested in our last issue), for some inexplicable reason, the Wolf Administration not […]

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Gas Production Will Continue Soaring

Times Leader Online By Casey Junkins In a Marcellus shale region already flush with fracking, pipelining and processing, federal officials believe the formation will yield 147 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from now until 2040. That compares to a total of only 8 trillion cubic feet produced in the region from 1990-2014, according to […]

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