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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What killed FirstEnergy’s coal plants in southwestern Pennsylvania?

Power Source By Anya Litvak There are several suspects in the case of Tunnel Ridge vs. Allegheny Energy Supply, a lawsuit that aims to identify what killed two southwestern Pennsylvania coal plants in 2013 — and, by extension, a multimillion-dollar coal contract. Was it, as the power plants’ owner FirstEnergy Corp. said, environmental regulations that did them […]

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FirstEnergy announces $35M in shale-related work

Observer Reporter By Staff and Wire Reports GREENSBURG – FirstEnergy Corp. said Monday it is investing nearly $35 million in new electric transmission projects to support the Marcellus Shale gas industry in Western Pennsylvania, with the lion’s share of the outlay to be spent in Washington County. FirstEnergy said in a press release that the […]

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Gas Flare to Light Up Part of Washington County

Power Source By Don Hopey A massive, noisy natural gas flare will be visible next week in western Washington County, illuminating the first well that Range Resources Inc. drilled into the Utica Shale formation in five years. The flaring, an increasingly rare event in the Marcellus Shale gas play, is scheduled to begin Dec. 7 […]

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Oil, Gas Industry Tries to Keep Talent in Pipeline

Trib Live By David Conti Four years ago, Bryan Dickson and Matt Ockree were among the youngest engineers working on gas well pads in Western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields. “I was out in the frack van with Bryan a lot of days and a lot of nights, learning from the people with more experience,” said […]

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Oil, Gas Industry Tries to Keep Talent in Pipeline

Trib Live By David Conti Four years ago, Bryan Dickson and Matt Ockree were among the youngest engineers working on gas well pads in Western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fields. “I was out in the frack van with Bryan a lot of days and a lot of nights, learning from the people with more experience,” said […]

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