Antero to drill first Utica well in West Virginia in 2015

The Exponent Telegram by Jeremiah Shelor CLARKSBURG — Antero Resources will drill its first Utica natural gas well in West Virginia in the third quarter of 2015, the company announced this week in a presentation to investors. Al Schopp, Antero’s chief administrative officer and regional vice president, said the Utica well will be drilled in […]

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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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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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Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

Power Source By The Associated Press GALENA, Ill. (AP) — The two rail cars that split open and burst into flames during a western Illinois oil train derailment were retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard than federal law requires, the railroad said. Thursday’s accident in a rural area south of the […]

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Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

Power Source By Daniel Moore More than 183,000 Pittsburgh residents — and 3.9 million Pennsylvanians — could be forced to leave their homes if a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, according to a statewide study released Monday by a partnership of environmental nonprofits. The report coincides with a second report from a local investigative […]

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Rail safety is a central issue for central PA

Lebanon Daily News Feb. 16, 2015: Nineteen rail cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed 30 miles from Charleston, W. Va. The oil ignited and sent a fireball hundreds of feet into the air. Hundreds were evacuated, and several homes damaged or destroyed. Miraculously, there were no serious injuries or deaths. The derailment comes as regulatory […]

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Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Power Source By Laura Legere Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a tax on natural gas production in his budget Tuesday that would raise money for education and environmental protection programs, while maintaining funding for communities at roughly the same level they are expected to receive this year from the current Marcellus Shale impact fee. Mr. Wolf’s […]

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