Export steel pipe supplier announces new jobs

Trib Live By Patrick Varine The Marcellus shale industry has enabled an Export company to expand its footprint in the Pittsburgh area and add 150 jobs. Officials of Dura-Bond — a supplier of steel pipe, protective pipe coatings and pipeline products — announced Monday plans to hire 150 workers at the company’s Steelton facility to […]

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Tax On Shale-Gas Drillers Would Punish Industry, Turzai says

Trib Live By Brad Bumstead STEELTON — A 5 percent severance tax on shale gas drilling that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to announce would be punitive and would hurt a burgeoning industry in the long run, House Speaker Mike Turzai warned Monday. The Marshall Republican said he has not seen details of Wolf’s budget proposal, […]

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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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The irony of Wolf’s extraction tax

Trib Live By Charles Breene Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will use proceeds from a new natural gas extraction tax to pay for education, infrastructure and to alleviate a budget shortfall. The great irony is that Wolf’s new tax targets the very sector of the economy that has fueled a renaissance in manufacturing, economic […]

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North American Fossil Fuel Boom Raises Risks From Expanding Oil and Gas Transport Network

Circle of Blue By Brett Walton Until two years ago, when the National Wildlife Federation pointed out their presence, the twin oil pipelines beneath the fast-flowing channel that connects Lake Michigan to Lake Huron were like nearly every other piece of North America’s energy transport network. The 61-year-old steel pipelines, owned and managed apparently without […]

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Why China’s Slowdown Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Canada

Huffington Post If beaten-up Canadian investors are looking to assign blame for the bruising suffered by their portfolios of late, they could do worse than point an accusatory finger at China. The resource super-cycle that drove valuations so much higher over the last decade is now hobbling along at a snail’s pace and China is […]

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