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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Crude on Derailed Train Contained High Level of Gas

WSJ By Russell Gold The crude oil aboard the train that derailed and exploded two weeks ago in West Virginia contained so much combustible gas that it would have been barred from rail transport under safety regulations set to go into effect next month. Tests performed on the oil before the train left North Dakota […]

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Gov. Tom Wolf outlines promised tax on natural gas

The Morning Call By Steve Esack and Laura Olsen Three months ago, voters, many angry over the loss of education funding, made history by booting from office a sitting governor many viewed as responsible for the loss of thousands of teaching jobs and classroom programs for their children. On Wednesday, newly installed Gov. Tom Wolf […]

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Labor Department: Marcellus Shale Contractors Owe $4.5 Million in Back Wages

Times Leader By Joe Sylvester Contractors involved in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia must pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to more than 5,000 workers, following a two-year U.S. Department of Labor investigation. “An ongoing multi-year enforcement initiative conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage […]

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Natural Gas Workers in Pennsylvania, W.Va. to Get Back Wages

Powersource By Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says natural gas drilling contractors have agreed to pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to 5,310 natural gas workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The department says an investigation found significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including improper payment […]

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Lawmaker Wants More Answers on Marcellus Shale Worker Safety Issues

WV Metro News By Chris Lawrence CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the prevalence of natural gas drilling grows in West Virginia some state lawmakers are taking a closer look at the safety of those working on the drilling pads in the Marcellus shale. Several lawmakers raised concerns during an interim legislative committee meeting Wednesday on the […]

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A Slew of Coal Plants Get New Lease on Life—With Gas

State Impact By Kate Colaneri Reuters reports Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics is moving ahead on plans to build a natural gas liquids processing and export hub on the site of a former oil refinery in southeastern Pennsylvania. The newswire obtained records that show the company is seeking a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection […]

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