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Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania
Posted: April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania intersection was shut down after crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations.

Shell cracker plant meetings draw hundreds
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 8:29 am

HOPEWELL TWP. -- If anyone had doubts about the interest in the ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter Township by Shell Oil Co., they were likely assuaged Wednesday as approximately 1,200 people packed into the Club at Shadow Lakes golf course for Wednesday’s two separate public meetings on the project.

US rig count up 13 to 1,831
Posted: April 14, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 last week to 1,831.

Shale gas drilling approaches Deer Lakes Park entrance
Posted: April 14, 2014

Drilling for natural gas near Allegheny County's Deer Lakes Park isn't just a possibility. It's happening.

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:38 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

Energy forums prepare students for industry jobs post-graduation
Posted: April 11, 2014

CANONSBURG — Still a senior at the Western Area Career and Technology Center, 18-year-old Haylee Vujanovich already has multiple job offers.

Energy firms want role in next phase of shale case
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:39 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The energy industry wants a Pennsylvania state court to let it play a formal role in sorting out the loose ends left to resolve after a landmark court decision on a new state law designed to modernize oil and gas drilling regulations.

US rig count up 9 to 1,818
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 8:33 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine last week to 1,818.

Pennsylvania to collect $224.5 million in impact fees
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 7:38 am

Impact fees are making the state a big paycheck.

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling
Posted: March 31, 2014

An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land.

Youngstown man pleads guilty in wastewater dumping
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 8:32 am

The former owner of D&L Energy pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations in the dumping of fracking wastewater into a northeast Ohio storm sewer.

US rig count down 6 to 1,803
Posted: March 24, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by six last week to 1,803.

Consol names DeIuliis to succeed Harvey as CEO
Posted: March 24, 2014

Calling his promotion to CEO more "evolution" than revolution, Nicholas DeIuliis said on Friday that Consol Energy Inc. is nevertheless working on another big deal that will add value for shareholders.

Shell cracker plant fate still unknown
Posted: March 21, 2014

HOPEWELL TWP. -- Shell Oil Co. is still staying mum -- at least for a little while longer.

Shale coalition unveils new 'grassroots' program
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 9:01 am

PLAINS TWP., Pa. — The Marcellus Shale Coalition, longtime promoter for industrial natural gas development, now aspires to advocate on behalf of everyone else who benefits from it.

Plea change hearing for Ohio wastewater official
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 8:30 am

A change of plea hearing has been set for the former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

US rig count up 17 to 1,809
Posted: March 16, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 17 last week to 1,809.

Shell to reduce 2014 spending by 20 percent
Posted: March 14, 2014

Shell Oil Co. plans to reduce capital spending by 20 percent this year compared to 2013, company CEO Ben van Beurden said in the company’s annual report, released Thursday.

Marcellus shale driller Noble Energy Inc. sinks roots into Pittsburgh
Posted: March 12, 2014

Dropping an anchor in Pittsburgh was an easy choice for executives at Noble Energy Inc.

Natural gas industry struggles to keep promises
Updated: March 11, 2014 - 8:35 am

HOUSTON (AP) — America's plan to use more natural gas to run power plants, make chemicals, drive vehicles and heat homes may not go as smoothly as expected.

Minorities crucial to filling drilling jobs
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 8:26 am

For Jade Morel, the labor landscape in Pennsylvania looks a lot different from what it did when she was growing up near Johnstown.

US rig count up 23 to 1,792
Posted: March 10, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 23 last week to 1,792.

Natural gas pipeline firm eyes $2B Pa. expansion
Updated: February 24, 2014 - 7:56 am

Williams Partners says it's planning to seek approval for a $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline project in Pennsylvania that it hopes to complete in 2017.

Pa. Marcellus Shale production increases
Posted: February 20, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State regulators report that Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania topped three trillion cubic feet in 2013. 

Pa. DEP fines Halliburton $1.8M for waste problems
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

The Pennsylvania DEP has reached a $1.8 million settlement with Halliburton Energy Services over solid waste management violations.

Company offers pizza after well fire; missing worker identified by family
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 9:10 am

Chevron Appalachia is offering local residents a coupon for a free pizza and two-liter drink in response to last week’s gas well fire in Greene County.

US rig count down 7 to 1,764
Posted: February 17, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by seven last week to 1,764.

Pa. resident says seismic testing damaged his home
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 9:08 am

HOPEWELL TWP. — A Hopewell Township resident says seismic testing conducted by Seitel Data Ltd. has damaged his house.

1 injured, 1 missing at SW Pa. gas well fire
Posted: February 12, 2014

One worker was injured and another went missing after a Tuesday morning explosion and fire at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border.

US rig count down 14 to 1,771
Updated: February 09, 2014 - 10:27 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 14 last week to 1,771.

Company, Ohio group at odds over wastewater well
Updated: February 05, 2014 - 11:39 am

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A company proposing another gas-drilling wastewater well in Athens County will make its case to the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission as a group of advocates challenges the company's permit.

US rig count up 8 to 1,785
Updated: February 03, 2014 - 8:58 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by eight last week to 1,785.

ECA partners with Chinese company in Marcellus drilling
Posted: February 02, 2014

Work has begun on some gas wells being drilled in Greene County in a joint venture between Energy Corporation of America (ECA) and a Chinese coal company.

Two landmen face fed sentence in Pa. drilling scheme
Posted: January 31, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two men face federal sentences for their roles in a $2.4 million scheme to steal natural gas drilling rights from western Pennsylvania property owners.

Poll: Majority in Pa. support gas drilling
Posted: January 31, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A significant majority of people in Pennsylvania support the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, according to a new poll released Thursday, but many also have concerns about its environmental impacts.

Energy industry, environmentalists sound off on State of the Union
Updated: January 31, 2014 - 11:22 am

Local environmental and industry officials are sounding off on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address -- with reactions ranging from his plans are on point to they're falling short.

Marcellus shale responsible for $1.14B in deals
Updated: January 31, 2014 - 11:17 am

A slate of big-dollar deals returned to the Marcellus shale late last year, with more than $1 billion spent on mergers and acquisitions in three months for the first time since the spring of 2012.

US rig count stable, remains this week at 1,777
Posted: January 27, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. remained unchanged this week at 1,777.

New attempt on fracking standards launches
Updated: January 21, 2014 - 8:35 am

A hotly debated partnership between major oil and gas companies and some environmental groups moved forward Tuesday, almost a year after it was first announced.

Murrysville plans meeting on shale gas lease for park
Posted: January 16, 2014

The possibility of Marcellus shale gas drilling under Murrysville Community Park in Murrysville, Pa. could become a reality.

Range official says he never claimed to have master's
Updated: January 20, 2014 - 10:51 am

A local spokesman for a prominent oil and gas company says he never claimed to have a master's degree

Heinz Endowments president to join drilling firm
Posted: January 15, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of the Heinz Endowments is taking a position as chairman of a gas drilling company.

US rig count rises by 3 this week to 1,754
Posted: January 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by three this week to 1,754.

Industry lobbyist pushes revised Ohio drilling tax
Posted: January 09, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A top lobbyist for Ohio's oil and gas drilling industry urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a package of tax revisions advanced as an alternative to an earlier plan by Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Chinese company in joint venture for Pa. drilling
Posted: January 07, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Chinese company plans to contribute $90 million to a joint venture to drill for natural gas in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s oil and gas drillers to honor Act 13 buffers
Posted: January 07, 2014

Pennsylvania’s oil and gas drillers have agreed to a request from Gov. Tom Corbett that they comply with buffer zones intended to protect waterways and wetlands even though the state Supreme Court struck down those environmental rules last month.

US rig count falls by 6 this week to 1,751
Posted: January 06, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by six last week to 1,751.

Liens could be obstacles for gas leaseholders
Posted: January 06, 2014

OHIOVILLE -- Last October, Garry Miller tried to refinance his home. The only problem? There was a $500 million lien, or line of credit, showing up on his property deed.

Ohio energy production rising as wells increase
Posted: January 02, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says Ohio energy companies extracted more than twice as much oil and gas during three months last year than all of 2012.

Study: Few Americans understand fracking
Posted: December 30, 2013

Fracking is a buzz word, but few Americans know what it actually means. That is the conclusion of a recent survey published by researchers at Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities.