The last few years have drawn much chatter about the $6 billion ethane cracker plant, now under construction in Beaver County, and its potential repercussions for the area economy.
The shale revolution is underway and it may have the power to revitalize the entire region, according to Lance Hummer, executive director of the Keystone Community Education Council.
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. has nosed ahead of Saudi Arabia and is on pace to surpass Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer for the first time in more than four decades.
HARRISBURG (AP) - New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is backing a new proposal to impose a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production that would rise with the price of gas.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A company that processes and transports natural gas and natural gas liquids in Ohio's and Pennsylvania's shale fields is agreeing to pay $610,000 to settle complaints by Pennsylvania and the federal government that it was violating air pollution laws.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania regulators said Thursday that Sunoco has agreed to a $12.6 million fine over problems with a massive natural gas pipeline project, but work will resume under a consent agreement.
DURHAM, N.C. - More than seven years after Pennsylvania officials requested the disposal of radium-laden fracking wastewater into surface waters be restricted, a new Duke University study finds that high levels of radioactivity persist in stream sediments at three disposal sites, including o…
(Editor's note: This story was written by Laura Legere of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and made available for use in other newspapers by The Associated Press.)
HARRISBURG (AP) - A decade after energy companies began realizing the explosive economic potential of the vast Marcellus Shale natural gas reservoir, the politics of taxing it still roils Pennsylvania, now the nation's No. 2 gas state.
JAMES CITY, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has sided with a natural gas company, ruling it can inject fracking wastewater back into the ground.
HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania's moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.
HARRISBURG (AP) - A decision by Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday was hailed as a victory by environmental advocates on the use of public natural resources and money from oil and gas drilling in state forests.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's counties and municipal governments will see another drop in the annual fee revenue they get from Marcellus Shale gas wells.
HARRISBURG (AP) - As Pennsylvania's governor touts the potential for billions of dollars in new investment by petrochemical manufacturers, his environmental agency is struggling to process applications to drill the natural gas wells that will be needed to supply the fledgling industry.
Experts are hinging their bets on the upcoming Shell cracker plant in Beaver County having a major economic and entrepreneurial impact on northwest Pennsylvania as it goes into construction.
The Northwestern Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Hub Taskforce plans to host leaders of industry, economic development and education from Louisiana at their meeting Wednesday, March 8 at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville.
MONACA (AP) - Supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have granted a conditional use permit for a $6 billion petrochemical, or ethane cracker, plant proposed by Shell Chemicals.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Is hydraulic fracturing - better known as fracking - safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has spurred a domestic energy boom contaminate drinking water, as environmental groups and other critics charge?
When Shell Chemical Appalachia announced in June its plans to construct a multi-billion dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County, people might not have been aware of its potential impact on local industries.
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows in a central Oklahoma city, rendering century-old buildings unsafe and raising concerns about key infrastructure.
HARRISBURG (AP) - The natural gas industry in Pennsylvania is challenging new state regulations that govern surface development of shale gas wells, saying they threaten jobs and investment by adding up to $2 million to the cost of drilling a well.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.
HARRISBURG (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says state environmental regulators can continue weighing the effects gas drilling wells have on public and natural resources.
MARIETTA (AP) - State regulators are allowing nearly 4,000 tons of natural gas drilling waste to be used in a road project in north-central Pennsylvania.
A new federal rule barring waste fluids out of shale oil and gas operations from being sent to public sewage plants for treatment and disposal might have inadvertently swept up Pennsylvania’s traditional oil and gas industry’s wastewater as well.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge in Wyoming was wrong to block rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, a group of law professors and lawyers for the federal government said in new court documents.
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Despite continued weakness for energy prices, Consol Energy reported narrowing losses in the second quarter and said Tuesday that it would put two drill rigs located in the shale plays of the Northeast back into action this year.
Pennsylvania’s total impact fee collections from shale gas wells are expected to fall again next year amid continued low prices and scant new drilling, according to projections released Thursday by the state Independent Fiscal Office.
A new petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania has the potential to create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs when production begins in within the next decade.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Legislation signed by Gov. Tom Wolf is killing tougher regulations over Pennsylvania's traditional shallow oil and gas drilling industry approved in April by an independent regulatory board.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania counties and municipal governments will see less money from a state fee on Marcellus Shale gas wells, as expected.
DENVER (AP) - New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.
MONACA (AP) - Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC is building a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once it begins production early next decade, the company announced Tuesday.
BUTLER (AP) — A judge has again dismissed a lawsuit that landowners filed against people and groups who oppose fracking in a western Pennsylvania township.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators are not pursuing an $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company previously accused of repeatedly failing to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream.
After several quarters of talking about budget cuts and laying down drilling rigs, antsy oil and gas analysts are looking forward to some excitement. How quickly can companies ramp up in response to better commodity prices, they wonder.
Among the many casualties of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2016-17 budget would be the state's struggling natural gas industry, which would get smacked with the highest severance tax rate in the nation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal environmental regulators over their alleged failure to stop oil and gas companies from disposing of drilling waste in ways that can threaten drinking water supplies and trigger manmade earthquakes.
NEW CASTLE (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigation whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.