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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of February 1, 2019


Each week the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Compiles articles related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration and development for educational purposes and the benefit of interested groups and individuals.


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Published every Monday, the Penn State Shale Law Blog presents the Shale Law Weekly Review which provides an update of recent, local, state, national, and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.


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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Can A Driller Trespass While Fracking On Its Own Lease?


Pennsylvania, the nation's second largest natural gas producing state after Texas[1], may be poised to decide an important issue in the evolving law of ...


~ Regulatory ~


Pa. Puc investigating Mariner East 1 pipeline

Kallanish Energy

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's Independent Bureau of Investigation and ... 20 along the Mariner East 1 pipeline right-of-way.


~~State Related Items~~


Bradford, Sullivan Projects Receive PENNVEST Funding

“Having the capacity to accommodate extensions brings development ... as proceeds from the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012.


Commissioners renew agreements

Indiana Gazette

The state awarded $92,797.31 of Act 13 Impact Fees for 2017. The amount represents an increase over about $74,000 awarded to the county the ...



Michigan automakers cut shifts to conserve natural gas: What we know

Detroit Free Press

Michigan auto manufacturers are canceling shifts to reduce natural gas use after Consumers Energy made a plea for help Wednesday night in the ...





Supreme Court rules energy companies must clean up old wells — even in bankruptcy

The top court's ruling released Thursday overturns two lower court decisions ... that means energy companies could walk away from old oil and gas wells, ... Under current rules, they can continue to sit idle so long as lease payments ...



O&G sector records positive online hiring in 2018

The Edge Markets MY

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 30): Online recruitment activity in the oil and gas (O&G) sector remained positive throughout 2018, up by 8 per cent ...


UGI requests rate hike for natural gas customers

Citizens Voice

UGI is making its case to hike natural gas rates in its north district 8.5 ... $1 billion in infrastructure, facilities and technology investments that current ...



Why prices of a popular heating fuel are falling despite the Midwest's coldest weather in 20 years


Natural-gas prices finished Wednesday at their lowest in four months, even as a ... Ordinarily, gas prices would rocket higher amid lower temperatures ...


US natural gas demand to hit record high during freeze


... reduce gas production by causing freeze-offs in the Marcellus and Utica shale, the nation's biggest gas producing region, in Pennsylvania, Ohio and ...


~Policy and Political~


Wolf seeks $4.5B capital program paid by Marcellus Shale tax

The Times Herald

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that he will ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to approve a severance tax on Marcellus Shale ...



China and Russia could disrupt critical national infrastructure in the US, says intelligence report

MIT Technology Review

Both China and Russia are capable of launching cyberattacks that could ... on US infrastructure (it provides the example of natural-gas pipelines), with the ... Future tech: The report says the technology-related risks it identifies will ...


International News

Russian gas giants begin to clash in Europe

Energy Reporters

... working on the second and third LNG depots close to the first project. ... part in a proposed project to build an LNG terminal in Murmansk, he said.