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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of March 29, 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.


Opinions and issues in the articles and news releases on this site do not necessarily reflect or represent policy positions of the PA Farm Bureau. For policy positions, please refer to the policy book links on our website.


Marcellus Shale Update is posted and archived on the PA Farm Bureau Website ( ) in the Members Only section.



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  • Next Webinar April 25 1 p.m. > – Horizontal Directional Drilling – Applications for Pipeline construction


Shale Law Weekly Review
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.


Penn State Shale Law Blog


Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Senator Yaw Announces $1 Million Natural Gas Expansion Grant to Connect Residents ...

The post Senator Yaw Announces $1 Million Natural Gas Expansion Grant to Connect Residents, Businesses in Bradford County appeared first on ...


Research finds US shale revolution is responsible for saving tens of thousands of deaths every year

American Enterprise Institute

Given that 58% of American households use natural gas for heating, the drop in natural gas prices lowered the US winter mortality rate by 0.9%, or, ...



House Committee to Consider Bill to Compensate Landowners

House Committee To Consider Bill To Compensate Landowners For Drilling Rights If DRBC Adopts Fracking Ban, Well Pad Permitting March 26. Presenters Urge House Committee To Support Bill Compensating Landowners For Drilling Rights If DRBC Adopts A Fracking Ban.


~ Regulatory ~


FERC Tells DC Circ. PennEast Pipeline Stands Up To Scrutiny


The stay on construction came after a New Jersey state court said the ... A representative with Delaware Riverkeeper did not immediately return ...


~~State Related Items~~


Shipments for Shell Falcon Pipeline have arrived in Port of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Business Report

It will connect Marcellus and Utica shale deposits to a petrochemical plant that “cracks” or breaks apart ethane molecules to create ethylene and ...


Contractors sue for $3 million of unpaid pipeline work

Sunbury Daily Item

The 178-mile pipeline project went online late last year and goes through 10 counties in Pennsylvania, including 10 miles in eastern Northumberland ...


West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Signs Steam Coal Severance Tax Cut Into Law at Murray ...

Wheeling Intelligencer

Justice vetoed a bill that would have eliminated the requirement for low-producing wells to pay natural gas and oil severance taxes. House Bill 2673 ...





Sunoco, Pa. Residents Settle Suit Over Pipeline Work Damage


Law360 (March 26, 2019, 8:26 PM EDT) -- Sunoco and a group of Pennsylvania residents have reached a settlement in a proposed class action over ...



Alabama company continues buying spree, picking up shale wells in Washington County

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Diversified Gas & Oil, the owner of about 24,000 natural gas wells in Pennsylvania, is continuing its buying spree, as promised. This time, the ...



Build the pipeline – but which one?

Pipeline News

The next one is the Keystone XL pipeline. It was kyboshed by President Barrack Obama, but revived by President Donald Trump the same week he ...


Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline Approval

The Heartland Institute

MVP will draw on a vast amount of fracked natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations to supply up to two million dekatherms per day of ...


South Dakota governor signs Keystone XL protest legislation

Omaha World-Herald

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed into law a pair of bills aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil ...



Shell Boosts Bet on North American LNG Exports

Wall Street Journal

The move comes amid a prolonged period of low natural-gas prices in the U.S., where futures for April delivery settled Monday at $2.755 per million ...



Technology Is A Huge Driver Of The US Oil And Gas Boom


In the world of oil and natural gas, engineers, geologists, and drilling and production departments tend to get the lion's share of the credit when good ...



News From the Oil Patch, March 25

hays Post

The drilling rig counts in Kansas are up while the national numbers are down. Independent Oil & Gas Service reported an increase in the number of ...


A New Trend In Natural Gas: Just-In-Time Supply

Just-in-time gas supply is here to stay as long as shale gas and tight oil companies continue to over-produce natural gas. That will lead to lower prices ...


~Policy and Political~


Students, lawmakers rally for legislation that would let some students attend college for free

WGAL Lancaster

"Some have talked about a severance tax on shale and taking a portion of that and driving some of those dollars towards this," said Rep. James ...


House, Senate bills ban 2 of 3 forms of oil, gas fracking in Florida

Sun Sentinel

House, Senate bills ban 2 of 3 forms of oil, gas fracking in Florida ... Two forms of fracking for oil and natural gas exploration would be banned in ... Later Tuesday, the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee voted 6-4 ...


International News

U.S., EU, Canada and Australia Take Coordinated Action Targeting Russia as Congress Considers Further Sanctions

Dechert LLP

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), the EU Council, and Canada imposed further sanctions targeting…


Canadian oilfield services companies are now making more money south of the border than at home

Financial Post

They forecast a 16 per cent decline in Canadian drilling rig activity this year to an average of 159 active rigs, while the U.S. average rig count will be ...


China to lower natural gas, power tariffs from April 1 after VAT cut


BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China will cut city-gate natural gas prices and trans-provincial natural gas pipeline tariffs from April 1, following ...