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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of April 12, 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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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Business owners share detrimental effects of stalled Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction

West Virginia MetroNews

“We didn't have any work for this year, 2019, because we had this project ahead of us and it was going to ... “We're 99.9 percent oil and gas driven.


New Mexico-based driller partners with US Steel in Pa.

Kallanish Energy

New Mexico-based driller partners with U.S. Steel in Pa. ... it might be possible to move south on the site and go deeper to Utica shale, Davis said.


~ Regulatory ~


What's in Trump's energy orders?

E&E News

That means projects being permitted federally by EPA, the Army Corps of ... The basin has boomed since the advent of hydraulic fracturing a decade ...



FERC Chair Throws Cold Water On Project Climate Reviews


FERC is reviewing its 20-year-old natural gas pipeline approval policy, and among the issues commissioners are examining is how large a role they ...


~~State Related Items~~


Bradford County upgrades emergency services center with a new home

(WETM) - The walls are up at the new site of Bradford County's 911 and ... The money is coming from natural gas drilling operations along the ...



Ohio's Utica Shale drilling numbers staying consistent

Akron Beacon Journal

Ohio's Utica Shale drilling numbers staying consistent .... Before oil and gas companies started drilling Ohio's Utica Shale eight years ago, Richard ... Drillers came to Ohio planning to explore the Utica and Marcellus shales beneath ...





Columbia Gas begins pipeline upgrade project in Bradford

Bradford Era

CANONSBURG — Natural gas customers in the city of Bradford, McKean County, will soon benefit from a Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania gas pipeline ...


Moody's: Gas pipeline shortages will hamper Permian producers through 2020

Houston Chronicle

The lack of natural gas pipelines from the booming Permian Basin will ... region with the Marcellus and Utica shale plays primarily in Pennsylvania, ...



China to Build World's Largest LNG Carrier

The Maritime Executive

China's Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard and classification society DNV GL have agreed a joint development project for a new 270,000 cubic meter LNG ...


Economic Development

West Virginia's industrial rejuvenation is right under our feet

West Virginia MetroNews

Improved drilling technology and increased demand have contributed to a dramatic resurgence of the natural gas industry in our region. According to ...


Downstream opportunities touted at annual Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference.

West Virginia MetroNews

Natural gas industry representatives gathered in Morgantown Tuesday for the ... And that growth, he said, provides a “general opportunity” to grow and ... a few or a bunch – and place them into an economic development system.


Veterans energize the energy industry

Southgate News Herald

Crude oil production has doubled in the past decade. ... "fracking," the drilling technology used to extract oil and gas from shale rock formations buried ...


Factories and Coal Mines Bring Income Relief to Some States


Caterpillar told investors last year its mining, oil and gas machinery was in such ... Illinois had about 592,000 manufacturing employees and 241,000 ...



Eighth annual Marcellus Conference highlights shale development


Eighth annual Marcellus Conference highlights shale development ... associated with the abundance of shale gas in our region," said Rebecca ...


~Policy and Political~


County official rejects Pa. plan: Matt McConnell says governor's tax on gas drillers will stunt growth


Under Wolf's plan, revenue from the severance tax, which would be based on the volume of gas extracted and the variable rate of gas prices, would be ...



Trump issues executive orders seeking to speed up oil and gas pipeline projects

Texas Tribune

CROSBY — President Trump signed a pair of executive orders on ... Shale gas in Pennsylvania's giant Marcellus formation has been unable to reach ...


Lawmakers: Oil, gas ban to protect Gulf Test Range

Holmes County Times Advertiser

Lawmakers: Oil, gas ban to protect Gulf Test Range .... WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of Florida congressional representatives is working to permanently extend a ban on oil and gas leasing in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The existing ... Its co-sponsors include Panhandle congressmen Reps.


International News

Canada to lose 12500 oil and gas jobs in 2019, report predicts

A new report says direct employment in Canada's oil and gas sector is expected to fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year. PetroLMI says the workforce ...