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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of May 17, 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.


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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Governors join Murphy in support of full fracking ban in Delaware River basin

Burlington County Times

Governors join Murphy in support of full fracking ban in Delaware River .... members of the Delaware River Basin Commission, an interstate regulatory ... The DRBC has not addressed the draft regulations in any official capacity for ...


Regulatory uncertainty clouds Colo.'s oil, gas industry

Reuters (5/9) 

Energy companies are paring back investments in Colorado amid mounting regulatory uncertainty following the enactment of a new law that boosts local government control over oil and natural gas drilling.


ET ordered to restore, mitigate streams, wetlands

Kallanish Energy

The state agency said subsidiary ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC illegally ... of the damage was suffered by small tributaries in Beaver and Butler counties. ... “Dep's investigation of the explosion and the construction of the pipeline has ... DEP · Energy Transfer Partners · natural gas · Pennsylvania · pipeline.



~ Regulatory ~


DEP Orders Energy Transfer to Restore Waterways It Impacted during Construction of Revolution Pipeline


~~State Related Items~~

New York

New York blocks expansion of Transco gas pipeline

Argus Media

New York regulators have blocked a 37-mile expansion of the Transcontinental Gas pipeline (Transco) that would bring natural gas from the Marcellus ...



Texas Lawmakers May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage ...

May 15, 2019 · Texas Lawmakers May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for those who …



Give us a tax break and watch oil and gas take off in Utah, industry backers tell lawmakers

Salt Lake Tribune

Meanwhile, Utah's oil and gas production is subject to a severance tax of 5% to 7%, further reducing the state's competitiveness, according to ...





Enbridge acquires Ohio line to serve Toledo gas users

Kallanish Energy

The 256-mile Nexus Pipeline moves natural gas originating in the Utica and Marcellus shales of the Appalachian Basin across northern Ohio to ...


Pipeline explosion forces producer into bankruptcy

Kallanish Energy

A natural gas explosion last September in a pipeline not yet in service has led ... for ending the producer's plans to sell Devonian and Marcellus Shale gas from ... “Since the explosion of the Revolution pipeline in 2018, EdgeMarc's ...



Mountain Valley agrees to pay $266000 for pollution problems in W.Va.

About two-thirds of the pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica deposits to a pipeline in Pittsylvania County, is in West ...



Lockheed Martin is aiming fighter jet technology at a vexing issue confronting the oil patch

Dallas News

Lockheed Martin Co. is working alongside several small tech firms to ... to continuously measure the output of flares atop oil and gas drilling sites.



Natural Gas Production will Spike from May to June

Pennsylvania Business Central

... natural gas production increase will occur in Appalachia with the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. ... Pennsylvania on the Road to Energy Efficiency.



~Policy and Political~


Pa. House debates bill to require compensation if DRBC bans fracking

KYW Newsradio 1060

(KYW Newsradio) — The state House Tuesday began debate on legislation that would require the Delaware River Basin Commission to compensate ...


Gov. Tom Wolf summons army of municipal leaders to show support for his Restore Pa. plan

Opponents object to the plan's reliance on a natural gas severance tax to pay ... $4.5 billion in new funding for municipalities through a severance tax.



President Trump aims to open natural gas pipelines with two executive orders

Pennsylvania Business Central

Those moves and other actions to delay pipeline constructions prompted Marcellus shale industry groups to complain, resulting in the executive ...