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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of June 7, 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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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

[West Virginia] Supreme Court sides with property owners; companies have no right to get natural gas without ...

West Virginia MetroNews

The tract's original owners signed an oil and gas development lease with EQT's predecessors in 1901. In 1936, the mineral and surface estates were ...


Trade war with China highlights battle for trade secrets in Texas, energy sector

Houston Chronicle

Now, as the price of oil appears to have stabilized between $50-$60 per barrel, oil and gas companies have begun to hire cybersecurity professionals ...


~ Regulatory ~


Judges nix climate case, slam 'less-than-dogged' FERC review

E&E News

A D.C. Circuit ruling on FERC's certificate for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Pennsylvania is imminent. The court has yet to schedule arguments on ...



~~State Related Items~~


Thanks to Lycoming County commissioners

Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Funding for PHARE is driven through multiple sources including impact fees in counties like Lycoming County where Marcellus Shale gas wells exist.


Council votes to move police department

Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Additionally, the council will look into using funds from Act 13 funds — money taxed from oil and natural gas companies as an impact fee, and directed ...



Utica Shale Oil, Gas Production on the Rise

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Oil and natural gas production from horizontal wells across the Utica shale increased through the first quarter of 2019, ...


South Dakota

South Dakota's Governor Gets Bill to Punish Violent Pipeline Protests

The Heartland Institute

Pending legal challenges, construction of a portion of the embattled the Keystone XL pipeline could begin in South Dakota in 2019, so the legislature ...





Pipeline construction moves into Ohio

The Star Beacon

Construction started at the end of another pipeline in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and work has now entered Ohio, as the $86 million pipeline is getting ...



LNG export capacity keeps expanding

Originally built as an LNG import facility, the Freeport, Texas, terminal has been converted to export instead and will start up later this year.


LNG terminal is designed to survive

Coos Bay World

As for earthquakes and tsunamis, every building in Coos County is at greater risk than the LNG terminal. How many existing structures do you ...



Michael Bloomberg gives $500M to campaign to kill coal and wound natural gas

Washington Examiner

It's natural gas, which emits half the carbon of coal, that has mostly replaced coal in the electricity sector, ... especially wind, solar, and energy storage technologies that carry excess power for use when the sun sets and wind is still.



Elba LNG startup postponed again

Commissioning setbacks have forced Kinder Morgan to defer the startup of the Elba LNG export project in Georgia for a second time. The 2.5-million-metric-ton-per-year facility was scheduled to start producing liquefied natural gas by late April and come online on May 1.

S&P Global Platts (free registration)



Natural Gas Price Forecast – Natural gas markets continue to drift lower

FX Empire

Natural gas markets drifted a bit lower during the trading session again on Wednesday, as we continue to see a lot of bearish pressure. Above current ...


~Policy and Political~


Senate ERE Committee Advances Four Bills to the Full Senate

The ban, imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), has prevented impacted landowners from realizing the economic benefits that ...



Progress made in effort to lease land within ANWR

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Alaskans have high hopes for major oil and gas discoveries in the coastal plain, but ... That usually isn't done until leases are sold to companies. ... A court decision this spring by a federal judge in Alaska has put Interior's plans for an ...