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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of June 14, 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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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.


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Top Picks - for the Week

Court lifts injunction blocking Keystone XL oil pipeline

Casper Star-Tribune Online

HELENA, Mont. — An appeals court has lifted a judge's injunction that blocked construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., ...


Plum gas drilling meeting opened to public after brief protest

Tribune-Review Archive

Matthews said the court ruled the township's zoning ordinance amendment was valid, and farmers testified the royalties from the gas company were ...


~~State Related Items~~


Pittsburgh receives grant to expand electric vehicle fleet and charging stations

Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh receives grant to expand electric vehicle fleet and charging ... of the company's employee transit program with natural gas-powered ones.






Frivolous Environmental Lawsuits Delay Nearly Every Federal Oil and Gas Lease

Liberty Headlines

... to stop President Donald Trump from authorizing the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines, environmentalists have turned to lawsuits.


ACLU, South Dakota head to court over Keystone XL pipeline protest law

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

The constitutionality of South Dakota's protest laws will be argued in a Rapid City courtroom on Wednesday. Arguments in the American Civil Liberties ...



Sioux tribe forces semi truck off of reservation


Sioux tribal police forced a truck driver off of a South Dakota reservation after accusing him of illegally hauling materials for the Keystone XL pipeline.



In ship-to-ship transfers, speed is of the essence

LNG World Shipping

Narrow delivery windows make achieving efficiencies in LNG transfer time ... among others – the Moheshkhali Floating LNG terminal in Bangladesh.


Finland opens largest Nordic LNG terminal after delay

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Finland's 110 million-euro ($124.5 million) Manga liquefied natural gas import terminal has fully opened after a year-long delay to the project, ...


Economic Development

Shale deposits drawing plastics attention to Ohio Valley

Plastics News

Houston — The shale-rich Ohio Valley region continues to draw interest ... gas via hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from the Marcellus and Utica shale ...



Regulators Clearing The Tracks For Rail Shipments Of "Freedom Gas"


Regulators Clearing The Tracks For Rail Shipments Of "Freedom Gas" ... transportation resource – rail tank cars – to move liquefied natural gas (LNG).


Power Generation

Public gets inside look at new natural gas power plant in Negaunee Township

(WLUC) - The public got a look inside the Upper Michigan Energy Resources ... “This is a new state of the art technology that runs on natural gas.”.




~Policy and Political~


Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf's infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues

Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Pam DeLissio asks "whose pocket gets picked" if severance tax revenue isn't enough to pay of the initial bonds. Under questioning, Wolf aide says the ...


Dems write pipeline resolution

Daily Local News

EDGMONT—The Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee launched a June 8 resolution which states that “no Pennsylvanian should have to live in ...


International News

Moscow to give a third of oil taxes to donor regions?

Realnoe vremya

Now severance tax revenue go in full to the federal treasury. For example, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug annually allocates this tax at over 1,2 ...


Western Canada: Opponents of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gearing up for next week's ...

The Globe and Mail

Next week will be a pivotal moment for the Trans Mountain pipeline .... with Ontario calling for an anti-money-laundering task force for that province.