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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of June 28, 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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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

Anti-pipeline campaign was planned, intended, and foreign-funded: Vivian Krause


Corporate Ethics took credit for delaying the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL projects. Krause added that 11 years ago, the Mackenzie Valley ...


BP invests $30mn in technology to produce animal feeds from natural gas

Oil and Gas Middle East

BP Ventures has made an investment of $30mn in California-based startup Calysta, Inc., an alternative protein producer that will use BP's natural gas ...


Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery to close after fire

After a fire last week, Philadelphia Energy Solutions says it will close its oil refinery in its namesake city. The plant, which will lay off over 1,000 workers, suffered significant equipment damage as a result of the fire and subsequent explosions.

The Associated Press


Cuomo's opposition to natural gas hurts environment, report argues

Crain's New York Business

The Cuomo administration's "blockade" on new natural-gas pipelines could drive up ... The state's most recent pipeline rejection included guidance that the ... carry fracked gas from other states, including neighboring Pennsylvania.


~~State Related Items~~


Shale gas impact fees raise $252 million, breaking record

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shale gas impact fees raise $252 million, breaking record ... Pennsylvania's impact fee on natural gas wells yielded its highest payout to date this ... tapping the state's gas-rich Marcellus and Utica shales raised $243 million for 2018, ...


Sen. Yaw: Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna Top Receiving Counties for Impact Fee Revenues

Proceeds from the impact fees are distributed to counties and local ... Act 13, the law which amended Title 59 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania ...


New York

NY League of Conservation Directors are Pushing the Williams Pipeline & Other NYS Fossil Fuel ...

Eyes on the Ties

Williams Companies is an oil and gas powerhouse based in Tulsa, ... The NESE is a gas pipeline that would be built under the New York Harbor to ... York State because it was proposed to deliver Marcellus Shale fracked-gas to be ...



ODNR: Study linking radon to fracking in Ohio uses incorrect numbers ...

6 days ago - There’s one problem with that statistic: Athens County does not have 108 deep-shale fracking wells. ... The number of horizontally drilled fracking wells in some eastern Ohio counties shown on a map that’s part of the study also appears to be incorrect. ... For radon data collection data ...



Texas aims to safeguard mineral owners with new legislation

Oilfield Technology

Royalty owners, who lease the mineral rights beneath their land, represent an significant segment of the oil and gas industry; over 600 000 Texas ...





US Seeks Supreme Court Hearing on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Plan

Yahoo Finance

... despite the setbacks, saying the embattled pipeline is its cheapest option to carry gas from the Marcellus Shale basin to customers in the Southeast.



Pipeline backers set stage for Appalachian Trail fight

E&E News

If the court rejects the case or issues a ruling that is unfavorable for Atlantic ... Gerken wrote that the 4th Circuit ruling does not affect existing pipeline ... of the [Appalachian National Scenic Trail] by an oil or gas pipeline and confirmed ...



Samsung C&T to build Vietnam's first LNG terminal


Korea's Samsung C&T has formed a joint venture with PetroVietnam Technical Services to build a $180m liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.


~Policy and Political~


President Trump backing plan to improve infrastructure at national parks


Vice President Pence is talking about using money from oil and gas leases on public lands to fund park repairs — but the proposal is not doing well in ...


International News

31% increase in gas tariff to cripple CNG sector

The News International

Islamabad : The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) said budget proposal to increase the tariff of natural gas for the troubled CNG industry by 31 ...


Alberta trying to get out of the oil-by-rail business

Edmonton Journal

... help move Alberta oil to market as progress stalled on pipeline projects, such as the Trans Mountain expansion, Keystone XL and Enbridge's Line 3.