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Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

Top 5 Marcellus news stories – March 25 – April 8

The Marcellus has been a busy place in recent weeks. Pipeline companies are getting fined, Range Resources is throwing up for sale signs, and small drillers in Pennsylvania are standing up to fight the man. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, it’s becoming more likely that OPEC member nations might actually freeze oil production. See what you missed with our recap of what our readers found the most engaging lately. Enjoy!

5. West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

West Virginia natural gas producer fined for discharge

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline company has paid a $14,440 fine to settle an environmental complaint stemming from a ruptured pipe in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that Williams Ohio Valley Midstream paid the penalty after 132 barrels of natural gas components discharged last year in Moundsville. Media outlets report the components leaked into three waterways, including a tributary of the Ohio River.

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4. Virginia lawmakers back natural gas pipeline

Image: Loozrboy via Flickr

Image: Loozrboy via Flickr

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A coalition of Hampton Roads state legislators is lining up behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The 33 members of the General Assembly collectively known as the Hampton Roads Caucus expressed their backing for the massive natural gas project in a letter to Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

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3. Small drillers in Pennsylvania sue to block new state rules

Small drillers in Pennsylvania sue to block new state rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A trade group that represents small, independent gas and oil producers in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit challenging new state regulations for conventional drilling.

The Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers Association of Bradford says the rules would be financially ruinous.

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2. Explosion, fire controlled at Pennsylvania petroleum plant

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PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — A fire at a western Pennsylvania petroleum processing plant is under control, though 911 dispatchers say there’s a report of one injury.

Officials at the Sonneborn Corp. plant in Petrolia declined immediate comment.

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1. Range Resources sells Marcellus assets

natural gas drilling rig

Natural gas drilling rig. Photo: Pixabay.

Range Resources closed its Bradford County, Pennsylvania non-operated asset sale. The purchase agreement was made in early February and included the company’s non-operating Marcellus interest in Bradford County, Pennsylvania for about $112 million, according to Zacks. 

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Bonus – OPEC official: Oil production freeze deal likely to be reached

OPEC official: Oil production freeze deal likely to be reached

Image: Doha, Qatar via Wikimedia Commons

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s OPEC governor is saying members of the oil cartel and other producing countries likely will reach a deal later this month for a production freeze as crude prices sit below $40 a barrel.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency quoted Nawal al-Fuzai on Tuesday as saying that oil ministers of OPEC nations and several non-OPEC nations showed interest in freezing production at the same rate of February, but that further negotiations are ongoing.

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