Catch up on the past two weeks of Marcellus shale news with our recap. Scroll through the list below to see what our readers found the most engaging in recent weeks. Enjoy!
7. Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban
FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction.
The Town Council voted 4-2 Thursday to have its attorney review the proposed ordinance. Council member Jess Whittemore says in a statement he expects final passage this summer.
6. NY utility workers want deterrent from attacks
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Utilities and their labor unions are asking New York lawmakers to make it a felony when anyone attacks utility workers.
They say the legislation is necessary as a deterrent particularly for those in the field restoring lost power, who are at high risk of violence.
5. Push to start Dakota Access pipeline construction meets firm opposition
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opponents of a proposed oil pipeline slated to run through four Midwestern states pressed Iowa regulators Thursday to keep a Texas-based petroleum company from starting construction before all federal permits are approved.
Dakota Access planned on beginning construction by now on the 1,150-mile pipeline that’s designed to carry a half-million barrels of oil a day from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to a tank storage facility in south-central Illinois. The company told the Iowa Utilities Board in a filing last week it must begin laying pipe by Tuesday to finish before winter and avoid disturbing farmland for a second growing season.
4. Pennsylvania won’t pursue $8.9M fine against drilling firm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators are not pursuing an $8.9 million fine against a Texas-based energy company previously accused of repeatedly failing to repair a natural-gas well that contaminated groundwater and a stream.
State regulators had said stray gas caused elevated methane levels in several water wells in the north-central part of the state.
3. US rig count continues to drop amid low energy prices
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by two this week to 404, another all-time low amid low energy prices.
A year ago, 885 rigs were active.
Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 318 rigs sought oil and 85 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.
2. After one merger called off in energy sector, another arises
NEW YORK (AP) — FMC Technologies will attempt a merger with Technip in an all-stock deal worth about $13 billion to create a larger player in the energy sector.
The shareholders of each company would own about 50 percent of the combined company, which would be named TechnipFMC. It would have more than 49,000 employees operating in 45 countries. FMC is based in Houston and Technip is based in Paris. The combined company would be based in Paris.
1. Oil and gas company founded by Aubrey McClendon to close
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — American Energy Partners, the Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas company founded by the late energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon, is shutting down.
The company’s leadership team released a statement Wednesday saying it had decided to wind down operations but the five independent companies it had launched wouldn’t be affected.