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Pa. environmental rules rewrite on shaky track to 2016 deadline

New faces in the governor’s office, changes in the makeup of two advisory boards and a series of delayed meetings will not derail Pennsylvania’s largest rewrite of environmental rules for gas and oil drilling since the shale era began, the industry’s top state regulator promises. “That is a failure. That is bad government,” Scott Perry, deputy secretary for oil and ...

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Low prices force suppliers to ask for discounts

The pressure of low natural gas prices has forced suppliers in the Marcellus Shale to ask for discounts of at least 10 percent on the prices of goods and services. Despite oil prices increasing slightly, they still sit under $50 per barrel.  Natural gas prices are not any better, hovering just under $3 per million British thermal units. Even though ...

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Shale development slowing due to market prices

Preparing for a slump in natural gas prices, which nosedived in December, a Findlay Township-based shale development company has halted drilling new wells for five months in Butler and Armstrong counties. The company, PennEnergy Resources LLC, has braced itself for reduced profits, which it expected, and it is now waiting for prices to rise from a point that hasn’t been ...

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A nuanced decision on oil, gas revenue from shale wells

The words “Robinson Township” appeared 16 times in a Commonwealth Court opinion issued last week that upheld the state legislature’s right to use oil and gas revenue from drilling in state forests for general spending. In some quarters, that alone is either a victory or a disappointment. The township’s name is a shorthand reference to a case the Pennsylvania Supreme ...

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Senators propose pipeline impact fee

HARRISBURG — Two senators are pushing for a state gas pipeline impact fee to drive revenue to communities affected by environmental and safety issues due to pipeline construction. Sens. John Rafferty, R-44, Collegeville, and Andrew Dinniman, D-19, West Chester, plan to formally introduce this legislation when the new session starts next month. The proposed fee would be levied on firms ...

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Dispute pits small community against large gas driller

MARION CENTER — A local aquatic ecosystem that supports a host of creatures and is linked to water supplies for hundreds of its neighbors will soon have its day in court. Residents says the Little Mahoning Creek watershed in Indiana County is threatened by frackwater injection activity in the area, while a public interest law firm seeks to represent the ...

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‘Consolidation’ might be the word for some shale companies

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The for-sale sign WPX Energy Inc. recently put on its Marcellus shale wells and land could signal more moves among natural gas producers struggling with low prices, observers say. “I do know a couple of companies that are interested in getting out of the basin,” Lou D’Amico, president of the Marshall-based Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said Tuesday. He ...

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Penn. groups prepare to fight severance tax

With the elections over and Democrat Tom Wolf elected as governor, Pennsylvania is expected to increase its efforts to combat the various oil and gas severance tax proposals that may be lurking on the horizon, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Lou D’Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said, “There is no doubt that ...

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