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Sourcewater – helping SWDs stay afloat in turbulent times

Among the many challenges operators face in this down-market, produced water management remains their single largest operating expense. Across the board, onshore E&P’s have significantly reduced capital investment – rig counts are down and operators have high-graded assets. Yet, while ongoing declines in the price of oil further suppress drilling and completion activity, the constant stream of produced water from ...

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Wolf administration to tighten methane rules for drillers

Wolf administration to tighten methane rules for drillers

A proposal to require natural-gas drillers to reduce methane emissions will help make Pennsylvania a “national leader” in efforts to combat global warming, the Wolf administration said on Wednesday. Requiring the industry to reduce methane leaks at well pads, compressor stations and processing facilities in the Marcellus Shale could result in a 40 percent reduction in emissions, Environmental Secretary John ...

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Attorney general files suit against natural gas producer Chesapeake and affiliates

Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Sisney

The state attorney general’s office has filed suit against the nation’s second largest natural gas producer. In the suit filed Wednesday in Bradford County Court, the AG’s office accused Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its affiliates of using “unfair and high-pressure sales tactics” to coerce Pennsylvania landowners to sign leases for oil and gas rights. The 65-page lawsuit also says ...

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Exhibit on Darr Mine disaster set to open

An exhibit on the Darr Mine Disaster will be held Dec. 12 to 19 at Fells United Methodist Church, 800 Fellsburg Road in Rostraver. The event is sponsored by the Rostraver Historical Society. The exhibit will be open 2 to 9 p.m. daily. To kick off the exhibit, opening remarks will be delivered by event chairmen Steve Gluz, who was ...

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Judge upholds Pennsylvania township’s pro-drilling ordinance

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

VALENCIA, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania judge has upheld a township’s gas drilling ordinance over the objections of some residents and environmental activists. The Middlesex Township zoning hearing board originally upheld the ordinance allowing drilling in much of the mostly rural community about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. The residents, the Delaware Riverkeeper network and the Clean Air Council appealed ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around Limerick plant

Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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Whoops! Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County overpaid $785K in gas royalties

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County will forfeit $785,000 in revenues generated from Marcellus shale gas royalties that were erroneously paid to the water utility in the past several years. “We were overpaid. The money was for a tract of land that should have been paid to the heirs of a former owner,” authority solicitor Scott Avolio said. The authority ...

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