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NY Court upholds local frack bans


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media New York’s State Court of Appeals upheld a ruling today allowing municipalities to ban hydraulic fracturing. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in a 5-2 decision, the Court affirmed a 2013 ruling saying the state’s oil and gas laws don’t overrule the local government’s power to control development by land zoning. The Court also stressed that ...

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Cornell study: defects responsible for gas well leaks


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study released today by Cornell University found that defects in Pennsylvania’s gas wells are responsible for methane leaks that contribute to global warming. According to Climate Central, the study examined environmental compliance records from over 40,000 wells constructed between 2000 and 2012. About 9.1% of those wells were found to have defects that ...

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PPL spinoff should bring stability to company


Spencer Soper, The Morning Call PPL Corp.’s decision this month to spin off its power plants into a new company represents the latest fallout from the natural gas boom that has disrupted the nation’s unregulated electric industry. Companies that make electricity hoping to sell it for a profit have been in a protracted slump, forcing some into bankruptcy or to ...

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Oilfields may be fountain of youth for Western Pa.

By Brian Bowling | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.) The oil and gas industry is attracting thousands of workers, largely young and male, to Western Pennsylvania, and that could drive changes in Allegheny County demographics — as the Census Bureau says it has elsewhere. Five Great Plains states became noticeably younger in 2013 when younger males sought work in oil and ...

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Study assesses health implications of fracking in Maryland


Greg Larry | Cumberland Times-News MCHENRY – Public health officials on Saturday unveiled a recently completed study that assesses health implications of hydraulic fracturing as the governor’s office plans to make a decision by the end of the year on the future of the practice in Maryland. The procedure, known as fracking, involves drilling into the earth with a push ...

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Lebanon County, Pa. public looks to local laws to oppose pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Residents of Lebanon County in Pennsylvania are hoping to enact local ordinances to alter the construction of a pipeline planned for the area, reports PennLive. Williams Partners, LP seeks to build the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through the county as part of a larger effort to connect Marcellus shale gas producing wells to its existing Transco ...

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Estimated Marcellus, Utica gas totals rise


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A story from Marketwire today reveals that lifetime estimates of total natural gas recovery from the Marcellus and Utica shales have risen. The consulting service ICF International said in its Second-Quarter 2014 Detailed Production Report that total daily production from gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica regions are now expected to reach 34 ...

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House, Senate advance bills to split oil, gas regulations


Laura Legere | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HARRISBURG — State House and Senate committees voted Wednesday to advance bills that would separate environmental regulations for the traditional drilling industry from rules designed for shale gas development. The identical bills, House Bill 2350 and Senate Bill 1378, moved forward with amendments to clarify that both proposed and existing regulations that apply to oil ...

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McClendon partners with Tall Oak Midstream LLC for Ok. pipeline


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Aubrey McClendon, the natural gas tycoon widely known as a pioneering figure of the US shale revolution, has acquired a stake in Tall Oak Midstream LLC’s planned Oklahoma pipeline. Bloomberg reports that McClendon’s American Energy Partners has committed existing transmission lines to the pipeline and processing network in exchange for a minority interest in ...

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Pa.’s Shawville coal plant to convert to natural gas


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media GantDaily.com reports today that Pennsylvania’s Shawville Power Plant will convert from coal power to natural gas, according to parent company NRG Energy Inc. The plant has been slated for closure since February 29, 2012 when State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, D-74 of Clearfield County, announced that environmental and health concerns would prompt its deactivation. It will ...

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