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Shell commits to western Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Shell Chemical Appalachia says it is building a petrochemical plant in northwestern Pennsylvania that will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs once it begins production early next decade. The company has been buying various rights and property, including a former zinc smelting site in Potter Township, Beaver County, where the plant will ...

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Few details as Pennsylvania budget impasse lingers

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s budget impasse entered its sixth month Tuesday, with scant new details about what shape a final deal might take. Frustrated lawmakers emerged from closed-door meetings with few revelations about if, how, or where progress had been made. Some rank-and-file House members wondered aloud what they might eventually vote on, and when. “The devil is in the details,” ...

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Ohio’s Utica Shale development grows by $5.7 billion or 20.4 percent since last spring

Ohio’s Utica Shale has seen an additional $5.7 billion in investment or a 20.4 percent increase since last spring, a Columbus law firm says in a new report. The shale industry has invested $33.7 billion in Ohio, according to the report from Bricker & Eckler LLP, which tracks the industry. Ohio’s shale development is growing despite low commodity prices and ...

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Study indicates gas drilling can impact rivers, streams

Depending on where and how it’s done, natural gas drilling does have the potential to impact Pennsylvania’s waterways, an independent study reveals. Kenneth M. Klemow, professor of biology and environmental science and director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research at Wilkes University, was one of the contributors to a new study examining how natural gas development affects surface ...

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Allegheny Township residents consider appealing gas drill ruling

Three Allegheny Township residents are weighing whether to again appeal the zoning ordinance that permits Marcellus shale natural gas well drilling throughout the township. A Westmoreland County judge recently upheld a March decision of the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board, which had refused to invalidate the township’s regulations pertaining to gas and oil operations. Willowbrook Road residents Dolores Frederick, Patricia ...

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Utica Shale: the best and the worst?

Over the past few weeks, the buzz around the Marcellus Shale has actually been about its deeper neighbor, the Utica, where a handful of companies have drilled record-setting wells for record-high costs. That has been making some people very nervous — not because the dry portion of the Utica underlying southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the West Virginia Panhandle might ...

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Shale gas industry flourishes in W.Va.’s Marshall County

Signs of a developing shale gas economy abound in Marshall County, W.Va. They dot the Ohio River south of Moundsville along state Route 2, where glistening fractionation towers rise above gas processing plants, powered by new electric substations across the highway. They fill parking lots with pickups, some with the out-of-state license plates of “pipeliners” who leaders hope will become ...

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US looks at proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal agency is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. Oil and gas companies formally expressed interest to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in drilling about 31,900 acres of the forest through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The bureau said it’s reviewing to ...

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