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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of August 17, 2018


Each week the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Compiles articles related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration and development for educational purposes and the benefit of interested groups and individuals.


Opinions and issues in the articles and news releases on this site do not necessarily reflect or represent policy positions of the PA Farm Bureau. For policy positions, please refer to the policy book links on our website.


Marcellus Shale Update is posted and archived on the PA Farm Bureau Website ( ) in the Members Only section.



Seminars Education and Events

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Webinar looks at research on landowner coalitions in shale gas development

Penn State News

Many landowners joined landowner coalitions as a way to keep informed and get higher lease rates for a group through collective bargaining, she ...



Shale Law Weekly Review
Published every Monday, the Penn State Shale Law Blog presents the Shale Law Weekly Review which provides an update of recent, local, state, national, and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.


Penn State Shale Law Blog



Top Picks - Articles of the Week

Derailed train in New York spills diesel into Delaware River

Delaware First Media

A derailed train in upstate New York spilled diesel fuel into the Delaware ... system in place maintained by the Delaware River Basin Commission.


Marcellus Shale companies say proposed permit fee hike is too high

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

... regulators to more than double the price of drilling permit applications. ... Other funding sources — including the impact fee on shale companies and ...


~ Regulatory ~


US federal agency halts all work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline after judges revoke permits

The Business Times

The FERC then stepped in to halt all work on that pipeline, as well. ... sets of permits and has urged FERC to reconsider approval for both pipelines.



DEP Completes Review, Accepts Permit Modification Requests for Mariner East 2 in Chester County


~~State Related Items~~


Chesapeake reaches settlement with large class of Pa. landowners in royalty dispute

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chesapeake reaches settlement with large class of Pa. landowners in ... settlement agreement with about two-thirds of its Pennsylvania natural gas ... to alter the terms of their lease and elect their royalty formula moving forward.”.



Eight Permits Awarded in Ohio's Utica Shale

Eight Permits Awarded in Ohio's Utica Shale ... in neighboring Lawrence or Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania ...





Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continues Rulings Against Municipal Zoning Authority


On August 3, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated another municipal zoning ... In its per curium order of Delaware Riverkeeper Network v.



PUC shoots down bidirectional pipeline

Butler Eagle

Pennsylvania refineries have supplied fuel throughout our commonwealth for over a half-century. It is stunning to think that a Texas-based pipeline ...


Economic Development

New England's Environmental Policies Are Driving Thousands Of Union Members Out Of Work

The Daily Caller

The state's inability to ship in cheap natural gas, despite neighboring energy rich Pennsylvania and the Marcellus shale formation, is exacerbating its ...



Fracking Is Not Harming Groundwater in Pennsylvania, Studies Show

The Heartland Institute

... water quality” in the county “despite heavy Marcellus Shale development. ... director of Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, in a ...



WVU Shale Lab Digs Into Marcellus-Utica Permeability Testing

Oil and Gas Investor

During a recent tour of WVU's petroleum and natural gas engineering ... How is this research relevant to the Marcellus and Utica Shale industry?


How Oil & Gas Workers Are Evolving in Relation to Technology

Oil and Gas Investor

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the oil and gas industry stands to reach US$2.85 billion by 2022. Why? Because data is never special. Oil rigs may ...



US unconventional oil production seen growing by 93000 b/d in September: EIA

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

On the other hand, the Permian's rig count rose by six last Friday to 485, Lieskovsky noted, indicating more activity. Still, “I think (growth is) constrained ...


Bust doesn't follow oil and gas boom

The Steubenville Herald-Star

Oil and gas as an industry is more than drilling rigs, with more than 85 professions open for hiring now in the region for the industry, she said.


International News

Germany defies pipeline critics

Energy Reporters

The EU's successful efforts to liberalise its energy market, partly with more LNG terminals, reverse flow pipelines and inter-connectors have also ...