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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of September 28, 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.


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Top Picks - Articles of the Week

In Mexico's shale patch, cartel violence scares off drillers


REYNOSA, Mexico (Reuters) - The oil and gas fracking boom has lured ... as new production technology opened access to billions more barrels.


Natural Gas Prices Could Quadruple This Winter, Says Analyst


Natural gas prices could spike this winter if there is a severe cold snap. ... and lowered earnings estimates and price targets on some gas-focused ...


Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report: Storage Deficit Widens

Seeking Alpha

Welcome to the storage deficit widens editionof Natural Gas Daily! ... record low levels, the winter gas trading period could see natural gas prices spike ...


~ Regulatory ~


EPA proposes change

Petroleum News

The 2016 rule came as one of a series of regulatory moves designed to ... hydraulic fracturing has helped reduce carbon emissions to 25-year lows.


FERC Concludes Pipeline No Threat to Indian Point Plants

The Examiner News

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi, who has often cited that FERC approved the pipeline project in May 2014 before a risk assessment was completed ...



~~State Related Items~~



Department of Environmental Protection Oil & Gas Annual report highlights strong regulatory ...

Pennsylvania Business Report

Pennsylvania's strong energy regulations ensure our environment is ... In July, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays accounted for approximately ...


Allegheny County Councilwoman proposes registry of natural gas drilling


Anita Prizio, D-O'Hara, introduced legislation during Tuesday's meeting to require companies holding oil and gas leases to register the leases in a ...


13 projects receive funding in Luzerne County

Citizens Voice

Act 13, which comes from an “impact fee” paid by gas companies drilling in the state: • Ashley: Sulfur Run Flood Mitigation Project, $200,000.


Natural Gas Company Helps Flood Victims

It's been more than a month since flooding rocked the small community in Bradford County. Efforts to clean up have been moving slowly until natural ...


Impact fee funds $2.4 million in projects in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties


Impact fee funds $2.4 million in projects in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties ... The latest round of grants from the state's natural gas impact fee will help ... distributed directly to counties to offset the costs of increased drilling activity.



Ohio's Energy Industry Attracts $70B in Investment

Much of this growth can be attributed to Ohio's proximity to the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, which offer an abundance of low-cost natural gas, ...


West Virginia

Oil and gas industry energizing W.Va. economy

WV News

Oil and gas industry energizing W.Va. economy .... new West Virginia jobs created due to the impact of the Marcellus and Utica Shale development.





Senators seek to intervene in fracking dispute

Citizens Voice

State Sen. Lisa Baker and two fellow legislators are seeking to join a federal lawsuit that challenges the Delaware River Basin Commission's authority ...


Judge says 'horsefeathers!' to government's cancellation of Montana oil-gas lease

Great Falls Tribune

The government's decision to cancel an oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana was "arbitrary and capricious" and the lease ...



Williams' Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Seeks Final Nod From FERC

It will transport Marcellus shale gas from Pennsylvania to the rest of the country. The project design includes 200 miles of new greenfield pipe, two ...



US official: Increase LNG exports to Europe to counter Russia

17 (UPI) -- The United States needs to increase its natural gas exports to ... A new oil and gas lease in New Mexico will further cement the United ...


LNG Canada decision poised to be announced next week — and all signs point to yes

Financial Post

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and its partners are set to announce a decision on their $40 billion (US$31 billion) liquefied natural gas terminal in western ...



US DOE and California partner to support $11M in advanced natural gas engine research

Green Car Congress (blog)

The RFP is looking for technologies that lower initial vehicle costs as well as TCO over a ... Expanding natural gas engine and vehicle availability.



Like That Cleaner Air You're Breathing? Fracking Says 'You're Welcome!'


The report notes that "Compared with the levels in 2005, U.S. economic growth in 2017 was 29% less carbon-intensive, and overall U.S. energy ...



Technology And Efficiency Gains Create A "New Normal" For US Shale


As the accelerating pace of technological advancement in the domestic oil and gas industry results in steadily-growing per well recoveries and ...



Shell CEO Considers New Natural-Gas Bet

Wall Street Journal

The Canadian LNG project could take five years to construct should the consortium move forward with its final investment decision, Mr. van Beurden ...


International News

Here's What's Next For Russian LNG

A mere two years ago Russia had just one LNG project and one could rarely read about it in media outlets. With Yamal LNG, however, that has now ...