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Marcellus Shale Update

Week of December 21, 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

Anti-pipeline activism isn't generating more investment in renewable energy

Washington Examiner

The Northeast has been a focal point of this campaign. Food & Water Watch argued in 2013 that building natural gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale ...


Site of southwestern Pennsylvania house explosion a complicated laboratory for gas analysis

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For example, the gas that Peoples delivers to area homes is sourced from local Marcellus Shale wells, like the ones on EQT Corp.'s Hildebrand well ...


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DEP Approves Shell Falcon Ethane Pipeline Permits

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Kane council supports concept for trail development

Kane Republican

Payne said the $10,000 borough allocation would come from Kane's share of revenue received from the state's Marcellus Shale gas well impact fee.



Want To Lower Prices and Pollution? End Restrictions on Liquefied Natural Gas, State Officials Say

NewBostonPost (blog)

“Enabling delivery of domestic LNG shipments into New England may reduce costs and improve our fuel security while reducing our energy reliance ...





Chester Count DA begins investigating Mariner East pipeline work

FOX 29 News Philadelphia

(AP) -- A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania is opening a criminal investigation into construction on three natural gas liquids pipelines that have drawn ...


Two More Circuits Give Thumbs-Up to Preliminary ...

Two More Circuits Give Thumbs-Up to Preliminary Injunctions Granting Immediate Possession in NGA Condemnation Actions and Clarify Other Common Procedural Issues; Sixth Circuit Says Foreign ...



Marcellus Shale Update: Pipelines, Courts and Reports

JD Supra (press release)

Pipeline issues continue to dominate the natural gas news. Last week, the pipeline industry got some good news, some bad news, and some news ...


Anti-energy activists cost US $91.1B in delayed, cancelled projects

Kallanish Energy

... the Jordan Cove Lng liquefaction/export facility and related pipelines in Oregon, the Keystone XL Pipeline from Montana to Nebraska, the Northern ...


Judge hands PennEast victory in pipeline battle

Community News Service

The pipeline would originate in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, site of the Marcellus Shale deposit, said to be an abundant source of natural gas.


Sunoco Defends Pa. Pipeline As DA Launches Criminal Probe


Sunoco is working to bring a string of pipelines online to ferry natural gas liquids exacted from the Marcellus Shale to a refinery located in Marcus ...


Economic Development

DOE Report shows potential for petrochemical Hub in Appalachia

WV News

... titled “Ethane Storage and Distribution Hub in the United States,” shed light on the advancing natural gas industries in the Marcellus and Utica Shale ...



Anti-pipeline activism isn't generating more investment in renewable energy

Washington Examiner

The Northeast has been a focal point of this campaign. Food & Water Watch argued in 2013 that building natural gas pipelines in the Marcellus Shale ...


Report Suggests Anti-Oil Activism Eliminated Nearly 800K Jobs Opportunities

The Daily Caller

(RELATED: Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, ... GEI found the Keystone XL Pipeline suffered as much as $12.4 billion in lost ...


Well Integrity

Journal of Petroleum Technology

The 3-year project, currently under way, will use an actual well at the LSU Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory to be ...



New Shale Gas Drilling Methods Boost Production Potential, Study Finds

UT News | The University of Texas at Austin

A new analysis of the nation's major shale gas plays has revealed that the ... top natural gas fields: the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville and Marcellus plays. ... The researchers found that future wells in the four shale gas plays can ...


UT: Technically recoverable natural gas from future US shale wells on rise

Oil & Gas Journal

A new analysis of the nation's major shale gas plays shows 20% more natural gas can be technically recovered from future wells compared with an ...



Shale Under Pressure As Oil Falls Below $50

“With low oil prices, we see these companies slowing production growth in 2019 to ... More projects are set to come online in 2019, which should reduce the ... add 200,000 bpd by converting a natural gas liquids pipeline to crude oil.


US rig count rebounds after three-week decline, up three to 1175

S&P Global Platts

Houston — The US oil and gas rig count rose by three this week to 1,175 on ... The giant Marcellus Shale gas basin of mostly Pennsylvania and ...


International News

Turkish, Italian firms to build Russian LNG terminal

Daily Sabah

Italy's Saipem and Turkey's Rönesans signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for infrastructure construction for the Arctic LNG-2 project, Saipem ...


China's hunger for LNG confounds all forecasts

Petroleum Economist

China imports gas as both LNG and pipeline gas, the latter from central ... gas from LNG terminals in southern China to cities in the north this winter.


Breakenridge: Pipeline obsession has sabotaged green group's goals

Calgary Herald

... just the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but any and all new pipeline projects — everything from Energy East to Keystone XL to Line 3.