The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to overturn over 100 years of property transactions in a case involving the ownership of natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Shale gas is not to be treated differently from natural gas produced fro…More at Mondaq.com.
The United States Geological Survey has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″. This document explains metrics used to assess the disturbance caused by drilling pads, access roads, pipelines and other gas related activities.More at USGS.
“Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 Bcf/d in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection data released in February 2013. This 69% increase came in spite of a significant drop in the number of new natural gas wells started during the year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s Today in Energy.More at Energy Information Administration.
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are discussing the use of water from abandoned coal mines for hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale.More at The Republic.
Rising production from the Marcellus Shale could push the rock unit over the 10 billion cubic feet per day production milestone in 2013.More at Seeking Alpha.
An article at the Akron Beacon Journal Online summarizes content related to economic activity attributed to the Marcellus Shale from the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book.More at Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio.com).
“Drill cuttings and other materials associated with oil and gas have occasionally triggered radiation monitors at landfills. DEP’s data indicates that less than half a percent of all drill cuttings produced by the Marcellus Shale industry in 2012 that were disposed of in landfills triggered radiation monitors. The cuttings did not contain levels of radioactivity that would be harmful to the public, and they were safely disposed of in the landfills.” Quoted from the DEP announcement.More at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Consol Energy has reached an agreement that will allow it for drill for natural gas on 9,000 acres of land at the Pittsburgh International Airport. This isn’t the first time airport property has been drilled for natural gas. In 2006 land surrounding the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was part of a drilling deal.More at Centre Daily Times.
Some experts believe that the pace of drilling and hiring in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play will slow during 2013. This will be a response to a lack of pipeline capacity and production capacity that either exceeds or is unavailable to new consum…More at Washington Post.
Dominion Resources and Caiman Energy have a $1.5 billion partnership to develop new natural gas pipelines and processing plants that will serve Utica Shale producers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The resource can not be developed without this type of inve…More at Bloomberg.
The number of rigs working in the Utica Shale play of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania has nearly doubled since last year. Most of the new wells are targeting oil.More at Energy Information Administration.
You own property over a natural gas storage field that has been operated for decades. There is a shale unit below the storage field that could produce natural gas. Who controls that gas?
There are lots of natural gas storage fields in Pennsylvania …
Activity in the Marcellus Shale play has been an enormous boost to rail traffic. The railroad is hauling frac sand, water, chemicals, pipe, crane mats, natural gas liquids and more.More at Triblive.com.
An NPR article reports that there are about 200,000 orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. Most of these were drilled before current permitting and closure procedures were established and many of their locations are unknown.More at National Public Radio.
Several companies involved in Marcellus Shale drilling and production report that they were not significantly disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.More at Platts.com.
Since January 2010, most of the increase in the dry shale gas production in the United States has been generated by the Marcellus Shale and the Haynesville Formation.More at Energy Information Administration.
An article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website reviews some of the natural gas problems in the Pittsburgh area during the 1880′s. This was when some of the first underground natural gas lines were being built to deliver gas to consumers.More at Post-Gazette.com.
An article on the SFGate.com website reports that the hydraulic fracturing being done in California uses much less water than what is being done in Pennsylvania. However, when rock type, horizontal leg length, type of production and other factors are …More at SFGate.com.
Some homeowners in Pennsylvania have been surprised to learn that they can not refinance their homes when their property has been leased to a company planning to drill for Marcellus Shale gas.More at Philly.com.
Ohio DNR has publised a regional organic-thickness map of the Marcellus Shale with additional organic-rich beds in the Hamilton Group. The map covers areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.More at Ohio DNR.
Twenty-two states are soliciting bids for natural gas vehicles that will be used in state government auto pools.More at Business Week.
Although Pittsburgh made headlines  in 2010 when city council members banned hydraulic fracturing within city limits the town is now getting lots of economic benefits from the natural gas industry.
 http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-7060953.htmlMore at San Francisco Chronicle.
“Annual gross natural gas production more than doubled in Pennsylvania in 2011, exceeding 1 trillion cubic feet, due to production from the Marcellus shale.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration state energy report.More at Energy Information Administration.
EPA has tested drinking water from Dimock, Pennsylvania and reports that it is safe to drink. There has been a long dispute about contamination of Dimock area water by hydraulic fracturing.More at NorthCentralPA.com.
Spreads between Appalachian Index natural gas in southwest Pennsylvania — and the Henry Hub in the Gulf Coast are changing due mainly to growth in Marcellus production. Appalachian Index gas has historically been priced about $0.25 per MMBtu above He…More at Energy Information Administration.
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the slowdown in natural gas drilling experienced in most parts of the Marcellus Shale region. The drillers are not the only ones feeling the drop in activity.More at Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Chesapeake and Statoil have lots of Marcellus leases that require them to drill or forfeit the lease. However, they are hesitant to drill because gas prices are very low and much of the gas will be without pipeline.More at Marketwatch.
“Geologic cross section C–C′ is the third in a series of cross sections constructed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to document and improve understanding of the geologic framework and petroleum systems of the Appalachian basin.” Quoted from the USGS publication release.More at USGS.
The United States Geological Survey has published Fact Sheet 2012–3075…
Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Coast Mesozoic Basins of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Thrust Belt, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and New England Provinces, 2011.More at USGS.
To promote the use of abundant supplies of Pennsylvania natural gas, the Commonwealth is offering $20 million in grant funding to assist in the conversion of vehicles to natural gas. The target is primarily fleet operators such as regional transit org…More at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
An AP article reports that drillers produced about $4.7 billion worth of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia during 2011.More at Manufacturing.net.
“The chances of rogue fractures due to shale gas fracking operations extending beyond 0.6 kilometres from the injection source is a fraction of one percent, according to new research led by Durham University. The analysis is based on data from thousands of fracking operations in the USA and natural rock fractures in Europe and Africa.” Quoted from the Durham University press release.More at Durham University.
“The law provides for the imposition of a drilling impact fee and the expenditure of the funds generated by that impact fee to local and state purposes specifically outlined in the law. The law also contains a mechanism as to how the fees shall be distributed. A significant portion of the fees generated will be used to cover the local impacts of drilling while several of state agencies will also receive funding for a variety of other purposes.” Quote from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.More at Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
Seven communities in southwestern Pennsylvania are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because they want to control natural gas drilling in their zoning districts.More at Post Crescent.com.
An article on the Platts.com website summarizes the 2012 drilling plans of Range Resources, EQT Production and Consol Energy.More at Platts.com.
“Spectra Energy has received conditional environmental approval from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff on its proposed New Jersey-New York Expansion project. [...] The system, which would be the first major natural gas pipeline to reach New York City in 40 years.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
An article titled “Marcellus Shale Parallel Universe” explores the impact of different approaches to natural gas development experienced in Pennsylvania and New York.More at NorthcentralPA.com.
A $1 billion pipeline has been proposed that will deliver Marcellus Shale gas from northern Pennsylvania to markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.More at Philly.com.
Range Resources is starting to focus its Marcellus Shale drilling in a portion of southwestern Pennsylvania known as the “Super-Rich Area”.
Information for this story is in a .pdf document here (click the 2/21/2012 company presentation link) 
 http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=101196&p=irol-presentationsMore at Range Resources.
This video and article feature some of the positive impacts that natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has brought to the economy of Washington County, Pennsylvania and neighboring areas.More at WTOV9.com.