Here are the top 5 stories from Marcellus.com for the week of Oct. 13 through Oct. 17.
1. West Virginia company finds paths for Marcellus pipeline projects
No mountain, valley or stream has ever stumped Energy Surveys, said the Clarksburg, W.Va.-based company that routes pipelines carrying oil and gas. Roads, on the other hand, can be a little trickier.
“Roads a lot of times just can’t be avoided, because you’re going to have to cross one at one point or another,” said Kurt Newbrough, president. Read more.
2. New shale projects worth $3.5 billion planned in Ohio
In the last six months, companies have announced at least $3.5 billion worth of projects in Ohio related to shale oil and gas energy, an indication that the industry is beginning to mature in the state.
Most of the investment is for pipelines and processing facilities. Read more.
3. Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.
The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013. Read more.
4. Marcellus shale drives economic growth
A study conducted by the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee has shown that money spent on construction and maintenance in the Marcellus Shale region has grown over 60 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to a news release from the American Petroleum Institute. Read more.
5. Future of the impact fee: Local Republican officials say it could disappear after the Nov. 4 election
TOWANDA — The elimination of the impact fee, which could occur if Democrat Tom Wolf were elected governor, would be “devastating” for townships in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region, the president of the Bradford County Township Officials Association said Thursday at a press conference in Towanda. Read more.