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(Photo: Ruhrfisch via Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo: Ruhrfisch via Wikimedia Commons)

Top 5 Marcellus stories of the week

Halliburton is closing its doors in Indiana County

File photo of the company logo of Halliburton oilfield services corporate offices in Houston

After 40 years in Indiana County, Halliburton has decided it is time to close down its service there.  Halliburton decided to close the Indiana County yard primarily so that they could be in closer proximity to the bulk of its customers.  To read the full story, click here.

Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio


Activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last the well activity update, and according to a new report, those Utica wells use a lot of water.  To read the full story, click here.

Coal mine water could become fracking water

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On Monday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a bill that will push the use of coal mine water to be used in fracking operations.  The Corbett Administration and the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission both support the usage of coal mine water being used in fracking.  The bill would ultimately decrease the amount of fresh water natural gas operators use to drill wells in the Marcellus Shale.  To read the full story, click here.

USGS says the Utica uses A LOT of water


New research says Ohio’s Utica Shale in the eastern part of the state is one of the top water consuming areas in the nation.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), its new study provides the first comprehensive nationwide data on water used during fracking. As reported by the Columbus Business First, “The general consensus: Fracking ‘uses large amounts of water, though not as much as many have suspected in some areas,’ says the study, which is set to be published in the Water Resources Research academic journal.”  To read the full story, click here.

Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

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The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw quite a bit of action over the last week. However, while drilling is continuing, so is the great battle over royalty payments.

Pennsylvania Representative Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) announced last week that he is pushing his royalties bill once more.  House Bill 1319 focuses on Pennsylvania landowners and making sure they receive fair royalty payments from natural gas drilling companies.   Everett first introduced H.B. 1319 last year, but it did not make it on to the floor for voting, which is where Everett believes it would have been successful.  To read the full story, click here.


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