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West Virginia lawmakers examining oil and gas worker safety

As Marcellus Shale drilling activity continues to increase in West Virginia, some state lawmakers are beginning to examine worker safety, according to a report by MetroNews. Last week several lawmakers met during an interim legislative committee meeting to discuss the safety standards for oil and gas operations. Some critics of the industry say that the standards aren’t strict enough, using ...

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Top 5 stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Marcellus.com for the week of November 17 through November 21. 1. Kittanning companies take gas drilling in a different direction Work is ramping up at an East Franklin site that is home to Snyder Brothers’ and MDS Energy’s first horizontal Marcellus shale well in Armstrong County. A large rig has been set up and ...

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New EIA tool to help track oil imports

There is a new, simpler way to track the latest trends in crude oil imports, thanks to a new tool released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The tool, called U.S. Crude Oil Import Tracking Tool, will allow policymakers, analysts, and the public to sort and display crude oil imports by month or year, by crude type, country source, ...

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UGI completes two midstream Marcellus projects

A subsidiary of UGI Corporation, UGI Energy Services, a midstream and energy marketing company, has announced the completion of two midstream projects serving the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania. One of the projects, the Union Dale Pipeline, consists of roughly six miles of 12 inch diameter pipeline and two interconnection facilities. The pipeline is a direct channel between natural gas ...

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Rice Energy reports impressive results from ‘Bigfoot’ Utica well

Rice Energy has reported that over the past five months its ‘Bigfoot’ well in Ohio’s Utica Shale formation has produced about 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to The Times Leader. The latest production numbers indicate that the owners of mineral rights should begin to see substantial royalty checks in the near future. The average price for natural ...

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Online magazine documents cultural shift in the Bakken

Despite the changing face of rural western North Dakota, some things remain the same. Reminiscent of the days of staking land claims and weathering the brutal winters, residents of the Bakken region are maintaining their resiliency and work ethic amidst the shift from farming to drilling. While some have moved here to capitalize on the high wages and available jobs, ...

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Monroe County processing plant set to open later this month

Officials at Blue Racer Midstream are diligently working to begin operations at its Berne processing complex in Monroe County by the end of this month, according to a report by the Associated Press. The company anticipates that the Utica Shale formation in Ohio will be home to more than 1,800 wells by the end of 2015, and the new facility ...

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IEA warns of severe stress for the future of world energy

The International Energy Agency is urging world leaders to refrain from distractions in tackling the longer-term signs of stress that are emerging in the world energy system according to the newest World Energy Outlook (WEO-2014). The IEA has mapped up new scenarios and predictions for what the global energy reality will be in 2040.  In the central scenario of WEO-2014, ...

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Federal advisory warns against pipeline reversals

In a recent advisory, federal regulators are warning that reversing the flow of oil and gas pipelines or changing the product they carry could have a major impact on a line’s safety and integrity. This is the first time the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, has formally warned the industry about ...

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