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More sand goes into shale wells, and more comes out

As shale gas operators in the Marcellus have been saying for the past year, more sand is going into the ground in Pennsylvania to keep fractures open while gas flows out. And, consequently, more sand is coming out of the ground, along with the gush of flowback water that streams out of wells just after they’re fracked. That’s evident from ...

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Cabot downsizes in the Marcellus Shale

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In its 2014 end of the year report, Cabot Oil & Gas announced its plans to eliminate two of its five rigs in the Marcellus Shale by the end of the second quarter. During the fourth-quarter of 2014, Cabot’s net production in the Marcellus reached 1,491 million cubic feet (Mmcf) per day, an increase of 27 percent compared to 2013’s ...

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Tenaska critic agrees to injunction from Westmoreland County judge

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A Westmoreland County judge Monday issued an injunction against a South Huntingdon man, barring him from making derogatory statements and threats against a Nebraska company that plans to build a natural- gas-fired power plant in the township. The injunction was signed by Judge Anthony Marsili when attorneys for Tenaska Inc. of Omaha and resident Bill Catalina reached an agreement before ...

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The results are in: TENORM study

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Today the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the results of its TENORM Study are in. The TENORM Study analyzed the naturally occurring levels of radioactivity related to oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania.  The study is open for further study, but it did conclude that there is little possibility of harm to workers and the public regarding radiation ...

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DEP orders XTO to stop earth moving at shale site in Butler County

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered XTO Energy Inc. to cease and desist its earth moving work that the state said was never approved at a shale well drilling site in Butler County. “XTO’s failure to obtain proper authorization before commencing earth disturbance activities at the truck area portion of the Cratty Unit Project violated state regulation and ...

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EPA’s comment dilemma: so many voices, so little time

It would take 71 Environmental Protection Agency employees spending all their workdays from now until June to read all the comments submitted to the agency’s Clean Power Plan thus far, assuming a modest 5-minute limit per comment. For some, five seconds will do: “Don’t [expletive deleted] this up, [expletive deleted],” was the concise directive of one commenter. Other comments may ...

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Sunoco plans 2.4 million barrel NGL storage facility in Philadelphia

Sunoco Logistics Partners is pursuing state approval for the construction of cryogenic tanks capable of storing approximately 2.4 million barrels of natural gas liquids (NGL) outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to a report by Reuters. According to a filing the company submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in September, the tanks will hold 300,000 barrels of ethane, 600,000 ...

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State, federal elections mean different things for energy industry

On paper, the balance of power in Washington and Harrisburg look quite similar. Republicans control both chambers of the legislature in both capitals, while Democrats control the executive branch. In reality, the situations couldn’t be more different. Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will enter office in January on the heels of a 10-point election win over incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, meaning ...

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Pennsylvania DEP fines pipeline company more than $300,000 for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection fined Dallas, Texas-based midstream company Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering $306,570 for violations during the construction of two natural gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013, the department said Tuesday. The pipeline construction was performed by another company, PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering. PVR, which was based in Radnor, Pa., and was acquired by Regency in 2013. ...

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Texas company pays up for violations in the Marcellus Shale

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The San Antonio-based pipeline company Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering has paid hefty fines totaling over $300,000 for construction violations in its operations in the Marcellus Shale Play. PennLive reported that the Texas company paid two fines totaling $306,570 for incidents which took place during the construction of two Marcellus Shale natural gas pipelines in three counties in 2012 and 2013. ...

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