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Utica and Marcellus well activity in Ohio

Activity in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations in Ohio have both seen very little change, if any, change when compared to last week’s well activity update.  However, one well in Ohio isn’t exactly producing like it was hoped to. The idea of waterless fracking excited the entire oil and gas industry, but now it may not be the light ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

Permit activity in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a downturn in permits over the last week, but the forests in Pennsylvania may have a chance at an upturn. It has been seven years since natural gas development began in the Marcellus Shale formation, and since then gas companies have made little to no effort to restore Pennsylvania’s state ...

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Local activists say fracking poses threat to Fayette County’s water

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink. That’s what’s going on in the Lochgelly area of Fayette County, according to local activists. To warn the public about the danger to their water, a meeting took place Saturday at the Historic Oak Hill School in Oak Hill. “Water is being compromised by hydrofracking (hydraulic fracturing) waste being dumped into ...

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UGI proposes LNG plant in Wyoming County


UGI Energy Services LLC plans to build a liquefied natural gas production facility in Wyoming County. The facility will be adjacent to UGI’s Manning compressor station on Meshopany Ridge Road in Washington Twp., slightly north of Procter & Gamble’s plant, the gas supplier announced Thursday. The facility will draw Marcellus Shale gas from UGI’s Auburn gathering system, then chill it ...

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Opinion: Airing out the ‘Burgh’s air quality

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, opinions are as various as faces. As can be the interpretation of facts. As the latest clucking, squawking and hissing over Pittsburgh’s supposedly horrid air quality illustrates. Year after year — and with less credibility each year — the American Lung Association (ALA) smears Greater Pittsburgh with a report that typically concludes the region’s air to ...

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Free water-testing class offered

The Kentucky River Watershed Watch has paired with Frack Free Foothills to teach a free water testing class to document preexisting water conditions in the southeastern area of Madison County (predominantly Red Lick). “In anticipation of companies pursuing hydraulic fracturing in our community, this free water testing class represents and excellent opportunity for landowners and community members to set up ...

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UGI plans to cut natural gas prices

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Get ready for a smaller natural gas bill this summer, thanks to fracking. That’s the message from UGI Utilities Gas Division, which plans to cut customers’ purchased gas rate by 7 percent, attributing the lower purchase price to abundant Marcellus Shale gas supplies. “Nearly 90 percent of UGI’s natural gas supplies now come from locally produced Marcellus Shale, and our ...

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FERC rejects bid for more hearings on natural gas pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will not hold additional hearings in Virginia on a 550-mile natural gas pipeline, despite the appeals of Virginia’s U.S. senators. FERC Chairman Norman C. Bay told Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine that while the additional hearings will not be scheduled, the commission would review any comments received past an ...

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Thanks to fracking, Ohio is getting new earthquake monitors

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently ordered four new seismometers to keep an eye on earthquakes caused by fracking operations in the state. The new monitors will have four different locations.  However, those locations are not in eastern Ohio, where the state’s fracking operations take place.  So far, two of the meters will be places in the western and ...

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