Proposed federal regulations expand pipeline requirements




On March 17, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed new regulations to update critical safety requirements for natural gas pipelines. The prior legislation, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, expired at the end of FY 2015 but called for PHMSA to evaluate the need for additional damage prevention […]

Sensor Networks receives funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners




STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA recently awarded an investment totaling $300,000 to Sensor Networks Inc. in Boalsburg. The loan will be phased over the course of the next 15 months, with the company providing quarterly reports as well as a more comprehensive report at the end of the calendar year. In order […]

Central PA industrial park continues to invest through slowdown




In 2011, with the Marcellus shale boom in full swing, two Lycoming County-based real estate developers, Brent M. Fish and Dan Klingerman, formed a partnership, Fishlips LLC, to develop the region’s first industrial park made for shale gas-related companies. The 200-acre Marcellus Energy Park located along Industrial Park Road in Muncy, Pa. was developed in collaboration with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber […]

Final recommendations by pipeline task force await action




In April, Governor Wolf was scheduled to comment on his pipeline task force’s final report, which was released in February, and talk about what he plans to do with the recommendations, but the governor’s office was unable to confirm a date for a press conference or a press release. “Governor Wolf knows that pipeline expansion is important to our economy […]

Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers




ALBANY, NY (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar […]

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March DEP well permits report




There were 99 drilling permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Marcellus Business Central coverage area in the month of March. Unless otherwise stated, all permits issued are for new unconventional horizontally drilled gas wells. Greene County had the most activity with 34 applications to drill. EQT Production applied for 20 wells in March, making it […]

How Beaver County will “leverage and align its resources” for future success.

SPOTLIGHT ON: BEAVER COUNTY


Despite the fact that only 30 active wells are operating in Beaver County, the region has taken center stage in Marcellus shale conversation since Shell decided to build a new ethane cracker plant in Monaca. Beaver County was created in 1800 from parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties and took its name from the Beaver River. According to the Pennsylvania […]

Oil & Gas Awards announce winners at annual gala



PITTSBURGH, PA – The Oil & Gas Awards held their fourth annual Awards Gala Dinner on March 30 at the Westin Convention Center. The event included a keynote speech from Senator Scott Wagner of the 28th senatorial district. Preceding the awards was a free- to-attend industry summit offering attendees an opportunity to network and discuss the future of the industry […]

Cold weather, positive EIA report boost natural gas prices




A springtime cold snap has given some lift to falling natural gas prices, sending the commodity to an eight-week high. The current cold weather is expected to hold until April 13. Natural gas prices suffered in both 2015 and 2016 as the persistent rise in the global mean temperature due to global warming combined with the effects of El Nino, […]