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July 10, 2017

Natural gas has caught up with coal as an electric power fuel, helping to cut in half the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that is the main focus of global warming discussions.

June 26, 2017

Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.

June 19, 2017

Canada’s goal is to cut methane emissions from oil and gas facilities by 40-45% from 2012 levels by 2025.

Source:  PUC
June 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) collected impact fees from the natural gas industry totaling $173,258,900 for 2016.

June 5, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality, and royalties have been in the news. Numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues.

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May 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) launches a new electronic oil and gas annual report to improve public access to information.

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May 26, 2017

Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.

May 22, 2017

Unconventional natural gas well drilling permits in Pennsylvania hit an eight year-low in 2016, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) annual oil and gas report.

Penn State Thomas K Wood
May 22, 2017

An international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

Image: Lillie Langlois, Penn State
May 15, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

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May 8, 2017

Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the design and funding for construction of a new $6 million addition to its energy testing facility in Benner Township, near the University Park campus.

source: J Veil, Argonne National Laboratory
April 28, 2017

Pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the regulation of underground injection wells, including those for waste disposal or storage associated with oil and gas production.
April 25, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced an annual compilation of its most used statistics in a booklet easily accessible to all – the aptly named Key World Energy Statistics (KWES).

Courtesy: US EIA
April 17, 2017

Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level.

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April 11, 2017

One year ago, Penn State’s University Park campus officially switched from coal to natural gas to power and heat the buildings on campus.

March 27, 2017

An independent report by IHS Markit, forecasts $2.7 to $3.7 billion in investments of natural gas liquid (NGL) assets and a potential for more manufacturing.