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June 13, 2010

When a private water well is tested, sometimes the report may be confusing. Here is a simple breakdown of what will be included in the report and how to interpret the results.

June 13, 2010

New videos regarding Marcellus shale waste water treatment and disposal and the current level of Marcellus Shale Activity in Pennsylvania.

July 11, 2010

Penn State Extension has been conducting programs for business owners and managers interested in developing new opportunities or expanding their firm's involvement in natural gas activities. This article, the second in a series of profiles of local entrepreneurs, describes PAGasDirectory.com and how its owner created the business after attending one of these Extension programs. We will continue to profile other businesses to demonstrate the pathways by which entrepreneurs identify and pursue opportunities related to natural gas.

June 20, 2010

A recent case in federal district court in western Pennsylvania denied the motion of Range Resources to dismiss a lawsuit for breach of a gas lease contract. The case will continue to mediation this summer.

June 20, 2010

Legislation enacted in May requires well operators to provide production data to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on a semi-annual basis. The legislation also requires production data to be made public, eliminating the previous 5-year confidentiality period.

June 20, 2010

Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's water quality standards regulating total dissolved solids (TDS) moved a step closer to becoming law after a decision made by the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) on June 17, 2010. The new effluent standards for wastewater discharges will affect the state's oil and gas industries and other water users. The regulations now go to the Pennsylvania Senate and House environment committees and then to the Attorney General’s office.

June 27, 2010

A team of faculty and students at Penn State and Cornell have been working together to conduct research on the community and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale development. This article provides an update on one component of that research program, case studies of 4 counties in Pennsylvania and New York to document perceptions of the impacts in the early stages of development.

June 27, 2010

Impacts of Marcellus drilling on rural drinking water continues to be a significant concern of many landowners and local officials. Penn State research now underway will examine the effects of drilling on groundwater and drinking water supplies.