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2014 Archives

December 2014

December 28, 2014

The year is nearing an end with natural gas futures falling below $3 per million British Thermal units (Btu), which is the first time since 2012 that record production will offset the demand. (more....)

December 14, 2014

Researchers find a small percentage of wells accounts for the majority of emissions.

December 7, 2014

Methane emissions from natural gas production sites have been heavily scrutinized in past years. Dr. Kenneth J. Davis, Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University, will be presenting this month’s webinar on, “What We Know and Don’t Know about Methane Emissions Associated with Shale Gas Production”. (more...)

December 1, 2014

Penn State researchers are seeking 50 residents living in rural Lancaster County who are interested in science and energy to participate in the Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program, a ten-week program exploring the natural and social sciences through the context of natural gas development.

November 2014

November 23, 2014

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the first looking at population changes and Marcellus shale development

November 16, 2014

The development and growth of the Bakken fields in North Dakota shares some of the challenges found in other shale plays. Join this month’s Shale Webinar Series November 20th to hear how the those challenges are proactively being met.

November 9, 2014

An interesting analysis concerning energy prices and their relation with the current global political climate.

November 2, 2014

Researchers with the Duke University Energy Initiative studied how oil and gas production generated revenue for local governments, looking at four key methods in eight states active in shale development.

October 2014

October 26, 2014

Governor Corbett signed two pieces of legislation into law that will help provide leaseholders with more protection related to natural gas development in the Commonwealth. (more...)

October 12, 2014

While Marcellus and Utica shale development provided challenges in the Appalachian Basin, the development and growth of the Bakken fields in North Dakota shared some of the same challenges as well as presented other unique circumstances. (more...)

October 5, 2014

Recent Research from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Penn State regarding total revenue impact of the drilling activity

September 2014

September 28, 2014

The industry has done great things with drilling efficiency for unconventional shale plays. This can be seen at the rig count has gone down as the number of wells has increased. Companies are now focusing more on improved and efficient production through well planning. (more...)

September 21, 2014

Recent studies from two different researchers look at the potential for shale development impacting ground water quality

September 10, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking or hydrofracturing -- raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

September 7, 2014

The 2014 ShaleNET Workforce Forum is just around the corner. The Forum will be held November 5 & 6, at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Washington, PA and promises to offer nationally recognized speakers on workforce development, experts on shale gas development, exciting opportunities for hands-on education, and the chance to receive new curriculum ideas and materials (more...)

August 2014

August 31, 2014

The recent unconventional production report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certainly illustrated the massive amount of natural gas being produced from a relatively small number of unconventional wells. (more...)

August 21, 2014

DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase. (more...)

August 17, 2014

Much has been in the news regarding wet and dry gas, and the need for gas processing plants to separate components other than methane often found in wet gas. How does dry gas and wet gas production affect the landowner and the royalty income? (more...)

August 3, 2014

The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn about expected ultimate recovery in Pennsylvania wells and the release of the new royalty estimation tool.

July 2014

July 27, 2014

The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn what factors are involved in determining royalty calculations and of the new royalty calculator in this two-part article.

July 20, 2014

The Marcellus shale has been quoted as the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in the nation. New stories about the Utica, the Bakken, and the Eagle Ford soon joined the ranks . The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play is a rising star in the list of unconventional plays in the US

July 6, 2014

Surging natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shales are moving in nearly every direction. Previous increases in takeaway capacity out of the Appalachian basin were largely upgrades and expansions of existing transmission lines. However as more takeaway capacity is needed, midstream operators are turning to ‘greenfield’ projects (new pipeline construction) to deliver natural gas to new, high demand markets throughout the Eastern US. (more...)

June 2014

June 30, 2014

When it comes to the Marcellus Shale and natural gas, there is a lot of discussion about the production figures coming out of the Commonwealth. But what does all this production mean to Pennsylvania and the United States?

June 22, 2014

Landowners throughout the shale play who have active leases, but no drilling may be looking at the calendar to see if their lease will expire.

June 15, 2014

In 2013, 13% of the US electricity generated was from renewable sources. Here’s a look at what renewables make up this amount.

June 8, 2014

This month’s web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, entitled, “Utica/Point Pleasant – Where are we at Now?” will be held Thursday, June 19th at 1 PM. Manuj Nikhanj, Managing Director, Head of Energy Research for ITG Investment Research, will discuss these plays from an analytical perspective.

June 1, 2014

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) cut its estimate of technically recoverable oil from California’s Monterey shale formation.

May 2014

May 26, 2014

Researchers from the Duke University Energy Initiative gathered data from communities surrounding ten oil and gas plays to determine the net outcome of increased revenue and service demand costs in these regions.

May 18, 2014

Over 80 entries were submitted for this year's contest...and four entrepreneurs walked home as winners.

May 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry is steward of the state’s 2.2 million acre state forest system. The bureau has established a Shale-Gas Monitoring program to determine trends or patterns in shale gas development in the state forests, the first report being released in April.

April 2014

April 20, 2014

One of the positive impacts of shale development across the Commonwealth has been the resources poured into updating the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) website. This is part 1 of 2 highlighting the public resources available online from DEP.

April 13, 2014

Take a look at the products around you that are not American made. How do they get here? More than 90% of global trade is carried by sea. With the growth of natural gas production, liquid natural gas (LNG) as a replacement for the major ship fuel is becoming a reality.

March 2014

March 31, 2014

Highlights of the PA NARO Conference held in State College March 27-28, 2014

March 16, 2014

A new process that could revolutionize world markets for an abundant natural resource recently discovered.

March 9, 2014

You’ve seen the strange-looking trucks on the road these past few years. Maybe you’ve watched truck after truck head to a new shale-gas drill site in your area. But just what do they do with all that equipment?

February 2014

February 24, 2014

A look at Pennsylvania infrastructure trends and future investments

February 16, 2014

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants -- particles used to open rock fractures -- for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.

January 2014

January 12, 2014

Natural gas rigs are a unique picture of shale drilling, but what are the components that are required for getting natural gas from the well to the consumer?