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....)
Researchers find a small percentage of wells accounts for the majority of emissions.
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...)
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.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the first looking at population changes and Marcellus shale development
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.
An interesting analysis concerning energy prices and their relation with the current global political climate.
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.
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...)
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...)
Recent Research from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Penn State regarding total revenue impact of the drilling activity
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...)
Recent studies from two different researchers look at the potential for shale development impacting ground water quality
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.
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...)
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...)
DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase. (more...)
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...)
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.
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.
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
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...)
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?
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.
In 2013, 13% of the US electricity generated was from renewable sources. Here’s a look at what renewables make up this amount.
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.
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) cut its estimate of technically recoverable oil from California’s Monterey shale formation.
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.
Over 80 entries were submitted for this year's contest...and four entrepreneurs walked home as winners.
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.
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 2 of 2 highlighting the public resources available online from DEP.
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.
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.
Highlights of the PA NARO Conference held in State College March 27-28, 2014
A new process that could revolutionize world markets for an abundant natural resource recently discovered.
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?
A look at Pennsylvania infrastructure trends and future investments
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.
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?