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2015 Archives

December 2015

December 28, 2015

A study looks to provide quantitative data on the influence DOE has had on oil and gas innovations by looking at patent data.

December 21, 2015

The last time the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed a geology-based assessment of the unconventional oil and gas resources in the Barnett shale region was in 2003, based solely on vertical drilling development. The successful use of horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing opened the door to unlocking oil and gas resources. (more…)

December 15, 2015

Three significant points identified from the research.

December 10, 2015

On December 3, 2015, House Bill No. 1731, also called Keystone Energy Enhancement Act, sponsored by Pennsylvania State Representative Mike Turzai, was referred to the House Commerce Committee.

November 2015

November 25, 2015

A short synopsis of the three studies on economic impacts of Utica Shale Development in Ohio.

November 11, 2015

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported earlier how electric generation from natural gas has been on the rise. How does that break down by state?

November 10, 2015

Dartmouth College researchers publish "Geographic Dispersion of Economic Evidence from the Fracking Revolution", looking at the economic impacts in producing counties and throughout the whole region.

November 1, 2015

The retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant in Snyder County will be converted to a natural gas powered station by the first quarter of 2018; it's considered to be one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the US.

October 2015

October 29, 2015

Fifth Annual Conference Showcases Opportunities to Leverage Abundant Natural Gas Supply

October 22, 2015

Like any good hunter, Nooreen Meghani knows how to read the signs that her prey is close. (more...)

October 19, 2015

For the second time ever, total US electricity generation from natural gas surpassed coal in July, with natural gas fueling 35.0% of total generation to coal's 34.9% share.

September 2015

September 30, 2015

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is increasing earthquake monitoring in the Commonwealth.

September 29, 2015

Thirteen states partnered through a multi-state initiative called StatesFirst this past year to share and summarize current knowledge related to earthquakes potentially caused by human activity, otherwise referred to as induced seismicity.

September 24, 2015

Don Siegel of Syracuse University and his colleagues recently published, “Pre-drilling water-quality data of groundwater prior to shale gas drilling in the Appalachian Basin: Analysis of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation dataset” in the journal, Applied Geochemistry.

September 21, 2015

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) made public the winner of their 3rd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award last week.

September 13, 2015

A look at the various sectors’ uses of natural gas patterns

September 3, 2015

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) commissioned an analysis of how small Pennsylvania companies can be successful in delivering new products and services to the industry

September 2, 2015

New education and communications effort aims to advance public understanding of the science, technology and opportunity associated with Arctic energy exploration and development.

August 2015

August 28, 2015

Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) updates the 2012 report on the status of wastewater produced by Shale gas development.

August 14, 2015

Mark West’s new plan would consist of over 250 miles of pipeline to process over 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d).

August 7, 2015

Easily manufactured, low cost, lightweight, flexible dielectric polymers that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and other high temperature applications, according to a team of Penn State engineers. (more...)

August 6, 2015

Through its Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center, Penn State Law has conducted extensive outreach activities in agricultural law for nearly two decades. To more accurately reflect the focus of this work and the interconnected nature of agricultural law and shale gas development, the center's name has been changed to the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more...)

July 2015

July 27, 2015

Currently the markets for local ethane are in Sarnia, Ontario and on the Gulf Coast. Mariner East will be available for ethane export in late 2015.

July 24, 2015

The Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium released an in-depth research study on the Utica and surrounding rocks in the northern Appalachian basin, providing comprehensive data on the oil and gas resource potential of the Utica play.

July 20, 2015

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas passed coal as the major source of U.S. electric power generation in April, a milestone that was to be expected with lower gas prices and the retirement of many coal-fired power plants.

July 14, 2015

A Penn State Extension educator has been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to participate on the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

July 10, 2015

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) Announces the Third Annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Award Competition

July 1, 2015

Pipeline projects are in the news regularly. Penn State Extension educator, Dave Messersmith, answers common questions regarding pipeline infrastructure in this two part article.

June 2015

June 25, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. This final study provides a baseline for measuring agricultural changes in Marcellus Shale development.

June 18, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. Local economic impacts is the eighth in the study.

June 5, 2015

Using funds provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED), the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGGICC) commissioned a study on the potential to convert natural gas to methanol on a small to medium size plant scale.

May 2015

May 26, 2015

Surging natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shales have ushered in a wave of pipeline proposals designed to increase takeaway capacity out of the Appalachian basin.

May 10, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. Local Government's role in Marcellus Shale development is the seventh in the study.

May 3, 2015

The possibility of water resource contamination resulting from the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing shale energy development is a large concern, even though it is not a common problem. (more...)

April 2015

April 26, 2015

Shale development is often thought of as well pads and pipelines. One important aspect of getting natural gas from well pad to market is compressor stations. The Marcellus Education Team has a new publication that discusses compressor stations.

April 17, 2015

Advances in technology provide a higher estimate of the Weald Basin in the UK

April 5, 2015

This two-day event seeks to empower women (and men) interested in learning more about entry to the energy field and includes practical information on industry terminology and practices, networking, and opportunities for development with industry HR professionals. (more...)

March 2015

March 29, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management issued its final rule for drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal land after reviewing comments received on earlier proposed rules. (more...)

March 22, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. The sixth report looks at what effects, if any, shale development had on the criminal justice system in 4 counties.

March 8, 2015

This past week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a $1 billion pipeline expansion to increase natural gas capacity to New England. (more)

March 1, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the fifth looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education.

February 2015

February 22, 2015

Research on methane emissions from the Marcellus, Haynesville and Fayetteville shale regions look at loss rates from production operations

February 8, 2015

The economic impact study by Econsult Solutions, Inc. shows the Mariner East projects by Sunoco Logistics can add up to $4.2 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, including over 30,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs through the construction phase. (more…)

February 1, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. Fourth in the series discusses youth perspective on community change and future prospects.

January 2015

January 25, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the third looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education.

January 4, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the second looking at health and health care.