2016 Archives

December 2016

December 20, 2016

This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) on drinking water resources in the United States.

December 19, 2016

Pressure, temperature and fluid composition play an important role in the amount of metals and other chemicals found in wastewaters from hydraulically fractured gas reservoirs, according to Penn State researchers.

December 15, 2016

The US Fish and Wildlife Service published to the Federal Register a proposed rule governing the management of non-federal oil and gas activities on National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) lands and waters.

December 14, 2016

Penn State University, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and other technology providers and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is demonstrating a cost-effective technology path to increase the use of renewable-energy power generation in Pennsylvania.

December 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft report, “Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources”.

December 9, 2016

The effort brings together six research groups from both academia and industry.

December 8, 2016

Wyoming DEQ Concludes that Water Contamination Was Not Caused by Hydraulic Fracturing.

December 8, 2016

A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

December 1, 2016

More than a dozen members of Penn State’s Positive Energy student group cleaned up areas of Cross Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in a partnership with the natural gas company Range Resources.

November 2016

November 28, 2016

Recently, protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have received a tremendous amount of media coverage. The legal underpinnings to this dispute, however, have received substantially less attention (more...)

November 21, 2016

The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

November 15, 2016

Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences had the second largest contingent of students attend the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September, many returning with awards at the event that pairs students with 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries.

November 14, 2016

No one can predict exactly when a coal mine will collapse, but a $1.1 million grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health aims to change that, according to a Penn State mineral engineer.

November 14, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf announces new program to provide funding for making Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites.

October 2016

October 31, 2016

A more flexible way of transporting Liquid natural gas helps to provide energy options for areas not connected with natural gas pipeline. (more)

October 24, 2016

How can your business take advantage of the development of a Petrochemical Industry in your backyard? (more...)

October 10, 2016

Despite the negativity many associate with fracking, the controversial technique for extracting oil and natural gas from the earth had a positive impact on mortgage defaults in areas where fracking occurred, according to research by a Clemson University finance professor. (more...)

October 3, 2016

Every year in the U.S., a whopping 20 billion barrels of water are generated as a byproduct of domestic oil and gas recovery, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (more...)

September 2016

September 30, 2016

Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), effective immediately.

September 26, 2016

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center made public the winner of their 4th Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award (more...)

September 19, 2016

A Rice University laboratory has improved its method to turn plain asphalt into a porous material that can capture greenhouse gases from natural gas.

September 6, 2016

With children heading back to school, school districts across the nation are investing in propane fueled school busses. What are the benefits of propane fueled busses?

August 2016

August 29, 2016

Mike Cavazza’s paper proposes solutions for acid mine drainage that helps industry and environment (more...)

August 22, 2016

The latest DEP inventory of air emissions for the unconventional natural gas operation industry has increased with increased operations, but has helped to improve the overall air quality due to emissions reductions from other point sources (more...)

August 15, 2016

China’s state-owned energy companies continue to invest in shale gas development.

August 8, 2016

On July 15, 2016 the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released a research brief entitled Impact Fee Update and 2016 Outlook (more...)

August 1, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released a new and easy to use GIS application allowing users to learn information and download reports about oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania (more…)

July 2016

July 25, 2016

A recent study out of the University of Colorado indicates since introduction of horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the rate of groundwater contamination remained the same as in the previous years (more...)

July 18, 2016

The first quarter of 2016, Pennsylvania has been producing over 4.1 billion cubic feet (bcf) per month of natural gas. Yet over half of the Commonwealth lacks access to the use of natural gas. (more...)

July 14, 2016

Lackawanna Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant under construction in Jessup PA, will operate on natural gas from a company producing in the area (more…)

July 11, 2016

When wells were first drilled into the Marcellus in parts of Western Pennsylvania, some early producers didn’t know what to do with components of the “wet gas” stream – particularly ethane. (more...)

July 5, 2016

In the U.S., approximately 60 percent of oil underground is inaccessible through conventional recovery methods, but through a new $1.3 million grant from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, is developing improved methods to free the once-trapped fossil fuel (more...)

June 2016

June 27, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) recent study states the Mancos formation holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, 40 times more than its 1.6 tcf of gas assessment completed in 2003. (more...)

June 20, 2016

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) posted detailed information regarding the 2015 distribution of Impact Fees (more…)

June 12, 2016

Shell officially announced its decision to move forward with building a multibillion-dollar ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, PA

June 6, 2016

The Duke University Energy Initiative on shale public finance released the first report in a series on financial implications for local governments and shale development. (more...)

May 2016

May 26, 2016

On May 18th, the 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest announced the four winners who displayed entrepreneurship and ingenuity (more...)

May 23, 2016

Landowners are witnessing shale development and increased natural gas production across regions where this unconventional resource is being extracted. In an effort to help community members, royalty owners and local businesses to better understand all components of development, we have provided this fact sheet on natural gas liquids, an important economic factor of the process.

May 9, 2016

Aging pipelines and facilities have been attributed to many of the oil and gas leaks making headlines. With half of the nation’s 2.5 million miles of pipeline carrying oil, gas and hazardous liquids more than 50 years old, how can future leaks be prevented?

April 2016

April 18, 2016

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) is working with the Gas Technology Institute and industry partners to provide new data on how induced underground fractures spread within horizontal wellbores. (more…)

April 11, 2016

Nuclear Fusion energy promises to be a clean, resource-friendly energy source, but how far away until it can become a reality, and is it worth the research investment?

April 4, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) divulged the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at the March 30th Global Methane Forum in Washington, D.C. (more…)

March 2016

March 28, 2016

The past decade has seen significant changes in oil and natural gas development prices, costs, and new well productivity. IHS Global Inc (IHS) just released a report on trends in well development costs for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to help understand the cost drivers and trends in energy production.

March 21, 2016

Through an ongoing partnership with Discovery Machine Inc. (DMI), ShaleNET developed an instructional process utilizing 3D simulated training environments, also referred to as 3D immersive scenarios, which replicate natural gas and oil production well locations. (more...)

March 14, 2016

With the evolution of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, energy companies are consistently moving forward with new technology, and data collection is one aspect vital for sound business management in the pipeline market.

March 8, 2016

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will join the Department of Energy (DOE) in a three-year technical partnership to learn more about emerging technologies pertaining to the critically important issue of pipeline safety.

March 1, 2016

The Sustainable Energy in American Factbook, produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, provides a detailed look at the US energy and the role that a range of new technologies are playing in reshaping the industry. (more…)

February 2016

February 22, 2016

Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions published a study looking at the five ways Exploration and Production Companies (E & P) respond to the downturn in oil prices.

February 15, 2016

A recent article in the Pennsylvania Township News magazine shared how the PA natural gas impact fee helped rewrite the future for many townships. (more...)

January 2016

January 26, 2016

This article is the last in a four-part series looking at LNG in a national and global perspective. This looks at government’s role in environmental public policy and climate change in regards to natural gas.

January 19, 2016

This article is the third in a four-part series looking at LNG in a national and global perspective. Part three looks at the challenges in getting LNG to markets and the need for social license.

January 14, 2016

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the large Australia Pacific LNG facility in Queensland set sail this week on the tanker, Methane Spirit.

January 12, 2016

This article is the second in a four-part series looking at LNG in a national and global perspective. Part two discusses the global market and the role of the United States.

January 7, 2016

Shale oil and gas development has sparked concern about the water quality of water sources near drilling activity. Companies take ‘pre-drill’ baseline water samples to monitor water changes through the shale operations. The January 21st shale webinar will focus on an extensive research project on baseline sampling protocol.

January 4, 2016

This article is the first in a four-part series looking at LNG in a national and global perspective. Part one looks at what LNG is and its significance in the energy industry.