2017 Archives

August 2017

August 21, 2017

In the category of “things we don’t usually think about while flying down the highway” is powerline right-of-ways.

August 17, 2017

Rapid resource development can impact local communities through numerous channels. This webinar will focus on water withdrawals for natural gas development and the impact of related government regulations.

August 14, 2017

Penn State research shows non-native plants are rapidly invading Pennsylvania’s northern forests and links new invasions with shale gas development activity.

August 8, 2017

The 2017 Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grants have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

August 1, 2017

EIA releases data on each state’s total primary energy production and consumption for 2015.

July 2017

July 31, 2017

This year, July 20th reached its highest daily level of natural gas used for electricity generation.

July 17, 2017

Researchers, studying hydraulic fracturing wastewater in area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.

July 3, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy is providing $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects.

June 2017

June 26, 2017

Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.

June 19, 2017

Canada’s goal is to cut methane emissions from oil and gas facilities by 40-45% from 2012 levels by 2025.

June 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) collected impact fees from the natural gas industry totaling $173,258,900 for 2016.

June 12, 2017

The study looked at methane and benzene amounts in water wells in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

June 5, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality, and royalties have been in the news. Numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues.

May 2017

May 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) launches a new electronic oil and gas annual report to improve public access to information.

May 26, 2017

Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.

May 22, 2017

Unconventional natural gas well drilling permits in Pennsylvania hit an eight year-low in 2016, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) annual oil and gas report.

May 22, 2017

An international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

May 17, 2017

Three companies are winners in the Shale Gas Innovation Contest.

May 15, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

May 8, 2017

Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the design and funding for construction of a new $6 million addition to its energy testing facility in Benner Township, near the University Park campus.

May 1, 2017

Geoscientist calculated vast amounts of accessible resources within the Marcellus Shale

April 2017

April 28, 2017

Pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the regulation of underground injection wells, including those for waste disposal or storage associated with oil and gas production.

April 25, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced an annual compilation of its most used statistics in a booklet easily accessible to all – the aptly named Key World Energy Statistics (KWES).

April 17, 2017

Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level.

April 11, 2017

One year ago, Penn State’s University Park campus officially switched from coal to natural gas to power and heat the buildings on campus.

March 2017

March 27, 2017

An independent report by IHS Markit, forecasts $2.7 to $3.7 billion in investments of natural gas liquid (NGL) assets and a potential for more manufacturing.

March 21, 2017

Despite the commodities downturn that dogged Appalachian producers for most of 2016, natural gas production in Pennsylvania set another record last year (more...)

March 20, 2017

Overall, natural gas plants are still better than coal for the environment

March 20, 2017

The state of Pennsylvania is not known to be located in a region subject to significant seismic activity, although it does contain two active seismic zones (more)....

March 5, 2017

Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines (more...)

February 2017

February 27, 2017

Two separate studies regarding methane and Marcellus shale have been released earlier this year, looking at methane concentrations and methane emissions.

February 21, 2017

Seismic events that occurred in western Lawrence County on April 25, 2016, were likely correlated to natural gas hydraulic fracturing by Hilcorp Energy Company, according to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

February 20, 2017

This is Part 2 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.

February 16, 2017

By unanimous votes on January 30, 2017, the Pennsylvania Senate passed two bills that have been collectively referred to as the Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package.

February 13, 2017

This is Part 1 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.

February 8, 2017

Recognizing the vital role that scientific discovery plays in ensuring the world’s energy future, the Association of American Universities has launched a webpage highlighting the energy-related research accomplishments of its member institutions.

February 5, 2017

When Penn State decided to convert its two power plants from their historic use of coal as a source of energy to natural gas, there was concern about radon emissions. Although radon is known to exist in natural gas, now Penn State research indicates that it does not escape from these two power plants in harmful amounts.

February 3, 2017

Shale Law in the Spotlight discusses President Donald Trump's two Presidential Memoranda announcing his intention to revisit the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects that were turned down under the Obama administration.

February 2, 2017

Last summer, with funding from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, a Penn State team led by geophysicist Andrew Nyblade completed a major expansion of the Pennsylvania Seismic Monitoring Network, creating a system of 30 seismic stations spread across the Commonwealth.

January 2017

January 30, 2017

Many farmers in Pennsylvania and other energy states are using royalty income streams from energy development to supplement farm income and to make important capital investments. However shale well production declines and price volatility introduce significant levels of risk to the royalty income stream and ultimately to the farm family and farm business.

January 23, 2017

In the past few months, three papers from various institutes have been published, looking at different aspects of the economics of the shale revolution.

January 12, 2017

On November 18, 2016, Bureau of Land Management published its Final Rule on Waste Prevention, Production subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation applicable to onshore oil and gas leases. One of the main objectives of the new legislation is to update the current “outdated” regulations codified at 43 CFR Part 3160 to take into account new technologies that could boost the country’s energy efficiency. Furthermore, the rule sets out new royalty rates in order to ensure competitive leasing processes.

January 5, 2017

This article from the Penn State Center for Ag and Shale Law will review the extensive history of EPA actions that led to the issuance of the final report in order to provide context for a better understanding of the substance of the final report.

January 5, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has begun revising eligibility standards for expedited review of Erosion and Sediment permit applications related to oil and gas drilling.

January 2, 2017

The SEDA-COG Natural Gas Cooperative Inc. is offering an opportunity for companies in Pennsylvania and beyond to assist in preparing the Cooperative’s business plan and market analysis.