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February

Two studies regarding Marcellus shale development and methane released
February 27, 2017
Two separate studies regarding methane and Marcellus shale have been released earlier this year, looking at methane concentrations and methane emissions.
DEP Finds Spatial/Temporal Correlation between Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismic Events in Lawrence County
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).
How Plastic is Made from Natural Gas
February 20, 2017
This is Part 2 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.
Pennsylvania Senate Passes Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Protection Package
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.
How Plastic is Made from Natural Gas
February 13, 2017
This is Part 1 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.
Association of American Universities Launches Energy Research Webpage
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.
Campus Natural Gas Power Plants Pose No Radon Risks
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.
President Trump’s Memoranda Relating to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Projects
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.
Earthquakes in Pennsylvania
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.