Recent News

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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.

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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.

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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.

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July 31, 2017

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

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July 17, 2017

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

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.

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June 16, 2017

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.