Despite the commodities downturn that dogged Appalachian producers for most of 2016, natural gas production in Pennsylvania set another record last year (more...)
Overall, natural gas plants are still better than coal for the environment
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)....
This year’s conference provides networking and resources all royalty owners will benefit to have in their toolbox.
The use of unconventional methods (hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling) to extract natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales has produced both positive and negative impacts for Pennsylvanian citizens, businesses, communities and governments. (more...)
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...)
Two separate studies regarding methane and Marcellus shale have been released earlier this year, looking at methane concentrations and methane emissions.
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).
This is Part 2 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.
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.
This is Part 1 of how natural gas production plays an important role in making plastics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the past few months, three papers from various institutes have been published, looking at different aspects of the economics of the shale revolution.
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.
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.
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.