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 One of the main objectives of the new legislation is to update the current “outdated” regulations codified at 43 CFR Part 3160 to take into account new technologies that could boost the country’s energy efficiency.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
The effort brings together six research groups from both academia and industry.