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September 30, 2015

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is increasing earthquake monitoring in the Commonwealth.
September 29, 2015

Thirteen states partnered through a multi-state initiative called StatesFirst this past year to share and summarize current knowledge related to earthquakes potentially caused by human activity, otherwise referred to as induced seismicity.

September 24, 2015

Don Siegel of Syracuse University and his colleagues recently published, “Pre-drilling water-quality data of groundwater prior to shale gas drilling in the Appalachian Basin: Analysis of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation dataset” in the journal, Applied Geochemistry.

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September 21, 2015

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) made public the winner of their 3rd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award last week.

Natural gas deliveries to consumers by end us, January 2010  - June 2015.
September 13, 2015

A look at the various sectors’ uses of natural gas patterns

September 3, 2015

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) commissioned an analysis of how small Pennsylvania companies can be successful in delivering new products and services to the industry

September 2, 2015

New education and communications effort aims to advance public understanding of the science, technology and opportunity associated with Arctic energy exploration and development.

August 28, 2015

Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) updates the 2012 report on the status of wastewater produced by Shale gas development.
August 14, 2015

Mark West’s new plan would consist of over 250 miles of pipeline to process over 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d).

Courtesy Qing Wang, Penn State
August 7, 2015

Easily manufactured, low cost, lightweight, flexible dielectric polymers that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and other high temperature applications, according to a team of Penn State engineers. (more...)

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August 6, 2015

Through its Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center, Penn State Law has conducted extensive outreach activities in agricultural law for nearly two decades. To more accurately reflect the focus of this work and the interconnected nature of agricultural law and shale gas development, the center's name has been changed to the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more...)

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July 27, 2015

Currently the markets for local ethane are in Sarnia, Ontario and on the Gulf Coast. Mariner East will be available for ethane export in late 2015.

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July 24, 2015

The Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium released an in-depth research study on the Utica and surrounding rocks in the northern Appalachian basin, providing comprehensive data on the oil and gas resource potential of the Utica play.
July 20, 2015

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas passed coal as the major source of U.S. electric power generation in April, a milestone that was to be expected with lower gas prices and the retirement of many coal-fired power plants.

David Messersmith
July 14, 2015

A Penn State Extension educator has been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to participate on the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.

July 10, 2015

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) Announces the Third Annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Award Competition

July 1, 2015

Pipeline projects are in the news regularly. Penn State Extension educator, Dave Messersmith, answers common questions regarding pipeline infrastructure in this two part article.

courtesy J. Craig Williams
June 25, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. This final study provides a baseline for measuring agricultural changes in Marcellus Shale development.
June 18, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. Local economic impacts is the eighth in the study.

June 5, 2015

Using funds provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED), the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGGICC) commissioned a study on the potential to convert natural gas to methanol on a small to medium size plant scale.