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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...)

courtesy MCOR
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.

courtesy WVU
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.

courtesy MCOR
May 26, 2015

Surging natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shales have ushered in a wave of pipeline proposals designed to increase takeaway capacity out of the Appalachian basin.
May 10, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. Local Government's role in Marcellus Shale development is the seventh in the study.

May 3, 2015

The possibility of water resource contamination resulting from the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing shale energy development is a large concern, even though it is not a common problem. (more...)

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April 26, 2015

Shale development is often thought of as well pads and pipelines. One important aspect of getting natural gas from well pad to market is compressor stations. The Marcellus Education Team has a new publication that discusses compressor stations.

courtesy ShaleNET
April 5, 2015

This two-day event seeks to empower women (and men) interested in learning more about entry to the energy field and includes practical information on industry terminology and practices, networking, and opportunities for development with industry HR professionals. (more...)

March 29, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management issued its final rule for drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal land after reviewing comments received on earlier proposed rules. (more...)
March 22, 2015

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study. The sixth report looks at what effects, if any, shale development had on the criminal justice system in 4 counties.

Source:  Spectra Energy
March 8, 2015

This past week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a $1 billion pipeline expansion to increase natural gas capacity to New England. (more)