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December 1, 2014

Penn State researchers are seeking 50 residents living in rural Lancaster County who are interested in science and energy to participate in the Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program, a ten-week program exploring the natural and social sciences through the context of natural gas development.

November 23, 2014

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the first looking at population changes and Marcellus shale development

November 16, 2014

The development and growth of the Bakken fields in North Dakota shares some of the challenges found in other shale plays. Join this month’s Shale Webinar Series November 20th to hear how the those challenges are proactively being met.

November 9, 2014

An interesting analysis concerning energy prices and their relation with the current global political climate.

November 2, 2014

Researchers with the Duke University Energy Initiative studied how oil and gas production generated revenue for local governments, looking at four key methods in eight states active in shale development.

October 26, 2014

Governor Corbett signed two pieces of legislation into law that will help provide leaseholders with more protection related to natural gas development in the Commonwealth. (more...)

October 12, 2014

While Marcellus and Utica shale development provided challenges in the Appalachian Basin, the development and growth of the Bakken fields in North Dakota shared some of the same challenges as well as presented other unique circumstances. (more...)

October 5, 2014

Recent Research from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Penn State regarding total revenue impact of the drilling activity

September 28, 2014

The industry has done great things with drilling efficiency for unconventional shale plays. This can be seen at the rig count has gone down as the number of wells has increased. Companies are now focusing more on improved and efficient production through well planning. (more...)

September 21, 2014

Recent studies from two different researchers look at the potential for shale development impacting ground water quality

September 10, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking or hydrofracturing -- raises many concerns about potential environmental impacts, especially water contamination. Currently, data show that the majority of water injected into wells stays underground, triggering fears that it might find its way into groundwater. New research by a team of scientists should help allay those fears.

September 7, 2014

The 2014 ShaleNET Workforce Forum is just around the corner. The Forum will be held November 5 & 6, at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Washington, PA and promises to offer nationally recognized speakers on workforce development, experts on shale gas development, exciting opportunities for hands-on education, and the chance to receive new curriculum ideas and materials (more...)

courtesy Jim Ladlee, MCOR
August 31, 2014

The recent unconventional production report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certainly illustrated the massive amount of natural gas being produced from a relatively small number of unconventional wells. (more...)

August 21, 2014

DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase. (more...)

courtesy Jim Ladlee, MCOR
August 17, 2014

Much has been in the news regarding wet and dry gas, and the need for gas processing plants to separate components other than methane often found in wet gas. How does dry gas and wet gas production affect the landowner and the royalty income? (more...)

courtesy Penn State MCOR
August 3, 2014

The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn about expected ultimate recovery in Pennsylvania wells and the release of the new royalty estimation tool.

courtesy Penn State MCOR
July 27, 2014

The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn what factors are involved in determining royalty calculations and of the new royalty calculator in this two-part article.

from Basin Research Institute
July 20, 2014

The Marcellus shale has been quoted as the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in the nation. New stories about the Utica, the Bakken, and the Eagle Ford soon joined the ranks . The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play is a rising star in the list of unconventional plays in the US

courtesy Tom Murphy
July 6, 2014

Surging natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shales are moving in nearly every direction. Previous increases in takeaway capacity out of the Appalachian basin were largely upgrades and expansions of existing transmission lines. However as more takeaway capacity is needed, midstream operators are turning to ‘greenfield’ projects (new pipeline construction) to deliver natural gas to new, high demand markets throughout the Eastern US. (more...)

June 30, 2014

When it comes to the Marcellus Shale and natural gas, there is a lot of discussion about the production figures coming out of the Commonwealth. But what does all this production mean to Pennsylvania and the United States?