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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

House Members Call For Investigation Into Gas Drilling Royalty Withholding

February 24, 2014

In a letter delivered to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane this week, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna), Matt Baker (R-Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford) are calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs. more»

New EPA Data Show Continued Decline in Methane Emissions

February 24, 2014

This morning, EPA released its latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which shows that methane emissions from natural gas systems have declined significantly in recent years, thanks to new technologies and voluntary efforts by producers. more»

Crop Mobs event to be hosted by Sustainable Ag Club

February 24, 2014

Crop Mobs, a project started by a small group of Penn State students in the fall of 2013, will host an event to showcase how they plan to connect the community and farmers in a fresh and creative way. The event is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in 371 Willard Building and is open to the public.

PA Wilds Program Seeks Nominations For Champion Of The PA Wilds Awards

February 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team is now accepting nominations for the Champion of the PA Wilds Awards designed to recognize individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have done outstanding work in the last year to help grow and sustainably develop the ou more»

Oil Production and the Drought: We Get It

February 21, 2014

**NOTE: A version of this post originally appeared on the Western States Petroleum Association blog. more»

By The Numbers: Marcellus Production Soars, Benefits Cascade Across Our Economy

February 21, 2014

Earlier this week, President Obama’s energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, underscored the fact that responsible shale development is creating “economic prosperity” along with important environmental benefits for our nation. more»

Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp June 15-20

February 21, 2014

The Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding the 20th annual Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp June 15 - 20 at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County.  The deadline for registrations is March 31.The highly structured curriculum is based on college level classes. more»

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Hears Overview Of Draft Chesapeake Bay Agreement

February 21, 2014

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday heard a presentation on the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement now out for public review.  The Council could not complete its full agenda because bad weather kept several members from attending. more»

Proceedings Initiated To Examine Variable Electric Rates By PUC

February 20, 2014

With more than 400 high bill informal complaints filed by consumers this year, the Public Utility Commission Thursday opened a proceeding to examine the rules, policies and consumer education measures regarding variable rate electric generation products.“After receiving these high bill complaints, the Commission immediately undertook a review of the matter and developed recommendations for action, more»

International Energy Conservation Code Workshop March 20 In Monroeville

February 20, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to a March 20 training workshop in Monroeville, Allegheny County on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. more»

PUC Seeks Comments On Changes To Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Rules

February 20, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday issued for comment a proposed rulemaking that would revise certain regulations of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004, including regulations pertaining to net metering, interconnection and compliance provisions of the AEPS Act.The Commission voted 5-0 to receive comments on the proposed changes to exi more»

UGI GET Natural Gas Program Approved By PUC

February 20, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved a settlement for a pilot program that changes the way the UGI’s Pennsylvania gas distribution utilities charge customers for line extension projects.“I am pleased to lend my support to this innovative effort by the UGI companies,” said PUC Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer in a statement. more»

Penn State students featured as 'incredibly impressive' undergraduates

February 20, 2014

In the classroom and laboratory, performing on the field — or in it, doing world-class research and altruistic service around the globe — these Penn State students represent just a small fraction of what is "incredibly impressive" about our University.

Putting Water Use into Perspective in the Utica Shale

February 20, 2014

It’s no secret the development of the Utica Shale requires oil and natural gas companies to utilize water for hydraulic fracturing.  In fact, the average hydraulic fracturing job requires between three and five million gallons of water. more»

Firth Family Trustee Scholarship will assist Ag Sciences students

February 20, 2014

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Les and Elaine Firth, of Mercer, established the Firth Family Trustee Scholarship, with first preference going to students from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren.

ClearWater Conservancy Hosts Woods In Your Backyard Workshop March 8

February 20, 2014

Anyone interested in improving their yard or small acreage lot for the benefit of humans, flora and fauna will not want to miss the second in the Woods in Your Backyard series of programs to be held in State College.Woods in Your Backyard: Creating Healthy Habitats for People, Plants, and Wildlife will be held March 8 from 9 am. to 4 p.m. more»

Energy Secretary Moniz: Marcellus Shale Production ‘Critical’ and ‘Amazing’

February 19, 2014

This week, U.S. Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz reaffirmed his support of shale development during an interview with Capital New York. Moniz has often spoken about the importance shale is playing in the U.S. more»

PA League Of Women Voters Primer On Pipelines Feb. 25 In Clarion

February 19, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, through a grant from the Colcom Foundation, will be presenting a Primer on Pipelines on February 25 at 7:00 pm in the Gemmell MultiPurpose Room at Clarion University.Conventional natural gas extraction has been part of Clarion County for deca more»

House DEP Budget Hearing Tackles Climate Change, Chesapeake Bay Other Issues

February 19, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee hearing on DEP’s budget request Wednesday covered much the same ground as the Senate hearing Tuesday, but did get into the issue of climate change, Chesapeake Bay cleanup, water and wastewater infrastructure funding and air quality issues related to natural gas drill more»

Penn State Extension conference to address mastitis and milk quality

February 19, 2014

Bovine mastitis -- udder infection in cattle -- directly and indirectly costs U.S. dairy producers an estimated $2 billion each year. more»

Pell Laboratory wins American Institute of Architects award

February 19, 2014

The Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies at Penn State has received an Honor Award from the New England chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Pell Lab was one of only three honor awards selected from more than 400 submissions. The Honor Award is the highest award given to a project designed by New England architects.

Additional Natural Gas Leasing Focus Of DCNR Senate Budget Hearing

February 19, 2014

Gov. Corbett’s proposal for “no impact” leasing of additional State Forest and Park land was the subject of many of the questions DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti received at the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for DCNR Wednesday. more»

Self-employment growth does not bank on access to capital

February 19, 2014

An entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth, according to rural economists.

Ohio River Watershed Celebration Benefit Dinner March 4

February 18, 2014

On March 4 the organizers of the Ohio River Watershed Celebration will hold a benefit dinner to support the Celebration cruise at Mad Mex Shadyside in Pittsburgh starting at 7:00 p.m.ORWC celebrates the successes that Ohio River Watershed communities, business, industry and governmental agencies have realized in cleaning up their environment through partnerships more»

DEP Budget Hearing Questions Focus On Gas Well Explosion, Well Regulation Issues

February 18, 2014

The natural gas well explosion in Greene County last week and DEP’s Oil and Gas Program were  the focus of many of the questions members of the Senate Appropriations Committee asked DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo Tuesday as he appeared before the Committee to answer questions about his agency’s FY 2014-15 bu more»

U.S. Energy Secretary Touts Job-Creating Marcellus Shale Benefits

February 18, 2014

Responsible American shale development continues to create enormous economic, environmental and national security benefits for our nation. more»

DEP Fines Halliburton $1.8 Million For Repeated Waste Violations

February 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it is fining Halliburton Energy Services $1.8 million for 255 violations of the Solid Waste Management Act between 1999 and 2011.DEP became aware of the violations in 2011 during an inspection of the facility, and further investigation revealed violations dating back to 1999.“Our regulations are in place to protect the health and safety more»

*UPDATE* Activism and Deception Underlie Weather Channel’s Eagle Ford Shale Report

March 12, 2014

UPDATE (3/12/2014; 5:45pm ET): Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter criticized the InsideClimate/CPI report on the Eagle Ford during a panel discussion this week in Dallas, defending the work that state regulators do to protect the public while also dismissing the authors of the report for being opposed to oil and gas more»

Robinsons' gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students

February 18, 2014

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by a Penn State alumnus and his wife. William and Teresa Robinson, of Freeburg, created the William D. and Teresa L. Robinson Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will be given to students enrolled in the Poultry and Avian Science minor.

Philadelphia Water Dept. Student Street Art Contest To Turn Heads For Clean Water

February 18, 2014

The students in kindergarten through high school have until February 28 to enter the Philadelphia Water Department Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest.  To enter they must submit a drawing, video or both to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the city’s longtime collaborator. more»

PA League Of Women Voters Education Program On Pipelines Feb. 19

February 18, 2014

The Northampton County League of Women Voters and Northampton Community College will host an education forum Feb. 19 on Pipelines Safety and Education. The featured speakers at the forum will be Dr. more»

American Farmland Trust Hosts Webinars On Benefits Of Cover Crops In March

February 18, 2014

American Farmland Trust and the American Society of Agronomy are hosting a four-part webinar series in March to educate agricultural producers and others on the benefits of using cover crops to reduce the cost of farming, improve soil health and reduce runo more»

Student Stories: Animal Science major prepared for next step

February 17, 2014

Over spring break of her junior year, while many students relaxed or traveled, Penn State Animal Science major Emily Benner found herself in the barns assisting in health checks and veterinary rounds.

Environment influences ability of bacterium to block malaria transmission

February 17, 2014

The environment significantly influences whether or not a certain bacterium will block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, according to researchers at Penn State.

New Methane Study Confirms Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

February 16, 2014

Last week, a new paper was released that suggested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underestimates methane leakage rates in the broader economy. Last year the EPA downwardly revised its estimates of methane emissions f more»

Industrial waste can be engineered into proppants for shale gas and oil recovery

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants -- particles used to open rock fractures -- for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz. (more...)

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