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Shale Update: Gas from 2012 wells entering pipeline
Wells drilled a year ago in Lawrence County are producing natural gas that is entering a pipeline for consumers. Natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation under Lawrence County is now being pumped from two wells on the Harry Patterson property in the New Beaver Borough area into a major pipeline and is being sold, said Joe Minnitte, case manager for Shell Exploration and Production Co.
Commission approves shale pact for Pulaski game lands
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will allow Hilcorp Energy Co. to extract oil and gas from Pulaski Township state game lands. The eight-member board today unanimously approved a restricted surface use oil and gas cooperative agreement for two separate tracts, including 586 acres of state game land 150.
Endeka gets extension for track/casino
George Crawford, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, Monday granted the 45-day extension, giving the Philadelphia-based company licensed by the commission to operate in Lawrence County additional time “to come into full compliance” with conditions set by the commission.
Estate planning workshop to address shale issues
A free workshop on estate planning for shale gas leases is planned this month in Lawrence County. Estate Planning for Marcellus Shale Lease Holders, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 2424 E. Washington St. It is being hosted by state Rep. Jaret Gibbons.
Extension to review seismic tests, pipelines
A program on seismic testing, pipeline agreements and leasing will be offered three times next week. Penn State Extension and the Beaver-Lawrence Farm Bureau will present the program Tuesday in New Castle. It will be presented two more times on Thursday in Beaver County.
Shell donation boosts Jameson project
Shell Appalachia’s search for natural gas will help fuel completion of Jameson Heath System’s emergency/surgical wing. Jameson is scheduled to take possession of its $20.3 million expansion Feb. 14.
Jordan Brown heading to George Junior
Jordan Brown is moving closer to home. At a hearing Thursday, Judge John W. Hodge approved transferring the 15-year-old from a facility in central Pennsylvania to one in western Pennsylvania. Jordan was in the courtroom, which was closed to the public.
Racetrack developers seek, receive more time
Endeka Entertainment has requested and received more time to seek a casino license. In a letter dated Nov. 19, the Philadelphia-based developers of a proposed racetrack and casino in Lawrence County were given an additional 60 days to meet three conditions imposed by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing commission.
Our Opinion: Expanded shale drilling operations will have an impact
Until recently, the local impact of shale gas drilling has been mostly a theoretical, what-if discussion. But as drilling, hauling, pipeline construction and related activities expand in Lawrence County, the issue has a more immediate — and practical — impact.
Shell addresses concerns for Henry organic farm
A Shell Appalachia spokeswoman said the company has been responsive to concerns of a North Beaver Township organic farmer. Kimberly Windon, business communications manager for Shell, has tried to dispel their fears, saying the company has looked closely at the potential for abandoned and unplugged gas and oil wells existing on the property of Dale and Maggie Henry of Columbiana Road.
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