- Marcellus Shale
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.
County needs to be ready for advancing shale boom
Lawrence County’s workforce and businesses need to prepare for an economic boom from Marcellus Shale, an expert said. Marcellus Shale is changing the geopolitical climate of the nation, and the county is in a good location to benefit from the gas and oil drilling that is evolving in western Pennsylvania.
Shale Boom, Part 4: Meetings on shale-related issues scheduled
Fourth in a series: Several meetings are planned in Lawrence County to address Marcellus Shale issues. The meetings address progress, zoning issues and other concerns. The sessions are:
Shale Boom, Part 3: Drilling work generates tourism, conservation dollars
Third in a series: Lawrence County’s conservation district and tourist promotion agency both stand to receive financial boosts from Marcellus Shale revenues. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently released a report of the allotments of impact fees to each county and municipality in the state.
Shale Boom, Part 2: Seismic testing going on in county
Second in a series: A Texas-based seismic testing company is making a blueprint of underground rock to better prepare companies for shale drilling. Discovery Acquisition Services of Muldoon, Texas, has been in Lawrence County for a few months mapping out underground rock formations over 380 square miles on more than 30,000 tracts of land.
Shale Boom, Part 1: Activity escalating in Lawrence County
First in a Series: Impact fee and occupancy tax dollars from Marcellus Shale are rolling into Lawrence County, its municipalities and tourism. Meanwhile, the trucks are rolling in, too.
Your Energy Future: Latest analysis suggests shale gas layer is richer than previously believed
So how much natural gas is in the Marcellus Shale? And, specifically, how much is under Lawrence County? But beyond that, how much is in the Utica Shale layer that lies below the Marcellus?
County, municipalities to get drilling fees
Lawrence County will receive $94,947 in impact fees from gas drilling this year. Its municipalities also will receive lump sums from the payments paid by drillers of Marcellus and Utica shales. Pennsylvania state agencies and local governments in places where drilling for natural gas is occurring learned Monday how much money they will get from a fund that already has collected more than $200 million in “impact fees” from drillers.
Mohawk school board OKs gas lease
The Mohawk school district is getting a windfall of more than $340,000. The board approved a lease with Shell Oil, accepting $3,250 per acre to lease approximately 105 acres. The five-year, renewable lease agreement also includes royalties of 18 percent and a non-surface drilling agreement.
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