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Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Shale
  • gavel.jpg 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:

    October 31, 2012 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • money.jpg 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.

    October 30, 2012 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • 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.

    October 29, 2012 1 Story

  • Shale.jpg 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.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • Letter.jpg 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?

    October 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • 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.

    October 17, 2012

  • money.jpg 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.

    October 11, 2012 1 Photo

  • Report raps state gas drilling enforcement

    Pennsylvania regulators aren’t inspecting tens of thousands of oil and gas wells even once a year, a new report says. But state officials say they’re inspecting most new wells in the Marcellus Shale region, which is the right place to focus.

    September 27, 2012

  • Westminster to look at shale gas drilling

    September 14, 2012

  • 06-18Marcellus.jpg Shell says cracker plant under evaluation

    Shell Oil’s proposal to build its petrochemical plant in Beaver County is being evaluated, a company spokesman said Tuesday night. William Langin, Shell Appalachia’s exploration manager, was one of four speakers to address the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments about how the Marcellus Shale drilling and regulations will impact local municipalities.

    August 1, 2012 1 Photo

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