- Marcellus Shale
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.
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.
- Westminster to look at shale gas drilling
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.
City receives gas leasing proposal
The city of New Castle received one proposal yesterday for the leasing of gas rights on specific city-owned properties. Hilcorp Energy Co. submitted an offer to pay the city $2,002,479.50 for the leasing rights for Marcellus Shale.
Insurer won’t cover fracking damage
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won’t cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground.
Photos, Video, Story: Shell’s shale operations under way locally
The hot summer sun beats down on Jim Brown and he’s all business. Wearing a jumpsuit, leather gloves, a hard-hat, goggles, earplugs and steel-toed shoes, the burly guide with his southern drawl gives the once-over to everyone he leads onto the site of a Marcellus Shale well pad in Scott Township.
Lawrence Corvi: Study forecasts more jobs from Marcellus Shale
More jobs and tax money from Marcellus Shale natural gas is forecast for state and local government in Pennsylvania. A study released by IHS Global Insight forecasts jobs tied to Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania will jump 375 percent by 2035, surpassing 270,000 jobs.
Suit over Marcellus Shale law goes to judges
A constitutional challenge by seven municipalities to Pennsylvania’s new law regulating the growth of natural gas exploration is in the hands of seven Commonwealth Court judges after a hearing Wednesday in which they repeatedly challenged lawyers from both sides in the closely watched case.
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