Archives for August 2011

Sunbury Daily Item: Pilot program fits bill; SUN Tech trains workers for gas industry

By Evamarie Socha “A high school diploma and a real good work ethic are about what you need to get hired in an entry-level job up there” NEW BERLIN — Dennis Hain believes in learning a trade, then being able to find a job in that trade. As director of SUN Area Technical Institute, he […]

Post-Gazette: State gas production spikes

6-month figures show 60% increase for Marcellus Shale wells By Laura Olson, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau HARRISBURG — Gas production continues to skyrocket in Pennsylvania, with the latest six-month figures showing a 60 percent increase in output for the commonwealth’s Marcellus Shale wells. The more than 1,600 Marcellus wells currently in production put out a total […]

Marcellus Shale Continues its “Rapid Rise” on the Global Energy Stage

U. of Wyo. Prof: “Pennsylvania is becoming a big gas producer in a major way” As jobless claims once again ticked upward this past week, it’s no wonder why consumer confidence dropped “in August to the lowest level since the recession.” Yet, despite these broader, national economic trends, there’s a silver lining in the Rust […]

WOWK-TV: Report: Pittsburgh, Surrounding Region at Center of New Energy Economy

Shale gas could offset imported oil and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for region. Pittsburgh and a surrounding region that includes West Virginia and parts of Ohio may be at the epicenter of the nation’s new energy economy. The region’s proximity to shale gas reserves, coupled with its access to a assets such […]

Courier Express: Marcellus drilling operation goes on display

PENFIELD – As the Marcellus Shale gas industry grows, many may have questions about the process, how to get involved and exactly what Marcellus Shale gas is. Dignitaries, local businesses and the media were given the chance to take an inside look at the gas industry during a special lunch and tour at an active […]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Natural-gas supply is a sparkplug for state

By Timothy Puko Raymond J. Bologna has a 1,300-foot-high coal pile and tried for more than 20 years to build a power plant to burn it. The economy’s collapse killed his last good chance to make it happen, but he hopes that natural gas — the new economic sparkplug — can revive his project. Bologna […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gas drilling industry reaching out to communities via county fairs

By Erich Schwartzel WAYNESBURG — Consol Energy made $346.8 million last year and spent $4,953 of it Thursday night on a 1,524-pound, black-and-white steer named Oreo. Oreo belonged to an elementary school student named Gregory Staggers until Laural Ziemba, the Consol Energy director of community relations, started waving her auction number at the Greene County […]

MSC Statement on Dept. of Energy Panel’s Shale Gas Recommendations

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, after several months of hearings and public input, a U.S. Department of Energy panel released a set of “consensus-based” recommendations regarding the shale gas development process. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, issued the following statement: “Taken together, these fact-based recommendations represent yet another key step […]

FoxNews.com column: Let the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Create New Jobs

By Bobby Ryan Published August 10, 2011 | FoxNews.com In recent days, the markets have signaled concern about the economy.  Amid disappointing employment figures and lagging economic indicators, consumers, investors and businesses are searching for some bright spot in the market. The oil and gas industry, which has consistently shown strength during this lengthy economic […]

Charleston Daily Mail editorial: W.Va. cities should not ban prosperity

Rules on Marcellus Shale drilling should be based on facts, not fear Appalachia along the Ohio River once had steel mills, aluminum plants and glass factories, all thanks to the cheap energy provided by coal and natural gas. Most of those factories are gone, but not the natural gas. New drilling methods make it possible […]