Natural Gas Operators Maintain Strong Regulatory Compliance Amid Production Jump

Pennsylvania natural gas production hit all-time highs last year and energy operators maintained a strong 95% regulatory compliance rate, according to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil & Gas Annual report. The results, released Friday, illustrate the continued efforts made by the industry to safely and responsibly produce abundant, clean-burning natural gas. Commenting on the […]

DEP Encouraged to Explore Alternatives to Proposed Permit Fee Increase

A proposal to double the permitting fees for new unconventional wells is excessive and would further erode Pennsylvania’s competitiveness with other energy producing states, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in comments submitted Friday. The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed increasing current well permit application fees to $12,500 for all unconventional wells from $5,000, representing […]

Top State Environmental Agencies Report Clean Air, Pristine Waters in Shale Development Areas

Studies released this week from Pennsylvania’s top two environmental regulatory agencies continue to confirm that responsible natural gas development and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. As the Associated Press reported Wednesday, a recent Department of Conservation and Natural Resources report concluded natural gas development in and under state forests has had no impact on the quality […]

Onward & Upward: Pa. Shale Production Soars, Creating Huge Local Benefits

Shale gas production in our region continues to shatter records. And as safe natural gas production climbs to new heights, it brings with it opportunities for our local workforce, a manufacturing renaissance, sharply improved air quality for our region’s economy. As CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted this week, “we’re in the middle of a domestic energy […]

New Report Further Underscores Pa.’s Effective Oil, Natural Gas Regulations

This week, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its first-ever 2013 Oil and Gas Annual Report, highlighting both the incredible opportunity that safe, tightly-regulated shale development presents for the entire Commonwealth as well as the strong and effective enforcements policies in place to ensure that we continue to protect our environment. Here are […]

Natural Gas Facts, Science Continue to Prevail

As more science-based natural gas research is brought forth – ranging from air and water quality to public health – it’s becoming increasingly clear that safe, tightly-regulated shale development is enhancing our environment as well as our economy. This week, in fact, new Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) research once again determines that natural […]

Gas drillers put best foot forward

Some companies exceed state requirements in their Pa. operations Cliff White March 27, 2011 Centre Daily Times PITTSBURGH — The rows of seats in the cavernous David L. Lawrence Convention Center stretched as far as the eye could see, and the hall was full as Range Resources Chairman and CEO John Pinkerton delivered a call […]