Pennsylvania Supreme Court Accepts Appeal in Case Involving Lease Abandonment by Operator

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently accepted the appeal of Mitch-Well Energy, Inc. (“Mitch-Well”) in SLT Holdings, LLC v. Mitch-Well Energy, Inc. on the issue of whether Mitch-Well effectively abandoned its leases by failing either to produce oil(…)

Intrastate Pipeline Under Construction in West Virginia reports that an intrastate pipeline is under construction in northern West Virginia. The Stonewall Gas Gathering pipeline will connect Doddridge and Harrison counties to the Columbia Transmission interstate pipeline that runs through Bra(…)

American Energy Partners, LP Affiliates Combining to Streamline E&P

American Energy Partners, LP (“AEP”) announced yesterday that its affiliates, American Energy-Utica, LLC (“AEU”) and American Energy – Marcellus, LLC (“AEM”) are combining in an all-stock transaction to form American Energy Appalachian Holdings, LLC ((…)

New York Will Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development

On December 17, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration said it would ban hydraulic fracturing for shale gas development throughout the state.   Dr. Howard Zucker, the Acting Commissioner of Health, announced that the state Department of(…)

Mountain Valley Pipeline to Host Series of Open Houses

The Roanoke Times reports that Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC will be hosting 14 “community open houses” in several counties throughout the region where they have proposed a 300-mile interstate natural gas pipeline. If approved by the Federal Energy Reg(…)

Pennsylvania Now Second-Largest Shale Gas Producer in United States

A recently released report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) indicates that last year Pennsylvania became the second-largest shale gas producing state, only falling behind Texas in the amount of gross withdrawals from shale gas w(…)

Industry Experts See No Ceiling For Appalachian Production

As reported by NGI’s Shale Daily on June 4, many descended upon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday for the first day of Hart Energy’s Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East Conference, where representatives from industry leaders discussed recent(…)

New CNG Fueling Station Open in Bridgeport, WV

IGS Energy CNG Services (IGS) has opened its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in West Virginia, reports the State Journal.  IGS president Scott White stated that the Bridgeport, WV station is the first of three that are planned to se(…)

Voluntary Performance Standards for Shale Gas Operations in Appalachia

Updating our previous post, a representative of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) indicated at a recent workshop that CSSD leaders want to begin certifying compliance with the CSSD Performance Standards later this year.  The CSSD rep(…)

Department of Energy Research to Focus on Environmental Protection and Advanced Technologies for Shale Gas Production

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its 2013 annual report to Congress entitled, “2013 Annual Plan: Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development Program.”  This seventh  annual(…)

Energy Information Administration Releases Report Updating Estimates of Global Shale Oil and Gas Resources

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report assessing shale oil and gas resources in 137 shale formations in 41 countries outside of the United States.  The report expanded upon EIA’s April 2011 assessment of 6(…)

Pennsylvania State Rep. White Apologizes for Anonymously Attacking Shale Supporters Online

On May 29th, KDKA reported that Pennsylvania State Rep. Jesse White (D-Cecil) may have anonymously attacked local bloggers who supported the oil and gas industry.  Specifically, it alleged that Mr. White may have used various aliases to anonymously cr(…)

Pittsburgh Presbytery Ends Ban on Shale Gas Leases and Approves Pipeline Negotiations

The Pittsburgh Presbytery recently ended a yearlong moratorium on shale gas leasing and development on church property, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.  Despite the recommendation of a special Presbytery shale gas task force, which favored extend(…)

Natural Gas Industries Develop Certification Program to Promote Best Practices

As Pam Kasey explains in her May 2, 2013 article in the print edition of the West Virginia State Journal, the industry has voluntarily come together to be “good actors” in mineral development by incorporating input from oil and gas industry leaders, e(…)

West Virginia DEP Oil and Gas Workshop on May 16th

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will present an Oil & Gas Workshop at the Charleston Civic Center on May 16th beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Speakers will address a wide variety of topics of interest to operators, contractors, co(…)

New Shale Drilling Initiative Announces Performance Standards

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (“CSSD”), a newly formed independent organization supporting best practices, announced 15 new performance standards for operators in the oil and gas industry. The CSSD will offer an independent, third-party(…)

Construction Starts on Energy Technology Center in Pittsburgh Area

In another sign of the energy industry’s impact on the region, the Pittsburgh Technical Institute broke ground earlier this week on a $3.5 million energy technology center designed to educate individuals in the oil and gas electronics involved in extr(…)

U.S. EPA Finalizes Revised Emissions Standards for Internal Combustion Engines

On January 14, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE).  In addition t(…)

Bayer Exploring How to Use Shale Gas as a Source of Benzene

Don S. Wardius, head of Renewable and Alternative Feedstocks Development at Bayer Material Science, said Bayer wants to see a research and development consortium organized to explore turning methane, a main component in natural gas, into benzene, as r(…)

New Report Highlights Economic Benefits From Natural Gas Production

On October 31, 2012, the American Clean Skies Foundation published a report highlighting, on a state-by-state basis, the positive economic impacts for consumers and supply chains from the increased development and production of natural gas.  The repor(…)

Halcon Buys Carrizo's Utica Leases

On Monday, October 15, 2012, Carizzo Oil and Gas announced that Halcon Resources Corp. purchased a majority of their Utica Shale leases in Trumbull, Ohio, and Mercer and Crawford counties, Pennsylvania, for $43 million. An existing drilling pad and ap(…)

Site Preparation Begins for Ohio Gas Collection and Processing Plant

Utica East Ohio Midstream has begun site preparation for a shale gas collection and processing plant, according to  The site, located on 117 acres south of Hanoverton, Columbiana County, will be the home of the $400 million plant, which(…)

Chesapeake and Giant Eagle in CNG Refueling Site Talks

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Chesapeake Energy Corp. is in talks with Giant Eagle concerning a possible joint venture which would involve the installation of compressed nature gas (CNG) refueling facilities at Giant Eagle’s GetGo gas sta(…)

Federal Court rejects PIOGA’s Contempt Motion – But Cautions Forest Service

In July 2011, PIOGA filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania seeking to hold the United States Forest Service in contempt of court for allegedly failing to adhere to the Court’s December 2009 preliminary injun(…)

Five municipalities sued the Commonwealth today seeking to halt the implementation of Act 13

Cecil Township, Robinson Township, Peters Township, and Mt. Pleasant Township, all in Washington County, and South Fayette Township, Allegheny County together filed a complaint in Commonwealth Court [add link to Complaint] arguing that Act 13 is uncon(…)

Williams Partners Announces $2.5 Billion Acquisition to Establish Major Footprint in Liquids-Rich Area of Marcellus Shale

On Tuesday March 20, Williams Partners L.P., a Williams Companies, Inc. affiliate, announced an agreement to acquire Caiman Eastern Midstream LLC, a midstream subsidiary of Caiman Energy, for $2.5 billion. Caiman Eastern’s holdings include existing ph(…)