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Feds expect decline in shale gas production

Marcellus shale

A new federal government study released Wednesday predicted the nation’s shale gas production will begin to wane starting next month. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly “Drilling Production Report” projected a nearly 1.5 percent production decrease at the country’s seven major sale regions. This should not come as a shock to industry watchers. In April, the administration warned that the ...

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Gov’t passes agreement with Moldova on gas, power grid interconnection

business deal handshake

BUCHAREST – The Romanian Government on Wednesday passed an agreement concluded on May 21 with the Government of the Republic of Moldova on the achievement of projects for the interconnection of the natural gas and electricity grids of the two countries. “In the area of natural gas, the parties agreed to prioritise works for the Iasi — Ungheni interconnection, namely ...

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Marcellus: Methane and water do not mix

water well

According to state environmental regulators, three natural gas drilling companies have found out the hard way as to what happens when methane and drinking water mix together. Regulators shared that the three companies together contaminated 17 different drinking water wells in Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga Counties in north central Pennsylvania.  Combined, the companies so far have paid nearly $375,000 in ...

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Groups to sue EPA in effort to better regulate disposal of fracking waste

Eight environmental organizations announced today they intend to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to set new and tighter standards for disposal of oil and gas drilling and fracking waste that they say threatens public health and the environment. The groups, in a notice of intent to sue filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., allege ...

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Philly Mayor takes part in climate action plans

climate

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined two other mayors to urge cities across the U.S. to take part in implementing climate action plans. On Tuesday, Nutter joined Houston and Los Angeles mayors to speak out to other U.S. cities about setting carbon emission targets, developing climate action plans and setting protocols for carbon offsets in municipalities, reports State Impact Pennsylvania.  Together, ...

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Utica and Marcellus activity in Ohio, August 16th through August 22nd

Permit activity in the Utica and Marcellus Shale formations in Ohio have seen some changes compared to the last well activity update, but when it comes to fracking-related issues on ballot proposals, things are getting very heated. Last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens Counties in Ohio are filing a lawsuit again Ohio’s ...

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Consortium picked to build oil shale plant ‘might not secure financing’

AMMAN – Stakeholders in Jordan’s first shale oil-fuelled power plant are facing difficulties securing finance for the project and may seek an extension of the deadline for financial closure, according to a partner in the project. They have until October 1 to secure finance for the $2.2 billion, 470 megawatt (MW) project, while they are facing difficulties at this stage ...

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Anti-frackers continue requests for action

The possibility of fracking in Stokes County was not a topic of discussion on this week’s Board of Commissioner’s agenda, but that did not stop those opposed to fracking from making sure the board knew the issue was not going to go away. Four speakers, fewer than the close to 30 speakers who showed up at the last meeting, continued ...

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