Natural Gas http://wesa.fm en US Energy Secretary Hears from Pittsburgh on Natural Gas Future http://wesa.fm/post/us-energy-secretary-hears-pittsburgh-natural-gas-future <p>As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy is holding meetings across the country on infrastructure needs for the natural gas industry.</p><p>On Monday the, the seventh such meeting, the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Public Meeting, was held in Pittsburgh. The day-long meeting focused on key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy – especially natural gas, which continues boom, especially in this region.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:37:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32952 at http://wesa.fm US Energy Secretary Hears from Pittsburgh on Natural Gas Future Survey: Public Distrusts Gas Industry And Anti-Fracking Film, 'Gasland' http://wesa.fm/post/survey-public-distrusts-gas-industry-and-anti-fracking-film-gasland <p>A new study shows the public views both the natural gas industry and the anti-fracking film, "Gasland," as among the least trustworthy sources of information when it comes to hydraulic fracturing.<br /><br />According to a paper published last month in Energy Research and Social Science, people are more likely to trust information from university professors, environmental groups, newspapers, and landowner groups.<br /><br />Regulatory agencies ranked fifth in trustworthiness among the eight possible choices. They were followed by cooperative extensions and the natural gas industry. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:48:27 +0000 Marie Cusick | StateImpact PA 31376 at http://wesa.fm Survey: Public Distrusts Gas Industry And Anti-Fracking Film, 'Gasland' As Marcellus Shale Boom Continues, Public Perception Remains A Challenge For Industry http://wesa.fm/post/marcellus-shale-boom-continues-public-perception-remains-challenge-industry <p>Thousands of people with ties to the natural gas industry are gathered in Pittsburgh this week for the Developing Unconventional Gas, or DUG East Conference.</p><p>With ongoing debate around natural gas development, one of the key areas of focus is changing public perception. Environmental groups and anti-fracking groups are concerned about how fracking affects water supplies and the environment and also about long-term effects of the technology. Some allege that industry officials put profits before people.</p><p>The Consumer Energy Alliance said that’s not the case.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:22:20 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30372 at http://wesa.fm High Schoolers Build Drones To Detect Gas Leaks, Measure Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/high-schoolers-build-drones-detect-gas-leaks-measure-air-quality <p>For the last two months, more than 20 students at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside have been building drones.</p><p>Part of a cross-curricular project led by science department chair Graig Marx and computer science department chair David Nassar, students were divided into seven teams and tasked with building a “quadcopter” with the ability to measure, report and analyze natural gas levels.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 17:04:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 29320 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? http://wesa.fm/post/fracking-under-deer-lakes-park-go-so-what-happens-next <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an ordinance allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur underneath Deer Lakes Park.</span></p><p>Matt Pitzarella, spokesman for <a href="http://www.rangeresources.com/">Range Resources</a>, the company tasked with the drilling, said lawyers from the county and Range are still working out some technical details of the lease, but that it will be finalized soon.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:05:28 +0000 Liz Reid 29088 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? Bluegrass Pipeline Project Comes To A Halt http://wesa.fm/post/bluegrass-pipeline-project-comes-halt <p>Developers of a multi-state pipeline project, which has stirred controversy over the past year in Kentucky, announced Monday they have suspended all investment in the project indefinitely.<br /><br />Williams Co., a Tulsa, Okla.-based company, said it has stopped investing in the Bluegrass Pipeline “primarily in response to an insufficient level of firm customer commitments.”<br /> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:26:57 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 28380 at http://wesa.fm Bluegrass Pipeline Project Comes To A Halt County Council Hears Pro, Con Testimony On Parks Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/county-council-hears-pro-con-testimony-parks-drilling <p>Members of the Allegheny County Council heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park.<br /><br />The council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley &amp; Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties.<br /><br />Officials say the plan would mean millions of dollars for the county and a park improvement fund.<br /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:32:25 +0000 The Associated Press 28047 at http://wesa.fm 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze http://wesa.fm/post/unclear-circumstances-ground-during-chevron-blaze <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It recently came to light that&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Environmental Protection investigators were <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/04/09/chevron-blocked-access-to-dep-after-fatal-well-fire-in-southwest-pa/">blocked by Chevron employees</a> in the days after a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;natural gas well explosion in Greene County. The explosion, which killed one Chevron employee, set off&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a fire which blazed for five days&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in February.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>StateImpact<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reporter Katie </span>Colaneri&nbsp;recently broke the story and said<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Chevron would not allow the DEP to park or drive onto access roads toward the well for nearly two days. </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the rules are pretty straightforward concerning incidents such as the well explosion. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>DEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has authority over companies like Chevron during environmentally dangerous conditions, but </span>Colaneri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the overall situation is still very unclear.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:00:13 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27432 at http://wesa.fm 'Unclear' Circumstances on the Ground During Chevron Blaze Policy Researchers Urge PA, OH and WV Governors to Adopt Common Tax for Oil and Natural Gas http://wesa.fm/post/policy-researchers-urge-pa-oh-and-wv-governors-adopt-common-tax-oil-and-natural-gas <p>Policy and research groups from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio have joined forces to urge their states’ governors to adopt a common severance tax rate for companies drilling for gas and oil in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:25:41 +0000 Liz Reid 25610 at http://wesa.fm PA Natural Gas Advisory Committee Scheduled To Meet Again http://wesa.fm/post/pa-natural-gas-advisory-committee-scheduled-meet-again <p>Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee (NGAC) is supposed to discuss the role of state forest land in energy production — it just hasn’t done it yet.</p><p>The commonwealth has already leased about 385,400 acres of forest land for natural gas extraction, according to a report released by the DCNR in October.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:54:55 +0000 Michael Lynch 19744 at http://wesa.fm A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State http://wesa.fm/post/new-pipeline-pa-fracking-fields-stirring-controversy-bluegrass-state <p>The land agent first came knocking on Vivian and Dean House’s door in July. They sat on the patio of the retired couple’s 85-acre farm in this Central Kentucky town and chatted.<br /><br />The guy was friendly, the kind of guy Dean could talk to about fishing.</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:51:46 +0000 Natasha Khan | PublicSource 21809 at http://wesa.fm A New Pipeline From PA Fracking Fields Is Stirring Controversy in the Bluegrass State PA High Court Strikes Down Zoning Limits on Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/pa-high-court-strikes-down-zoning-limits-drilling <p>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday struck down portions of a law that stripped some of the powers municipalities have to decide where the natural gas industry can operate — portions that the industry had sought from Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers.</p><p>The justices ruled the 2012 law unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities, although the 4-to-2 majority disagreed as to why it was unconstitutional.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:04:09 +0000 The Associated Press 21679 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne University Hosts Fracking Conference http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-university-hosts-fracking-conference <p>More than two dozen researchers meet Monday at Duquesne University as part of a symposium on the latest findings regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.</p><p>Foundation-funded researchers from universities including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke and Yale presented their independent research on topics such as air quality, human and animal health, effects on water treatment plants and local government response to shale gas development.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20271 at http://wesa.fm Package of Marcellus Shale Bills Still Up in the Air in Harrisburg http://wesa.fm/post/package-marcellus-shale-bills-still-air-harrisburg <p>The Pennsylvania General Assembly gaveled into session this week after a long summer break, and on the agenda are items related to the use of natural gas from Marcellus Shale.</p><p>But the package of bills aimed at expanding use of the resource has some environmental groups concerned.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17013 at http://wesa.fm Energy Companies First to Utilize Field Gas for Hydraulic Fracturing Operations http://wesa.fm/post/energy-companies-first-utilize-field-gas-hydraulic-fracturing-operations <p>Diesel is generally the fuel used to power everything from vehicles going to and from natural gas well sites to equipment used at the sites.</p><p>EQT Corporation and Green Field Energy have announced the completion of multiple fracturing stages using pumps powered by natural gas supplied from a Marcellus Shale gas well.</p><p>“Most of the engines used for hydraulic fracturing are diesel, so if you have turbine pumps that can use the natural gas on-site as the fuel source, it’s cleaner burning and reduces up to 85 percent of fuel costs,” said EQT spokeswoman Linda Robertson.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:10:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16614 at http://wesa.fm Giving Voters a Say on Natural Gas Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/giving-voters-say-natural-gas-drilling <p>When it comes to drilling for natural gas in the county’s parks, Allegheny County councilman Matt Drozd thinks the decision should be up to the voters. That’s why he recently introduced a resolution that will require the board of elections to ask voters if they should be consulted before the county approves drilling beneath a county park.</p><p>“Let them make a decision too and join in. They’ll learn more and they’ll feel more a part of the process,” Drozd said of his proposal. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:02:30 +0000 John Lavanga 15292 at http://wesa.fm Giving Voters a Say on Natural Gas Drilling Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas http://wesa.fm/post/rising-marcellus-shale-production-might-not-benefit-natural-gas <p class="p1">Despite a declining number of wells, Marcellus Shale gas production in 2013 is up 50% from 2012. According to Nick Nanos, President and CEO of Nanos Research, this can be attributed at least in part to a shift of focus.</p><p class="p1">“The focus has been on higher quality drills and wells that can yield a greater value,” Nanos explains. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:33:51 +0000 Reid Carter 14992 at http://wesa.fm Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas DEP Continues Air Quality Study In Southwestern PA http://wesa.fm/post/dep-continues-air-quality-study-southwestern-pa <p>The Department of Environmental Protection will continue to study air quality near gas wells in Washington County through the end of the year.</p><p>In 2012, the DEP began a long-term study to measure ambient air pollution in Chartiers and Hickory townships, where both “wet” and “dry” natural gas are being extracted and sold through compressor stations and pipeline networks.</p><p>DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday said while most of the attention has been on water contamination, the emphasis is beginning to shift towards drilling’s effect on air pollution.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14181 at http://wesa.fm CEO of Marcellus Shale Coalition Stepping Down http://wesa.fm/post/ceo-marcellus-shale-coalition-stepping-down <p>After nearly four years, the head of Pennsylvania’s leading natural gas industry group will be stepping down.</p><p>The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced Friday its CEO Kathryn Klaber will be leaving the group this fall and will stay on during a nationwide search for her replacement.</p><p>Klaber, a Beaver Falls native, will be representing the MSC at upcoming events in Australia and London and will host the group’s third annual Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia in September.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:31:40 +0000 Michael Lynch 13817 at http://wesa.fm Workers Rally for Southwest PA Coal Jobs http://wesa.fm/post/workers-rally-southwest-pa-coal-jobs <p>Boilermakers, utilities workers and politicians rallied Friday in an effort to save southwestern Pennsylvania coal jobs.</p><p>Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) took to the megaphone outside of Boilermakers Local 154 Hall in Pittsburgh to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency and its latest regulations that contribute to the closing of two Pittsburgh power plants.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:17:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 13029 at http://wesa.fm Activists Lock Selves to Fence, Blocking Access to Pipeline Work in Pike County http://wesa.fm/post/activists-lock-selves-fence-blocking-access-pipeline-work-pike-county <p></p><p>A group of Pike County residents are spending President’s Day locked to a gate through Delaware State Forest. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:48:42 +0000 dgarcia 1160 at http://wesa.fm Activists Lock Selves to Fence, Blocking Access to Pipeline Work in Pike County Poland Hopes to Frack Shale Deposits http://wesa.fm/post/poland-hopes-frack-shale-deposits <div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Thursday, August 30, 2012</p><p>Ask Poles how they feel about fracking for natural gas and responses are mixed. They hope for big money and free flowing gas. They recognize legal, environmental and societal concerns, but ask them <em>why</em> fracking for homegrown gas is important and the answer is the same: energy&nbsp;independence.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:39:09 +0000 Erika Beras 3320 at http://wesa.fm Poland Hopes to Frack Shale Deposits