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FirstEnergy studies reopening Hatfield’s Ferry plant

Posted January 6, 2016

Bob NiedbalaObserver Reporter FirstEnergy Corp. is conducting a long-term study to determine whether it is feasible to reopen its Hatfield’s Ferry Power Plant in Monongahela Township, Greene Co...

Proposed hydroelectric power plants on Mon River under federal review

Posted January 6, 2016

Scott BeveridgeObserver Reporter A federal government agency is accepting public comments on a Boston firm’s application to build 13 power plants at dams along Pittsburgh’s three rivers, ...

Economists: Stay diversified while enjoying shale’s economic benefits

Posted November 6, 2015

Michael BradwellObserver Reporter Three economists who follow the impact of shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania and Ohio said Thursday the economic benefits from the activity can be significant for ...

Equitrans files for gas expansion project in area

Posted November 5, 2015

A subsidiary of EQT Midstream Partners has filed an application with a federal agency to proceed with construction of an interstate gas facility that will expand its mainline transmission system in Gr...

Panelists predict bright future for energy industry

Posted November 5, 2015

Rick ShrumObserver Reporter Layoffs, low commodity prices, insufficient pipeline infrastructure, fossil fuel prevalence and government regulations were among the clouds that threatened the blindingly...

Three states forge agreement on energy initiatives

Posted October 14, 2015

Rick ShrumObserver Reporter You could feel the energy as Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio forged an agreement Tuesday. Along the banks of the Mon, the traditional tri-state members committed ...

Washington County top recipient of gas impact fees for 2014

Posted June 10, 2015

Washington County and its municipalities led the state in reimbursements from impact fees paid by drillers in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale in 2014, with the county receiving $6.5 million and i...

Study finds significant economic impact of mining in area

Posted March 12, 2015

Despite increased competition from natural gas as a fuel for electricity generation, and a planned closure of one mine in Greene County, a study released this week found that longwall mining continues...

Two oilfield services companies bolstering presence in southwestern Pennsylvania

Posted February 13, 2015

Sam KusicPittsburgh Business Times Two oilfield services companies have signed leases for new space as they look to bolster their presence in southwestern Pennsylvania, even with current gas prices. U...

Gas processing plants spur FirstEnergy projects

Posted February 9, 2015

Sam KusicPittsburgh Business Times FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is making more than $34 million in system improvements to support natural gas processing facilities in Washington County. The company ...

Consol Energy has more gas to burn

Posted February 4, 2015

Sam KusicPittsburgh Businesss Times Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) has upped its estimate of the amount of gas under it thinks it is sitting on by 19 percent, the company announced Tuesday. Accordin...

Canonsburg company finds niche in shale drilling for treating wastewater

Posted February 3, 2015

Katelyn FerralTribune Review The way Aquatech figures, it makes more sense to treat shale gas wastewater where its born — at the well — than to treat it off-site. The Canonsburg-based co...

Range withdraws conditional use applications in Mt. Pleasant; new supervisor appointed

Posted February 3, 2015

Francesa SaccoObserver Reporter Range Resources withdrew conditional-use applications Tuesday for the Yonker, Uchida and Patsch well pad locations in Mt. Pleasant Township, citing a reduction in the ...

Shale ad featuring Washington County café to air during Super Bowl

Posted January 30, 2015

Sam KusicPittsburgh Business Times An television ad promoting shale gas and featuring a Washington, Pa., coffee shop co-owner is to air during the Super Bowl, according to a state trade association. ...

Proposed Nottingham coal mine clears local permitting

Posted January 26, 2015

Scott BeveridgeObserver Reporter A Kentuckky coal operator received the second local permit it needs to open a new mine in Nottingham Township, where residents strongly oppose the operation. Notting...

Consol Energy sells Fairmont Supply subsidary, forecasts production growth

Posted January 20, 2015

Sam KusicPittsburgh Business Times Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) has sold its industrial supply subsidiary, Fairmont Supply Co., for an undisclosed amount, the Canonsburg company said in its fourth-q...

Survey looks to vendors supported by oil and gas industry

Posted September 9, 2014

Mike BradwellObserver Reporter They do everything from manufacturing work gloves and valves to supplying portable toilets to work sites, or providing accounting or legal services, and they vary widel...

Water management company Comtech's focus saves time, money for clients in oil, gas industry

Posted August 5, 2014

David ContiTribune Review In his part of the expanding supply chain serving the oil and gas industry, Dean Grose considers time his “most valuable commodity.” “I protect it with a ...

Cumberland, Amwell top list of impact fee recipients

Posted June 4, 2014

By Bob Niedbala and Rick ShrumObserver Reporter This is a bonanza Cumberland Township didn't anticipate. The Greene County municipality will receive $906,875.01 in Act 13 natural gas impact fees thi...

Company seeks FERC license to construct hydro plants on Mon

Posted March 5, 2014

Bob NiedbalaObserver Reporter A company that was studying the feasibility of building hydroelectric plants on six locks and dams on the Monongahela River for the last three years is moving ahead to s...

County sees strong economic growth in latest reports

Posted February 28, 2014

 Michael BradwellObserver Reporter The current state of the economy of Washington County could be summed up with two words: strong growth. That was the message delivered Thursday by Washington ...

Pipeline operator updates project

Posted February 28, 2014

Michael BradwellObserver Reporter The company adding to an intrastate pipeline to carry natural gas products from Washington County to the Philadelphia area hopes to begin shipping through it later t...

Rice Energy buying Marcellus gathering assets for $110M

Posted February 13, 2014

CANONSBURG – Rice Energy Inc. said Wednesday its Rice Poseidon Midstream subsidiary is acquiring assets in eastern Washington and Greene counties from M3 Midstream’s Appalachia Gathering s...

PA Coal Alliance: Study proves need for energy policy examination

Posted February 11, 2014

MONESSEN – A state-based study showing increasing energy costs are straining the budgets of lower and middle-income Pennsylvanians said Wednesday the results underscores the need to examine the ...

Career programs get a major boost

Posted December 13, 2013

Rick ShrumObserver ReporterHOUSTON – Western Area Career & Technology Center is getting a generous boost. So is the oil and gas industry. Energy giant Chevron and the Claude Worthington Ben...

Panelists discuss economic impact of Marcellus

Posted November 14, 2013

Michael Bradwell Observer Reporter MEADOW LANDS – Public and private officials said Thursday that the economic benefits of the Marcellus Shale are many, but also acknowledged the industry could...

Consol to sell coal portfolio in West Virginia

Posted October 28, 2013

Paul J. Gough Pittsburgh Business Times Consol Energy Inc. said Monday it would sell its five longwall mines in West Virginia to Murray Energy Corp. for $850 million in cash plus the transfer of $2.1...

Washington, Greene receive Act 13 money to address low-income housing options

Posted September 16, 2013

Jon Stevens and Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Washington and Greene counties are again the recipients of funding to help create additional housing options for low-income families. The money, whi...

Coal has its defenders, detractors

Posted September 2, 2013

Rick ShrumObserver-Reporter This is the second of two articles on the energy revolution in the region. Coal accounts for more than one-third of national electricity generation, more than any other e...

Washington, Greene getting a lot of mileage out of gas

Posted August 31, 2013

Rick ShrumObserver-Reporter Washington County, Energy Capital of the East? This is the first of two articles on the bountiful energy industry in Washington and Greene counties. Coal will be the focu...

Shale industry employers see biggest recruitment challenges in professional area

Posted August 21, 2013

Observer-Reporter PITTSBURGH – Companies working in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, who plan to hire about 4,000 people this year across the two shale regions, said the biggest challenges ...

Range rolls out fleet of CNG trucks

Posted August 7, 2013

Michael Bradwell Observer-Reporter The biggest natural gas producer in the region’s Marcellus Shale play rolled out its commitment to the gas as a transportation fuel Wednesday, showing a sea o...

Events energize German group

Posted August 4, 2013

A contingent of 10 German academicians and media members apparently were impressed by what they experienced in Washington and Greene counties six weeks ago. On June 27, they participated in a roundta...

Panelists: Marcellus growth still in early stages

Posted August 1, 2013

Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Panelists at Thursday’s annual energy symposium repeated a common theme: The rise of natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale has been stunningly rapid ...

Alderman calls for U.S. to become united on energy

Posted August 1, 2013

Rick Shrum Observer-Reporter Karen Alderman Harbert said the United States must be truly united on energy. “We see ourselves as an energy superpower, but are we acting like one?” she ask...

Fourth Annual Washington County Energy Symposium

Posted July 16, 2013

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Mylan Classic and Washington County Energy Partners are pleased to host the Fourth Annual Washington County Energy Symposium on Thursday, August 1, 2013 du...

Consol drills first well in Upper Devonian shale

Posted July 15, 2013

CANONSBURG – Consol Energy Inc. said Monday it successfully drilled its first natural gas well in the Upper Devonian Shale play. Specifically, Consol drilled its Upper Devonian Shale well in th...

FirstEnergy to deactivate 2 area power plants

Posted July 11, 2013

Bob Niedbala Observer-Reporter FirstEnergy Corp. announced Tuesday it plans to deactivate two coal-fired power plants in Washington and Greene counties because of the high cost of bringing them int...

Annual energy symposium scheduled for Aug. 1

Posted July 10, 2013

Observer-Reporter The fourth annual Washington County Energy Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe. The event will be held during the opening r...

Local businessman testifies on pipeline proposal

Posted July 9, 2013

Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Alex Paris of Alex Paris Contracting Co., Avella, second from right, testifies Tuesday in Washington, D.C., before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. An Avell...

Consol HQ becomes latest link in regional EV charging network

Posted July 2, 2013

Michael Bradwell Observer-Reporter Consol Energy Inc. on Tuesday showed off a new alternative fuel vehicle and an electric vehicle charging station at its Southpointe headquarters as part of a &ldquo...

Pipeline company to use Donegal Twp. as base for project

Posted June 24, 2013

Rick Shrum Obsever-Reporter The arrival of a pipeline company in Donegal Township will serve as a pipeline for 400 temporary jobs. Dallas-based Rockford Corp., a subsidiary of Primoris Services Corp...

Greene farmer heads coalition of opposing shale forces

Posted June 2, 2013

Rick Shrum Observer-Reporter Andrew Place specializes in diversity. He is an energy company executive in downtown Pittsburgh, a city dweller and a frequent business traveler. He also owns a farm in ...

Aquatech acquires shale water treatment firm

Posted May 13, 2013

Paul J. GoughPittsburgh Business Times Aquatech has acquired Fluid Recovery Services, which treats water in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. Canonsburg-based Aquatech International Corp. has acq...

Municipalities count the ways to spend gas well impact fee disbursements

Posted April 28, 2013

Jon Stevens Observer-Reporter Greene County government was not going to collapse if it had not received $3.1 million in Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling impact fees earlier this year. But county...

Regional partnership to address workforce demand

Posted April 16, 2013

Observer-Reporter PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Alcoa Foundation Monday announced a partnership designed to help build the Pittsburgh region’s workfor...

Williams, Shell joint venture for processing plant

Posted April 12, 2013

By Paul J. Gough Digital Producer- Pi´╗┐ttsburgh Business Times Shell and Williams Partners have announced a midstream joint venture to serve natural gas production companies in the Marcellus a...

At 50, Tri State Supply Co. energizes for the future

Posted March 24, 2013

Rick Shrum Observer-Reporter The warehouse on West Chestnut Street is bar-code organized and neatly appointed, with energy-efficient lighting. And, at 18,000 square feet, it once was spacious as well...

New center establishes certification process for shale gas producers

Posted March 20, 2013

Michael Bradwell Observer-Reporter PITTSBURGH – In an effort that would have seemed highly improbable a few years ago, a group of prominent environmental organizations, two philanthropic founda...

Company submits plans to open new coal mine in Nottingham

Posted March 18, 2013

Scott BeveridgeObserver-Reporter EIGHTY FOUR – A Kentucky company has begun the permitting application process to open a new deep coal mine in Nottingham Township, where it owns 8 million tons ...

W&J energy lecture series continues

Posted January 31, 2013

The Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington & Jefferson College will host the Rational Middle Energy Series, a group of short films by director/producer Gregory Kallenberg at a publi...

Shell gets six more months to decide on cracker plant option

Posted December 27, 2012

MONACA – Horsehead Corp. says it has given Shell Oil Co. six more months to decide whether it wants to buy land for a proposed petrochemical plant in Potter Township, Beaver County. Shell said ...

Fracking surveys find support in unexpected places

Posted December 10, 2012

Kevin Begos and Mary Esch Associated Press PITTSBURGH – Many people in New York and Pennsylvania have voiced concerns about the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking. But ...

Marcellus Shale business merger activity has slowed

Posted October 26, 2012

Associated Press PITTSBURGH – The wheeling and dealing over the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale has hit the pause button. Marcellus mergers and acquisition activity fell to zero in the third q...

Corbett: Energy could re-industrialize state

Posted September 28, 2012

By Michael Bradwell, Business editorObserver Reporter Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday urged several hundred young professionals working in the region’s energy industry to think creatively and to b...

Range to anchor Mariner East pipeline

Posted September 27, 2012

By Anya LitvakReporter- Pittsburgh Business Times For the next 15 years, Range Resources will be the anchor shipper on the Mariner East pipeline which will carry natural gas liquids from southwestern...

West Pa. survey sees energy job growth through 2020

Posted September 19, 2012

Observer-Reporter PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh region is poised to see the number of energy-related careers grow significantly by the end of this decade, according to a survey of area employers. At th...

Gas drilling impact fee in Pa. exceeds projections

Posted September 16, 2012

Associated Press PITTSBURGH A new fee on gas drilling has generated millions of dollars more in revenue than first projected, but other major gas-producing states tax the industry at higher rates, ac...

Pa. drilling impact fee raises nearly $206M

Posted September 11, 2012

By Michael RubinkamAssociated Press Pennsylvania’s new fee on gas drillers has raised more than $200 million, most of which will be distributed to counties and towns to fix roads, restore water...

Pippy: Coal still a force in energy production

Posted September 1, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Click the linked names below for their presentation from the symposium.While natural gas continues to receive top billing for its abundance as a domestically prod...

Energy symposium touches on Act 13

Posted August 31, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Click the linked names below for their presentation from the symposium.The secretary of the state Department of Environmental Resources said Thursday he’s c...

Cracker plant takes center stage at energy symposium

Posted August 15, 2012

By Christie CampbellObserver-Reporter PITTSBURGH Although Shell Oil Co. representatives say hurdles must be overcome to build a proposed ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, interest in how it coul...

Marcellus Shale becoming top U.S natural gas field

Posted August 6, 2012

By Kevin BegosAssociated Press PITTSBURGH The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and th...

Grant enables gray-to-green renovation

Posted July 28, 2012

By Scott BeveridgeObserver-ReporterDONORA A transit authority will use a $4 million federal grant to convert a building linked to America’s deadliest pollution disaster into the greenest buildin...

Court rules part of Act 13 unconstitutional

Posted July 27, 2012

Observer ReporterBy Brad Hundt Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday that the zoning provisions of Act 13, the state’s oil and gas drilling law, are unconstitutional. In a 54-...

Shale Works for US’ launched

Posted July 20, 2012

HARRISBURG The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy Thursday launched a major campaign focused on building support for using shale energy resources in Pennsylvania. The “Shale...

'Truthland’ offers 'Gasland’ rebuttal

Posted July 19, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-ReporterShelly Depue admitted she was concerned when she learned that her family’s dairy farm in Montrose, Susquehanna County, would be the site for as many as 10 nat...

Filling proposed Pa. plant posts could be tough

Posted July 17, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-ReporterPITTSBURGH – An ethane cracking plant proposed for Beaver County by Shell Oil may not materialize for a few years, but it already has business, labor and work...

Weatherford opens drill service center at Alta Vista

Posted July 14, 2012

Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter BENTLEYVILLE An open house Friday at a new drill service center gave visitors a glimpse of how sophisticated some natural gas drilling equipment has become in the Ma...

John Pippy to advocate for coal industry

Posted July 10, 2012

Scott BeveridgeObserver-ReporterFormer state senator John Pippy has taken a job as chief executive officer of a new Pennsylvania coal advocacy organization, where he will focus on building grassroots ...

Gas group CEO: Industry must communicate with adversaries

Posted June 15, 2012

By Michael Bradwell Business editor With America's recent ascent as the world's No. 1 producer of natural gas, it would appear that Regina Hopper's job would be an easy one. In November 2009, Hopp...

Job opportunities focus of gas expo

Posted June 6, 2012

Observer-ReporterThe Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesburg, with a focus on employment opportunities in the area's energy...

Title town in transit

Posted June 3, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-ReporterFor the past several years, Debbie Bardella has seen scores of representatives of companies researching land titles wait in line for hours to use the county compute...

Financing In The Marcellus: Local financing programs

Posted May 29, 2012

By Pat McCune President of Community Bank This is the third of four articles about how to finance your small business and take advantage of the incredible opportunities available because of the Marce...

Energy, election focus of rally

Posted May 19, 2012

Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Click to view video. ARDEN - The message was brief and directed to those who no doubt support it. About 1,300 exhibitors attending a private "Vote 4 Energy" rally ...

Law firm to expand Southpointe office

Posted May 8, 2012

CANONSBURG - West Virginia law firm Steptoe & Johnson PLLC said Monday it is expanding its Southpointe office to meet the growing needs of its Pennsylvania clients. The firm said it is remodeling ...

Financing in the Marcellus: Regional financing programs

Posted May 7, 2012

Observer-Reporter  This is the second of four articles about how to finance your small business and take advantage of the incredible opportunities available because of the Marcellus Shale boom. ...

Ansys, FMC announce pact

Posted May 1, 2012

Business briefsObserver-Reporter Ansys Inc. and FMC Technologies have executed a long-term strategic agreement for simulation software that can standardize design analysis and provide scalability for...

Mine water eyed for fracking use

Posted April 25, 2012

By Christie CampbellObserver-Reporter Could the gas-extraction industry help solve the problem of mine drainage water in abandoned coal mines? The possibility of using that water for natural gas dr...

W&J policy center debuts U.S. energy security index

Posted April 24, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Washington & Jefferson College's Center for Energy Policy and Management Monday announced the creation of an Energy Security Index, a one-of-a-kind logarithm ...

Financing in the Marcellus: Plenty of help available for small businesses

Posted April 16, 2012

“Financing in the Marcellus” Pennsylvania State Financing Programs   By:  Pat McCune President of Community Bank April 9, 2012         ...

Judge halts zoning limits in Act 13

Posted April 12, 2012

Staff and wire reportsObserver-ReporterHARRISBURG - A judge on Wednesday ordered a temporary halt to the section of Pennsylvania's new Marcellus Shale law that puts limits on the power of municipaliti...

TriCounty gas expo set for May 19

Posted April 5, 2012

Observer-ReporterThe TriCounty Oil & Gas Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. More than 300 indoor and outdoor exhibitors will display their busine...

Court day scheduled for Act 13 injunction

Posted April 5, 2012

Brad HundtObserver-Reporter Several communities hoping to overturn Act 13, Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling law, will have their first day in court next week. A hearing on whether to grant a pre...

Challenge of drilling law filed

Posted March 30, 2012

Observe-ReporterA widely anticipated lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Act 13, which regulates oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania, was filed Thursday in Commonwealth Court. Cecil, Mt. Pl...

Exec says Houston plant adjusting to Cat culture

Posted March 28, 2012

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter When Jim Johnston drives by a construction site, one of the things he looks closely for these days is the amount of Caterpillar brand heavy equipment at work. He...

Washington, Bradford lead wage-growth in PA

Posted March 26, 2012

Pittsburgh Business Times The Marcellus Shale-booming counties of Bradford and Washington led Pennsylvania in percentage of wage growth between 2009 and 2010, according to an On Numbers analysis. T...

Ad shoot disrupts downtown Washington traffic

Posted March 23, 2012

By Linda MetzObserver-Reporter Downtown Washington is usually a dead spot at midnight on any given day. But the downtown area came alive at 12:01 a.m. Thursday as crews from a New York production c...

PRA Congratulates Shell, Corbett Administration and Beaver County

Posted March 15, 2012

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Congratulates Shell,Corbett Administration and Beaver County Leadership onSite Selection Announcement Today(PITTSBURGH ) - The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance extends its con...

The Pittsburgh Region Excels with 286 Economic Development Deals and Lands No. 3 position among nation’s Top 10 Site Selection Metros

Posted March 15, 2012

(PITTSBURGH – March 14, 2012) – The economic recovery continues to be sluggish in many parts of the country, but not in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to continued strength across a dive...

State's gas impact fee means windfall for some

Posted March 11, 2012

By Christie Campbell, Barbara S. Miller and Tara Kinsell Observer-ReporterIn times of belt-tightening, a windfall to local and county governments is almost unheard of. But that's exactly what is...

Mine expansion focus of DEP meeting

Posted March 8, 2012

By Bob NiedbalaObserver-Reporter Plans by Consol Energy Inc. to construct a new mine portal in Morris Township as part of its Bailey Mine expansion will be considered at a public meeting held later t...

KKR, Chesapeake team on energy investments in U.S. oil and gas

Posted March 7, 2012

Associated Press HOUSTON - Investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. are teaming up to invest in U.S. oil and gas fields. The companies said Tuesday that they wil...

New fee, big impact

Posted February 17, 2012

Barbara S. MillerObserver-Reporter A new state law dealing with the gas well impact fee uses the term "spud wells," but in the case of Washington County, the fee will not be small potatoes. After o...

Corbett signs key energy-sector bills

Posted February 14, 2012

By Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett Monday signed three key bills for Pennsylvania's energy sector, including a wide-ranging bill that updates regulations surrounding the stat...

Noble to spend $500M on Marcellus in 2012

Posted February 10, 2012

Pittsburgh Business Timesby Paul j. Gough Noble Energy, who last year entered into a joint venture with CONSOL Energy Inc. in the Marcellus Shale, said Friday that it will spend $500 million to suppo...

Consol plans to expand operation

Posted February 6, 2012

By Bob NiedbalaObserver-ReporterThe largest underground coal mining complex in the nation could soon be growing larger. Consol Energy Inc. is proceeding with plans to expand its Bailey Mine in Green...

Company eyes Mon for power plants

Posted February 6, 2012

By Bob NiedbalaObserver-ReporterA company headquartered in Boston, Mass., is investigating building hydroelectric plants on six locks and dams on the Monongahela River. Free Flow Power, a renewable ...

Range keeps focus on region

Posted January 31, 2012

Mike BradwellObserver-ReporterA Range Resources spokesman said last week that despite reports that many natural gas producers are cutting back production in the Marcellus Shale and other shale plays a...

Pennsylvania tax legislation could attract Shell refinery

Posted January 29, 2012

Observer-ReporterPITTSBURGH - New legislation in Pennsylvania could help the state compete with Ohio and West Virginia for a huge petrochemical refinery by offering millions of dollars in tax breaks f...

Pipeline would link Marcellus and Gulf

Posted January 4, 2012

By Christie CampbellObserver-ReporterA Houston-based company, Enterprise Products Partners LP, announced Tuesday its plans to develop a 1,230-mile pipeline that will originate in Washington County and...

Gas industry drove jobs, wages and workforce development here

Posted January 2, 2012

Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter After several years of besting quarterly production records for natural gas yields from the Marcellus shale, the gas industry began to make a strong impression on th...

2012 drilling forecast: Production up; fewer landowners sign deals

Posted December 19, 2011

By Kevin BegosAssociated Press PITTSBURGH - Marcellus Shale natural gas production is expected to keep rising in 2012, yet landowners may find that signing lease deals isn't as easy as in years past....

Oklahoma company buys plot at Starpointe

Posted December 16, 2011

By Barbara S. MillerObserver-Reporter An El Reno, Okla., firm that bills itself as "the mud-gas pressure control experts" hopes to be operating out of a new location in the Starpointe business park n...

MarkWest plans $1.8B buyout of Marcellus JV

Posted December 13, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Timesby Paul J. Gough MarkWest Energy (NYSE: MWE) will spend $1.8 billion to buy the remaining 49 percent of its joint venture in the Marcellus Shale. MarkWest will purchase t...

Walker named COO at Range Resources

Posted December 13, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times by Lance Murray, Dallas Business Journal Ray Walker has been named chief operating officer at Range Resources Corp., the Fort Worth-based natural gas provider that has signi...

The Economies of Shale: Washington County ranks Third in the Nation for Employment Growth

Posted October 17, 2011

The Economies of Shale:  Washington County ranks Third in the Nation for Employment Growth   The strength of Washington County’s economy was again confirmed last week as the United...

Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry

Posted October 13, 2011

National Public Radioby Jeff Brady A natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news. Drilling requires steel — lots of it &md...

Washington and Butler counties among fastest growing employers

Posted October 2, 2011

Anya LitvakReporter - Pittsburgh Business TimesAs Scott Detrow reported yesterday, Washington County is the third fastest-growing employer in the country, according to labor data comparing this year'...

CONSOL sells royalty interest in Antero

Posted September 27, 2011

Patty Tascarella,Senior Reporter - Pittsburgh Business Times CONSOL Energy Inc. on Monday said it has sold its royalty interest in Antero Resources Appalachian Corp. in a $193 million cash transactio...

Consol, Hess form joint venture for Ohio Utica Shale

Posted September 10, 2011

CANONSBURG - Consol Energy Inc. said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Hess Corp. for the joint exploration and development of Consol's 200,000 Utica Shale acres in Ohio.The total ...

MarkWest announces continued build-out of ethane delivery system

Posted September 10, 2011

DENVER - MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources announced what it said were three milestones in the ongoing development of the hydrocarbon-rich area of the Marcellus Shale. The company said in a ...

States vie for huge new Shell gas plant

Posted September 4, 2011

Observer-ReporterPITTSBURGH - Big industry may be coming back to the northeast United States. Shell Oil Co. is nearing a decision on where in the Appalachians to build a huge new petrochemical refin...

Myth vs. Fact: USGS/EIA Marcellus Data

Posted August 31, 2011

Marcellus Shale Coalition – Issue Alert Canonsburg, Pa. – One week ago, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an updated Marcellus Shale resource assessment, indicating that the &ld...

University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and Katz Graduate School of Business release Supply Chain Study for a Marcellus Shale Well

Posted August 30, 2011

Pittsburgh – The results of a University of Pittsburgh study into the direct economic impact of operating a single Marcellus Shale well are scheduled to be released on Tuesday at the 2011 ...

Latest USGS Marcellus gas estimate well below others

Posted August 25, 2011

Observer Reporter By Michael Bradwell The U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday increased its estimate for technically recoverable natural gas and gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale, but the new ...

Federal report ups Marcellus Shale estimate

Posted August 23, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Anya Litvak There is a 40-fold difference between what the United State Geological Survey believed was the potential of the Marcellus Shale a decade ago and what i...

CONSOL to sell half its Marcellus interest in $3.4B deal

Posted August 19, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Paul J. Gough Canonsburg-based CONSOL Energy Inc. will sell half of its interest in Marcellus Shale acreage and half of its interest in Marcellus wells to Noble En...

Marcellus Shale production jumps in southwest Pennsylvania

Posted August 17, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Anya Litvak New Marcellus Shale well production data shows a 55 percent spike in natural gas production in southwestern Pennsylvania over the last six-month period...

Rice Drilling B raising $60 million for development, acreage in the Marcellus Shale

Posted August 17, 2011

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Patty Tascarella Rice Drilling B LLC is closing in on raising $60 million, money that will enable it to accelerate development and acquire acreage in the Marcellus...

30-year-old Weavertown Group sees hiring spurt due to Marcellus drilling demands

Posted August 15, 2011

By Michael Bradwell, Business editor CECIL - When Dawn Fuchs' father, Donald Fuchs, started Weavertown Trucking 30 years ago this month, he was one man with one truck and $7,500 in start-up money. O...

Marcellus boom strains rental market

Posted August 8, 2011

OBSERVER REPORTERBy Michael Bradwell Business editor Bill West remembers that not so long ago, he spent most of his time selling houses and fielding the occasional request from someone looking to re...

Consol sees profit rise on coal sales, prices

Posted July 29, 2011

CANONSBURG - Consol Energy Inc. saw its second-quarter profit rise on stronger coal prices and higher sales volumes, but the earnings missed Wall Street estimates. Southpointe-based Consol, the large...

Marcellus co-op announces public hearing

Posted July 28, 2011

Observer Reporter The Marcellus Municipal Co-op will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Canon-McMillan High School to solicit testimony on local impact fees. Among those testifying are Ka...

Range 2Q profit tops analysts' estimates; output rises 8 pct.

Posted July 27, 2011

Observer Reporter FORT WORTH, Texas – Range Resources Corp. saw its revenue increase of 48 percent to $256.7 million and production of natural gas rise by 8 percent for its second quarter, w...

Marcellus Shale Coalition to release report today

Posted July 22, 2011

Observer-Reporter PITTSBURGH (AP) — An industry group plans to release the findings of a new economic impact report on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale Coaliti...

Consol increases 2011 coal output estimate, orders more drilling rigs

Posted July 15, 2011

Observer Reporter CANONSBURG - Consol Energy Inc. on Thursday revised its 2011 coal output estimate upward and said its gas division has ordered two new flex drilling rigs for its work in the Marcell...

CONSOL closes Mine 84 to reallocate funds for other coal, shale

Posted June 29, 2011

  CONSOL Energy Inc. is permanently closing Mine 84 near Washington to “reallocate resources into more profitable coal operations and Marcellus Shale drilling activities,” the comp...

MarkWest Energy Partners keeps growing in Washington County

Posted June 24, 2011

  The shiny towers at MarkWest Energy Partners’ gas processing complex in Houston, Pa., and compressor stations that pepper the Washington County landscape have sprung up one after anoth...

Washignton County designated as the Energy Capital of the East.

Posted June 2, 2011

As of August 2010, Washignton County Pennsylvania has been designated the Energy Capital of the East. For full details please read the following article in the Washington County Business Journal - By ...

Oil & Gas Expo to feature B-to-B emphasis on May 21

Posted May 2, 2011

By Michael Bradwell Observer-Reporter For the past three years, the Tri-County Oil & Gas Expo has used several themes, ranging from landowners' issues to work force and local business tie-ins t...

Congressman talks to chamber about gas caucus

Posted April 30, 2011

by Mike BradwellObserver-Reporter BEALLSVILLE - Congressman Mark Critz said Friday he has formed a Marcellus Shale Gas Caucus to educate other members of Congress about one of the world's largest gas...

Consol taps Veolia for W.Va. mine water

Posted April 19, 2011

Observer-ReporterCANONSBURG - Consol Energy Inc. on Monday said that Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies will design and build a state-of-the-art zero liquid waste discharge system to treat mine...

Waste Management uses Washington County landfill to generate electricity

Posted April 8, 2011

Gas-powered electric plants are a hot topic among utilities these days, with their promise of lower emissions and abundant fuel. If that conjures thoughts of drilling rigs and frac trucks, it also sh...

Industry head wants policy to follow natural gas promise

Posted April 4, 2011

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter CANONSBURG - The head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said Thursday she is pleased to see President Obama include natural gas as part of a national energy strat...

South Franklin company looking to expand its Marcellus Shale water treatment business

Posted March 28, 2011

Mike BradwellObserver-ReporterA small South Franklin Township company has found success treating frack water from Marcellus shale natural gas wells for the past few years, its principal said last week...

Pittsburgh Region Lands 272 Economic Development Projects

Posted March 15, 2011

Rebounding from Recession, Pittsburgh Region Lands 272 Economic Development Projects with Job Impact of 20,187 and Capital Investment of $1.5B  Region Named Top Ten Site Selection Metro for Thir...

Gas industry fuels growth

Posted March 10, 2011

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter   Chapman Corp. said Wednesday that it will build a $6.6 million, 54,000- square-foot pipe fabrication plant on land at its Washington headquarters. John ...

Aquatech to unveil portable frack water treatment system

Posted March 10, 2011

Observer-ReporterCANONSBURG - Aquatech International said Wednesday it will showcase its new mobile evaporator system for the national gas extraction industry when it exhibits at the Marcellus Shale G...

Consol sees gas reserves nearly double

Posted March 9, 2011

Business briefs Observer-Reporter CANONSBURG - Consol Energy Inc. said Tuesday its proved gas reserves nearly doubled in 2010. In a news release, Southpointe-based Consol said its proved reserves e...

Out of state firms flock to the Marcellus Shale

Posted February 25, 2011

by Tim Schooley Pittsburgh Business Times First came the early crawl, then the bold leap into the Marcellus Shale. Following what is a growing trend of oil and gas companies opening small offices he...

Range updates gas reserve data

Posted February 9, 2011

  Business briefs Observer-Reporter FORT WORTH, Texas - Range Resources Inc. on Tuesday announced Tuesday that its unproved natural gas resoruces potential at year-end 2010 was estimated at...

Acquisitions hurt Consol's fourth-quarter profit

Posted January 28, 2011

By Associated Press Friday, January 28, 2011 Coal producer Consol Energy Inc., which expanded its natural gas holdings last year, said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 27 percent because...

There's a lot of energy behind area's wage growth stats

Posted January 17, 2011

About six months ago, Washington and Butler counties were in the news as the only two Southwestern Pennsylvania counties that added population during the past decade. The figures, produced by the U....

A quiet switch Pa.'s Dec. 31 lift of electric rate caps not as tumultuous as utility originally expected

Posted December 20, 2010

Mike BradwellObserver-ReporterAfter 13 years, Pennsylvania's electricity rate caps will end Dec. 31, but for most customers of Allegheny Power, the expiration date may be anticlimactic. Allegheny Po...

Range Resources breaks ground in Cecil Twp.

Posted December 9, 2010

By Michael Bradwell As an independent natural gas exploration company with a number of wells drilled in the area, Range Resources could have used some of its product Wednesday when it officially brok...

Consol Energy renews 3-year-old branding campaign with energy origin emphasis

Posted December 6, 2010

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter  As casting calls go, the one that drew 120 people Tuesday and Wednesday to Julian's Banquet Hall in Washington to pose for a series of billboard ads for a n...

Consol: Utica shale field needs a look

Posted November 10, 2010

  WHEELING, W.Va. - Consol Energy says it's shifting some 2011 investment dollars into exploring the gas-drilling potential of Utica shale, a geologic formation older and deeper than the now-p...

A mine's progress

Posted November 8, 2010

By Michael BradwellObserver-ReporterTRIADELPHIA, W.Va. - When Tunnel Ridge Mine begins the first phase of longwall operations in Ohio County, W.Va., a year from now, it will reach across the Pennsylva...

Range to up ante in Marcellus with sale of Barnett properties

Posted October 29, 2010

Observer-ReporterStaff and wire reports Range Resources Corp. said Thursday it will put its Barnett Shale properties in Texas up for sale and redeploy the assets in its Marcellus Shale play. The a...

SPECIAL REPORT: THE GREAT SHALE GAS RUSH

Posted October 13, 2010

Marianne LavelleNational Geographic News SPECIAL REPORT: THE GREAT SHALE GAS RUSH Exploring the promise and challenge of a new energy supply. Along the narrow two-lane roads that wind through Washin...

CCAC offers training for Marcellus Shale work

Posted October 7, 2010

Observer-ReporterPITTSBURGH - Community College of Allegheny County said Wednesday it is developing numerous degree and certificate programs that align with sustainable, high-skill occupations in the ...

Expert predicts prosperous Pa. future with natural gas

Posted September 29, 2010

By Michael Bradwell Observer-Reporter An author of a study on the economic impact of the Marcellus Shale region said Friday that Pennsylvania could become a gas exporting state and by the end of the ...

Property energy Marcellus Shale activity, low interest rates

Posted September 20, 2010

By Michael BradwellObserver-ReporterMcMURRAY - Heartland Homes apparently hasn't heard the news about the national downturn in new home construction. Every day, heavy equipment can be seen moving ea...

Aquatech to offer advanced wastewater treatment to drillers

Posted September 15, 2010

Observer-ReporterCANONSBURG - Aquatech International said Tuesday it has signed a cooperation agreement with Spanish chemical manufacturer FMC Foret to market Foret's OHP technology - an advanced wast...

Group touts region as a powerhouse in the energy sector

Posted September 2, 2010

Mike BradwellObserver-Reporter CANONSBURG - If natural gas yields from the area's Marcellus Shale play continue to build as expected, Washington County and the Pittsburgh region could soon be hosting...

Consol Energy to test waste methane power generation

Posted August 31, 2010

Observer-Reporter Consol Energy Inc. on Monday received a state grant of $529,000 to assist in the development of a power generation project fueled by waste methane. The grant, announced by state R...

Gov. Ridge Joins the Marcellus Shale Coalition

Posted July 31, 2010

  Canonsburg, Pa. – The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), representing the majority of those responsible for the development and transportation of clean-burning shale gas throughout the Com...

Analyst sees shale gas as big part of U.S. energy future

Posted July 1, 2010

By Michael BradwellObserver-Reporter Halfway through Fred Sturm's discussion about the growing role of natural gas in the U.S., he shows a chart about oil consumption to drive home his point. In the ...

Dominion, Consol reach deal

Posted June 15, 2010

Observer-Reporter   RICHMOND, Va. - Dominion Energy said Monday that its natural gas transmission and storage subsidiary, Dominion Transmission, has reached a 15-year agreement with Consol Ener...

MarkWest announces Marcellus Shale ethane pipeline plans

Posted June 3, 2010

by Anya Litvak  Pittsburgh Business Times MarkWest Energy Partners LPannounced on Wednesday that it will partner with Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics Partners LP to build an ethane distribu...