Work begins to plug 12 more abandoned oil and gas wells in Pa.

Work is beginning to plug 12 more abandoned oil and gas wells in the Cornplanter State Forest in Forest County, Pennsylvania, according to the state departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. Plugging the Harmony Township wells, some of which are believed to date back to the 1920s, marks the first phase of

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Activity in smaller basins drives US rig count up 9 to 528

The U.S. oil and natural gas rig count was driven up nine to 528 for the week ending April 7, fueled by drilling activity in a handful of smaller basins, according to Enverus. The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas saw the biggest increase, gaining two rigs to total 43. The SCOOP/STACK in Oklahoma, the

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Northern Oil and Gas purchases Reliance Marcellus assets for $250M

Northern Oil and Gas recently announced it purchased Reliance Industries assets in the Marcellus Shale play for $250 million, according to Natural Gas World. The company paid nearly $121 million in cash and issued 3.25 million of common stock warrants for the business. The business is expected to produce 75-85 mcf per day and receive

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Shell cracker plant to begin operations in 2022

Shell’s massive ethane crack plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, will be fully operational in 2022, the company announced last week, according to the Observer-Reporter. The recent announcement was the first time the company targeted a launch date more specific than “the early 2020s.” The $6-$10 billion project has been in the works for almost a

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Enverus: US oil, gas rig count rises 6 during week ended March 31

The U.S. oil and gas rig count rose six to 519 during the week ended March 31, according to Enverus. Climbing totals in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale led the growth, adding four rigs each. The Permian’s total climbed to 236 and the Eagle Ford Shale’s total reached 41, marking their highest levels

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Eureka Resources begins phase II construction on facility in northeast Pa.

Eureka Resources LLC, an environmental services company that operates water treatment facilities in the Marcellus Shale region, has entered phase II construction of its warehousing and distribution facility in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, according to NorthcentralPA.com. “This high-tech job creation project will allow Eureka Resources to continue to return fresh water to the hydrological cycle, from

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EQT, Chesapeake show interest in Alta Resources

EQT Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. are among potential buyers interested in Alta Resources, according to Bloomberg sources. The interested parties are weighing offers for Alta that could value the company at more than $3 billion. Alta is working with an advisor on a potential sale. Representatives for the parties didn’t respond to requests for

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Pa. Supreme Court decides consumer protection law can’t be used to sue oil and gas companies over leases

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the state attorney general’s office can’t invoke the state’s consumer protection law to sue Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. on behalf of landowners who claim they didn’t get fair deals in leasing their mineral rights, according to Penn Live. The high court concluded only buyers

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Biden admin presents new challenges for oil and gas industry

Since taking office president Joe Biden and his administration have presented some challenges and created a lot of uncertainty for the oil and gas industry, according to Farm and Dairy. The first of Biden’s executive orders to impact the industry was the cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have sent oil from

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State, federal agencies investigating Shell’s Falcon pipeline

State and federal regulators are investigating Shell’s Falcon pipeline for reported issues with the construction of the pipeline, according to Farm and Dairy. A former Shell employee contacted the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in 2019 with allegations that the pipeline may have been built with a defective corrosion coating.  Although PHMSA decided through its investigation that

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First phase of PennEast in Pa. to be in service in 2022

The PennEast Pipeline Co. recently announced it still anticipates putting the first phase of its natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania in service in 2022 and completing the second phase, which stretches from Pennsylvania to New Jersey in 2024, according to Reuters. PennEast is still involved in a case before the Supreme Court with New Jersey

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Mariner East 2 violations cost Sunoco $497K

As part of a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection consent order and agreement issued Feb. 25, Sunoco Pipeline will have to pay $497,000 for violations connected to the Mariner East 2 pipeline project, according to Farm and Dairy. The company’s infractions include spills of drilling fluids into Snitz Creek in Lebanon County, Pa., and failure

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Revolution Pipeline resumes service in Pa.

The Revolution Pipeline resumed service in western Pennsylvania after being offline for more than two years following an explosion in Beaver County, according to Farm and Dairy. The Pennsylvania Department of Energy received a notice from ETC Northeast Pipeline, stating that the 40.5-mile natural gas pipeline would be put back into service March 1. On Sept.

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