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US opponents of fracking along Delaware River in US reemerge despite doubts over economics

Defenders of a longstanding de-facto moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin say there are gathering signs of a renewed push to allow natural gas production by the industry and its allies. Environmental groups including Delaware Riverkeeper Network say officials from the Delaware River Basin Commission, which is composed of representatives from…

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Fast growth, capacity on track for northeast US shale gas pipelines

A surge in pipeline capacity for natural gas in the U.S. Northeast this year and next is expected to boost profits for producers and help hold down prices for Midwest and East Coast buyers. The $13.8 billion infrastructure build-out involves seven large pipeline proposals that will take gas in all directions. Producers in the Marcellus…

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Pennsylvania health industry pleads with gas lobby to embrace methane controls

A group representing Pennsylvania doctors, nurses and other health care professionals has sent a letter to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, requesting that it stop legal challenges and lobbying against regulations aimed at controlling drilling air emissions and safeguarding public health. The one-page letter to the shale gas drilling industry’s major Pennsylvania lobbying organization states that…

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Study finds higher methane levels as well sites decline in Marcellus in US

A new study shows that background levels of methane in Northeast Pennsylvania in the U.S. increased significantly at a time when well drilling activity decreased, pointing to leaks of natural gas during production and transportation. Researchers from Drexel University found that atmospheric levels of the potent greenhouse gas increased by 100 parts per billion between…

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Reputable economic study weighs benefits, costs of living near US shale hot spots

Average households in U.S. shale oil and gas drilling hot spots have experienced property value, income and other benefits that outweigh the costs of a diminished quality of life brought on by the industrial activity, economists reported in a recent study for the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The benefits were not uniform across shale drilling regions, some…

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Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: new paper shows subtle shale well productivity gains

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) has published PetroNerds’ new research paper, “Unravelling the US Shale Productivity Gains,” authored by PetroNerds co-founders Trisha Curtis and Ben Montalbano. “Unravelling the US Shale Productivity Gains” examines the significant year-over-year well productivity gains that have been generated in several prominent US shale and tight oil plays since the beginning of…

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