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07.19.16

Shale gas tax was always a bad idea

As the budget deadline approaches, I hope that our legislators will once again reject Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas production.
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07.18.16

Budget finale ends two-year revenue search

River industry officials hope Shell Chemical's decision to build an ethane cracker plant on the Ohio River will provide enough of an incentive to get a long-delayed, $2.3 billion lock and dam project off the ground.
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07.18.16

Egregious violations net pipeline company hefty fine

The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined a shale gas pipeline company $1.5 million for discharging sediment and causing a landslide that damaged Butler County streams and wetlands along an 18-mile pipeline-construction project from November through March.
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06.28.16

Shell lifts veil on more plans for Beaver County cracker

The Shell Chemical vice president in charge of the Beaver County cracker development said the 18-month period between this month's announcement and construction will allow the multinational corporation to get its "ducks in a row."
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06.13.16

Energizing the economy in Appalachian Basin

Experts agree: The United States has emerged as the world's leading oil and natural gas producer while reducing its carbon emissions more than any other nation.
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06.09.16

Let's get cracking: The new Shell complex in Beaver is a great boon

While Pittsburgh and parts of the region have bounced back from the economic malaise of the 1970s and 1980s, the recovery has been manifestly uneven.
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06.08.16

Shell gives green light to giant Pennsylvania ethane cracker plant

Shell Chemical Appalachia announced Tuesday that it will move forward with construction of a long-awaited multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania that business and political leaders say will transform the state's shale-gas industry.
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06.07.16

Shell cracker plant in Beaver County to provide 600 jobs when it opens

Shell Chemical Appalachia's long-awaited decision on a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker arrived early Tuesday and it's a go.
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06.07.16

Shell confirms it will build cracker plant in Potter Twp.

Shell Chemicals will build an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.
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05.23.16

Those reliant on oil and gas industry wait for a rebound

When two professionals in the oil and gas industry spoke April 19 to 100 people at South Franklin Township fire hall about the future of the Marcellus and Utica shales, the crowd was particularly attentive.
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05.19.16

This isn't the time to hit the gas industry with new regulations

When the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to stop new oil and gas regulations, it set the stage for a major standoff between the Pennsylvania legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf.
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05.14.16

Severance tax would drive away jobs

I recently attended a House Republican policy roundtable focused on natural gas development at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe.
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05.05.16

Pa. small businesses benefit from energy sector

Recent news stories across Pennsylvania have described the economic pain felt by small businesses in natural gas-producing counties.
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05.05.16

BRIEF: Fracking now accounts for two-thirds of nation's natural gas

Hydraulically fractured wells now produce about two-thirds of the nation's natural gas output, up from less than 7 percent in 2000, according to an analysis released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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05.03.16

Analysis says Wolf's proposed severance tax rate is among nation's highest

A new analysis by the state's Independent Fiscal Office ranks Pennsylvania's proposed effective shale gas tax rate the highest among other large producers and neighboring states.
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