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07.30.16

Facts show natural gas improves public health, air quality

Almost two weeks ago, a study purportedly showing an association between fracking and asthma hospitalizations led to the Observer-Reporter headline "Fracking may worsen asthma for nearby residents, study says."
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07.22.16

Commentary: Shale revolution fulfills promise on jobs, energy, environment

While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together.
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07.21.16

Gov. Wolf hosts cracker plant opportunities roundtable at Penn State-Beaver

"A game changer" is how Gov. Tom Wolf described the multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant Shell Chemical has committed to build in Potter Township.
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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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