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State Impact

WPSU is taking part in StateImpact, a reporting partnership between public radio stations and NPR. The focus of the Pennsylvania project is the impact of government on the energy industry, in particular natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Susan Phillips
10-24-2014

Governor Tom Corbett says the impact fee is still the best deal for Pennsylvanians

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips sat down with both candidates for governor and pressed them on energy issues. The candidates visited WHYY in Philadelphia, where several reporters interviewed them for about ten minutes each. Wolf has proposed taxing the Marcellus Shale gas differently than Governor Corbett. Wolf wants to charge a 5 percent tax on the [...]

Susan Phillips
10-24-2014

Democrat Tom Wolf talks extraction tax and protecting the environment

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips sat down with both candidates for governor and pressed them on energy issues. The candidates visited WHYY in Philadelphia, where several reporters interviewed them for about ten minutes each. Wolf has proposed taxing the Marcellus Shale gas differently than Governor Corbett. Wolf wants to charge a 5 percent tax on the [...]

Susan Phillips
10-23-2014

2014 Governor’s Race: Face off over the sweet spot on taxing Marcellus Shale

Here’s something Governor Tom Corbett and his democratic challenger Tom Wolf agree on: Each calls Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas a “game-changer” for the state’s economy. But they disagree on how to get the most out of the gas boom for all Pennsylvania residents. Comparisons to Texas keep coming up in the race. And natural [...]

Marie Cusick
10-01-2014

Gas industry nervously awaits outcome of governor’s race

When members of Pennsylvania’s largest gas industry trade group got together for their annual conference last week they were a bit worried. Why? Anyone paying attention to voter polls or listening to the rhetoric coming out of Harrisburg knows there is the very real possibility of two major changes for the gas industry— a new Democrat [...]

Marie Cusick
08-25-2014

State regulators take a closer listen to gas compressor stations

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. A gas well in production is pretty quiet; it’s basically just a bunch of pipes in the ground. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years– even decades. The facilities are necessary to process and [...]

Katie Colaneri
08-07-2014

Transparency about fracking chemicals remains elusive

The website FracFocus.org was built to give the public answers to a burning question about the shale boom: what exactly were companies pumping down tens of thousands of wells to release oil and gas? Today, FracFocus has records for more than 77,000 wells. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states requiring operators to use the website as part of [...]

Marie Cusick
05-23-2014

Gas boom starts to hit home for residents of Southeastern Pa.

In the past few years, the Marcellus Shale has rapidly become one of the most productive gas plays on the planet. But for many people in Southeastern Pennsylvania– the state’s most populated region– the boom has been out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Until now. The region is beginning to experience the tradeoffs long familiar to those who live [...]

Marie Cusick
05-06-2014

Thousands rally in Harrisburg to support Marcellus Shale development

Thousands of supporters of natural gas development marched to the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg today. Estimates of up to 3,000 people from all over the state hopped on buses and turned out for the day-long event, hosted by the state’s main gas industry trade group—the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Bob Beck works for [...]

Marie Cusick
04-11-2014

Economics may hinder Berks County gas-to-liquids plant

A proposal to build a plant that would transform Pennsylvania’s cheap, abundant natural gas into more expensive motor fuel is generating controversy in Berks County. If built, the gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant would be one of the first facilities of its kind in the United States. But industry analysts say there’s a reason these kinds of plants [...]

Katie Colaneri
03-20-2014

Chevron pizza controversy puts southwest Pa. coal town in the spotlight

Bobtown is having its 15 minutes of fame. The small town in southwest Pennsylvania has been on the lips of late-night comedians, Twitter wits and anti-fracking activists. First, in February, a Chevron natural gas well near Bobtown exploded, killing a young worker. Then, the company responded by giving community residents free coupons to Bobtown Pizza. This struck Chevron’s critics [...]

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Marcellus Shale Drilling Makes Housing Hard to Find

Marcellus Drinking Water Study Finds Little Impact

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Scott Detrow Explains Corbett’s Impact Fee Proposal

How to Drill a Marcellus Gas Well

Marcellus Shale Tax versus Fee