Shell Chemicals will use two of the largest cranes in the world

Shell Chemicals acquired two of the largest cranes in the world to assist with significant heavy lifting components of its Potter Township ethane cracker plant site construction, according to The Times. The larger crane is 675 feet tall and can lift 3,500 tons at a time, and the other crane is 430 feet tall and can lift 3,000 tons a time, according to Shell Spokesman Joe Minnittee. For more, read the full story.


Eclipse and Blue Ridge Mountain Resources plan to merge

Eclipse Resources Corp. will merge with Blue Ridge Mountain Resources in an all-stock transaction with a value of $908 million, according to Pittsburgh Business Times. The deal calls for Blue Ridge shareholders to receive 4.4259 shares of Eclipse Resources common stock for each share of Blue Ridge common stock. For more, read the full story


Proposed Pennsylvania legislation supports redefining brine

Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Hutchinson proposed a redraft of the Oil and Gas Act that redefines brine as non-waste used for environmental protection measures when it presents no significant threat, according to the Times Observer. The piece even mandates the Department of Environmental Protection should encourage its use when possible. For more, read the full story.



Current abandoned well-plugging conundrum in PA

Alabama-based Diversified Gas & Oil PLC operates by acquiring smaller companies, and their old and gas wells, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. However, the Pennsylvania DEP is cracking down on this business model, worried the cost for plugging its mass amounts of idle wells may fall on the state. For more, read the full story



Dominion Energy files to expand capacity in Pennsylvania-Ohio pipeline

In January, Dominion Energy requested to expand its existing DETI pipeline to deliver more Pennsylvania Marcellus gas into the Ohio Utica region, generating more electricity for the Midwest market, according to the Marcellus Drilling News. The requested construction is relatively small compared to the possible results, and the PA DEP recently published a request for comments on the project in the PA Bulletin. For more, read the full story

Ohio, Pennsylvania

Shell receives three technical deficiency letters from PA DEP

The Pennsylvania DEP raised several environmental concerns regarding Shell’s permit request to construct the Falcon Pipeline which would be part of the infrastructure associated with Shell’s ethane cracker facility currently under construction in Potter Township, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Shell released a statement on its company’s commitment to addressing the concerns before the 60-day deadline and then moving forward with the project. For more, read the full story.


More development on the horizon for the tri-state area

The Tri-State area (Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) will continue to grow as an oil and gas production hotspot in the coming years, Bryce Custer recently speculated to the Herald-Star, because the area is extremely attractive to investors. For example, the recent JSW Steel of India acquisition in the region may prompt the return of a steelmaking. For more, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Shell Chemicals reveals technology guiding their new ethane cracker construction

Shell Chemicals recently presented technologically advanced plans for constructing their new ethane cracker plant in Potter Township, Pennsylvania at a chemical-industry conference, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. The corporation plans to use new and unprecedented technology, in this capacity, such as radio-frequency identification tags on the physical pieces of the plant, for what they hope will prompt a large petrochemical industry in Appalachia. For more, read the full story.


Shell Chemicals moves forward with ethane cracker site construction in Pennsylvania

Shell Chemicals has finished preparing its Potter Township site for a new $6 billion ethane cracker plant, and is ready to build the plant and its surrounding petrochemicals complex, reports Hazardex. Thanks to the currently booming shale industry, the corporation is receiving generous incentives for its venture and construction will create 1,000 jobs in the area. For more, read the full story.


Studies show PA water supplies unaffected by drilling boom

Recent Yale and Penn State studies found that groundwater near oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania was not significantly impacted despite the state’s increasing drilling activity, and resident and environmental group concerns, according to The Intelligencer. Although researchers found that methane increased in some water supplies, this phenomenon was attributed to natural variability. For more, read the full story.

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