Paying Our “fair Share”

Paying our “fair share”

It’s budget season in Pennsylvania which inevitably means two things will happen: There will be some sort of budget shortfall our elected officials need to work through – right now estimated to be around $3 billion Newspapers will suddenly be filled with letters to the editor and columns and op-eds proclaiming “the natural gas industry doesn’t pay their fair share” which tends to be followed by “Pennsylvania is the only state without a severance tax” I’m already seeing some Groundhog…

U.S. Energy Consumption Projections Through 2040

U.S. energy consumption projections through 2040

Today we're taking a look at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2017 Annual Energy Outlook. In addition to a look through the year 2040, we can also see trends from 1980 until present day. In the Energy Outlook, we get a glimpse of the history of our nation’s energy consumption as well as a prediction for upcoming decades all the way up to 2040. The United States energy consumption is expected to remain somewhat flat in terms of growth. According…

The Stone Cold Reality: Oil And Natural Gas Fuel Our Lives

The stone cold reality: oil and natural gas fuel our lives

Last year the lovely folks over at the Western Energy Alliance sent me a stack of stickers with a message that really hits home as Pennsylvania prepares for the coldest weather so far this season: After we posted George’s recent op-ed about just how much Pennsylvanians are saving thanks to natural gas, we got a few of the inevitable comments along the lines of: We should be using all renewables. There seems to be a poor understanding as to what…

Podcast Volume 4: Bridging To Higher Education

Podcast Volume 4: Bridging to Higher Education

Our commitment to education begins with the support of programs like Junior Achievement's Careers in Energy and The Challenge Program, Inc. which are designed to get students practicing skills to carry them through to their career of choice. For those interested in becoming a part of the natural gas industry, LC's School of Petroleum & Natural Gas offers a great opportunity to stay local for school, keep student loans to a minimum and then transition directly into the industry through various…

Wet Vs. Dry Gas – What Can You Do With It?

Wet vs. Dry Gas – What can you do with it?

When wet natural gas is produced, it must be processed to separate the different components it contains, such as water and hydrocarbons. Natural gas liquids, such as butane, ethane and propane, are other forms of hydrocarbons, which can be used for many different products. Butane is commonly known as the flammable liquid in handheld lighters, propane is often used for heating in homes or as a fuel source for grills and propane is a chemical building block found in many…

Wet Vs. Dry Natural Gas – What Is The Difference?

Wet vs. Dry Natural Gas – What is the difference?

One of the most interesting differences in the Marcellus is whether the natural gas produced is considered “wet” or “dry” when produced. That will make a difference in the end usage and products which can be created from the natural gas. Cabot’s operations are in an area of dry gas therefore to get a full perspective, we’ve partnered with the folks at Sunoco Logistics to gain a better understanding of the complexities and possibilities of the shale beneath our feet.…