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The Energy Information Administration reported Sept. 1 that production in the Marcellus and Utica shales averaged 31.9 billion cubic feet per day during the first half of the year. That's the highest average for a six-month period since production began in 2008. 

Pennsylvania was within 1,000 billion cubic feet of Texas’ natural gas production levels through the second quarter of 2021, according to the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office’s quarterly natural gas production report. This is the closest Pennsylvania has ever been to Texas production levels.

The Pennsylvania DEP fined Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 pipeline $85,666 for violations in four counties. According to the DEP, Sunoco spilled more than 400 gallons of drilling fluids into wetlands in Blair, Cumberland and Juniata counties and a creek in Lebanon County.

A subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners was fined $140,000 by the Pennsylvania DEP for a landslide and other violations that happened during the construction of a pipeline in Beaver County. ETP is the same company that owns and operates the Revolution pipeline that exploded in September 2018 in Beaver County due to a landslide.

Preliminary results of an Ohio State University study show that pipeline installation on farmland negatively impacts crop yields. Soils within the right-of-way also had more rock fragments, lower soil moisture and a higher resistance to penetration, which indicates some amount of soil compaction.

Attorneys for the Bailey family filed two lawsuits July 12 to force the Ohio Department of Agriculture to defend its land from the pipeline and to stop Columbia Gas of Ohio from moving forward with eminent domain proceedings.

In 2020, 7.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas came out of more than 10,000 unconventional wells in Pennsylvania. That’s the largest volume of natural gas produced in the state in a single year, according to the state's annual Oil and Gas Report.

A new law in Ohio prohibits local governments from banning the use of natural gas and encourages the use of propane. Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 201 into law July 1. Ohio joins more than a dozen states that enacted similar legislation this year.

Responsibly sourced natural gas is the latest attempt for oil and gas companies to show they are environmentally responsible and socially conscious, but there’s some debate as to whether it’s a green victory or it’s greenwashing.

Encino Energy won the large business Excellence Award, given out by the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance.