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ETR 130 - The Oil and Natural Gas Industry's Contribution to State Pension Plans

401k  finance  industry earnings  investments  michigan  missouri  ohio  pennsylvania  pension plans  pensions  retirees  stocks 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 27, 2011

A new report conducted on behalf of API by Robert Shapiro of Sonecon, LLC, examines the financial impact of investments in oil and natural gas companies on the overall performance of the two largest public employee pension funds in each of four states - Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The data shows these investments sharply out-performed the funds' other assets.

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Mansfield, PA and the Marcellus Shale

domestic energy  energy  energy supplies  pennsylvania  mansfield 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 12, 2011

The village of Mansfield in Tioga County, Penn., describes itself as a "quaint, Victorian town lined with cozy cafes, antique shops, and farmers' markets...nestled in the picturesque mountains of North Central Pennsylvania." Its name is derived from Asa Mann, who cleared the forest on his estate and laid out the town on "Mann's field" in 1804. 

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The Enormous Potential of PA's Marcellus Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing

access  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  fracking fluids  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  shale rock  fracturing fluids  marcellus shale coalition  pittsburgh  water supplies 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 19, 2010

Pennsylvania appears to be having a knee-jerk reaction to a commonly-used process to produce natural gas from shale rock formations. In the past few days, the outgoing governor has imposed a ban on all new natural gas drilling on public lands, and Pittsburgh's City Council has passed a bill to ban drilling within the city limits.

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Natural Gas: PA Prospers, NY Delays Development

domestic energy  energy resources  energy supply  government revenue  natural gas  new york  pennsylvania  bradford county  susquehanna county 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 2, 2010

The United States is blessed with an abundance of clean-burning natural gas. It provides fuel for industry, power for heating, and chemicals for plastics, medicines and a wide variety of consumer products, such bicycle helmets and hospital supplies, that make Americans safer, healthier, and more comfortable. At the current rate of consumption, it's estimated that the United States has enough natural gas to last about 100 years.

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PA Governor Holds Energy Jobs Hostage

access  domestic energy  energy policy  leasing  natural gas jobs  natural gas tax  pennsylvania  taxes  unemployment  ed rendell  severance tax 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 27, 2010

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell yesterday signed an executive order halting natural gas development on state lands. In a statement, he said the ban was needed "to protect our un-leased public lands from this [drilling] rush." But many believe the executive order was driven by politics, not environmental protection. 

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American Drillers Rescued Chilean Miners

drilling  pennsylvania  chile  drill bit  miner rescue  miners  quecreek mine rescue 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 21, 2010

American ingenuity played a huge role in the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile. While the whole world watched, the miners were pulled from the copper mine through a 28-inch hole drilled by two small U.S. companies.

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PA Official: Hydraulic Fracturing Risks "Exaggerated"

domestic energy  energy policy  ground water  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  water  department of environmental protection 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 5, 2010

Pennsylvania's chief environmental regulator says he's seen no evidence that hydraulic fracturing contaminates underground water supplies. 

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It's About Energy

domestic energy  energy  energy citizens  energy nation  energy policy  energy worker rallies  job creation  jobs rallies  north dakota  pennsylvania  rally for jobs  unemployment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 27, 2010

During the first Clinton presidential campaign, adviser James Carville reportedly placed a placard on the wall that said, "The economy, stupid." His point was clear. The key issue for voters that year was the economy. 

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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 113 - Recent Study Shows Economic Benefits of the Marcellus Shale

domestic energy  horizontal drilling  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  new york  onshore  pennsylvania  revenues  severance tax  west virginia 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 27, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Dr. Tim Considine of the University of Wyoming about his recent study that quantifies the economic impact of developing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, which stretches beneath large portions of New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His study also looks at state policies that could hinder natural gas production in the region and slow economic opportunities. 

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