- With governors flying to woo Shell executives and other companies scouting sites on their own, here's our latest look at the powerful lure of the ethane cracker plants about to be announced for Appalachia and the jobs the new plants will bring with them. (Post-Gazette)
- Speaking of crackers, Bloomberg News reports that Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. also is looking to spend $30 billion over the next decade on plants to convert natural gas to ethylene. They cite Baytown, Tex., as the company's first location, and note that Dow Chemical Co., Sasol Ltd., Formosa Plastics Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc all are looking to build crackers.
- In Harrisburg, there was no warm welcome for the state's top environmental official on Tuesday when he walked into his agency's budget hearing with House lawmakers. The often-combative meeting featured DEP Secretary Michael Krancer defending the $10 million cut proposed for his department as part of an effort to be more effective across state government. (Post-Gazette)
Here's a copy of Krancer's prepared remarks. And as he noted during the discussion, the DEP has now posted the spud well data that will be used to distribute impact fee dollars, which can be found here.
- An environmental advocacy group is suing Gov. Tom Corbett in an attempt to get Pennsylvania to stop using money from drilling in publicly owned forests for anything besides improving the forests. (Associated Press)
- The Marcellus Shale Coalition is rolling out Marcellus on Main Street, an online business directory of small and medium-size firms that are or want to be part of the oil and gas supply chain. (Pittsburgh Business Times)