PCPG Course Schedule Announced

PCPG’s much anticipated course schedule has been posted HERE

A total of 11 full and half day opportunities are planned between June 18 and September 30 on the subjects of LNAPL, hydrogeology, fractured bedrock, and conflict resolution, among others. All will be eligible for continuing education credit.

Courses will be open for enrollment on a rolling basis.

Himalayan Mountains may have Dropped a Meter After the Nepal Quake

Posted 19 May: The debate continues as to how tall the actual height of the Himalayan Mountains and the more famous Mount Everest actually are. Researchers caution that they are still evaluating the satellite imagery data and that Mount Everest, significantly east of the main Nepal earthquake, may have only moved centimeters. However, mountains near the Nepal Earthquake could have moved between 0.7 and 1.5 meters.

More coverage can be found at and Popular Science.

Chapter 78 and 78a comment period extended

Posted 20 April: The comment period for draft final rules for conventional (Chapter 78) and unconventional (Chapter 78a) oil and gas rulemakings has been extended to May 19th.

Copies of the draft final rules can be downloaded below.

If you would like to submit comments to PADEP via PCPG, please contact Mark Ioos, Chairperson, PCPG Government Affairs Committee.

How Earth's continents were generated

Posted 7 April:  An international research team has used geochemical and geophysical data to reconstruct the evolution of what is now Costa Rica and Panama, and concluded that "juvenile" continental crust has been produced throughout Earth's history. READ MORE

Courses & Events

June 18, 2015 12:00 PM • Chester County Solid Waste Authority, 7224 28th Division Highway, Narvon, PA 17555-9505
June 25, 2015 8:00 AM • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East (formerly Holiday Inn), 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
December 31, 2015 • See order form

Chemistry of Flowback and Frac Water

Posted 19 May: In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the microbiology and organic chemistry of the produced waters varied widely from well to well.  The full press release can be found HERE.  If you'd like to purchase the study, visit HERE.

The 'monster' beneath the Marcellus

Posted 19 May: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette recently reported on the success western and north central Pennsylvania oil and gas companies have been having in exploring for hydrocarbons in the Utica Shale, significantly deeper than the Marcellus Shale.  These developments may set Pennsylvania up to be a leading natural gas producer for generations to come. Read more HERE.

Hydrocarbon-producing fields and pools data now available

Posted 20 April: Pennsylvania’s petroleum hydrocarbon-producing fields and pools data are available in digital format.  The Pennsylvania Geological Survey has published the online open-file report “Oil and Gas Fields and Pools of Pennsylvania—1859–2011."

This report is identified as OFOG 15-01.0 found HERE.  The zip file which contains GIS data can be downloaded now by clicking HERE.

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