Marcellus Shale Development Continues in PA After Natural Fuel Gas Company Reworks Pact

National Fuel Gas Company logoMarcellus Shale natural gas will continue to be developed in Pennsylvania after Natural Fuel Gas Company announced that a pact with a Texas company has been reworked.

The announcement was made on Monday, June 13th. Marcellus Shale natural gas development will proceed in the north-central Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Elk, and Cameron. The pact is between Dallas affiliate IOG CRV – Marcellus LLC and Seneca Resources Corp. Seneca Resources Corp. is the production and exploration subsidiary of National Fuel (NYSE: NFG), which is based out of Williamsville.

In a news release, the companies stated that an agreement was reached in regards to an amended extension of the joint development agreement the companies have for assets in McKean, Elk, and Cameron counties. So far, 39 joint development Marcellus Shale wells were completed and went to sales or were drilled and are nearing completion. There are a total of 75 joint development Marcellus Shale wells, so 36 will be developed under the amended agreement. In addition, IOG was given the option to partake in a 7-well Marcellus pad to be completed before December 31st, 2017. If IOG opts to take part in the 7-well Marcellus pad, there would be a total of 82 wells under the joint development agreement.

Presently, IOG has an 80% working interest in the joint development wells. The other 20% working interest is held by program operator Seneca. The contract’s royalty structure has also been amended.

The President and CEO of National Fuel Gas Company, Ronald Tanski, issued the following statement regarding the deal, “For National Fuel, it allows us to leverage the competitive advantage of our low cost, fee acreage in the Marcellus and reduce the level of capital investment in our upstream business over the next two years, while maintaining operational efficiencies and providing the throughput necessary to support our pipeline expansion projects. Given National Fuel’s large Appalachian footprint and the alignment of our strategic goals, we think there could be additional opportunities to work with IOG in the future to accelerate value creation for our shareholders.”

On June 10th, National Fuel shares closed at $56.04.

Emporium Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Norwich Township Crash

An Emporium man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred in McKean County’s Norwich Township on Saturday, June 4th, 2016.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport in a report, 25-year-old Daniel T. Hutton was driving a 2000 Suzuki Katana in a south direction on Gardeau Road. Hutton tried to slow down upon seeing a north traveling vehicle. Hutton pushed down on the break too hard which caused the front tire to lock up. Then, the motorcycle traveled off the west side of the road before striking a ditch. The motorcycle began sliding and rolling in a south direction down the ditch. The motorcycle rolled over Hutton at least two times. Hutton rested about 100 feet south of the initial impact site. The motorcycle rested about 120 feet to the south of the initial impact site. Specifically, the crash occurred on T470 about 1,362 feet to the north of an unnamed street at about 6:13 p.m.

Hutton, who was wearing his helmet, was taken to UPMC Altoona via Austin EMS and Mercy Flight. His injuries were likely serious. Hutton was charged with a moving violation. The Austin Fire Department, the Emporium Fire Department, and the Port Allegany Fire Department also helped at the scene. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thought and prayers to the family of the injured.

Kane Teen Seriously Injured in Lafayette Township Rollover Crash

Photo by the Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department on Facebook
Photo by the Lafayette Twp. Vol. Fire/Rescue Department on Facebook

One person was seriously injured when a vehicle left the ground before overturning in Lafayette Township on Monday, June 6th, 2016.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Kane in a report, 18-year-old Damon T. Davis of Kane was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am in a west direction on Town Line Road. Davis lost control of the vehicle while he was trying to negotiate a left hand turn. The vehicle started to exit the roadway on the north side. After Davis over-corrected, the vehicle nearly went into a ditch located on the road’s south side. Davis over-corrected once more, and the vehicle traveled across the roadway and hit an embankment. Then, the vehicle left the ground and rolled over. The crash occurred on Town Line Road close to where it intersects with Forestery Road 316 at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Davis was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mt. Jewett EMS. His injuries are likely serious. Davis was not wearing his seat belt. Davis’s passenger, a 17-year-old from Kane, was not injured. He was also not wearing his seat belt. Davis was charged with a moving violation. The Lafayette Fire Department and Buzzards also helped at the scene. The Tioga Freedomist extends our thoughts and prayers to the family of the injured.


Bradford Man Faces Theft Charges After Allegedly Stealing TV, Laptop from Bradford Home

A Bradford man is behind bars after he allegedly stole a TV and several other items from a Bradford, McKean County residence on Sunday, June 5th, as caught on security camera.

Jake Miller, 19, was at the 59 Jefferson Street residence on the evening of Saturday, June 4th. He was visiting the resident’s daughter. Miller left via the front door. According to court records, the family found that a TV, laptop, gaming systems, and games had been stolen when they woke up on Sunday morning.

According to Bradford police, Miller was caught on camera allegedly stealing the items. A neighbor reported to police that he witnessed a parked vehicle in front of the home as shown on his security camera footage. The video footage also shows people returning to the car with what looks like the stolen items. According to a WESB report, Officer Richard T. Obermeyer said he is familiar with Miller and believes he is the person in the security video. The victim and her daughter also believe the person in the video is Miller. You can read Miller’s court report below:

Court ReportCOURT REPORT- Jacob Levi Miller, 19, of Bradford, faces 2 felony charges and 3 misdemeanor charges.  The charges listed are….
18 § 3502 §§ A1 F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, Person Present
18 § 3503 §§ A1I F3 Crim Tres-Enter Structure

18 § 3925 §§ A M1 Receiving Stolen Property
18 § 3921 §§ A M1 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Prop
18 § 5506 M3 Loitering And Prowling At Night Time

Magisterial District Judge Dominic A. Cercone Jr. on June 6, 2016 presided over the preliminary arraignment for Miller. Miller was arraigned at the Magisterial District Court 48-1-01. Miller was assigned bail in the amount of $10,000. Miller was unable to meet bail and was remanded to the McKean County Prison pending the next hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 9, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge Dominic A. Cercone Jr.

Richard T. Obermeyer of the Bradford City Police Department is listed as the arresting officer for Miller. The charges relate to an alleged incident that happened on June 5, 2016.

Please remember all individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
All of the information contained is based on McKean County PA Court Records.
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Tractor Trailer Hits Trees Head-On in Wetmore Township, One Injured

One person was injured when a tractor trailer hit trees head-on in McKean County’s Wetmore Township on Tuesday, May 31st.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police in Kane in a report, 57-year-old Gary P. Reesman of Rimersburg, PA, was was driving a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia in a north direction on SR 66. As Reesman neared T319/Pennsylvania Avenue, he failed to drive along a left bend in the roadway. The tractor trailer went of the east berm before traveling down a small embankment. Then, the tractor trailer hit several trees head-on as well as from its left side. The tractor trailer rested in a north direction. The crash occurred about 300 feet to the north of T319 at approximately 11:47 p.m.

Reesman, who was wearing his seat belt, had injuries that were likely minor. He was treated at the scene by Kane EMS. The tractor trailer had disabling damage, and it was towed from the scene by Big Dog Heavy Duty Recovery & Repair. Reesman was charged with a moving violation.

Port Allegany Bicentennial Event Recognized by PA House of Representatives

Martin Causer
Martin Causer

According to Representative Martin Causer (R) of Turtlepoint, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved resolution to commemorate McKean County’s Port Allegany bicentennial event which takes place next month.

Causer issued the following statement about the House’s unanimous decision known as House Resolutoin 904, “It’s great to see the community come together to celebrate its unique history… It’s always interesting to learn more about our past and how the community has evolved, even as we look forward to the future.”

The Port Allegany bicentennial celebrates its 200th anniversary. It takes place from Sunday, June 12th to Saturday, June 18th. There will be an opening ceremony, an ice cream social, and a performance from a barbershop quartet. In addition, there will be a Pioneers Day picnic, a white elephant and bake sale auction, a car cruise, geocaching and scavenger hunts, wagon rides, and a cemetery walk. If you would like more information, you may email

The original name of Port Allegany was “Canoe Place. Canoes were built from white pine trees in the area by early settlers. In 1838, the town’s name was changed to Port Allegany. At the beginning of the 1880’s, the town became a borough.