Archive for March 21st, 2010

Sullivan County, NY Legislature Wants to Ban Marcellus Drilling for Everyone in the County

Sullivan County, NY landowners have some reason to be concerned. Their county legislature wants a complete moratorium of horizontal gas drilling in the county. At a recent meeting, the Sullivan County legislature voted to prevent drilling on county-owned lands. Frankly, “So what?” A ban on county-owned land likely does not make a difference for local […]

Marcellus Driller Funds Water Monitoring Program in Susquehanna River Basin

As Marcellus Drilling News previously noted, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission is in the process of placing 30 monitoring devices to track the effects of Marcellus drilling wastewater that enters area waterways. We now learn the program is being funded by the drilling industry itself: The commission used a $750,000 grant from natural gas company […]

Hearing to Determine if PA Public Utility Commission has Right to Regulate Private Pipelines

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) will hold a hearing on April 22 in Harrisburg, PA to discuss a particularly thorny issue: Does the PUC have the jurisdiction to regulate private pipelines? The PUC has the responsibility of regulating pipelines that conduct oil or gas for compensation. That is, a pipeline owner leases space in […]

PA Marcellus Shale Coalition Responds to EPA Plan to “Study” Hydraulic Fracturing

The following is a press release issued by the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Coalition in response to the rogue EPA’s announcement that they will study hydraulic fracturing (again): The Marcellus Shale Coalition today issued the following statement regarding a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study hydraulic fracturing: “The members of the Marcellus Shale […]

Encana Holds Leases for 25K Acres in Luzerne County, Claims Every Well Drilled Creates 120 Jobs

An article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reveals this interesting information about Encana’s activity in Pennsylvania: Encana Oil and Gas Inc. – has leased 25,000 acres of property in Luzerne County. The land is mainly on the north side of Route 118 in Fairmount, Ross, Lake and Lehman townships. Encana so far has obtained permits […]

Chesapeake Drilled 94 Wells in PA in 2009, Plans to Drill 200 Wells in PA in 2010

An article in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reveals this interesting information about Chesapeake Energy’s activity in Pennsylvania: Chesapeake Energy has invested significantly in not only leasing land in Pennsylvania, but in doing business with private companies. With 94 wells drilled in the state in 2009 and more than 200 additional wells planned for this year, […]

Marcellus Shale Drilling – Revival for Short-Line Railroads?

You can add short-line railroads to the list of businesses that benefit from drilling in the Marcellus Shale. And it’s all because of sand. Drillers like to use a special kind of sand found in the Midwest. They need railroad cars full of the stuff when drilling. The sand aids in the process of opening […]

 

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