Archive for May 24th, 2010

PA Gas Driller Bonds Will Skyrocket from $2,500 to $150,000 per Marcellus Gas Well Under Proposed Legislation

Pennsylvania lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, agree that bonds posted by drillers need to increase—dramatically. The bonds are used to cover the costs of plugging or closing natural gas wells. The current bond requirements date back to 1984. Drillers are required to post a $2,500 bond for a single well and $25,000 blanket bond to […]

The “Father of the Marcellus Shale” Predicts Marcellus is Only the Beginning – Other Layers Rich with Shale Gas Too

William Zagorski, Range Resources Vice President of geology in Appalachia and the man known as “the father of the Marcellus Shale” is making some new predictions about the potential for natural gas in the Appalachian (eastern) region of the U.S. Zagorski said two new shale formations – the Utica Shale deeper below the surface and […]

The Oil Drum Visits a Marcellus Shale Gas Well

A nice series of photographs with commentary from David Murphy (The Oil Drum blog) who recently visited a Marcellus drilling site in Troy, PA:

Is Methane Migration from Marcellus Gas Drilling Causing Deaths?

The May 23 Sunday edition of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (PSB) ran an article titled, “Pa. seeks stronger drilling rules to combat methane migration.” At least the headline is accurate. Pennsylvania is indeed attempting to prevent a recurrence of the situation at Dimock, PA which was a failure to properly case a well that […]


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