Archive for May 24th, 2010
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 […]
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 […]
A nice series of photographs with commentary from David Murphy (The Oil Drum blog) who recently visited a Marcellus drilling site in Troy, PA: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6488.
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 […]