Archive for April 5th, 2011

Range Resources Threatens to Stop Drilling in Mt. Pleasant Township, PA if New Ordinance is Passed

Range Resources, one of the largest drillers in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale, is threatening to stop drilling in Mt. Pleasant Township (Washington County), PA. A letter to landowners in the Township says, in part, “We may be forced to shift activity to other, more cooperative townships.” Why the threat? The dispute seems to center on […]

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Goes on Offense Against Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

The latest group to oppose drilling in the Marcellus Shale is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (“CBF”), a private environmentalist organization that claims to be the largest such entity dedicated to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Their stated mission is to “Save the Bay,” defined as attaining and maintaining clear water […]

Proposed Law Will Grant PA Public Utility Commission Power to Inspect Natural Gas Pipelines

Regulation and oversight of pipelines, including natural gas pipelines, comes under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Transportation/Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. However, states are empowered to regulate and oversee public utilities, including pipelines that are deemed a public utility. But most natural gas gathering pipelines are not public utilities. Such is the case in […]


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