Archive for May 3rd, 2011

Maryland AG Sues Chesapeake Energy Over Spill in Pennsylvania

Maryland’s Attorney General, Douglas F. Gansler, has filed an “intent to sue” on Chesapeake Energy because of the accidental spill of fracking fluid in April in Leroy Township, PA (read MDN’s story about the spill here). Mr. Gansler’s rationale for his litigiousness is that the fluid reached a small stream that feeds the Towanda Creek, […]

Legislation to Regulate Large Water Withdrawals in NY Waterways Makes Progress

New York State’s long, ponderous, tedious road to allow Marcellus Shale drilling takes another small step forward—maybe.

Ohio Township, PA Supervisors Pass Ordinance to Restrict Marcellus Shale Drilling Activities

Supervisors in Ohio Township (Allegheny County), PA last night voted to approve an ordinance that places restrictions on Marcellus Shale drilling in the Township. According to Township Solicitor Mike Witherel, the previous ordinance, passed in 2003, placed no restrictions on drilling. The new ordinance puts in place common sense restrictions on drilling activities.

New Technology May Hold Key to Cleaning Fracking Fluids, Early Tests Very Promising

A new technology funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory may hold the key to cleaning Marcellus Shale (and other drilling) fracking fluids. According to the press release from the DOE below, this new technology removes 99 percent of oil and grease from the water in fracking fluid, and it removes […]

Range Resources to Sell Ethane to Canadian Chemical Company

Range Resources, one of the largest drillers in the Marcellus Shale, will provide ethane to Canadian chemical company NOVA Chemicals. Methane is the primary compound that is “mined” during gas drilling, but ethane is also one of the compounds produced when drilling. And ethane is used by chemical companies as a “feedstock” or raw material […]


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