Archive for August 8th, 2011

Chesapeake Threatens NY with Lawsuit on State Land Leases

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) leased 19,000 acres of state forestland to Chesapeake Energy and Fortuna Energy (now Talisman Energy) in 2006 to allow gas drilling. The deal provided state coffers with $9 million and the promise of 12.5 percent royalties on any gas produced. Those leases are due to expire Nov. […]

Norse Energy Bets Big on New York’s Utica & Marcellus Shale

Norse Energy, an Oslo (Norway)-based gas drilling company has just announced they are “betting the farm” on drilling in New York State’s Marcellus and Utica Shales. They’ve even decided to suspend other types of gas drilling favor of New York’s shale gas. Recently, Norse became the first company to file a permit with the state […]

Methane Present in 11% of WV Water Wells Before Drilling Begins

In response to a study released in May by Duke University showing elevated levels of methane in water wells near active gas wells being drilled, Chesapeake Energy has released its own water testing data. One of the chief criticisms of the Duke study is that baseline measurements were not taken—that is, Duke did not test […]

PA Municipalities Profit by Selling Water for Fracking

Pennsylvania municipalities have found a new market in the Marcellus drilling industry for excess fresh water and for treated sewage wastewater. The going rate they receive, depending on whether it’s fresh water or treated wastewater, is between $2 and $6 per 1,000 gallons. In some cases, the sale of water used in hydraulic fracturing of […]

ACC Says Shale Gas will Produce 400K New Jobs in Chemical Industry

In a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council commented on the critically important (and huge) contribution shale gas drilling is having on the chemical industry in the United States. He said:

 

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