Archive for November 3rd, 2011

WV Official: No Cases of Water Contamination from Fracking

The top oil and gas regulator in West Virginia said at a conference on Wednesday that he has not seen any confirmed cases of groundwater contamination from fracking in West Virginia.

PA Lawmakers Close to Passing New Drilling Rules, Impact Fee

Pennsylvania lawmakers are getting close to passage of legislation that would adopt many of the recommendations from Gov. Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including an impact fee on wells and including a measure that would supersede some local drilling ordinances.

Mercyhurst Poll: Majority of PA Residents Support Fracking

Mercyhurst College recently completed a statewide poll in Pennsylvania covering several issues, one of which is Marcellus Shale drilling in the state. A copy of the full questions and responses is embedded below. On the straightforward question, “Do you favor or oppose extracting natural gas through fracking in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region?” the results were: […]

Enterprise Wants to Build Ethane Pipeline to Gulf Coast

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is planning to build a major new pipeline to transport ethane from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The second largest component (by volume) to come out of the ground in shale gas drilling is the chemical ethane. Somewhere between […]

Benton Twp Supervisors Back Down on Exploratory Well

Rather than pay legal fees to defend their legislation, the supervisors in Benton Township (Lackawanna County), PA voted Wednesday to change the language of their legislation restricting the drilling of an exploratory well by Southwestern Energy. The supervisors voted to grant Southwestern the right to drill the exploratory well back in June, but slapped 18 […]

PA Economist Says Shale Gas Only Way to Economic Recovery

Edmond Seifried is professor emeritus of economics at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He says that fiscal and monetary policy used by the Federal Reserve has not and will not work. He says that natural gas is not just the best, but the only way for the U.S. to recover from the current economic malaise. […]

Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comment on New Air Permit for Drilling

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public comments on a draft permit that controls air emission standards for shale gas drilling. The new standards do not affect the actual drilling and fracking activities because those are regulated by federal rules. The Ohio permit would regulate emissions from generators, dehydration systems and other […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading:


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