Archive for March 8th, 2012

DRBC Update: When Will New Rules Come to a Vote?

Large areas of the Marcellus Shale play not only have state oversight and regulation of drilling, but also oversight from two quasi-governmental organizations: the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) and the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). Wells drilled in an area covered by the SRBC must go through an approval process with the SRBC first. […]

Belmont County, OH Landowner Sues Hess Over $100/Acre Lease

Rebecca Bench, a landowner in Belmont County, Ohio is representing herself in a lawsuit she has brought against Hess. The lawsuit alleges that Mason Dixon Energy, whom she signed a lease with (that lease was eventually purchased by Hess) had no legal standing to conduct business in Ohio at the time they convinced Rebecca and […]

Prolonged Well Flaring in Nicholas County, WV to End May 31

Three gas wells drilled in Nicholas County, WV last year began flaring gas, or burning it at the wellhead, on August 28, 2011. They’re still flaring and those who live close enough to see the orange glow at night have had enough. WV state law limits gas flaring to 30 days per year for each […]

Traders Skeptical that Chesapeake, Others Cut Gas Production

The commodity price of natural gas continues to hover near it’s 10-year low. That’s great news for consumers whose heating bills are lower, but not-so-great news for landowners with leases in the Marcellus Shale. Why? Because low prices mean it’s not profitable for drillers to go after shale gas. They are in it to make […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Mar 8, 2012

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


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