Archive for March 9th, 2012

Details on Ohio Gov. Kasich’s New Tax on Shale Drilling

Details of Gov. John Kasich’s plan to raise taxes on the nascent shale drilling industry in Ohio (see this MDN story) are starting to leak out. Gov. Kasich plans to unveil his plans officially next week, but here’s what we know so far:

Auburn, NY Rescinds Ban on Gas Drilling Wastewater

Wiser heads have prevailed in the upstate New York Finger Lakes community of Auburn—the Auburn city council has voted to once again allow the municipal sewage treatment plant to accept gas drilling wastewater. As you may recall, MDN told you about protesters who descended on the tiny city of Auburn last year to protest not […]

Sustainable Investments Institute Issues Report on Fracking

The Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2) and the IRRC Institute yesterday released a new report titled “Discovering Shale Gas: An Investor Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing” (a copy of the 74-page report is embedded below). The report provides an in-depth look at the environmental and social impacts of shale gas development, identifies key questions for investors and […]

NY Republican Senator Introduces Fracking Wastewater Bill

On the issue of hydraulic fracturing and shale gas drilling, the New York Republican party keeps shooting itself in the head. The latest example is a ridiculous bill just introduced into the state legislature by Long Island Republican Senator Jack Martins, 7th Senate District:

Gastar’s Marcellus Production has Huge Increase in Q411

Gastar Exploration released fourth quarter 2011 results yesterday. The fourth quarter was very good for Gastar in the Marcellus, with a 1700 percent increase in average daily gas production from fourth quarter 2010, and a 179 percent increase from just the previous (third) quarter 2011. As is typical of other companies, Gastar is dedicating $88.9 […]

Exxon, GE Donate $1M Each for Shale Best Practices Training

Exxon Mobil and General Electric announced yesterday that each company is investing $1 million to help fund training in shale development best practices at three universities, including PennState.

OH Bill Tightens Regulation of Wastewater Injection Wells

Ohio State Rep. Jay Goyal introduced legislation yesterday to tighten regulation of injection wells used for disposing Marcellus and Utica Shale wastewater. Key provisions of the bill include:

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Mar 9, 2012

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


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