Archive for May 23rd, 2012

Some OH Landowners Get $5,800/Acre While Neighbors Get $4/Acre

A cautionary story for landowners comes from Columbiana County, Ohio. Some landowners, like Patrick and Jill McNicol, own land encumbered by old gas leases going back fifty years they knew nothing about. What does it mean? They’ll get $4 per acre for their land (and no royalties), while their neighbors will get $5,800 per acres […]

Sierra Club Hindering Change from Coal to Natural Gas

In what can only be described as idiotic, the Sierra Club is actively preventing utility companies from converting electrical generating plants from coal to natural gas—because they don’t like fracking. This kind of stuff has to stop.

FERC Approves Spectra Energy’s $1.2B NYC Natural Gas Pipeline

Spectra Energy’s proposed $1.2 billion natural gas pipeline for New York City finally won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Monday. The 20-mile new pipeline to be built will connect New York to New Jersey and deliver 800 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to homes and businesses in New […]

Columbiana County Port Authority Leases Land to Chesapeake

The Columbiana County (OH) Port Authority voted on Monday to lease 43.9 acres of its property in Beaver County, PA to Chesapeake Energy.

PA Resident Wins Right to Appeal DEP Water Contamination Case

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) ruled on May 16 that a Washington County resident who claims that nearby shale gas drilling is responsible for his water well being contaminated with methane and chemicals can appeal a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determination that his well was not contaminated by shale drilling.

New Philly Association Formed to Help Businesses Crack the Marcellus

A new association has been formed in the Philadelphia area to connect local businesses with business opportunities in the Marcellus Shale. So far the new association, called the Delaware Valley Marcellus Association (DVMA), consists of four founding member companies, but has plans to expand rapidly. From the press release announcing the DVMA:

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, May 23, 2012

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


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