Archive for June 14th, 2012

MDN Attends Screening of ‘Truthland’ Movie

It was MDN’s pleasure to attend a screening of the newly released Truthland movie last evening at the Susquehanna Valley High School in Conklin, NY. Truthland is a short film, about 34 minutes in length, that takes as its mission the debunking of Josh Fox’s well-known movie Gasland. The star of Truthland is a Pennsylvania […]

Swift Response to Cuomo’s NY Fracking Plan

As MDN predicted yesterday, the initial reaction of anti-drillers in New York that Gov. Cuomo is considering limited fracking in the state has been negative (see this MDN story). They needn’t worry, and once they figure it out, they’ll be happy with Andy’s latest plan because it gives them an excuse to protest and rabble-rouse […]

Norse Energy: The Little Driller that Could

You have to admire Norse Energy Corp. (subsidiary of the larger Norwegian company of the same name). They rolled the dice by leasing most of their acreage for shale gas drilling in New York State, thinking there was no way it would take this long (now four years) for New York to begin high volume […]

DOL Targets Shale Gas Subcontractors over Pay Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is targeting the shale gas drilling industry in northeastern Pennsylvania for enforcement actions. The specific issue they are targeting is subcontractors who DOL claims are intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors (“1099”) instead of as regular employees (“W2”). By doing so, DOL claims employers are skirting tax withholdings and […]

The Latest Anti-Drilling Scare Tactic: Radon in Shale Gas

There’s no polite way to say this, so I won’t bother: The nutters are coming out of the woodwork. Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS), NYH2O and 50 “other signatories” have sent a letter to Speaker Quinn of the New York City Council asking the speaker to convene hearings on the issue of radon in natural […]

Data Centers May Relocate to Use Marcellus Shale Gas

Large computer data centers (sometimes called server farms), with thousands of computers, use a lot of electricity. By some estimates data centers use up to 2.2% of all the electricity generated in the U.S. Now there’s talk that data centers, which have often been constructed in southern states, may have their eye on building new […]

Chesapeake CEO Losing Chairman Title, But Keeping Powers

Although Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon is about to lose his title as Chairman of the Board, it seems that’s about the only thing he’s losing—the title. The power of the position—the ability to call board meetings and the power to call special shareholder meetings—he’s going to keep. The existing board of directors made a […]

Peregrine Pipeline Withdraws Public Utility Application

Peregrine Keystone Gas Pipeline had planned to construct a gathering pipeline in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties in western PA. They filed an application with the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC) in 2010 to become a public utility which would grant them the right to use eminent domain to force landowners to allow them to […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jun 14, 2012

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


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