Archive for June 15th, 2012

Victory for NY Landowners in Chesapeake Force Majeure Case

In a major victory for New York landowners, Attorney General Eric Schniederman’s office reached a settlement with Chesapeake Energy to allow 4,400+ landowners with a collective 264,000 acres to renegotiate old gas drilling leases that Chesapeake was attempting to extend using the “force majeure” clause. MDN has followed this story for more than a year […]

Dueling Rallies in Albany Over Cuomo’s Fracking Plan

Both anti- and pro-drillers staged rallies in Albany, NY yesterday in response to the leaked plan by the Cuomo administration to allow limited hydraulic fracturing of gas wells in five Southern Tier counties. Perhaps two dozen anti-drilling protestors showed up outside of Gov. Cuomo’s office for their PR appearance before the cameras. An hour later, […]

NY Gov. Cuomo Speaks Out on Leaked Fracking Plan

Did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s trial balloon plan to allow fracking just burst? Yesterday, the governor was peppered with questions about his unofficially announced plan to allow limited fracking of natural gas wells in five Southern Tier counties and only in communities that want it. Appearing on an Albany radio program, Gov. Cuomo said:

Update on NETL Faults & Fracking Study

Earlier this week MDN covered news of a study about to be released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) which looks at whether or not fracking fluids can find their way to the surface through faults or cracks (see this MDN story). Based on the article MDN read, we floated […]

Gov. Corbett’s PR Campaign for $1.7B Cracker Plant Tax Break

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett officially launched his public relations effort yesterday to get the PA legislature to pass a package of tax credits for Shell to build an ethane cracker plant in the state. The package of tax credits will amount to $1.7 billion over a 25-year period (up to $66 million per year) and […]

Norse Says NY Force Majeure Settlement Doesn’t Apply to Them

MDN reported today that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office struck a deal with Chesapeake Energy over the issue of extending landowner leases in New York using the “force majeure” clause in the contract (see this MDN story). Norse Energy issued a press release saying essentially that the deal does not apply to them, […]

WV Oil & Gas Employment Numbers: Underreported by 14K?

MDN reported two days ago that WorkForce West Virginia reported that direct jobs held by West Virginians in the oil and gas industry in the state had actually decreased from 2010 to 2011 (see this MDN story). We observed the total number of jobs cited, 2,179 in 2011, seemed really low, and perhaps inaccurate. WorkForce […]

OH State Land – About to be Leased for Drilling?

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officials report their research into how much of the mineral rights the state owns beneath state land in 16 eastern Ohio counties is almost complete. What does that mean? In 2011 the state passed a law allowing the state to lease state-owned land for oil and gas drilling—at least […]

Trout Run Pipeline Goes Operational, Seneca Wells Connect

National Fuel Gas Midstream’s new Trout Run Gathering System (Lycoming County, PA) came online May 30 and is now delivering natural gas to the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco). Because the new pipeline is now operational, Seneca Resources has brought online four new wells. As of a few days ago, the wells were producing a […]

NY Chefs Form Group to Oppose Fracking

This is interesting—and odd—news: A bunch of chefs in New York City (where else?) have formed a group to support a ban on the fracking that if it happens, will happen four hours from where they live and work. Why? Uh yeah, good question.

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jun 15, 2012

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


Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.