Archive for July 5th, 2012

EPA’s Draconian Air Pollution Rules Go into Effect, Sort of

Marcellus Shale operations in Pennsylvania—and oil and gas operations nationwide—will need to reduce so-called air pollution emissions to comply with new federal rules issued yesterday. And even though the “fix” in “air pollution” regulations was mandated by a kangaroo federal court, the EPA  autocratically delayed implementation for parts of the new standards for more than […]

Norse Sells Another Slice to Shareholder Megaron for $2M

It looks like today’s “extraordinary shareholder’s meeting” for Marcellus & Utica Shale driller Norse Energy, held at corporate HQ in Norway, has yielded the desired result. As MDN pointed out in our sneak preview of the shareholder presentation (see this MDN story), Norse was pitching existing shareholders on the concept of giving Norse more money […]

Chesapeake’s Best Utica Well (Buell 8H) in Legal Trouble

From time to time MDN will tackle a complicated issue and try to, as briefly as possible, break it down for our readers to understand the essence of it. This is one of those issues. It involves property rights, contracts, deeds, a sympathetic landowner, and Chesapeake Energy’s single largest-producing Utica Shale well in Ohio—the Buell […]

Patriot Water Treatment Wins Case Against Ohio EPA

Earlier this year MDN reported on the story of the Patriot Water Treatment facility in Warren, Ohio. Patriot accepts and treats raw fracking fluid from Marcellus drilling operations, removing heavy metals, bromide and other contaminants. Last fall, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican who seems to be rather anti-drilling in his actions, declared that […]

Morgantown, WV Passes New Marcellus Drilling Ban

The Morgantown, WV City Council is at it again. You may recall they tried to ban hydraulic fracturing last year both inside and up to one mile outside of the city limits. A judge struck down the law (see this MDN story). Council members aren’t about to give up though. On Tuesday, they passed six […]

CJR Questions Reuters Sourcing of Emails Used in Hit Piece

Less than two weeks ago, MDN asked the question, Did Reuters break the law with the latest Chesapeake story? (see this MDN story). We pointed out that the emails used by Reuters were private, and in order for Reuters to take possession of them, someone likely broke the law. None other than the prestigious Columbia […]

When Will Fracking Begin in New York?

When will fracking begin in New York? When MDN editor Jim Willis speaks with friends and family, perhaps that is the question he gets most often. Most New Yorkers and even most non-New Yorkers Jim talks with believe it’s going to happen, it’s just a question of when. Jim just has to shrug his shoulders […]

The Accidental Fracker – Stories from NC

Typically MDN does not cover the (plentiful) news about shale gas drilling in other parts of the US or even the world—unless the story has a direct bearing somehow on drilling in the Marcellus or Utica Shale. Or unless it’s about fracking technology/issues in general, which of course do have a bearing on Marcellus and […]

Ohio Utica Permits & Drilling for June 2012

Even though natural gas prices remain low, drilling in Ohio remains red hot, largely because of the promise of natural gas liquids and oil. An article in Farm and Dairy magazine recaps the permitting activity for June, and includes this handy summary chart for the entire state, county by county, including where actively producing wells […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jul 5, 2012

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

OOGA Sees Tremendous Growth in Membership

The Ohio Oil and Gas Association saw a doubling of their membership from June 2011 to June 2012, and they continue to add about 135 new members each month. Why? The Utica Shale.


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