Archive for July 6th, 2012

Will NY Gov. Cuomo’s Fracking Plan be Limited to 4 Counties?

Is the Lucky Five counties in New York that will see drilling now the Lucky Four? You may recall a few weeks ago the New York Times, using an unnamed source inside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration (cough *Andy* cough), floated a “trial balloon” plan that will allow high volume hydraulic fracturing, i.e. fracking, for a […]

DRBC Says No Marcellus Vote Until Nov. 2012 Earliest

Eastern parts of Pennsylvania that sit within the boundaries of the Delaware River Basin have been locked in a drilling moratorium since the Marcellus drilling boom began. Eastern PA has the misfortune of sitting inside the boundaries of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which delayed a vote to allow drilling in November 2011. That […]

New Shale Oil Well Just Drilled…in NY?!

This story caught MDN’s eye because it involves drilling an oil and gas well, in New York State, in a shale layer, using horizontal drilling. But not fracking:

WV Landowners Drive a Hard Bargain for Pipeline Deals

Some West Virginia landowners who feel shortchanged with low drilling signing bonuses ($5 per acre) and royalty rates (12.5%) are holding out for better deals to run pipelines across their property, and that’s leading to a slow-down of new wells coming online in the state, according to a former DEP representative. Counties being affected by […]

EQT Converts Marcellus Drilling Rigs to Run on LNG

Drilling rigs take a lot of horsepower to run, and the engines that run them are big and use a lot of fuel. That fuel is typically diesel, and the emissions may (or may not) cumulatively contribute to air pollution if there are enough drilling rigs in a particular region. At least that’s the contention […]

Salem, OH to Sign Lease Deal with Chesapeake for $7K+20%

The City of Salem, Ohio, which straddles both Columbiana and Mahoning counties, is due to sign a three-year oil and gas lease with Chesapeake Energy today for 381 acres of land owned by the city. The deal calls for an initial $3,500 per acre signing bonus and 20% royalties, with an additional $3,500 per acre […]

Hydrochloric Acid Spill at Drilling Site in Bradford, PA

It wasn’t a happy July 4th at the Yoder Unit 1H Marcellus well in Leroy Township (Bradford County), PA. The well, in the process of being drilled by Chief Oil and Gas, experienced a leak of 4,700 gallons of hydrochloric acid from a faulty valve. Most of the acid stayed on the drill pad, but […]

Anti-Frackers to Descend on Washington, D.C. July 28

Oh joy. Anti-fossil fuel, anti-drilling hippie wannabes will convene in (where else) Washington, D.C. on July 28th for a protest against fracking (the sex is free but bring your own drugs). Hollywood stars and starlets will be in attendance to whip up the faithful—like Mark Ruffalo, Ed Asner, Josh Fox and Margot Kidder. Titled “Stop […]

Ohio Beefs Up Inspection Force, Numbers will Triple by 2013

One more sign that Utica Shale drilling in Ohio is heating up: By the end of this year, the state will add as many as 70 new field inspectors, tripling the size of its inspection team.

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jul 6, 2012

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


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