Archive for July 9th, 2012

SWRTPG–South West Ross Twp Property Group

Area covered: Ross Township in Luzerne County, PA Membership: Not disclosed Contact: Kenneth Long, 570-256-7396 Contact: Dale Elston, [email protected] Web:

Preston Gas Association

Area covered: Preston County, MD Membership: Not disclosed Contact: Jim Moore, 410-693-0664, [email protected]

Noxen Area Gas Group

Area covered: Southern Wyoming County, PA Membership: 150 landowners, 8,500 acres Contact: Joel Field, 570-298-0962, [email protected]

Western NY Gas & Oil Consortium

Area covered: Erie, Cattaraugus, Allegany counties in NY Membership: Not disclosed Contact: Dave Colligan, 716-852-3540, [email protected]

Sullivan Delaware Property Owners Association

Area covered: New York side of upper Delaware River – Hancock, Freemont, Delaware and Cochecton townships in Sullivan and Delaware counties, NY Membership: 60,000+ acres Contact: Noel van Swol, 845-887-4728, [email protected]

South Maine Millennium Coalition

Area covered: Town of Maine in Broome County, NY Membership: 150+ landowners, 3,500 acres (lease signed) Contact: Bob Mnahoncak, [email protected]

South Madison County Gas Coalition

Area covered: Southern portions of Madison County, NY Membership: Not disclosed Contact: David Keefe, 607-559-9800, [email protected]

Rural Bethel Landowners Coalition

Area covered: Towns of Bethel, Callicoon, Liberty, Delaware and Cochecton in Sullivan County, NY Membership: 160 members, 14,000 acres Contact: Al Larson, 845-439-3920, [email protected]

Owego Gas Coalition

Area covered: Owego and surrounding areas of Tioga County, NY Membership: Not disclosed Contact: Martin Murphy, 607-687-1882, [email protected]

Protesters Illegally Shut Down Drilling Rig in Central PA

Protesters have illegally shut down an EQT drilling rig in Moshannon State Forest in central Pennsylvania. The rig was in the process of being commissioned (just getting started) and protesters blocked the road trucks were using to access the rig. In addition to blocking the road, two protesters sat 75 feet up on a tree […]

Ohio EPA Says Patriot Still Can’t Dispose of Water in Warren

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached out to MDN to let us know that there is an ongoing issue with Patriot Water in the City of Warren, Ohio. In short, Patriot is still not allowed to send the fracking wastewater they treat to the Warren municipal sewage treatment plant for disposal. Last week MDN […]

Marcellus Drilling Means High Housing Prices in Towanda PA

When an area sees a lot a drilling, one of the unintended consequences is a serious jump in the price of housing—both rental and for purchase. Towanda (Bradford County), PA seems to be ground zero for an extraordinary jump in housing prices over the past few years. How about $2,000 to rent a two-bedroom apartment […]

Belmont, OH Attorney Sues Hess to Dissolve Lease

An attorney in Belmont County, Ohio—Rebecca Bench—is suing to end a lease deal she and her husband signed in 2008, originally with Mason Dixon Energy for $100 per acre. Mason Dixon later sold the lease to Hess Corp. The $100 per acre Bench and her husband were paid is a fraction of recent transactions, some […]

NiSource, Hilcorp Energy Joint Venture in Utica Shale

NiSource Inc. announced today they are entering a joint venture with Hilcorp Energy and combining their Utica Shale acreage together with Hilcorp doing the drilling. They’re also establishing a midstream joint venture called Pennant Midstream to construct an initial 50 miles of wet gas gathering pipelines in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. And the new […]

Paladino Says NY Sen. Libous (Ab)using Fracking to Fundraise

Carl Paladino, a conservative who ran as the Republican candidate against Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the 2010 gubernatorial election in New York, isn’t a fan of New York State Senator Tom Libous. Libous is a Binghamton resident and the number two senator in the Republican-controlled (yes you read that right, Republican-controlled) New York State Senate. […]

Will There be Marcellus Drilling in PA State Parks?

So far there has been no Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania’s 61 state parks that sit over top of the Marcellus (out of 120 state parks total). But that may soon change because the state doesn’t own the mineral rights for most of its parks.

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