PA Drought Watch Lifted – Marcellus Drillers can Restart Withdrawals

In May MDN brought you the news that drought conditions in Pennsylvania were beginning to take a bite out of Marcellus drilling activities–at least in the northeast part of the state (see PA Drought Conditions Begin to Affect Marcellus Drilling). On May 26, the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a drought watch for 27 counties in the state, including large natgas producers like Susquehanna, Bradford, Tioga and Lackawanna, all counties in northeast PA. On June 17 the DEP expanded the drought watch to 37 counties. However, we have good news. The DEP has just lifted the drought watch for all 37 counties–which means Marcellus drillers previously affected can return to normal operations…

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