MDN Weekly Update – May 15, 2011

Thank you to all of you who voted in last week’s (and MDN’s first-ever) online poll. Here are the results from 403 MDN readers:

imageAre You in Favor of Shale Gas Drilling?
Yes – with safeguards in place (69%, 278 Votes)
No – can’t be done safely (26%, 103 Votes)
Not sure – still forming an opinion (5%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 403

This Week’s Poll

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I believe the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “out of bounds” in trying to regulate hydraulic fracturing. It is my opinion that regulation of gas drilling is best left to the individual states. Others will argue that water crosses boundaries in the form of rivers and streams and aquifers, and therefore a federal role is important to protect water supplies. I’m interested in knowing what you think. So this week’s question, as plainly and succinctly as I can ask it (no hidden agendas, no attempt to manipulate the outcome for those who like to needle me) is: Should the federal EPA regulate hydraulic fracturing? Go to any page on the website and click to vote on the right-hand side of the page. I’ll report the results next week.

Below you’ll find the “top 5” lists and this week’s calendar listings.

Happy reading,
Jim Willis, Editor

Five Most Viewed Stories This Week (May 8 – May 14)

  1. Former PA DEP Officials, Industry Group Point Out Problems with Duke University Study Linking Methane in Water with Fracking (5/11/11)
  2. MDN In-depth: Duke University Study Links Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling with Methane Contamination of Water Wells (5/10/11)
  3. Surprise! New York State’s Pension Fund Invests $1 Billion in Shale Gas Drilling Companies (5/9/11)
  4. Ohio’s First Marcellus Shale Wastewater Treatment Plant Now Open for Business (5/11/11)
  5. Pro-Drilling Supporters Meet with Legislative Officials in Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo Stresses Patience (5/12/11)

Five Most Viewed Stories Two Weeks Ago (May 1 – May 7)

  1. Drilling in the Utica Shale in PA – Ranges Says Yes, Williams Says No (5/2/11)
  2. The Prospects for Continued Expansion of Marcellus Drilling – Some Companies Cooling on Shale Gas Drilling (5/4/11)
  3. New Technology May Hold Key to Cleaning Fracking Fluids, Early Tests Very Promising (5/3/11)
  4. Maryland AG Sues Chesapeake Energy Over Spill in Pennsylvania (5/3/11)
  5. List of 78 Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid in Pennsylvania (6/30/10)

Five Most Viewed Stories Last 30 Days (Apr 14 – May 14)

  1. Chesapeake, 14 Other Energy Companies Have Drilling Permits for Utica Shale in Ohio (4/18/11)
  2. List of 78 Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid in Pennsylvania (6/30/10)
  3. PA DEP, Marcellus Shale Coalition Admit Drilling Wastewater Likely Contaminating Drinking Water (4/19/11)
  4. Chesapeake Energy Paying $2,500 per Acre to Lease Utica Shale (4/11/11)
  5. Chesapeake Well in Bradford County, PA has Blowout; Chesapeake Temporarily Stops All Drilling Until Cause is Known (4/22/11)

MDN Calendar (May 15 – May 21)


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