Morgantown, WV Update: Fracking to Begin Next Week

It seems the opposition to two Marcellus Shale gas wells being drilled outside Morgantown’s borders is petering out. Press accounts talk of “a handful” of area residents protesting outside of the drill sites this week—meaning less than a dozen, perhaps a single family, who knows?

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PA Religious Group to Lecture Industry on Ethical Drilling

This should be interesting. On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA-IPL) religious organization will tell the drilling industry how they should do their business. Apparently there is something called “ethical drilling” that the good people of the PA-IPL will reveal. Notice, as MDN has repeatedly pointed out, that ideology (or philosophy, or in this case, faith) is the reason anti-drillers—and make no mistake, this group is anti-drilling—oppose shale gas drilling. They view it as a threat to the renewable energy nirvana they want to impose on everyone else. In the case of this organization, they attempt to transform the drilling argument into a moral one, meaning if you disagree with their viewpoint, you’re immoral. Nice try.

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EPA to Hold Hearings on Rules to Reduce Fracking Air Pollution

Being “forced” by a lawsuit, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted new rules and regulations for oil and gas drillers that use hydraulic fracturing. The new rules require drillers to use new or improved processes and equipment (at great expense) in an attempt to cut the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air pollutants the EPA says are emitted during the completion of hydraulically fractured wells. MDN wrote an extensive article on this, complete with a copy of the 604-page list of rule changes (see here).

The EPA is moving forward with several public hearings on the rule changes, the first of which will be in Pittsburgh on Sept. 27th.

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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Friday, Sep 16, 2011

MDN reads dozens of, sometimes over a hundred, stories each day. The value proposition for you, our beloved reader, is that we wade through it all so you don’t have to. We hope you come to depend on MDN as your one-stop place to quickly catch up on all of the important Marcellus and Utica Shale news each day.

There are a number of stories that MDN reads that do not make the daily “cut” to be flagged and commented on and brought to you. Things that are interesting, but frankly don’t deserve the full MDN treatment. We usually just post a link to those stories on Twitter. However, many people don’t use Twitter or may not have time to check the story links we post on that service. Therefore, starting today, MDN will post a “best of the rest” with headlines and brief blurbs about stories that caught our eye but were not given the full MDN treatment.

Let us know whether or not this service is of value to you.

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