MDN Weekly Update – Apr 1, 2012: Waterless Fracking

over-the-topThis past week brought a surprise announcement from “stalled at the gate” New York State. A group of landowners in Tioga County, NY (which sits between Binghamton and Elmira, in what is called the Southern Tier region of New York) are signing a lease with eCorp to allow Marcellus drilling using a waterless fracking technology pioneered by the Canadian company GASFRAC (see this MDN story). By using LPG fracking technology, eCorp and the Tioga landowners can move forward with drilling now—they won’t have to wait for New York’s four-year-old moratorium on fracking to be lifted. They can frack now with this waterless technology.

In the article about the Tioga landowner deal, MDN speculated that given most or all of the stated reasons anti-drillers oppose drilling would be gone, they will invent new reasons to not like waterless fracking too. That is, this situation will show the true colors of anti-drillers—that their agenda is really one of not only opposing the recovery of, but also the use of fossil fuels because of a misguided belief/philosophy/worldview that fossil fuels are evil.

Which brings us to this week’s poll question: Will anti-drillers oppose waterless LPG fracking too? I’d like to know what you think. Will those who oppose drilling now get on board? Or is their position so hardened, so unbending, so “over the top” that they will oppose any kind of extraction of natural gas? Head on over to the right side of any page and register your vote.

Last Week’s Poll Results

poll resultsLast week MDN wanted to know if you believe that energy companies are intentionally overstating just how much recoverable gas there is in shale deposits. Here’s the results:

Are drillers overstating recoverable shale gas estimates to increase the stock price and attract investors?

No (55%, 150 Votes)
Yes (26%, 71 Votes)
Not sure (19%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 274

Below are the most recent “top 5” lists and the calendar of Marcellus-related events for the next two weeks.

Happy fracking,
Jim Willis, Editor

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Five Most Viewed Stories This Past Week (Mar 25th – Mar 31st)

  1. Alternative Fracking Method May Soon Debut – in New York! (3/29/12)
  2. Who’s Drilling Where (and How Much) in Ohio’s Utica Shale (3/26/12)
  3. BP’s Big Utica Shale Deal, Leases 84K Acres in Ohio (3/28/12)
  4. GASFRAC’s LPG Fracking Method (and Future) Looking Good (3/30/12)
  5. Anti-Drilling Stupidity on Display for All to See (3/26/12)

Five Most Viewed Stories Last 30 Days (Mar 1st – Mar 31st)

  1. Alternative Fracking Method May Soon Debut – in New York! (3/29/12)
  2. List of 78 Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid in Pennsylvania (6/30/10)
  3. Chesapeake to Build $900M Processing Plant in OH Utica Shale (3/14/12)
  4. The 10 Largest Natural Gas Drillers in the U.S. (9/6/11)
  5. Shell Announces Location of Ethane Cracker Plant (3/16/12)

MDN Calendar (Apr 1st– Apr 14th)

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West Virginia