PA Drought Conditions Begin to Affect Marcellus Drilling

Drought conditions now exist over a large part of Pennsylvania, and because of it, we are beginning to see some impacts on Marcellus Shale drilling. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees water management/withdrawals from streams and rivers in the central and western part of the state. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) oversees it in the northeastern part of the state. The DEP has not (yet) issued any restrictions, but the SRBC reports that restrictions previously written into water permits for drillers in the northeast have affected the withdrawals of two drillers: Cabot Oil & Gas (in Susquehanna County) and Seneca Resources (in Tioga County)…

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