Chevron Selling 17K Marcellus Shale Acres, More Sales Coming

land for saleChevron, according to NGI’s Shale Plays Factbook, is the fourth largest acreage holder in the Marcellus Shale with some 700,000 acres. It appears Chevron is looking to sell off at least some of that acreage. MDN received an email notice (below) from EnergyNet, hired to broker a sale for two of what they say will be an eventual 12 tracks of Marcellus acreage that Chevron owns. The current two are located in Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties in Pennsylvania and represent just over 17,000 acres total. EnergyNet is accepting sealed bids on various tracks, some held by production, some not…
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PA Counties Band Together for Grant to Create Marcellus Jobs

A regional economic development group made up of officials from Blair, Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon, Fulton and Bedford counties in Pennsylvania is asking the state for a $700,000 grant to help them help businesses located in the southern Allegheny region identify new business opportunities in the shale gas drilling industry. The group hopes that their geography, strategically located between PA’s northeastern and southwestern Marcellus gas fields, will bring new business to the area, and along with that new business, more jobs.

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Advice on Testing Well Water as a Precaution Before Marcellus Gas Drilling Begins

Some Juniata Township residents (located near Altoona, in central Pennsylvania) with properties close to Marcellus Shale drilling sites have had their water tested as a precautionary measure. Their aim is to have evidence in case their water supplies become contaminated due to drilling activity. While MDN would point out that no known instances of chemical contamination of drinking water supplies from Marcellus Shale drilling exist, we applaud anyone who wants to ensure the drilling industry lives up to its stated high standards. The residents of Juniata Township offer this sage advice if you do get testing done:

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