Recent Posts in Marcellus Shale Category

  • While fracking efforts in the Marcellus Shale region have created a number of jobs for the surrounding area, the rise in drilling accidents has been an unfortunate and unintended side effect. Since 2010, more than 20 confirmed incidents have been reported of varying severity, with at least two occasions leading to lives being lost. These accidents include explosions, pipeline breaches, fires, and ...
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  • Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Conclusions

    || 5-Apr-2013

    Advisory Opinions to Municipalities Since the Robinson Township decision, municipal governments are left with countless questions and concerns regarding their local ordinances which may or may not be upheld pending the PA Supreme Court decision. ACT 13 states that a municipality can petition for an advisory opinion from the PUC to determine if their zoning ordinance complies with ACT 13. If the ...
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  • Legal Challenges to ACT 13 As anticipated, ACT 13 was met with immediate and severe uproar from landowners and municipalities who sought to limit and control natural gas drilling and production within their jurisdiction. Dozens of municipal governments went to the courts soon after ACT 13 was implemented on April 16, 2012. The leading case challenging the constitutionality of the broad use of ...
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  • Genesis of ACT 13 – Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Oil and Gas Law Consolidation Several years after the "Renz" well was drilled and countless municipalities fought to deny gas drilling companies on their land; the political pressure and public outcry had reached a boiling point. The Huntley, Range Resources, muddied the waters of the Oil and Gas Act and new legislation was ...
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  • Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: The Road to ACT 13 (Part 2) Gas Law before ACT 13 Prior to the natural gas boom which began around 2005, almost all regulations relating to Oil and Gas wells fell under the umbrella of the Oil and Gas Act of 1984, Public Utilities Commission ("PUC"), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"), and local land use ordinances. ...
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  • American Energy Independence As the "war on terror" rages perpetually across the globe, our nation's leaders have begun to take a proactive role in precluding hostile nations from having a vice grip over our nation's energy supply. Nations such as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq, and Venezuela have controlled an alarming portion of America's oil supply for decades. These same ...
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  • A Compressor Station in your Backyard?

    || 4-Dec-2012

    Natural Gas News: A Compressor Station in your Backyard? The recent natural gas boom in Northeastern Pennsylvania has created large amounts of wealth, construction, and concerns for many local residents. Many homeowners and local governments are uneasy and unsure about what they can do to prevent drilling companies from encroaching on their land and putting them at risk. As citizens and local ...
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  • Township Ordinance Fails to Prevent Compressor Station Operating in Residential Area New Century Pipeline (New Century) appealed a ruling from a Common Pleas judge stating that the Township of Bradford's ordinance banning a compressor station in a residential area. The natural gas company, New Century, argued that Bradford's ordinance was unlawful because a compressor station was ...
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  • Methane Leak in Bradford County - Natural Gas Drilling

    || 13-Jul-2012

    Methane may have leaked into drinking water in Bradford County! According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a letter stating that the methane gas likley leaked out of a drilling station. Local streams and drinking wells were reportedly bubbling from gas that had leaked into the water. If you are concerned that you may be at ...
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  • Hydrochloric Acid Spill - Marcellus Shale

    || 13-Jul-2012

    4700 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled out a drilling site last week about 80 miles northeast of Scranton! According to the Timesleader.com, the spill happened on July 4th. There are currently no reports of contamination of the local waterways, but DEP and local clean-up crews plan to sample the local drinking water on Tuesday. If you are concerned that your drinking water and local lakes and ...
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  • Natural Gas Industry Rebuts Contamination Claims

    || 3-Feb-2012

    No Evidence of Drilling Chemicals Found in Montrose Water When the floodgates of industry opened to tap the natural gas resources of the Pennsylvania landscape, many towns saw a massive influx of machinery, out-of-town workers, and trucks dramatically change what were once peaceful rural towns. With the large economic boom that ensued, so too did a rapid increase in concern for our water supply ...
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  • Well-Completion Operations Suspended in NEPA

    || 22-Apr-2011

    According to this morning's Times-Tribune, Chesapeake Energy has suspended its well-completion operations in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia until further notice due to an accident at a natural-gas well in Leroy Twp. The accident, which occured late Tuesday, released hydraulic fracturing fluids into the environment, including into Towanda Creek and nearby tributaries. Emergency crews ...
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  • Worries over Marcellus Shale for Area Residents

    || 25-Jan-2011

    More and more families in our area are being notified that land adjacent to their property will be used as a planned site for water withdrawal for potential gas drilling. Saturday's Times-Tribune reports that nine additional NEPA families living in the Marcellus Shale region will be impacted by gas drilling and hydrofracturing, or fracking. For residents whose property borders land owned by ...
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  • Marcellus Shale Attorney: Stay Informed of Your Rights!

    || 11-Oct-2010

    If you are living in Northeastern Pennsylvania, chances are that you have heard a lot of talk lately about natural gas drilling in the Marchellus Shale. Proponents of both sides of this issue feel passionately about their arguments, and most residents of Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties are aware that fracking will play a significant role in the future of our region. While talk about fracking and ...
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  • Tragic Incident Reported at PA Natural Gas Drill Site

    || 23-Jul-2010

    Today's Times-Tribune reports that a tragic explosion in Indianola, Pennsylvania has killed two workers at a natural gas well. A welding project near the well is suspected to have triggered the deadly explosion and subsequent fire, though investigations as to the cause remain underway. My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the men who were killed. Though this particular ...
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  • Good News, for a Change

    || 17-Jul-2010

    I'm always reading the newspaper and commenting on it in these blogs, and oftentimes, the news is less than good. However, today's Times-Tribune cheered me up with an article reporting that Bloomberg BusinessWeek has named the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area the tenth strongest job market in America. That doesn't mean we are where we need to be in terms of jobs or our economy, but it does ...
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  • Today's Times-Tribune details the natural gas industry's current push to label gas gathering pipelines as utilities, which would subject the companies that own the lines to some regulation, but would also give those companies the authority to invoke eminent domain. This could mean that, as the paper states, "Even property owners who don't want a pipeline on their land at any price ...
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  • NEPA Preparing Educationally for Marcellus Shale Jobs

    || 28-Jun-2010

    More news about Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling: An article in today's Times-Tribune emphasizes not the negative impact drilling has had and could have on NEPA's natural resources, but the preparations our local educational institutions are making in response to anticipated industry demand for workers. One sometimes gets the feeling that Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling is a ...
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  • New Developments in PA Marcellus Shale Drilling Plans

    || 14-Jun-2010

    The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) announced yesterday that it has amended its 2009 decision requiring sponsors of natural gas extraction projects to obtain permission before beginning production to also require prior permission to drill exploratory wells. These more stringent requirements may be partially due to recent, well-publicized accidents by Marcellus Shale drilling companies. What ...
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  • Three Recent Marcellus Shale Drilling Accidents

    || 7-Jun-2010

    The Times-Tribune has reported two major accidents related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in the past week. The first accident in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, resulted in a 16-hour leak of gas and frack into the environment. More recently, seven workers were injured in a massive explosion in West Virginia. A third accident was reported several months ago in a state forest in Clinton ...
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  • Upper Delaware Named Most Endangered American River

    || 2-Jun-2010

    The latest news on Marcellus Shale drilling in Wayne County: American Rivers, a national conservation agency, has named the Upper Delaware River as the most endangered river in the nation due to proposed natural gas drilling in its watershed. See today's Times-Tribune for the rest of story, and for the list of endangered rivers. Citizen action surrounding decisions about whether and how to ...
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  • Marcellus Shale - Where Do You Fit In?

    || 27-May-2010

    Another interesting piece about Marcellus Shale drilling appeared in today's Times-Tribune. The paper ran a "middle path" editorial which observed that drilling will have both costs and benefits, and that while some people in our region will come out winners, others will not, as their property values will be negatively affected. Mostly, the editorial focused on a bill in Harrisburg ...
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  • Marcellus Shale's Potential Impact

    || 27-May-2010

    Those who support developing the Marcellus Shale formation for natural resource extraction generally point to the economic benefits such development will have both for individuals within our region and for our region as a whole. They make compelling arguments, although, as yesterday's Times-Tribune points out, disagreement remains over the actual number of jobs and income drilling will ...
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  • WCOGTF Meeting Offers Glimpse into Marcellus Shale Contentions

    || 20-May-2010

    I have blogged several times recently about Marcellus Shale drilling projects being planned and implemented throughout our region. Most recently, I wrote about Wayne County; just today, looking through the River Reporter, I found an article that shows just how divided local communities can be over the issue of resource extraction. The article detailed the discussion at the first public meeting of ...
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  • The Times-Tribune reports that as drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation becomes a reality throughout much of our region, the Delaware River Basin Commission, which regulates activities impacting the watershed and which makes up most of Wayne County, is developing its own standards for natural gas drilling. Though exploration may continue, no production will happen until the ...
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