Marcellus Shale Newswire 01/13/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 40
PennEnvironment
Last updated: 1/25/2012

Nature News Blog

Fracking’s future in the US comes down to upcoming New York State decisions

By Brian Owens

January 12, 2012

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/01/fracking’s-future-in-the-us-comes-down-to-upcoming-new-york-state-decisions.html

New York State is the key battleground that will determine the future of fracking in the U.S., and January 11, 2012, was a turning point. The date ended the public comment period on proposed state regulations that will govern the process: drilling into deep Marcellus shales, fracturing the rock with water and chemicals to release natural gas, and disposing of the resulting wastewater that flows back up the well with the gas.

 

Calgary Herald

New rumblings: Earthquakes intensify scrutiny of shale gas methods

By Andrew Maykuth

January 13, 2012

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/rumblings+Earthquakes+intensify+scrutiny+shale+methods/5991967/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

PHILADELPHIA — Metaphorically speaking, the shale-gas boom was supposed to bring seismic changes to America’s energy landscape. But after a series of earthquakes during the holidays shook Youngstown, Ohio, authorities are focusing on a literal link between seismic activity and gas development.

 

Yellow Scene Magazine

Erie’s fracking opponents get support from all corners

http://yellowscene.com/2012/01/11/eries-fracking-opponents-get-support-from-all-corners/

By Greg Campbell

January 11, 2012 

If Erie residents who are concerned about hydraulic fracturing thought they would be alone in their fight against oil and gas companies, they may be pleasantly surprised to learn that they’re wrong.

 

The Wall Street Journal

DEP seeks companies’ emissions data

By Associated Press

January 09, 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/AP5c9a4c2931444d5e95d515bae4060f6e.html

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection undercounted the number of wells producing gas from the Marcellus Shale, frustrating industry, environmental groups, and elected officials, according to a newspaper report.

 

ABC News

Doctors call for temporary halt to fracking

By Associated Press

January 09, 2012

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/health&id=8492067

WASHINGTON, D.C.; January 9, 2012 (WPVI) -- Gas drilling is making instant millionaires out of those fortunate enough to own property above the Marcellus Shale reserve. But a coalition of medical groups fear their health may suffer for it.

 

The Guardian

No fracking in home counties, village residents tell oil company

By Robert Booth

January 12, 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/12/fracking-oil-west-sussex-caudrilla?newsfeed=true

After earthquakes in Lancashire and tales of poisoned water and flaming taps in the US, "fracking" for gas or oil in the English home counties was never likely to be easy. And so it proved when oil executives faced the fury of a village hall full of West Sussex residents in a clash over a controversial technology that energy companies believe could open up major reserves of energy from underground rocks. 

 

Marcellus Drilling News

EPA Promises Water for Dimock PA, Reneges 24 Hours Later

By Jim Willis

January 09, 2012

http://marcellusdrilling.com/2012/01/epa-promises-water-for-dimock-pa-reneges-24-hours-later/

The news out of Dimock, PA is coming so fast and furious, it’s hard to keep track of it all. First, a brief background on the situation in Dimock, the context you almost never read in the mainstream media:

 

Essential Public Radio

Water Well Rules Proposed for Pennsylvania

By Mary Wilson & Essential Public Radio

January 13, 2012

http://www.essentialpublicradio.org/story/2012-01-10/water-well-rules-proposed-pennsylvania-9888

A Pennsylvania lawmaker says that more than 20,000 private water wells are drilled every year in Pennsylvania, but a lack of regulations means that there’s nothing to ensure water quality for homeowners. Water quality has been a focus in the ongoing Marcellus shale drilling debate.

 

Ithaca Journal

Anti-fracking group pleased with Hectors response DEC

By Harley Campbell

January 12, 2012

http://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120112/NEWS01/201120341/Anti-fracking-group-pleased-Hector-s-response-DEC?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

Natural gas companies throughout Pennsylvania are hoping to expand their efforts to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale deposit. The Delaware River Basin Commission is presiding over a multi-state initiative that would allow natural gas drilling through hydraulic fracture within a few hundred yards of the Delaware River.

 

The Times-Tribune

House panel considers water well standards

By Robert Swift

January 11, 2012

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/house-panel-considers-water-well-standards-1.1256069#axzz1jNNgACM2

HARRISBURG - Owners and drillers of new private water wells would need to meet statewide construction regulations under legislation that got a boost Tuesday at a House committee hearing.