Marcellus Shale Newswire 3/30/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 50
PennEnvironment
Last updated: 4/27/2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Opposition to Marcellus compressor station voiced

By Taryn Luna

March 28, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/marcellusshale/opposition-to-marcellus-compressor-station-voiced-628316/

More than two dozen residents voiced strong op position to the first proposed permit for a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station in Allegheny County at a public hearing in Lawrenceville Tuesday night.

 

The Colombus Dispatch

Bill allows some hiding of ‘fracking’ chemicals 

By Spencer Hunt

March 27, 2012

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/27/bill-allows-some-hiding-of-fracking-chemicals.html

A state bill backed by Gov. John Kasich that would make oil and gas companies disclose “fracking” chemicals still would keep some of the compounds secret.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shell plant attract watchful eyes

By Don Hopey

March 26, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/marcellusshale/shell-plant-attracts-watchful-eyes-628018/

The ethylene cracker facility that Shell Chemical wants to build in Beaver County to process “wet gases” from the Marcellus and Utica shales has the potential to add significant emissions to the area’s industrial air pollutants.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Municipalities file lawsuit against new shale drilling law

By Laura Olson

March 29, 2012 

http://shale.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/news/archives/24432-municipalities-file-lawsuit-against-new-shale-drilling-law

HARRISBURG -- Seven municipalities that banded together in recent weeks in opposition to state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling law filed a suit this afternoon challenging whether the state was authorized to supersede local regulation of gas drilling.

PennLive.com

Farmers begin to question Marcellus Shale drilling

By Carol French and Patriot-News Op-Ed

March 24, 2012

http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/03/farmers_begin_to_question_marc.html

Take a ride through Bradford County and you will find signs hanging in front of family farms that read “Century Farm.” Century-old and newer family farms are the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy and our strong rural heritage. 

The Columbus Dispatch

‘Fracking’ is thirsty work

By Spencer Hunt

March 25, 2012

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/25/fracking-is-thirsty-work.html

A growing thirst for water to “frack” Utica shale wells in eastern Ohio has oil and gas drillers tapping government agencies’ supplies and environmentalists asking if there is enough to go around. 

 

MCall.com

Nockamixon set to fight proposed gas drilling

By JD Malone

March 17, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/chesapeake-energy-ceo-capitalizing-today-on-tomorrows-profits-in-west-virginias-farmland-627975/?p=0

Rapp Creek, shallow and clear, spills down a rock outcropping and burbles through the woods a few yards from Janie and Larry Stangil's back deck in Nockamixon Township, a few hundred feet from the proposed site of a natural gas drilling operation.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

South Fayette considers change in Marcellus Shale drilling locations

By Andrea Iglar

March 24, 2012

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11083/1134176-57.stm

South Fayette is considering changing its rules for Marcellus Shale development either by expanding or restricting possible drilling locations.

 

The Daily Collegian Online

County to hold hearing on Marcellus Shale Impact Fee

By Adam Lidgett 

March 20, 2012

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/03/20/commissioners_to_talk_shale.aspx

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a Marcellus Shale impact fee bill into law in February, but now it’s up to counties to decide if they will impose the fee on gas-drilling companies. 

 

West Virginia Personal Inquiry Lawyer Blog

Gas Drilling in Marcellus/Utica Shale Leads to Earthquakes in Ohio

By Bordas and Bordas

March 15, 2012

http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11083/1134176-57.stm

West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania have all been overwhelmed by the rapid progress of natural gas exploitation, headed up by companies like Chesapeake. These companies are rushing to exploit the Utica and Marcellus shale formations which are layers of rock located thousands of feet below the surface of the earth and which are believed to contain hundreds of billions (if not trillions) of cubic feet of valuable natural gas.