Marcellus Shale Newswire 02/03/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 43

A Collection of Marcellus Shale and Gas Drilling Articles from Pennsylvania and Beyond



The Times Leader

Landowners fight eminent domain in Pa. gas field

By Associated Press

January 31, 2012

(AP) When federal regulators approved a 39-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Pennsylvania’s pristine Endless Mountains, they cited the operator’s assurances that it would make sparing use of eminent domain as it negotiated with more than 150 property owners along the pipeline’s route. 


Capitol Ideas Blog

With Timer Ticking, Shale Talks Continue

By John L. Micek

January 30, 2012

HARRISBURG – Operators of Marcellus wells, drilling rigs and compressor stations are being notified by state officials to provide air emissions data by March 1, highlighting an issue activists want more attention given in pending impact fee legislation.


The Times-Tribune

Drillers must provide air emissions data

By Robert Swift

January 31, 2012

This is a story about water, the land surrounding it, and the lives it sustains. Clean water should be a right: there is no life without it. New York is what you might call a “water state.” Its rivers and their tributaries only start with the St. Lawrence, the Hudson, the Delaware, and the Susquehanna. The best known of its lakes are Great Lakes Erie and Ontario, Lake George, and the Finger Lakes. Blog

CDC letter on Ohio shale gas drilling and public health. First publication of full text letter

By Ken Jaffe

January 29, 2012

The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ADSRD) has weighed in on a three-year history of drinking water contamination in Medina, OH. They recommended that immediate action be taken to avoid explosion in homes.  The problems developed within a week of two gas wells being drilled within 3000 feet of the homes with contaminated drinking water.


Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Gas Drilling Tax Impasse Costs Pa. $300 Million

By Chris Lilienthal 

January 31, 2012

HARRISBURG, PA (January 31, 2012) – Legislative inaction on a natural gas drilling tax has cost Pennsylvania $300 million in lost revenue, according to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.


The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register

Industry, Professors at Odds on Gas

By Casey Junkins

January 30, 2012–Professors-at-Odds-on-Gas.html?nav=515

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Professors from Cornell University believe methane released by natural gas drilling activities may be worse for the environment than burning coal, but gas industry officials disagree. 


Canon-McMillan Patch

Corbett Signs Marcellus Shale Emergency Response Plan Bill

By Amanda Gillooly

February 03, 2012

The location of some Marcellus Shale sites makes a bill that Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Thursday that much more important.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Obama’s backing of shale gas aimed at voters in Marcellus region

By Erich Schwartzel

January 29, 2012

President Barack Obama’s early valentine to the natural gas industry in his State of the Union address Tuesday spurred activist anxiety and industry infatuation, but the lengthy section dedicated to domestic energy was also an appeal to the millions of voters living above the Marcellus Shale formation.


Brighton-Pittsford Post

Guest View: New group eyes fracking safety

By Corinne Coon

February 03, 2012 —The newly formed Citizens’ Alliance for a Pristine Perinton, CAPP is an organization of Fairport and Perinton residents that alliance of citizens concerned about the health and welfare of our children, grandchildren and generations to come. Put simply, the group has been formed to address the current “gold rush to drill” mentality of politicians and energy companies eager to capitalize on the potential of drilling for natural gas contained in the Marcellus and Utica shale layers.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Texas law requires disclosure of drilling cocktails

By Erich Schwartzel

February 02, 2012

Texas has more gas drilling than any other state and on Wednesday it started requiring drillers to release the list of chemicals used on each well — everything from the tetrakis hydroxymethyl-phosphonium sulfate that eliminates bacteria in water to the formic acid used to prevent pipe corrosion.



New website tracks Marcellus shale drilling records

By WJAC Web Staff

January 30, 2012

A new website now allows people to better track the progress of Marcellus shale drilling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection launched the website two weeks ago, and it makes it easier for people to access permit records, drilling dates, inspections and other information