Marcellus Shale Newswire 3/16/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 48

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


CBS News

NY Assembly calls for fracking health impact study

By Associated Press

March 13, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental and health groups are praising the New York State Assembly for including an independent health impact study of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in its budget proposal on Monday.

The Tribune Democrat

Pittsburgh-area site is chosen for major refinery

By Associated Press

March 15, 2012

MONACA — Shell Oil Co. has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major new petrochemical refinery that could provide a huge economic boost to the region.


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Zoning, impact fees concern Fayette residents

By Cindy Ekas

March 15, 2012

Fayette County residents voiced their concerns about impact fees and zoning regulations approved by the Pennsylvania Legislature under Act 13, a new law governing Marcellus shale gas operations.


The Times Leader

EPA water tests instill confidence

By Associated Press

March 16, 2012,119604?search_filter=marcellus+shale&town_id=1&sub_type=stories

THE FEDERAL Environmental Protection Agency is stepping where Pennsylvania’s government, and its regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Protection, fears to tread: the Marcellus Shale regions.


The Wall Street Journal

After quakes, Ohio tough gas-drilling rules

By Associated Press

March 09, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers.


The Times Leader

Most Pa. counties are gas well-less

By Kevin Begos

March 09, 2012,124628?search_filter=marcellus+shale&town_id=1&sub_type=stories

PITTSBURGH — Data from the state show that many counties don’t have any gas drilling wells tapping into the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation and may never have any despite the proliferation of them elsewhere.


Yahoo! Finance Australia

EPA heightens scrutiny of Pa.’s Marcellus Shale

By Michael Rubinkam 

March 05, 2012

DIMOCK, Pa. (AP) — Tugging on rubber gloves, a laboratory worker kneels before a gushing spigot behind Kim Grosso’s house and positions an empty bottle under the clear, cold stream. The process is repeated dozens of times as bottles are filled, marked and packed into coolers.

The Wall Street journal

Pa. river commission OKs more drilling water use

By Associated Press 

March 15, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Demonstrators on Thursday disrupted another meeting of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to protest the approval of more water use by Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling companies.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Corbett made pass to oil execs with Steelers

By Laura Olson

March 16, 2012

HARRISBURG — The Greater Pittsburgh region had a lot to offer the Shell Oil Co. executives in their search for locating a new Appalachian petrochemical plant — access to rails and rivers, business-friendly politicians, and plenty of natural gas.