Marcellus Shale Newswire 4/27/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 54

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


Essential Public radio

State Environmental Group Takes Act 13 and puts it in “Plain English”

By Deanna Garcia

April 23, 2012

Act 13 is the recently-passed law that regulates oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania. There are many provisions within it, including impact fees for counties, chemical disclosure regulations, and where energy development can take place. But, it’s a legislative document and is therefore long and sometimes hard to understand. That’s where Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) comes in. The non-profit environmental advocacy group has released a plain-language guide and analysis.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Judge denies GOP requests to intervene in shale lawsuit

By Karen Langley  

April 21, 2012

HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Friday denied requests by top Republican legislators and the gas-drilling industry to participate in a lawsuit challenging the state’s Marcellus Shale law.


The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ethanol, environmental mandates blamed for Phila. Refinery woes

By Andrew Maykuth

April 26, 2012

Oil-industry experts told a congressional panel on Thursday that regulations requiring more ethanol in motor fuel and setting stricter federal emission standards have driven some refineries out of business


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PUC delays issuing final Act 13 guidelines

By Laura Olson

April 26, 2012

The recent 120-day court-ordered halt to the new state drilling law’s zoning section is causing confusion for a key agency tasked with implementing the statute.


The Philadelphia Inquirer

Trailer park becomes Aqua America’s PR problem

By Andrew Maykuth  

April 18, 2012

When Aqua America Inc. bought a 12.5-acre waterfront site in Lycoming County in February, the Bryn Mawr company acquired more than a $550,000 property to build a water project to serve Marcellus Shale natural gas interests. 



Interstate gas pipeline concerns residents

By Cindy Ekas

April 22, 212

Cynthia Kumor, a Menallen Township resident, who recently moved back to Fayette County after 30 years, says she is very concerned about how an interstate natural gas pipeline stretching through Fayette County will affect her home and land.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chesapeake Energy shareholders irate over loans by CEO

By Erich Schwartzel

April 24, 2012

Chesapeake Energy, the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, is facing the threat of lawsuits and calls for management resignation over a little-known practice that shareholders worry indicates troubled times at the major Marcellus Shale player.

The Seattle Times

Sierra Club challenges Md. Natural gas terminal

By Matthew Daly

April 26, 2012

Washington — The Sierra Club said Thursday it will try to block an energy company’s plan to export liquefied natural gas to find new markets for the drilling boom that has flooded the Mid-Atlantic with natural gas. 


Essential Public Radio

State Agency Believes New Natural Gas Court Ruling Is Too Vague

By Mary Wilson

April 27, 2012

The Public Utility Commission says a state court needs to be clearer about its decision to delay implimintation of parts of Pennsylvania’s new Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling law.



Critics fear gas well drilling will have farmers quitting the business

By Jodi Weigand

April 26, 2012

Earth Day officially was recognized on Sunday when more than one billion people in 192 countries took part in 42nd anniversary events.


Southern Maryland News

Water v. Energy: The Marcellus Shale Saga

By Tim Rowland  

April 24, 2012

Each winter, the International Festival of the Waters is celebrated in Berkeley Springs, a small town as pretty as the name suggests, tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. 


Revised gas law prompts review of zoning regulations

By Chris Foreman

April 25, 2012

Manor officials plan to amend the borough zoning regulations to comply with revisions to the state Oil and Gas Act.