Marcellus Shale Newswire 12/09/2011

Vol. 2, Issue 39

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



The New York Times

E.P.A Says Hyrdaulic Fracturing Likely Marred Wyoming Water

By Kirk Johnson

December 08, 2011

DENVER — Chemicals used to hydraulically fracture rocks in drilling for natural gas in a remote valley in central Wyoming are the likely cause of contaminated local water supplies, federal regulators said Thursday.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DEP seeks companies’ emissions data

By Don Hopey

December 08, 2011

Pennsylvania has asked 99 Marcellus Shale gas drilling and development companies to submit air pollution emissions information that will be used in a comprehensive three-year state inventory of air pollutants required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


AOL Energy

Marcellus Riches May Hurt Sustainable Energy Efforts

By Jon Hurdle

December 08, 2011

In a move that may be more symbolic than substantive, a legislative committee yesterday voted to prohibit New Jersey’s sewage treatment plants from accepting wastewater from operations drilling for natural gas in Marcellus Shale deposits in Pennsylvania and other states. The legislation, narrowly approved by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, is unlikely to win final legislative approval in the lame duck session, but both proponents of the bill and foes agreed it would send a signal that New Jersey steadfastly opposes the controversial method of extracting natural gas.


Decoded Science

Fracking at Marcellus Shale Site Increases Radionuclide Concentration

By Judy Haar

December 04, 2011

It’s a controversial subject at best, but there may be solid reasons to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in areas like the Marcellus Shale site. In addition to the numerous other environmental concerns, such as the unknown chemicals seeping into groundwater supplies, the concentration of radionuclides in the water, pipes, and equipment of a fracking site present a danger to workers and local residents.


The Times-Tribune

County impact fee remains sticking point

By Robert Swift

November 28, 2011

HARRISBURG – A county-optional Marcellus Shale impact fee remains a sticking point in three-way negotiations to shape compromise legislation addressing a host of drilling-related issues


The New York Times

Learning Too Late of the Perils in Gas Well Leases

By Ian Urbina

December 02, 2011

After Scott Ely and his father talked with salesmen from an energy company about signing the lease allowing gas drilling on their land in northeastern Pennsylvania, he said he felt certain it required the company to leave the property as good as new.


Salon News

Petitioner aims to keep local control of drilling

By Adam Federman

December 02, 2011

In late August 2009, dead fish began washing up in Dunkard Creek, a small river that runs through West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. During the next month about 22,000 fish washed ashore (some estimates say as many as 65,000 died). At least 14 species of freshwater mussels – the river’s entire population – were destroyed, wiping out nearly every aquatic species along a 35-mile stretch of the waterway.

Cumberland County considers impact of fracking

By Philip Tomlinson

December 06, 2011

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.

Beaver County Times

EPA critical of Pa.’s Marcellus air pollution regs

By Associated Press

December 06, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing Pennsylvania’s interim rules on air pollution from Marcellus gas wells, saying the regulations apparently would allow for more pollution than federal guidelines do.


StateImpact Pennsylvania

Burning Question: What Would Life Be Like Without the Halliburton Loophole?

By Susan Phillips

December 05, 2011

Our most popular Burning Question, as voted on by StateImpact readers, is one that came from Howard. [He did not give his last name.] Howard wants to know what the impact would be if federal regulations that apply to other industries were applied to the natural gas industry.