Marcellus Shale Newswire 3/02/2012

Vol. 2, Issue 46
PennEnvironment
Last updated: 4/27/2012

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Butler County residents protest after state tests of their wells absolve driller

By Don Hopey

March 02, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12062/1213948-503.stm

Janet McIntyre of The Woodlands, a rural community in southern Butler County, said her well water foams and turns purple when it comes out of her faucet. 

 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Fawn residents want active role in gas well drilling

By Jodi Weigand

February 21, 2012

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_782653.html

A grassroots group has organized a community meeting where residents from Fawn Township and surrounding municipalities can learn more about Marcellus shale natural gas well drilling and a new state law that regulates the industry. 

 

Citizens Voice

Impact of drilling fee unknown

By Robert Swift

Feb ruary 26, 2012

http://citizensvoice.com/news/impact-of-drilling-fee-unknown-1.1277074#axzz1nyjxLM1H

HARRISBURG - As counties with active Marcellus Shale wells decide whether to levy a drilling impact fee or not, the full implications of this newest twist in the use of local options in Pennsylvania are just starting to become apparent.

 

NECN.com

Nonprofit to study Pa. gas drilling, public health

By Associated Press

February 21, 2012

http://www.necn.com/02/21/12/Nonprofit-to-study-Pa-gas-drilling-publi/landing_scitech.html?&apID=d1b6c5fbbdc24081abe63536281fa2da

The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project opened an office last week in McMurray, southwest of Pittsburgh, and says its mission is to support people "who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by natural gas drilling activities."

 

WPXI.com

Target 11 investigates Marcellus Shale drilling

By Rick Earle

February 23, 2012

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/target-11-investigates-marcellus-shale-drilling/nJdKT/

PITTSBURGH -- It's been billed as a modern-day gold rush. Marcellus shale drilling has already made some folks in our area a lot of money, but others claim the process used to extract natural gas known as fracking is to blame for their water woes. 

PennLive.com

‘Occupy Well Street’: Activist encourages peaceful Marcellus shale drilling protests

By Donald Gilliland 

February 26, 2012

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/02/occupy_well_street_activist_en.html

SCRANTON -- In the Pennsylvania hills where derrick lights cast an eerie glow into overcast skies, a frustration has begun to gnaw. Some believe heavy industry is actively destroying all that’s pure and good around them. They can sense, like a toothache, the threat of fresh water fouled by chemicals.

Efforts to get lawmakers to do anything about it have failed.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Regulating shale operations: Public Utility Commission would get new role 

By Andrea Iglar 

March 01, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12061/1213558-55.stm

South Fayette's natural gas drilling regulations are under attack from both the Marcellus Shale industry and the state.

 

Main Line Media News

Video: Pa. House Dems hold public heairng on Marcellus air quality in Bryn Mawr

By Alan Thomas

February 27, 2012 

http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2012/02/27/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc4f4be2f47439b633154241.txt

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing before an attentive crowd of about 75 Monday on a bill to address air emissions from Marcellus Shale drilling. 

Press Action

Pa. Farmer Ratchets Up Battle Against Shale Gas Industry

By Press Action

February 27, 2012

http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/cleghorn02272012/

Stephen Cleghorn, a Pennsylvania farmer, knows the ins and outs of the natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing. He’s studied the risks and dangers. He’s witnessed the damage it’s wreaked on the environment. He’s commiserated with fellow Pennsylvanians who have gotten sick from contaminated water and whose animals have died from toxic fracking fluids.

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Politics, resignations, add wrinkle to area’s DEP office

By Don Hopey

February 20, 2012

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12051/1211453-113.stm

It's been a rough six months for attorneys at the state Department of Environmental Protection's regional office in Pittsburgh.

 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Airing sought for Frazer Marcellus shale natural gas compressor station

By Brian C. Rittmeyer

March 01, 2012

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_784284.html 

An environmental advocacy group is asking for more time for the public to comment on a Marcellus shale natural gas compressor station that would be the first of its kind in Allegheny County.

 

The New York Times

How to Frack Responsibly

By Joe Nocera

February 27, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/opinion/nocera-how-to-frack-responsibly.html?_r=2

To put it another way, the technique of hydraulic fracturing, used to extract natural gas from once-impossible-to-get-at reservoirs like the Marcellus Shale that lies beneath New York and Pennsylvania, has more than proved its value. At this point, shale gas, as it’s called, makes up more than 30 percent of the country’s natural gas supply, up from 2 percent in 2001 — a figure that is sure to keep rising. Fracking’s enemies can stamp their feet all they want, but that gas is too important to leave it in the ground.