PA Marcellus News Digest February 28, 2012
PPL Reaches Agreement to Acquire Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Pennsylvania
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced Monday (2/27) that on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, PPL Generation, LLC, its competitive generation subsidiary, agreed to acquire AES Ironwood, L.L.C. and AES Prescott, L.L.C., which together own and operate the 705-megawatt AES Ironwood combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Lebanon, Pa., from a subsidiary of The AES Corporation.
First sampling completed in national fracking study
The first round of sampling at five case-study sites has been completed in a landmark federal study of the potential impacts of oil and gas extraction on water supplies, the Environmental Protection Agency's study coordinator said Monday.
Chevron assessing damage of Washington Co. well leak
A leaking 2-inch pipe carrying oily condensates from a fracking operation at a Chevron-Appalachia Marcellus Shale well in Robinson, Washington County, has become a much bigger problem than the company and state regulators thought when it was discovered 10 weeks ago.
W. Pa. wells had casing failures in complaint area
At least two gas wells near a community that's complained of sudden drinking water pollution developed casing problems during the drilling process, but neither Rex Energy Corp. nor state environmental regulators disclosed those problems during recent discussions about the contamination.
Interesting Fracking Fact: 70% of Fracking Done at Oil Wells
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
Hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades, but virtually nobody outside the oil and gas business ever heard of "fracking" until 2010. After fracking had hid in plain view for decades, why has nearly everyone said fracking in everyday conversation over the last two years, and the word is now firmly part of our vocabulary?
Key Facts From Today's EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Webinar
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
The Marcellus and Pennsylvania is in a starring role in the congressionally mandated study of potential impacts on drinking water from hydraulic fracturing. The slides from the webinar will be available at www.epa.gov/hfstudy.
Shale Law Does Not Preempt Local Control
Bucks Local News
Senator Chuck McIlhinney
The Pennsylvania General Assembly recently passed a new law allowing communities in the Marcellus Shale region to impose an impact fee on natural gas drilling. Since passage of this bill, several environmental groups have assailed the legislation, with one group going so far as to (falsely) claim it would force local communities to allow drilling near schools and hospitals. The idea that our municipalities would be helpless to prevent drilling operations from overtaking our children’s recess playgrounds and health care facilities is pure fiction.
Anti-Impact Fee Commissioner May End Up Supporting Levy
NPR State Impact
Clarification: In an inteview with StateImpact Pennsylvania, McKlinko insisted he remains adamantly opposed to an impact fee, but it waiting to hear from Bradford County’s municipal officials before he decides whether to vote yes or no.