Thursday, February 23, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest for 2/23/12

PA Marcellus News Digest for February 23, 2012




Lawmakers clash over future of gas drilling in Bucks County
Philly Burbs
Amanda Cregan
Feb. 23
It seems like Nockamixon is losing its fight against gas drilling on all fronts.
Under a new state law, the township’s authority to determine where gas companies are allowed to drill has been eliminated. In addition, a new tax on gas drillers designed to pour extra funding into impacted communities does not appear to apply in Nockamixon, according to township attorney Jordan Yeager.


W. Pa. residents say water ruined, state says no
The Patriot-News
Feb. 22
PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least 10 households in western Pennsylvania fear their drinking water has been ruined by natural gas drilling, but state officials say tests don't show that.


Another leak springs at drilling site near Crab Run Creek
Bill Vidonic
Feb. 23
A coating of clay remained in portions of a Butler County creek Wednesday after a second leak of water, mud and the drilling clay bentonite from a pipeline operation within the past week, state officials said.


Attorney General Candidates Debate Impact Fee
NPR State Impact
Scott Detrow
Feb. 22
We’re about a week behind on this, but earlier this month the Democratic candidates for Attorney General debated each other at the PA Progressive Summit.


Target 11 investigates Marcellus Shale drilling
New "Independent" Study Claims Fracking Has Not Caused Ground Water Contamination
Rick Earle
Feb. 23
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.


Range Resources sets its sights on the 'super rich'
Pa., Ohio area is major focus

Erich Schwartzel
Feb. 23
Like many of its peers in the gas drilling industry, Range Resources plans to focus this year on drilling in parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio's shale that house lucrative natural gas liquids and oil reserves, the Fort Worth, Texas-based company announced Wednesday.


New York Court Affirms Towns’ Powers to Ban Fracking
Lena Groeger
Feb. 22
In a decision that could set a national precedent for how local governments can regulate gas drilling, a New York state court yesterday ruled for the first time that towns have the right to ban drilling despite a state regulation asserting they cannot.




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