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PA Marcellus News Digest 3/23/12

PA Marcellus News Digest

March 23, 2012




DEP Issues Revised General Permit for Gas Wastewater Processing Facilities
March 21
The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it will publish in this week’s Pennsylvania Bulletin a revised general permit for the processing and beneficial use of liquid waste from oil and gas well sites.




Marcellus Shale driller offers water to Franklin homes
Laura Legere
March 22
FRANKLIN TWP. - A natural gas drilling company installed vents on three Susquehanna County water wells on Wednesday as part of an effort to study and address high levels of methane found in the water supplies.


Marcellus gas may bring big $$$ to local government
Wellsboro Gazette
Sharon Corderman
March 21
As a result of the impact fee on unconventional gas wells signed into law on February 14 by Gov. Corbett, local municipalities may reap significant benefits. Namely, millions of dollars.
Counties in which unconventional gas drilling, such as Marcellus shale wells, is occurring, have until April 16, when the law takes effect, to approve an impact fee ordinance and participate in the dispersal of the fees collected by the state.


Lawsuit planned on driller oversight
Rachel Weaver
March 22
A move among several elected community leaders seeking a court order to halt the implementation of a new oil and gas law is gaining momentum in Western Pennsylvania.


'Midstream' conference predicts greater reach for CNG vehicles, Utica Shale
Erich Schwartzel
March 22
Rig counts continue to rise and recent announcements signal a burgeoning regional petrochemical market, but industry experts Wednesday polished their crystal balls and said the effects of Marcellus Shale developments will trickle down to the everyday consumer in the form of cars powered by natural gas.


EPA Requests $14 Million to Continue Fracking Study
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
March 22
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson speaks to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today about her agency’s budget request for $8.344 billion dollars. In Jackson’s prepared remarks, she touches upon fracking.


Council must decide whether county will accept revenue generated by natural gas drilling under Act 13.
Times Leader
Matt Hughes
March 23
WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County has just over a month to decide whether it will accept revenue generated by natural gas drilling under Act 13, the recently passed impact fee law.


Atrocious anti-fracking movie 'Gasland' could discredit environmentalists

Morning Call
Paul Carpenter
March 22
[...]Earlier, when I wrote about the coming symposium, that documentary was one of the things I mentioned prominently, along with the featured speaker, Cornell University scientist Anthony Ingraffea.
No one could listen to Ingraffea and still tolerate the hoodlums of Harrisburg who serve as flunkies for the gas drilling robber barons. I'll get back to him shortly, but if you went to see that movie because of what I said, I must apologize. I left that theater numb with disappointment.


Our take on gas pipelines in York County
York Daily Record
March 22
Attorneys with Stock & Leader dispensed some good advice to property owners at a public meeting last week about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would likely cut across southern York County:
Know your rights.
Understand the process.
Make sure you have legal representation before signing any easement deals with pipeline companies.

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