Friday, March 2, 2012

PA Sierra Club Marcellus News Digest for 3/2/12


PA Marcellus News Digest March 2, 2012




The Markell Mystery: Why Is He Holding the DRBC Hostage?
Peter Wynne, Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance
March 1
Back in mid November, when the Delaware River Basin Commission was getting ready to consider adoption of its draft natural gas development regulations, one of the commission members, the governor of Delaware, signaled he was going to vote no, and the whole business screeched to a halt.


Panelists: Some taking advantage of gas boom, some not
David Falchek
March 2
A so-called "hot shot" driver recently made a pile of money for delivering a piece of drilling equipment to West Virginia in the middle of the night for a 20-hour repair, then drove it back.


Butler County residents protest after state tests of their wells absolve driller
Don Hopey
March 2
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.


Court allows work on Pa. gas pipeline to resume
March 1
LAPORTE, Pa.— A federal court has lifted an order that briefly halted construction and tree clearing on a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's Endless Mountains.


UGI Energy Services to partner on $1B Marcellus pipeline
Central Penn Business Journal
Jim T. Ryan
March 1
UGI Energy Services Inc., a Valley Forge-based natural gas, electricity and liquid fuels marketer, is partnering with Kansas City, Mo.-based natural gas company Inergy Midstream to build a $1 billion pipeline to bring Marcellus Shale gas through the midstate to metro areas by 2015.


$1B Marcellus pipeline proposed
Andrew Maykuth
March 2
Since the Marcellus Shale boom took off, much of the natural gas produced in Pennsylvania has been shipped through existing pipelines to Northeastern markets such as New York City.


Fee for drillers gains favor
Timothy Puko
March 2
Washington County on Thursday became the second county in the Pittsburgh area to approve a fee on deep shale drillers, and most of its Pennsylvania neighbors are right on its heels.


More officials agree drilling law applies to Bucks
Philly Burbs
Amanda Cregan
March 2
Bucks County is not exempt from the state’s new natural gas drilling law, according to both the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s lead attorney and the state House of Representative’s Environmental Resources & Energy Committee chairman.


Federal Scientists Warn NY of Fracking Risks
Environmental Working Group
Dusty Horwitt
Feb. 22
The U.S. Geological Survey has warned New York state regulators that their plan to allow drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale could endanger private water wells, municipal aquifers and New York City’s drinking water supply.


The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind the Gas Boom
It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas.
Rolling Stone
Jeff Goodell
March 1, 2012
Aubrey McClendon, America's second-largest producer of natural gas, has never been afraid of a fight. He has become a billionaire by directing his company, Chesapeake Energy, to blast apart gas-soaked rocks a mile underground and pump the fuel to the surface. "We're the biggest frackers in the world," he declares proudly over a $400 bottle of French Bordeaux at a restaurant he co-owns in his hometown of Oklahoma City. "We frack all the time. What's the big deal?"

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