PA Marcellus News Digest
April 4, 2012
DEP Approves Increased Trash Intake at Lackawanna County Landfill
[...] This permit modification is separate from a minor permit modification DEP approved in February that allows Keystone to process drill-cutting waste from Marcellus Shale natural gas well sites in Northeast Pennsylvania.
State regulators cleared Williams Partners to resume limited operations at a Susquehanna County natural gas compressor station on Monday, just four days after an explosion and fire shut down the facility and tore a hole through the building's roof.
Is fracking law a gag or guarantee?
This month, Pennsylvania doctors who want to know the secret chemical mix used in high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — can find out, if they sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to share what they learn.
The confidentiality clause, part of the state’s controversial new gas drilling law, has raised suspicion among doctors, public health experts and environmentalists, who wonder how far that nondisclosure requirement extends and if it could compromise professional ethical and moral obligations.
County officials differ on challenging Act 13
Michael P. Buffer
Luzerne County Council voted to support a legal challenge to overturn the new state law regulating natural gas drilling and operations, but county officials are not planning to join the lawsuit opposing Act 13.
Updated: Marcellus Well Starts Down 25%; Violations Down 30%;
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
Down, down goes the price of natural gas, hitting $1.95 for a thousand cubic feet on Friday, March 30 at the Henry Hub, as demand is swamped by supply. Those rock bottom gas prices are reducing the number of drilling rigs and gas well starts in Pennsylvania. In the first two months of 2012, well starts declined from 342 to 269 or approximately 25%, according to the folks at www.marcellusgas.org.