Friday, April 6, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 4/6/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
April 6, 2012


Exclusive: Pennsylvania fracking firm in lead for Philly refinery: sources
Janet McGurty
April 2
Preferred Sands LLC, a unit of a privately owned Pennsylvania-based investment firm, is seen as a possible frontrunner to buy Sunoco Inc's (SUN.N) Philadelphia refinery, two sources familiar with the bidding process said on Monday.

EPA delays ‘fracking’ air pollution rules
The Hill
Ben Geman
April 2
The Environmental Protection Agency is again delaying the rollout of final air pollution standards for natural gas wells developed with the controversial method called hydraulic fracturing.
The agency, under a consent decree with environmental groups, faced an April 3 deadline to complete rules to slash smog-forming and toxic emissions from gas wells, compressors, oil storage tanks and other oil-and-gas sector equipment.

Chem industry leaders tout Marcellus Shale
Central Penn Business
Tim Stuhldreher
April 3
Marcellus Shale natural gas is a "once in a generation gift" to Pennsylvania and the United States, but diverting too much of it into electricity generation would harm other potential users, the head of the American Chemistry Council said this morning.

City Council Supports Lawsuit Against New Marcellus Shale Law
Essential Public Radio
Noah Brode
April 6
Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support seven Pennsylvania municipalities that are suing the state over Marcellus Shale drilling legislation passed earlier this year.

Housing woes worsen
Update of study begins summit
Mark Maroney
April 4
The problem of housing shortages, hiked rents and homelessness as a result of activities by the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry didn't happen overnight, and it won't be solved in short order.

Hush, Doctors: Gas industry gags physicians
Philadelphia Daily News
April 6
WHAT ARE they afraid of?
That's the obvious question that arises from yet another move by the fracking industry, and their BFFs in Pennsylvania government, to keep secret ("proprietary," if you will) the toxic chemicals that they are injecting into the earth.

Partners to stretch $150 million gas line across the region
Jodi Weigand, Valley News Dispatch
April 6
NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage on Thursday announced a partnership with Texas-based XTO Energy to build a 70-mile natural gas pipeline across Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Wayne County approves gas drilling impact fee
April 6
(full text below)
HONESDALE - Wayne County commissioners OK'd an impact fee ordinance for Marcellus Shale natural gas wells on Thursday.
Although the county has no gas wells in production, four exploratory wells make the county eligible to receive some of the money collected through the new law, known as Act 13. The law assesses $10,000 per vertical well and $50,000 per horizontal well in participating counties.

EPA releases 20 new Dimock water test results
Laura Legere
April 6
Federal regulators have released the second set of sampling results from their investigation in Dimock Twp.
The Environmental Protection Agency found that the 20 new results - like the first 11 released three weeks ago - "did not show levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take immediate action," spokesman Roy Seneca said in a statement Friday.

Romney calls Obama "an anti-energy president"
Laura Olson
April 5
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed the current federal policies on oil and gas drilling today during both his morning meet-and-greet with campaign workers in Harrisburg and his jaunt northeast to a Scranton-area company involved in hauling the millions of gallons of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing.

Grading EPA's Investigations In Parker County, Pavillion, & Dimock "Fracking" Cases
John Hanger's Facts of The Day
April 3
The first thing to note about EPA's investigations into local cases concerning impacts of gas drilling on water is that they are few in number.  To my knowledge, just the fingers on one had is enough to count them.

Oil, gas industry groups seek to join lawsuit
Philly Burbs
April 6
PITTSBURGH — A coalition of oil and gas industry companies is challenging a group of municipalities — including Yardley and Nockamixon — who are suing Pennsylvania over a new law that aims to regulate gas drilling.

Matt Damon to star in 'The Promised Land' anti-fracking movie
Talia Buford and Erica Martinson
April 5
Matt Damon will star in “The Promised Land,” an anti-fracking movie set to begin filming later this month.
WME Agency, which represents Damon, confirmed that the “Good Will Hunting” star has signed on to the movie and co-wrote the film, and that it is, indeed, about hydraulic fracturing — the controversial practice of pumping a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into a well to break up rock and help extract natural gas.
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