Monday, April 9, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 4/9/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
April 9, 2012

Specials: Attachment: Maryland Voters Strongly Support Fracking Studies
Summary: OpinionWorks has polled Maryland voters on two issues related to proposals to drill for natural
gas using a method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” for short. This statewide voter
poll, conducted March 16-19, 2012 among 601 registered voters statewide, has found
overwhelmingly that Marylanders want studies of the fracking method before it is permitted in
the State, and that they want the energy companies to pay for those studies.

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Geo Community Spatial News
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DEP to Hold April 17 Public Meeting, Hearing on Proposed Susquehanna County Compressor Stations
DEP Newsroom
April 9
Wilkes-Barre - The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss air quality plan approval applications from Laser Northeast Gathering, a subsidiary of Williams Partners, to construct four separate natural gas compressor stations in Liberty, Middletown and Forest Lake townships in Susquehanna County.
Patterson-UTI drilling company is known for spotty safety record
Donald Gilliland
April 7
Some drilling operations are deadlier than others.
Brandon Pennywell, a 24-year-old Harrisburg man killed on a drilling rig in Forest County on Thursday morning, was the second Patterson-UTI employee to be killed on the job in as many days.
A Patterson rig worker in Gonzales, Texas, had fallen 50 feet to his death the day before.
Northern Pennsylvania gas explosion was out of regulatory reach
Joseph Tanfani
April 8
Houses trembled a half mile away when a natural gas explosion rattled a compressor station near Springville, a hotbed of Marcellus Shale development in northern Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania High Court Takes Appeal on Marcellus Gas Rights
Bloom Berg
Sophia Pearson and Mike Lee
April 4
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a dispute over Marcellus Shale natural-gas rights that could affect thousands of drilling leases in the state.
Pennsylvania landowners John and Mary Butler are challenging an intermediate appeals court ruling that called for scientific opinion on whether Marcellus Shale gas, which is released by the process known as hydraulic fracturing, should be considered a mineral under an 1882 decision of the Supreme Court. In the trial court, the Butlers won their claim to the natural gas rights.
Groups seek stricter enforcement of compressor station after explosion
Laura Legere
April 7
An environmental group and about 100 other citizens and organizations petitioned the state's chief environmental regulator on Friday to take strict enforcement action against a company whose natural gas compressor station was damaged by an explosion last week.
Don't wake the bats! Energy firms watch sensitive habitats
Erich Schwartzel
April 9
The Indiana bat weighs less than an ounce and is so small it is able to nest in the spaces between a tree trunk and its rotting bark.
It can also do what class-action lawsuits and full-throated protesters haven't been able to: stop Marcellus Shale drilling.
How Fracking Could Disrupt CO2 Sequestration
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
April 6
The goal of carbon dioxide sequestration is to bury the harmful greenhouse gas thousands of feet underground. The goal of fracking is to release natural gas from deeply buried deposits.
MSC, drillers seek to intervene in Act 13 suit
Laura Olson
April 6
As the Associated Press reported on Thursday, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, and several drilling companies have filed a request to intervene in the Act 13 lawsuit filed by seven municipalities.

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