Monday, April 23, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 4/23/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
April 23, 2012


Casey: Water Recycling Plant Could Bring Jobs to Butler County
April 4
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) urged Hydro Recovery LP to choose Butler County as a site for a water recycling facility to aid in the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources.  Recent reports indicate that Hydro Recovery is considering Butler County as a possible site for a plant, which would directly create jobs in the County and spur further job creation in Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.


EPA Releases New Air Pollution Rules for Fracking
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
April 18
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first federal rules governing air quality for hydrofracked oil and gas wells. The new regulations stem from a lawsuit filed in 2009, which alleged the agency failed to oversee toxic emissions stemming from the growing oil and natural gas industry.

Pennsylvania law on fracking chemicals worries doctors
Natural gas companies must tell health professionals what they use in drilling, but a required confidentiality agreement might leave physicians on shaky legal ground.
LA Times
Neela Banerjee
April 21
AVELLA, Pa.— About two years ago, Dr. Amy Pare began treating members of the Moten family and their neighbors from a working-class neighborhood less than half a mile from a natural gas well here.

Court keeps lawmakers, gas reps out of Nockamixon suit
Philly Burbs
Amanda Cregan
April 20
A judge has barred natural gas drilling industry representatives and top Pennsylvania lawmakers from stepping into Nockamixon's lawsuit against Act 13, the state's new gas drilling law
On Friday, a Commonwealth Court judge denied a petition by President Pro Tempore of the Senate Joseph Scarnati and Speaker of the House Sam Smith, along with Pennsylvania Oil and Gas, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, Penneco Oil Company and Chesapeake Appalachia.

This time around, gas drilling forum much less dramatic
Hundreds still against new law
Stephen Althouse
April 19
(includes video)
Unlike last week’s forum to discuss Act 13, the new Pennsylvania law addressing gas drilling, Thursday night’s version on the topic was devoid of theatrics.

Shocking Conflict of Interest: Private Water Companies Partner With Fracking Lobby
Selling water to drillers, two of the nation's biggest private water utilities may soon profit from treating the wastewater.
Sarah Pavlus
April 19
Two of the country's largest private water utility companies are participants in a massive lobbying effort to expand controversial shale gas drilling -- a heavy industrial activity that promises to enrich the water companies but may also put drinking water resources at risk.

Report criticizing Act 13 mistaken about many points
Citizens Voice
Letter to the Editor
Michael L. Krancer
April 23
The following is a letter I recently sent to Kenneth M. Klemow, Ph.D, Associate Director, Wilkes University, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Environmentalists push for further protection of Delaware River
Philly Burbs
Amanda Cregan
April 23
Efforts are under way to further protect the Delaware River from polluters.
This week, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials agreed to move forward on a petition to upgrade upper reaches of the river to an Exceptional Value status.

Babst Calland lawyers write the book on local Marcellus Shale development
Erich Schwartzel
April 23
A drilling operator moving into the Marcellus Shale region has to translate more than Pittsburghese.
The companies hoping to tap the lucrative natural gas below much of Pennsylvania must first navigate a thicket of legal updates, legislative development and environmental regulations above it -- all of which seem to change every day.

Delaware River Basin Commission: Still no gas drilling rules in sight
Pocono Record
Michael Sadowski
April 23
Five months after the Delaware River Basin Commission postponed a vote on proposed natural gas drilling regulations, there remains no action in sight for rules that could significantly reshape the region.

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection rejects impaired label for Susquehanna River
Jeff Frantz
April 23
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway wrote a letter to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
A 98-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River known as one of the nation’s best places to catch bass is in trouble, he wrote.

Making amends: Lawmakers promise to fix bad law
Philly Burbs
April 18
Lawmakers frequently are accused of voting on long, complicated pieces of legislation they either don’t understand or haven’t read.
We can’t say how many failed to read the bill that produced Act 13, the controversial law regulating the gas-drilling industry in Pennsylvania.

Despite zoning issue, Act 13 off to a strong start
Public Opinion
Guest Essay
Joe Scarnati
April 23
When Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law on Feb. 14, it marked the culmination of three years of work by the Legislature in crafting a comprehensive Marcellus Shale legislative package. The final legislation contained strong environmental safeguards, a mechanism for fair and predictable municipal regulation of the industry, and a robust, yet competitive, impact fee.

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