Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 5/22/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
May 22, 2012

Announcement: Managing Marcellus: A Three-Part Training Series
A three-part training series, designed for local government officials, on topics related to Marcellus Shale Development: Roads & Infrastructure, Public Safety & Pipelines.
Registration is $45 for the three-part series. Please click here to reserve your spot for all three programs. Registration for each individual session is $20 and may be reserved by clicking the link under each program.


Borough reviews contract with drilling operator
Ridgway Record
Gian Deloia
May 21
The Ridgway Borough Council reviewed a recommendation from a Water, Sewer, Refuse and Street Committee to not enter into a water sales agreement with the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.

Forest Summit 2012 conducted Saturday at S.B. Elliott park
The Progress
Dianne Byers
May 21
PENFIELD - Saturday's Forest Summit 2012 at S.B. Elliott State Park was designed to make people more aware of the impact to the commonwealth's wooded and natural areas created by Marcellus shale gas extraction, ground water issues and climate change.

Possible methane gas migration issue investigated in Leroy Twp.
Daily Review
Eric Hrin
May 22
DEP's Oil and Gas Program and Chesapeake Energy are investigating a "possible" methane gas migration issue in Leroy Township that was first reported to DEP on Saturday evening, May 19, according to a news release from DEP.

Testing shows drilling mud spills didn't pollute creek
Citizens Voice
Elizabeth Skrapits
May 22
Drilling mud spills from construction of a natural gas pipeline did not pollute Leonards Creek, according to results of testing by the state Department of Environmental Protection and Wilkes University's Institute for Energy and Environmental Research for Northeast Pennsylvania.

DEP investigating methane in water in Bradford County
Times Leader
Mark Guydish
May 21
LEROY TWP., BRADFORD COUNTY – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is investigating possible methane contamination of drinking water and wetlands near a Marcellus Shale natural gas well pad operated by Chesapeake Energy, DEP spokesman Daniel Spadoni confirmed Monday.

Protesters Occupy PA Rep. Ellis’ Office, Take His Tap Water for Fracked Families
Proctecting Our Waters
Iris Marie Bloom
May 22
Lyndora, PA – On Monday morning about 20 members of Marcellus Outreach Butler and their allies entered the office of state representative Brian Ellis (11th district) to call attention to the dangers created by Act 13 and demand justice for the ten families in Ellis’ district whose water has been contaminated by fracking operations.

Sierra Club hindering settlements between EPA and generators: lawyer
May 21
Because the Sierra Club does not support power plant owners turning to natural gas as an alternative to coal-fired generation, the environmental group is hindering generators' ability to reach deals with the US Environmental Protection Agency on compliance with agency air rules, attorney Karl Karg said Monday.

Pennsylvania farmer speaks out against fracking at memorial for wife
National Catholic Reporter
Sharon Abercrombie
May 18
Stephen Cleghorn's roots are Catholic, but he led a powerfully personalized and wonderfully unorthodox ritual and public gathering honoring his late wife, Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez, on May 10. The energy of it combined his fierce undying love for her with an equally passionate element of rebellion against gas companies that are eyeing a part of his 50-acre Pennsylvania organic farm for hydraulic fracturing and against the politicians who support it.

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