Thursday, May 31, 2012

PA Marcellus News DIgest 5/31/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
May 31, 2012

Special: Are you concerned about gas development impacts on the Susquehanna River?
Do you want the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to do its job to protect drinking water and the environment?
Then please join us for a webinar briefing on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
This online event will consider:
¨     The ABCs of the SRBC
¨     What’s going on with the region in the gas development debate and movement
¨     Why a range of strategies is needed in the fight ahead
¨     How organizations, activists, and communities can work better together to make a positive, lasting difference
Space is limited, so please RSVP by June 6 to Aaron at You must RSVP to receive the information to login to the webinar. (Note that you will need to install the webinar software on your computer ahead of time.) If possible, please arrange to share a computer and/or phone line with others so more people can participate.
Brought to you by American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthworks, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, PennEnvironment, Penn Future, and Sierra Club (Pennsylvania and Maryland Chapters).


SRBC Newsroom
May 25
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) ( will conduct its next public business meeting on June 7, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Binghamton State Office Building, Warren Anderson Community Room, 18th Floor, 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, N.Y. 13901.
The commissioners will act on 32 project applications, proposed fee changes related to the regulatory program and records processing, the Water Resources Program, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, FY-2014 budget, and the request for administrative appeal from Anadarko E&P Company LP related to SRBC’s denial of a groundwater withdrawal application.

Aqua America to Transition Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas
CEO: Natural gas is Pennsylvania’s biggest economic driver since coal and steel
May 31
BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR) Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis announced today that the company is going to transition portions of its larger vehicle fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG). The comment was made today before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles forum held at Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Technology lets drillers get more with less
Erich Schwartzel
May 31
Drilling companies operating in Pennsylvania appear to be doing more with less.
Even as the amount of natural gas produced in the Keystone State quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, the number of actual wells fell as drillers used new technology to extract more gas from a single rig, according to a new study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Watershed group will host Marcellus stewardship session
Pitt Trib
Tim Karan
May 30
The Mountain Watershed Association, based out of the Indian Creek Watershed in Westmoreland and Fayette counties, will host a visual assessment training session through the Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Worthington-West Franklin Community Library.

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