Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012 PA Marcellus News Digest

PA Marcellus News Digest
June 12, 2012


Federal court rules in favor of Pa. gas pipeline
Michael Rubinkam, AP
June 12
A federal court has rejected a bid by a coalition of environmental groups to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern Pennsylvania's endless mountains.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that federal energy regulators were right to approve the 39-mile MARC 1 pipeline through Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties.

Gas company drops three-county pipeline project
Pitt Trib
Liz Zemba
June 11
An out-of-state company that wanted to build a natural gas pipeline through three counties is no longer interested in the project, according to one of its senior vice presidents.

Advisory opinion sought on Pittsburgh drilling ban
Pitt Trib
Tim Puko
June 11
The state overseers of local oil and gas laws will not advise Pittsburgh about its drilling ban until after the laws get a final ruling from state judges.

Shell Cracker Deal Looking Worse and Worse
Keystone Politics
June 11
Marc Levy reports that taxpayers will also be on the hook for refinery clean-up costs as part of the financial incentives package Tom Corbett’s offering Shell:
And Sharon Ward points out that many of the promised jobs will not actually be created by Shell, but hopefully other companies:

How Fracking Has Moved America’s Production Goalposts
State Impact
Scott Detrow
June 11

Corbett Says Shell Negotiations Are “Not A Done Deal”
State Impact
Scott Detrow
June 11

Shale testing to start in Robinson, Washington County
Andrea Iglar
June 12
Seismic testing is set to begin this month in Robinson, Washington County, as part of the Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration process.
Dawson Geophysical Co. of Midland, Texas, plans to start testing on various properties south of Route 22, township officials said Monday night.

UGI cited over safety violations in Allentown gas explosion
Morning Call
Scott Kraus
June 11
In 1928, construction workers carving a path for a natural gas pipeline down Allen Street in Allentown braced the new, cast-iron distribution line with wooden blocks.
Eighty-three years later, that decision, combined with a failure by UGI Utilities to effectively monitor the safety of the aging gas line despite repeated signs it was in danger of failing, cost five lives and half a city block, investigators said Monday.

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