Tuesday, September 11, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 9/11/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
September 11, 2012


Cabot Oil & Gas Announces Record Marcellus Production
PR Newswire
Sept 4
HOUSTON- Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) today announced that its gross Marcellus production has averaged over 700 million cubic feet (Mmcf) of natural gas per day for the last two weeks, hitting a record 752 Mmcf during one 24-hour period.  "This production increase was driven by a coordinated effort to manage field line pressures, rather than new well connections," said Dan O. Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our infrastructure provider, Williams Partners L.P., recently completed a series of projects and upgrades that improved the pipeline system operating efficiency, allowing for increased production."


Marcellus Shale impact fee generates more than expected, even with 4 percent of bills unpaid
Donald Gilliland
Sept 10
Most of the Marcellus Shale drilling companies have paid what they owe under Pennsylvania's new impact fee for wells, according to information released Monday by the Public Utility Commission.
The PUC billed companies $205.9 million and has received $197.6 million.

Bear Lake area residents protest wastewater injection
Times Observer
Ben Klein
Sept 7
Residents from Bear Lake and the surrounding area gathered Thursday morning to voice their disapproval at the site of an injection well that is awaiting approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Oil, gas industry wins ANF challenge
Pitt Trib
Sept 7
A federal judge in Erie on Thursday issued a final ruling favoring the oil and gas industry in its challenge of a drilling ban in the Allegheny National Forest but declined to grant the industry a permanent injunction. The injunction would be meaningless because the final ruling permanently voids the ban and the rest of a 2009 settlement between the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups, the U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin said.

Research maps out gas boom impact in Washington County
Pitt Trib
Timothy Puko
Sept 6
The natural gas boom has disturbed nearly 1 percent of the land in Washington County, according to a federal study, one of several designed to chart the revived industry’s impact on Pennsylvania land.

Donut Hole Trail damage
Hikers say seismic firm damaged popular trail; were 'best practices' followed?
Loch Haven Express
Elizabeth Regan
Sept 5
While recently running on a popular Sproul State Forest hiking trail, Dave Hunter discovered something out of place: damage from seismic testing.

Prominent Conservation Society to Take $30 Million from Chesapeake Energy?
Raging Chicken Press
Sean Kitchen
Sept 10
Suppose you are a leader of a nationally prominent environmental conservation society or even a local conversation society.  Let’s say the society is the Audubon Society or the Ruffed Grouse Society, whose missions, respectively, are: “To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity,” and “the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.” 

Dueling DEP secretaries say Obama administration promotes, hinders energy development
Pitt Trib
Mike Wereschagin
Sept 10
Surrogates for the presidential campaigns clashed on Monday over whether President Obama’s policies help or hinder domestic energy development.

Pennsylvania gas drillers paying $200 million in fees for wells
Pitt Trib
Timothy Puko
Sept 10
Pennsylvania’s shale drillers are paying slightly more than $200 million this year — 14 percent more than lawmakers projected — under the state’s new impact fee, according to data the Public Utility Commission released Monday.

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