Thursday, September 6, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 9/6/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
September 6, 2012


The Water Footprint of Shale Gas Development
Sept 6
Philadelphia, PA - This is the third in a series of Bulletins in advance of the Shale Gas Outrage demonstration planned for Philadelphia outside the Convention Center where the Marcellus Shale industry conference will be underway.  The Rally will be September 20th, 2012 12 – 2:00 p.m. with a March 2 - 3:00 p.m. and a press conference 10:00 a.m.

Game Commission to Hold State Game Lands Tours for Public
Sept 6
HARRISBURG – As part of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts to highlight its ongoing habitat improvement initiatives, the public is invited to take part in upcoming tours of several State Game Lands between Sept. 22 and Oct. 14.  All tours are free.
[...]  on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., State Game Lands 39 and 130. Tour participants will meet at the first SGL parking area on the right side of Reeds Furnace Road, two-tenths of a mile off of State Route 965, just west of the Venango/Mercer county border. This SGL tour will be held rain or shine, and is open to everyone that is interested in learning about SGLs 39 and 130 its wildlife and habitat management. Participants will take part in a 17-mile tour and see the habitat work on these two SGLs; view the Marcellus/Utica Shale gas well development and the steps taken to improve habitat and infrastructure on the SGLs;


Commissioners push back against jibes
New brochure emphasizes pristine Pike after talk show host calls Water Gap 'ruined' by oil companies
Pike County Courier
Charles Reynolds
Sept 6
MILFORD — In July, late night talk show host David Letterman had this to say about the effect of hydrofracking and "greedy oil companies" on the local environment: “The Delaware Water Gap has been ruined....Most of Pennsylvania has been ruined."

Pioneer Natural Resources selling Barnett Shale assets
Dallas Business Journal
Matt Joyce
Sept 6
[...]Last year, Fort Worth-based Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) sold all of its its Barnett Shale assets and concentrated its activities mostly in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Also, Encana (NYSE: ECA) sold most of its Barnett assets.

Attorneys for Act 13 Challengers Ask Supreme Court to Deny GOP Request
Cranberry Patch
Amanda Gillooly
Sept 6
Attorneys for a cluster of communities, medical doctor and nonprofit challenging Pennsylvania's new law governing Marcellus Shale play on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to deny the request of two top state Republican leaders to intervene in an appeal of Act 13.

Environmentalist Author Bill McKibben to Speak at Shale Gas Protest
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
Sept 4

Marcellus Shale Coalitions issues best practices for water supply survey
Oil & Gas Journal
Paula Dittrick
Aug 28
The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a recommended practice for surveying water supplies before drilling, marking the third in a series of MSC recommended practices aimed at reinforcing the coalition’s guiding principles to “continuously improve our practices and seek transparency.”

Northern Pa.'s natural gas production continues to rise
Projections called for slowdown in the region
Press Connects
Steve Reilly
Aug 31
Bucking projections that low natural gas prices might trigger a downturn, northern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas production continued to rise in the first half of 2012, according to the state’s newly-released figures.

KPMG Research Highlights Commonsense Water Management Efforts Across the Marcellus Shale
Aug 31
A new KPMG analysis released this week – entitled “Watered-Down: Minimizing Water Risks in Shale Gas and Oil Drilling” – highlights the commonsense practices and technologies related to natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale aimed at ensuring water quality and the environment are protected and kept safe.

Drillers rattled as ethane, propane prices plunge
Erich Schwartzel
Aug 31
The same hydrocarbons that have propped up oil and gas balance sheets for several months are starting to look less sturdy.

Health study worth cost
Sept 5
Total projected revenue from the state government's new Marcellus Shale law, which finally will extract some money from drillers extracting gas from Pennsylvania: $180 million.
Total share of that amount going to needed research on the public health impact of large-scale drilling and hydrofracking: $0.

Register | Log in COG Sets Marcellus Production Record - Analyst Blog
Zacks Equity Research
Sept 6
Domestic energy explorer Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation ( COG ) recently declared that its production of natural gas from Marcellus Shale - in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia - hit a record. Per day production averaged over 700 million cubic feet (Mmcf) for the last two weeks and touched 752 Mmcf during one 24-hour period.

As US Shale Gas Output Booms, Who Should Fund Required Infrastructure?
AOL Energy
Margaret Ryan
Sept 6
Are deregulated power markets producing the long-term, reliable energy infrastructure that manufacturers need to invest and expand?

Pennsylvania submits its arguments in shale drilling law appeal
Laura Olson
Swpt 5
HARRISBURG -- Lawyers representing several state agencies argue in a brief filed Tuesday that appellate judges erred in deciding to overturn a portion of the state's new Marcellus Shale drilling law.

Marcellus Shale fees to midstate counties could top $6.7 million
Central Penn Business Journal
Jim T. Ryan
Aug 31
Next week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will know the total amount of money collected through Marcellus Shale impact fees.

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