Wednesday, October 24, 2012

PA Marcellus News Digest 10/24/12

PA Marcellus News Digest
October 24, 2012


Gas glut may be good for cracker plant
Times Online
Rachel Morgan
Oct 23
The reasons for Shell to move into Beaver County keep piling up.

Senate bill would ease use of mine water in drilling
Christie Campbell
Oct 24
A bill that provides liability protection for natural gas drilling companies using abandoned mine water for hydraulic fracturing has passed the state Senate.

14 eco groups ask Pa. to change drill/water policy
Kevin Begos, AP
Oct 23
PITTSBURGH — Fourteen environmental groups have asked Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to reverse a recent change in how official notifications of possible water pollution related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling are handled. But state officials say the public still gets the information it needs.

Withdrawn challenge clears way for Mount Pleasant to get share of natural gas fee
Laura Olson
Oct 24
HARRISBURG -- Officials in Washington County's Mount Pleasant will soon be receiving the sixth-largest check from drilling impact fees of any Pennsylvania municipality, after a challenge to their local ordinance was withdrawn.

Hardcore Fractivists Prepare to Raise the Stakes
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
Oct 24

Environmental groups press DEP to rescind policy on reporting contamination
Timothy Puko
Pitt Trib
Oct 23
Pennsylvania is risking the health and welfare of its residents by requiring extra administrative oversight before giving water contamination notices to citizens, 14 groups wrote in a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett they released on Tuesday.

Dimock families' appeal of state methane fix ends
Laura Legere
Oct 24
A legal challenge to the state's remedies for Dimock Twp.'s methane-tainted water supplies ended late last week after an attorney for the protesting families withdrew their appeals.

Reader says parks head fired despite excellence
Times Leader
Ed Lawrence
Oct 23
Nothing succeeds like success, but not, apparently, in the Gov. Tom Corbett administration, where the color code of choice for the current reign of terror is the pink slip. Take your job seriously, as the head of our state park system John Norbeck did, and you lose it.

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