PA Marcellus News Digest
March 30, 2012
Small gas leak at heart of compression station explosion
A small gas leak in a Susquehanna County natural gas compressor station triggered an evacuation alarm and automatic shut-down procedures minutes before a spark or other ignition source set the gas on fire, according to preliminary information gathered by state regulators.
Super PAC ties Holden to gas fracking support
The campaign battle for the Democratic nomination in the 17th Congressional District saw its first attack ad salvo fired Monday, and it came from California.
BlueAmerica PAC issued a press release from Los Angeles "reminding" 17th District voters about U.S. Rep. Tim Holden's support for the natural gas drilling method known as fracking. Billboards in Schuylkill, Lackawanna and Northampton counties went up emblazoned with "Fracking's got a friend in Pennsylvania."
Drilled, longwalled landscape livable?
Along with death and taxes, there are two other guarantees for residents of Greene County - underground mining and gas drilling.
The reality of the latter two constants, specifically longwall mining, was the focus of a public meeting last week in Morris Township, where residents turned out to hear about Consol Energy's plans to build a new portal off Patterson Creek Road as part of the Bailey Mine expansion.
High methane in Pennsylvania water deemed safe by EPA
Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency of water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, found elevated levels of methane consistent with leakage from gas drilling nearby, according to scientists who reviewed the data.
What They’re Saying: Natural Gas “Profoundly Beneficial to the United States”
Canonsburg, PA – Higher wages, more jobs, increased access to affordable, American energy. The countless benefits tied to the responsible development of American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continue to cascade across the region, the country, and the world. Taken together, these efforts are Building a Stronger, More Secure America. Here’s what they’re saying about responsible, job-creating American natural gas production.