Wednesday, January 9, 2013

PA Marcellus News Digest 1/9/13

PA Marcellus News Digest
January 9, 2013

Special: "FROM THE FRONTLINES", Ray Kemble, Dimock, PA 
  Link to video


DEP Releases Final White Paper on Using Mine Water for Drilling
DEP Newsroom
Jan 9
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has finalized the process it will use for encouraging and reviewing proposals to use mine-influenced water, such as acid mine drainage, in oil and gas operations. The process is outlined in a white paper the agency released today.


More steps taken to allow frac water recycling plant
Pine Creek supers intend to adopt less restrictive floodplain ordinance
Jan 8
HARRISLAND - Developers of a proposed frac water treatment plant at the former Excel Homes property in South Avis continue to address concerns related to the facility being located in a flood fringe.

Pipeline company sues to block opponents
David Singleton
Jan 9
A company that is building more than 20 miles of natural gas pipeline in Northeast Pennsylvania is asking U.S. District Court to block an attempt by environmental groups to disrupt the project.

Pennsylvania’s DEP Offers Acid Mine Drainage Water to Drillers
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips
Jan 9

Fracked vs. fiction
Matt Zencey
Jan 9
When Hollywood takes on a political issue, you can't expect a nuanced treatment. Still, as a journalist who has followed gas-drilling controversies in Pennsylvania and the Rocky Mountain West, I was hoping for better from Promised Land, the recently released movie about the evils that await rural communities when the gas companies show up.

Matt Damon Film Cheers Pennsylvanians Who Say Fracking Pollutes
"Promised Land," opened nationwide Jan. 4
Morning Call
Jan 8
Bloomberg – Some residents of a rural Pennsylvania region at the heart of the natural gas boom say they hope that a Matt Damon film about drilling will return scrutiny to complaints about water pollution rejected by state and federal regulators.

Marcellus Production Helps Reduce Natural Gas Prices in 2012
NPR State Impact
Susan Phillips Jan 8

Free Webcast Series on Hydraulic Fracturing Drills into Concerns for Water
Jan 8

Last week, U.S. EPA released a progress report on their Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing due in 2014. To shed light on this and more, the U.S. Water Alliance and Pennwell Publishing are co-producing a series of webcasts that will get down to the nitty-gritty, go beyond emotional debates, and bring energy and water interests together to examine best practices and environmental needs.

“Hydraulic Fracturing: Beyond Name Calling to Real Environmental Protection” will be a four part series featuring experts from both water and energy fields to explore aspects of the process from assessing impacts to closing sites. Alliance President Ben Grumbles will moderate the events so that each session has the opportunity to build on the other.

The first webinar (January 15 2013) will focus on knowing your location and the array of factors that must be taken into account. Although it won’t be “technical” per se, it will involve presenters with technical expertise – Dr. Yusuke Kuwayama, Resources for the Future; Dr. Dan Tormey, Cardno ENTRIX; and Dr. Vincent Tidwell, Sandia National Lab.

February’s webcast will include an overview on the EPA progress report. Register for the webinar today HERE.

Upcoming webinars include:
1. Knowing Your Watershed and Assessing Potential Environmental, Economic, and Social Impacts, January 15
2. Transparency that Benefits All–Disclosing Fracturing Fluids and Operations, February 19
3. Practical Considerations for Management, Re-use, and Disposal of “Waste” Waters, March 19
4. Closure and Restoration: Final Considerations, April 16

January 15, 2013
Webinar 1: Knowing Your Watershed and Assessing Potential Environmental, Economic, and Social Impacts
“Location, location, location”. Upfront analysis can make all the difference in determining success or failure. Experts will describe the array of factors that shape environmental, economic, and social impacts, from the availability of affordable water supplies, to hydrology and geology above and below ground, to the energy-water nexus, and the impact on property values and community attitudes.
January 15, 2013 3:00 pm
January 15, 2013 4:30 pm
1816 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Learn more about the U.S. Water Alliance at
Julie Kollar
Water Resources Education Network (WREN) a project of the
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund
267-468-0555 Email:
juliekwren@verizon.netPlease visit the WREN websites: and

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