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PA Marcellus Digest - January 15, 2014

PA Marcellus Digest – January 15, 2014

PA Gov Accused Of ‘Trying To Confuse The Public’ With Environmentally-Friendly Fracking Agreement 
Climate Progress
Emily Atkin
January 7, 2014
To some, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s most recent press release is a noble attempt to protect waterways and wetlands from fracking operations while the state fights to overturn a recent Supreme Court decision that struck down provisions of the state’s Marcellus Shale drilling law, Act 13.

Dangerous Elements Occur Naturally in Fracking Brine
Public News
January 3, 2014
Research about naturally occurring chemicals, some radioactive, coming out of fracking wells suggests concerns for Pennsylvanians. 

Did Pennsylvania’s highest court unravel environmental protections for oil and gas?
State Impact
Marie Cusick
January 10, 2014
The state Supreme Court decision to strike down parts of Act 13 as unconstitutional last month was hailed as a victory for local governments and environmental groups who argued the 2012 oil and gas law violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians.

Fracking: Pa. high court stands up for citizens' environmental rights
Charlie Bacas
January 10, 2014
In a high-stakes law case involving the state Supreme Court and Gov. Corbett key moves were made during the past few weeks that have blocked the Marcellus Shale gas industry from imposing its will on local governments and may also have changed forever how the state will regulate resource extraction.

Natural Gas Futures Soar on Forecasts for Record Stockpile Drop
Christine Buurma
January 13, 2014
Natural gas futures surged the most in 16 months on speculation that government data will show a record decline in U.S. stockpiles of the heating fuel as cold weather boosts demand.

Radio Disney pulls out of school science push amid fracking controversy
The Columbus Dispatch
Bob Downing
January 13, 2014
Radio Disney has withdrawn from an educational program with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, citing opposition from activists across Ohio and elsewhere.

DEP: Environmental Quality Board (EQB) Meeting Agenda for January 21, 2014

Pa. vying to be global energy leader
Tribune Democrat
John Finnerty
January 11, 2014
Gas drilled in the fields of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale will soon be shipped to Japan, in a deal announced by Cabot Oil and Gas in December. The gas will be exported through a Maryland facility originally built to import gas.

Township bill of rights is a local grass-roots effort
Express Times
John Gorman
January 13, 2014
I would like to follow up on recent comments about a proposedcommunity bill of rights for Upper Mount Bethel Township. This ordinance is not being pushed by environmental extremists but by local families who have researched the hazardous health effects of the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer. 

Senate Hearing On Endangered Species Pushes New Bill
Bradford Era
Amanda Nichols
January 11, 2014
The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and Senate Majority Policy Committe, on Frida, held a public hearing to examine Pennsylvania laws pertaining to endangered and threatened species.

South Side senior center, others awarded funding
Sun Gazette
Elizabeth Regan
January 11, 2014
The Lycoming County commissioners awarded natural gas drilling impact funds to various projects Thursday.

PVR Partners, L.P. Provides Operational Update on Marcellus Shale Activity
January 13, 2014
PVR reported that total throughput for the Eastern Midstream Segment averaged more than 1.8 billion cubic feet per day ("Bcfd") during the month of December 2013.  The reported throughput represented an increase of 60% over total throughput volume of 1.1 Bcfd during December 2012.  

Split vote stymies Pinelands pipeline
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 12, 2014
Each side thought it had enough votes. But after months of heated debate, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission was split Friday over a proposed gas pipeline through the environmentally sensitive Pinelands - an outcome that ultimately blocks a project supported by the Christie administration.

Panel Blocks Gas Pipeline in New Jersey Pinelands
New York times
Michael Powell
January 11, 2014
The New Jersey agency charged with protecting the Pinelands, a vast and fragile expanse of sand pines, gnarled oaks and river deltas, narrowly defeated a proposal on Friday to run a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through it.

Let Dimock be example to embrace caution
Times Tribune
Lance Simmens
January 12, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has dramatically altered the physical landscape of the nation. It also has divided communities and pitted neighbor against neighbor.

Butler Township considers park drilling
Trib Live
Rick Wills
January 11, 2014
Butler Township is considering allowing natural gas extraction from beneath the township's two large parks.

Natural gas price heats up in frigid weather
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Anya Litvak 
January 11, 2014
Televisions and furnaces battled over natural gas during the coldest days of the year last week. The region's abundant fuel, pulled from the Marcellus Shale, is being used increasingly as a source for electricity and heat. When both are experiencing record demand, it's a question of getting the gas to the right place, no matter the price.

EPA Unlikely To Pursue Fracking Contamination Cases Anytime Soon, Analysts Say
Valerie Volcovici
January 5, 2014
Federal regulators are unlikely to step up enforcement of potential water contamination cases linked to natural gas drilling - despite new concerns about water safety - given a lack of political will and limited resources to pursue such cases, analysts said.

Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests
Marie Cusick
January 9, 2014
On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.

100 Local Anti-Fracking Activists Receive Grants From MoveOn
Huffington Post
Kate Sheppard
January 9, 2014
The online progressive organization MoveOn will announce Thursday a new program to support local anti-fracking activists across the U.S. The "Frack Fighters" program provides funding and training to 100 activists fighting natural gas projects.

Study Shows Fracking Is Bad for Babies
Mark Whitehouse
January 4, 2014
The energy industry has long insisted that hydraulic fracking -- the practice of fracturing rock to extract gas and oil deep beneath the earth's surface -- is safe for people who live nearby. New research suggests this is not true for some of the most vulnerable humans: newborn infants.

Joanne Kilgour
Chapter Director
Sierra Club PA Chapter

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