Monday, April 30, 2012

Penn. Marcellus News Update for 4/30/12

Anti-fracking group adds claims to surveillance suit
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing in Luzerne County can add defamation and conspiracy claims to their suit against the private surveillance company the government allegedly hired to watch them, a federal judge has ruled.
The Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition filed suit in 2010 claiming the state's former director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's Office of Homeland Security and the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response violated the First and 14th amendments when they watched the group.
Questions about Chesapeake Energy go beyond its chief executive’s dubious dealings. Aubrey McClendon’s personal stakes in oil and gas projects and the extent of related disclosure have put the $12 billion U.S. energy giant on the back foot and tied its board in knots. But investors should also be wary of the company’s monstrous complexity. It has convoluted off-balance sheet liabilities thanks to convoluted partnerships; hedging gains have dwarfed profit since 2006; and cash flow is consistently negative.
Residents, Area Leaders Battle to Protect Park Named for Army Vet
Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher Park, which is also known as Hunters Creek Park, was named in honor of U.S. Army Ranger Mark. Rademacher, who died in combat during the 1983 invasion of Grenada.
But now, at least according to some residents community leaders, that park named in his honor is in jeopardy due to a proposed National Fuel compressor station that slated to be build about one half mile from the park.
"This is not a problem just for Whales, this is an issue about disrespecting a memorial for a hero...for a combat veteran who served his country and gave his utmost," said fellow combat veteran and Republican candidate for the 27th Congressional District David Bellavia.
Opponents of the facility are afraid of the noise and air pollution that would result from the large engines that would power the station, poised to sit less than 3,000 feet from the wilderness park.
 Lawmaker wants to exempt Bucks County from Marcellus Shale law
State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, hopes to calm those railing against Act 13 by amending the law to exempt counties without "unconventional" gas wells, which he says would keep local zoning control intact in southeastern Pennsylvania.
But Nockamixon solicitor Jordan Yeager said McIlhinney's proposed fix isn't so easy — he's unsure what unconventional means, or what type of well Turm Oil wants to build on Beaver Run Road. The company applied in February for a permit to drill and operate a well on a scrubby, 100-acre parcel owned by Cabot Corp. of Boston.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two oil and gas wells exist on the Cabot property, which was also a Superfund site. The township parried past drilling proposals with its own zoning restrictions barring oil and gas operations there.
Turm Oil's application is pending, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
McIlhinney hoped his amendment would sway Nockamixon and Yardley, a Bucks borough, to pull back from the lawsuit, but Yeager said that's not going to happen.
Record low water levels in the Susquehanna River Basin have forced a halt to water removal by natural gas drilling companies.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a mixture of water and chemicals shot deep into the ground with massive force to fracture rock shale and release the natural gas contained inside. According to a report from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), the drought conditions of this spring have temporarily suspended 17 different water withdrawals, impacting 10 drilling companies in Bradford, Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties.
Op-Ed: Hunters, anglers must lead charge to protect Pa. forests
By David Levdansky
I am a lifelong hunter and angler, and Pennsylvania’s state forest system has afforded me an extraordinary opportunity to hunt on public lands for grouse, squirrel, turkey, deer and bear, and it’s pristine creeks and streams have enabled me to fish for native wild trout. I love our beautiful state forest, its habitat and wildlife. But I fear that these hunting and fishing opportunities are in peril by a state government susceptible to “Marcellus madness” and that my sons (and grandsons) might never come to know the beauty, bounty and benefit of our marvelous state park and forest system.
Left High and Dry
The Energy Report Natural gas rig counts may have hit a ten year low but does that really mean that gas production will fall significantly enough to avoid a storage crisis? Reuters new reported that the number of rigs drilling for natural gas in the United States fell by 18 this week to 613, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes showed on Friday.  Horizontal rigs -- the type most often used to extract oil or gas from shale -- fell by 16 to 1,139. Oil rigs fell by 9 to 1,328.

Yet the Energy Information Agency says that when it comes to gas if you are getting liquids you are less likely to cut back production. The EIA says that combined marketed natural gas production from the top five natural gas producing states Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado actually increased by about 7.5% in 2011, although their share of total U.S. natural gas output fell slightly to about 65% they show that marketed natural gas production from these states in 2011 totaled 15.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf).
Press Release: More Than 2,000 Truck Trips Already Removed from PA Roadways as New 18-Mile Water Pipeline Supplies Shale Drill Sites
Aqua America Inc. WTR +0.53% and Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. PVR -0.26% ("PVR") today announced that a newly constructed private pipeline supplying fresh water to certain natural gas producers drilling in the Marcellus Shale in north-central Pennsylvania is now fully operational. It marks the first time water is being commercially supplied directly to drill sites in the Marcellus Shale without the public-highway use of heavy-weight 5,400-gallon tanker trucks customarily employed in well completions. In less than a month of operation, the pipeline has already eliminated more than 2,000 water truck trips over rural roadways.

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