Sunday, May 13, 2012

Penn. Marcellus Weekend Update 5/11-13

Very busy with other obligations this past weekend, which is the reason for this three-for update. The big news is from the EPA report on Dimock's water.  I will not post redundant stories on that, I'm sure there will plenty of stories from different angles this upcoming week. Remember this update is PA-centric, which is why I usually don't include news from New York or Ohio unless there is a direct connection to Pennsylvania. Also remember that post of opinion pieces does not constitute an endorsement of those views by me.

EPA: Well water in Pa. gas drilling town is safe
Federal environmental regulators say testing of scores of drinking-water wells in a northeastern Pennsylvania village has failed to turn up unsafe levels of contamination, providing ammunition to a gas driller that denies it polluted the aquifer with hazardous chemicals while prompting accusations the government is distorting the data.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released test results for an additional 12 homes on Friday and said they "did not show levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action." It was the fourth and final release of data for homes in Dimock, a rural Susquehanna County community that's found itself in the middle of a passionate debate over the safety of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in deep rock formations like the Marcellus Shale.
Analysis: Insurers find it tough to price fracking risk

From water worries to well blowouts, the inherent risks of oil and gas extraction are often played down by those in the business. But another group of profit-seekers has every reason to keep a close eye on dangers for drillers: their insurers.
Underwriters now face a politically charged problem in the perceived threats to water supplies of hydraulic fracturing.
Amid litigation and federal probes, insurance companies are left scratching their heads over how to price the risk of the oil and gas production technique now better known as fracking.
The lawsuits and tests so far provide little help. One much-cited case involved Cabot Oil & Gas Co, which settled in late 2010 for $4.1 million with residents of the small Pennsylvania town of Dimock over methane found in their water.
Residents: Pa. ignoring their health complaints
Two western Pennsylvania residents told The Associated Press that health officials have fallen short in responding to their health complaints.
The AP also found that the toll-free number the agency gives out for gas drilling complaints doesn't mention the issue in its automated menu, and the agency's website doesn't have a specific place for people to file such complaints.
And the AP inquiry showed that the agency didn't begin keeping track of possible health complaints tied to gas drilling until 2011, several years after a surge of activity in the gas-rich Marcellus shale.
Op-Ed: EPA to Fracking Victims: Drop Dead

Barack Obama and Joe Biden say ‘natural’ gas from the Marcellus bedrock underlying vast tracts of Pennsylvania and New York will be a ‘transition’ fuel to the solar panels other countries have used for decades.  Both men take huge amounts of campaign dollars from the companies benefitting from the devastation visited (regionally) first upon tiny Dimock, PA–the same companies paying millions to tell us that solar power will not work.
Both politicians take money from the companies pushing for a ‘new national grid’–when we could convert our old empty factories to make solar panels we could install on every home and factory.  Who needs a grid?  Who needs the oil companies?  Who needs regulators who don’t do their jobs?
What I documented a few weeks ago is monumental evidence of federal agency corruption.   They thought they could get away with it in the modest rural home of Craig and Julie Sautner.
 Watch the video.
 Fracking pump company chooses to build plant in Blair County
Blair County just solidified a deal for the construction of a fracking pump company, which manufactures and fixes pumps.
According to the Altoona Mirror, Gardner Denver will build plant in $15 million plant in Tipton. Blair County is not as a location known for being rich in Marcellus Shale. However, part of the appeal of building the plant there was because of its central location to drilling sites in Pennsylvania.
EIA provides new information on planned natural gas pipelines and storage facilities
On May 10, 2012, EIA published new information on planned additions to natural gas pipeline capacity and natural gas storage facilities. EIA is planning to update this information quarterly.
New information provided on EIA's website includes:
  • Upcoming Natural Gas Pipelines. These data provide information on the status of U.S. natural gas pipeline projects—both intra-state and interstate. These new data include capital cost estimates, ownership information, design capacity, pipeline diameters, regulatory jurisdiction, project type, market served, approximate in-service dates, and other details.
  • Upcoming Natural Gas Storage Facilities. These data provide information on natural gas storage facilities that are expected to enter service in the next three years. They cover all major types of natural gas storage fields. Key project attributes covered include project name and ownership, estimated in-service dates, storage region, total capacity, working capacity, deliverability, regulatory jurisdiction, and other details.

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