Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekend Marcellus News Update

Obama’s Newly Proposed Fracking Rules Opposed by Both Sides
Here’s one thing groups on both sides of the frack­ing debate can agree on — they don’t like the new reg­u­la­tions pro­posed by the Depart­ment of Inte­rior for frack­ing on pub­lic lands. On the one side, envi­ron­men­tal­ists say com­pa­nies should have to dis­close the chem­i­cals upfront, before any frack­ing takes place. The pro­posal now requires drillers to report those chem­i­cals after a well is fracked....Indus­try, on the other hand, says the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion is big­foot­ing the states when it comes to gas drilling. Erik Mil­ito, from the Amer­i­can Petro­leum Insti­tute, says this cre­ates another layer of bureaucracy.
 Report: NY regulations for drilling waste too lax
A new report from an environmental group says New York's oversight of waste disposal from existing natural gas-drilling operations is too lax, making it virtually impossible to track how much waste is produced and how drillers dispose of it.
The report released Friday by Environmental Advocates of New York examines Department of Environmental Conservation records related to 100 of the state's 6,628 active gas wells. It finds industry reporting forms provide little detail on where drilling wastewater was sent and whether it actually got to the intended disposal site.
AP: Pa. gas drilling brought $3.5 billion in 2011
Marcellus shale gas wells in Pennsylvania generated about $3.5 billion in gross revenues for drillers in 2011, along with about $1.2 billion in West Virginia, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
But experts say that a sharp drop in wholesale prices over the past year means that in the future much more money will be made — and more jobs created — by petrochemical companies that process the gas into other industrial and consumer compounds.
Anti-fracking rally in Mahwah draws more than 200 people
They certainly don’t want a swath of North Jersey woodlands cut to make way for an expanded pipeline carrying gas from Pennsylvania. And they really want fracking — the controversial process used to blast gas from underground shale formations — stopped everywhere.
But the more than 200 people gathered Saturday in Mahwah on a tract just off Ramapo Valley Road — claimed as ceremonial land by the members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation — were focused on an even bigger picture of "collectively healing Mother Earth," as Victoria Shield explained.
Concerned citizens announce Fracking Rally in Washington, D.C.
Today citizens from affected communities, together with environmental organizations and community groups, announced a call to action to demand an end to putting oil and gas drilling profits ahead of public health, clean water and air, and the safety of communities.
This National Day of Action event will be the largest of its kind and will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol, Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28.
Labeled “Stop the Frack Attack,” the rally will bring thousands to the nation’s capital to demand greater government responsibility and corporate accountability for harm that existing oil and gas development causes.

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