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  • Shock in Southern Tier of New York as Hopes of Gambling and Fracking Both Die

    12/22/2014 7:18:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jesse McKinley
    To get a sense of the deep disappointment felt by many here at the twin killings of two potentially lucrative dreams, hydraulic fracturing and a new luxury casino, one needed to look no further than the front-page headline of Thursday’s edition of The Press & Sun-Bulletin. It was two letters, in red type: “NO!” That cry could seemingly be heard all along New York State’s Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania and has long been one of the state’s most stubborn economic laggards. In recent years, both hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — and casinos had been posited as potential...
  • Network Plans To Bring Shale Power To East Coast (Electricity)

    08/01/2014 11:19:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard. The Allentown-based utility said the 500-kilovolt line would span much of Pennsylvania and reach into New York, New Jersey and Maryland, although the route has not been determined. The cost was expected to exceed $4 billion, and it could take more than a decade to build....
  • Oil companies pay $630M in Pennsylvania drilling fees

    04/09/2014 5:35:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 8, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and others will pay the state of Pennsylvania about $225 million in fees this year for drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale — too little, according to critics of the state law setting the fee say. The fees, enacted in 2012, flow to local governments to fund basic needs like bridges, roads, firefighting equipment and environmental programs. By the end of the year, the recurring charges on nearly 6,500 natural gas wells will have brought more than $630 million to state coffers. “We are building a stronger Pennsylvania by harnessing our abundant resources to create jobs...
  • China’s largest coal company to learn shale in U.S. deal

    01/05/2014 6:13:51 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 3, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    China’s state-owned coal behemoth is heading to Pennsylvania to learn how to tap into natural gas embedded in shale. China Shenhua Energy Co., the world’s second largest coal company, is planning to create a joint venture between a U.S. subsidiary and a private Pennsylvania natural gas producer to drill 25 natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale. The $146 million project — which is slated to produce 3.8 billion cubic meters of gas in three decades — is China Shenhua’s first foreign venture into shale gas, according to China Daily. China Shenhua said it aims to learn the trade and...
  • Drilling efficiency gushing in Marcellus Shale

    12/20/2013 10:58:48 PM PST · by ckilmer · 5 replies
    citizen's voice ^ | December 20, 2013 | Andrew Maykuth (
    Drilling efficiency gushing in Marcellus Shale By Andrew Maykuth (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Published: December 20, 2013    TROUT RUN - When David Dewberry landed in Pennsylvania in 2010, the veteran of the migratory worldwide oil-and-gas workforce said he required more than a month to drill a typical Marcellus Shale natural gas well.On Dec. 4, a crew under Mr. Dewberry's direction dug into the mountaintop of a state forest near here with a diamond-studded drill bit. Mr. Dewberry reckons it will require only 16 days to finish drilling the well's full length, more than 2 miles."Since I came up here...
  • DEP to AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn’t spread

    07/19/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 19, 2013 | Dan X. McGraw
    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said. Although the results are preliminary — the study is still ongoing — they are a boost to a natural gas industry that...
  • Pennsylvania Democrat anonymously trolled constituents online for supporting drilling

    06/04/2013 1:21:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 3, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham
    The kicker? He’s a supporter of a state cyberbullying bill. A state lawmaker on Thursday acknowledged making “anonymous” and “fictitious” online posts attacking constituents who support shale-gas drilling in Washington County and apologized to two people for any “offensive or hurtful” actions. Residents and the industry group Energy In Depth accused Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, of using aliases to call his critics “mouth breathers” and to call industry supporters, including senior citizens, “hucksters.” White explained himself by blaming drilling companies and pro-industry groups for targeting him with “misleading and personal attacks.” “These attacks have included anonymous or fictitious posts on...
  • Health Questions Key to New York Fracking Decision, But Answers Scarce

    04/01/2013 8:57:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    National Geographic ^ | April 1, 2013 | Katherine Hobson
    New York State's review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing has taken more than four years—and it's not over yet. Right now, all eyes are on the state's health commissioner, Nirav Shah, who has said that he will tell Governor Andrew Cuomo within weeks whether the Department of Environmental Conservation's plan for "fracking" would be sufficient to protect human health. Then it's up to the governor to make a final decision on whether to permit the technique, which involves pumping large volumes of water mixed with chemicals into rock far underground in order to release natural gas. (See related quiz: "What You...
  • Natural Gas Doors Open Across Country, NY Watches Through Peephole

    03/07/2013 3:40:33 PM PST · by pinkwill · 6 replies
    ENERGY IN DEPTH ^ | 3/6/13 | Cherie Messore
    On the same day the Independent Democrat Caucus in New York announced another piece of proposed legislation to delay development of the Marcellus Shale in New York, two representatives from a premiere energy conference in New Mexico heralded success on the radio and praise for energy operators.
  • New Shale Formation in West Texas could Dwarf the Bakken

    02/03/2013 8:23:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Oil Price ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Kennedy
    The US shale boom has led some to predict that it will overtake Saudi Arabia as world’s largest oil and gas producer by 2020, thanks to the massive reserves found in plays such as the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, the Marcellus Shale in New York, and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas; even the newly discovered Tuscaloosa Shale formation in Louisiana holds large potential. However there is a new shale formation that has been discovered in West Texas which could dwarf all others being drilled in the US at the moment. The play is known as the Cline Shale...
  • Hollywood's 'Promised Land' 'Not Very Accurate'

    01/03/2013 9:54:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood / The Associated Press ^ | January 2, 2013 | Michael Rubinkam
    ALLENTOWN, Pa.-The new movie "Promised Land" digs into the fierce national debate over fracking, the technique that's generated a boom in U.S. natural gas production while also stoking controversy over its possible impact on the environment and human health. Written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, the film comes at an opportune time for a big-screen exploration of the issues surrounding the shale gas revolution, with cheap natural gas transforming the nation's energy landscape and "fracking" now a household word. But viewers shouldn't necessarily expect a realistic treatment of drilling and fracking. It's not that kind of film...
  • Utica shale, below the Marcellus, contains large gas, oil reserves, study shows

    10/20/2012 2:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil. Releasing its first estimate of the Utica, the USGS calculated the shale formation holds about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 9 million barrels of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane. The Utica lies beneath the Marcellus shale...
  • No impact to water from Marcellus shale fracking

    06/06/2012 4:42:06 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 9 replies
    Penn Energy ^ | 5/29/12 | Chesapeake Energy
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting a national study to determine if hydraulic fracturing has any impact on drinking water sources. As part of a larger study, the EPA is conducting five focused retrospective studies in separate areas across the country including Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Samples were taken in Bradford County during the study’s first round of sampling in October and November 2011. In a collaborative effort, Chesapeake Energy Corporation consultants collected split samples with the EPA from 15 individual drinking water sources for analysis by accredited laboratories. Chesapeake then commissioned WESTON Solutions, Inc. to critically evaluate the...
  • New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate To Aquifers Within Years

    05/02/2012 6:30:45 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 43 replies
    OPB News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Abrahm Lustgarten
    A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to the study, which was published in the journal Ground Water two weeks ago. Operators inject up to 4 million gallons of fluid, under more than 10,000 pounds of pressure, to drill and frack each well. Scientists have theorized that impermeable layers of rock would keep the...
  • Shale Game - New York State is a lonely holdout against the natural-gas revolution.

    01/11/2012 10:05:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies
    City Journal ^ | 8 January 2012 | Clark Whelton
    From Australia and China to South Africa and Eastern Europe, the global economy is being transformed by the extraction of huge amounts of natural gas from shale rock. The United States has played a major part in this revolution; new “plays,” as fields of shale gas are known, are now producing in Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, West Virginia, and other states. In the last three years, more than 3,000 gas wells have been drilled in western Pennsylvania’s share of the huge Marcellus shale formation. With more and more producers in the business, the price of natural gas has dropped...
  • Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney Are Both Bad News for Climate Change Fight [Politicians for dirty air]

    01/04/2012 7:10:31 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 38 replies ^ | Wednesday 4 January 2012 05.54 EST | Lisa Hymas for Grist
    Rick Santorum surged at the last minute to give Mitt Romney a real run for his money in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, is less green than his rival, and decidedly nuttier when it comes to climate change. But let's not split hairs here. Both men will staunchly defend fossil fuels, and neither is likely to do much of anything to fight global warming. Mitt Romney has expressed qualified concern about climate change over the years, and then vacillated about how much of it is human-caused and whether we should try to do anything about it. No wobbling of that sort from...
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Should Play A Major Role In Our Energy Future

    10/11/2011 11:15:55 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-10 | Marshall Bornemann
    The Marcellus Shale field in Ohio, for anybody concerned about finding employment, is creating jobs every day. Lately, the natural gas industry has experienced a boom, and that’s easy to do when finally companies can, while still profiting, be environmentally friendly. For decades, hydraulic fracturing has proved to be one of the safest methods for extracting natural gas. It’s also one of the cleanest methods for extracting natural gas. Believe it or not, Ohio’s state EPA agrees that such a method hasn’t yet proved harmful to anybody within the drilling perimeter of these sites. There are 81,000 wells in total...
  • Is shale a mineral? (Marcellus Shale)

    09/22/2011 9:39:03 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 24 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 22 September 2011 | Timothy Puko
    For anyone who's played the game "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral," it might seem obvious that the Marcellus shale isn't alive and doesn't grow -- it's a rock layer in the ground, so it's a mineral. In the Pennsylvania courts, the answer is not so clear. A Susquehanna County Common Pleas court is headed for a hearing to determine whether the gas-rich Marcellus shale is a mineral, and therefore, included in mineral rights. The state Superior Court ruled this month that case law is unclear, leaving big questions over who legitimately controls drilling rights and the valuable natural gas in the mile-deep...
  • Just exactly how much gas is there in the Marcellus Shale?

    08/27/2011 10:47:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies ^ | August 26, 2011 | Emma Jacobs
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) now estimates that 40 times more gas is waiting to be recovered from the Marcellus Shale than it had thought. The new number: 84 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That replaces the previous estimate of a mere 2 trillion cubic feet. The amount of gas believed to be in the Marcellus Shale is important because higher estimates of gas and monetary returns have made the shale play a bigger political football. Bigger, but still smaller The USGS's new, higher estimate highlights the rapid expansion of new drilling methods that allow companies to extract more...
  • USGS Ups The Ante On Shale

    08/25/2011 4:42:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 25, 2011 | Staff
    Power: Despite efforts in the media and Congress to shut it down through fear and falsehoods, a new estimate of America's most promising energy source portends even more gas, oil — and jobs. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale formation that straddles the northeastern United States may hold a staggering 84 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of recoverable natural gas, up significantly from the last official government estimate of 2 tcf made in 2002. The USGS said the estimate came from new information about the gas-rich formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and...
  • USGS Boosts Marcellus Estimates

    08/24/2011 8:05:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 23, 2011 | U.S. Geological Survey
    The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). These gas estimates are significantly more than the last USGS assessment of the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin in 2002, which estimated a mean of about 2 trillion cubic feet of gas (TCF) and 0.01 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. The increase in undiscovered, technically recoverable resource is due to new geologic information and engineering data, as technological developments in...
  • Big, new pipelines on tap for Marcellus Shale

    08/15/2011 7:09:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 15, 2011 | Associated Press
    ... means hundreds of new miles of pipeline as part of a larger, traditional cross-country network that already extends through Pennsylvania and its neighboring states, as well as dozens of new or upgraded compression stations to force more gas through the buried pipes. ... Combined, more than a dozen projects proposed or already under construction would have the capacity to move an additional 4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day — one-third of what analysts for Colorado-based Bentek Energy say is the average daily demand in the northeastern United States. ... about 3 billion cubic feet (bcf) per...
  • It's a ga$! New study fuels fracking backing (Cuomo Supports It)

    07/24/2011 2:25:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07.22.11 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    Gov. Cuomo is hailing a new Pennsylvania study showing that the huge Marcellus Shale natural-gas field on the New York border could supply 25 percent of the nation's gas needs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.  Cuomo -- who's weighing a late-June report by the state Department of Environmental Conservation concluding that controversial "hydrofracking" gas drilling could be done safely in most parts of the Southern Tier -- said the Pennsylvania report showed the enormous potential for job creation and economic development that the drilling offered New York. (Investment and production on Pennsylvania’s side of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas...
  • Natural gas power plants planned locally (Marcellus Shale)

    07/20/2011 5:08:15 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | 13 July 2011 | ALYSSA MURPHY
    A Vienna, Va., company wants to build an $800 million power plant here and another in Bradford County to take advantage of the growing natural gas industry and to provide energy for up to 1.4 million people, including those in the local area. Aaron Samson, president of Moxie Energy, told the Sun-Gazette about plans to build the Moxie Patriot Generation Plant in Clinton Township and Moxie Liberty Generation Plant in Asylum Township, Bradford County. Construction would begin next year. "We're trying to put these projects close to the gas development," he said. The power plants will be fueled by natural...
  • Gushers highlight potential of Pa. gas field

    06/26/2011 7:52:23 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 6/26/2011 | Michael Rubinkam
    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Two unexpected gushers in northeastern Pennsylvania are helping to illustrate the enormous potential of the Marcellus Shale natural gas field. Each of the Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. wells in Susquehanna County is capable of producing 30 million cubic feet per day -- believed to be a record for the Marcellus and enough gas to supply nearly 1,000 homes for a year. The landowners attached to the wells, who leased the well access, numbering fewer than 25, are splitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly royalties. "There was definitely excitement among the team that planned...
  • The Facts About Fracking The real risks of the shale gas revolution

    06/26/2011 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    The U.S. is in the midst of an energy revolution, and we don't mean solar panels or wind turbines. A new gusher of natural gas from shale has the potential to transform U.S. energy production—that is, unless politicians, greens and the industry mess it up. Only a decade ago Texas oil engineers hit upon the idea of combining two established technologies to release natural gas trapped in shale formations. Horizontal drilling—in which wells turn sideways after a certain depth—opens up big new production areas. Producers then use a 60-year-old technique called hydraulic fracturing—in which water, sand and chemicals are injected...
  • Pennsylvania to Begin Extensive Testing on Possible Fracking-Contaminated Water

    04/09/2011 6:13:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Contributor Network ^ | April 8, 2011 | Rachel Krech
    Natural gas drilling through a method called high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," has become a major cause for concern and citizen uproar in Pennsylvania, where energy companies have tapped into major deposits. But this past week, environmental regulators in Pennsylvania announced that the state would be requesting further testing on water that is treated in both wastewater treatment plants and drinking water treatment plants to see if fracking water is contaminating drinking water supplies. > After the water is used in the fracking process, it's highly toxic and contains everything from carcinogens to radioactive materials to highly corrosive salts....
  • A closer look at natural gas

    03/13/2011 5:43:56 AM PDT · by LikeLight · 35 replies
    The Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2011 | Stephen Bloom
    Imagine a place with more jobs than local people can fill. Imagine a place where small businesses are thriving. Imagine a place investing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements. Imagine a place pumping billions of dollars directly to residents. Imagine a place where, since 2007, through the depths of the Great Recession, taxable income is up by over 5 percent and sales tax revenue is up by over 10 percent. Hard to imagine? Now imagine a nation with clean abundant energy. A nation where people can efficiently and comfortably run their homes, schools and hospitals for generations to come. A...
  • Council sets Marcellus Shale vote (Philly City Council)

    01/27/2011 12:15:04 PM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 27 January 2011 | Andrew Maykuth
    Philadelphia City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution opposing Marcellus Shale natural-gas development until further environmental studies can be conducted. The resolution, which is expected to be approved, is the city's first formal declaration of opposition to natural-gas development in Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who chaired hearings in September on Marcellus drilling. Though anti-drilling activists are hailing the measure as "bold," its effects are largely symbolic because the city has limited legal means to influence drilling activity outside its jurisdiction. The nearest drilling is taking place more than 100 miles from the...
  • Industry, enviros praise NY gas-drilling time-out

    12/12/2010 8:40:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Bay News 9 Tampa Bay ^ | December 12, 2010 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Environmental groups and energy companies both claimed victory after Gov. David Paterson ordered a seven-month moratorium on some natural gas drilling in the state, although environmentalists would have preferred the broader ban that the Legislature had approved. The outgoing Democratic governor vetoed a bill on Saturday that would have suspended all new natural-gas drilling permits until May 15. Instead, he issued an executive order prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing of horizontally drilled wells, such as those in the Marcellus Shale region of southern New York. The order stands until July 1...
  • Documents show Homeland Security tracks anti-drill groups in Pa.

    09/15/2010 3:00:12 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 9/15/2010 | Donald Gilliland
    According to recently leaked documents, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings — including a public screening of the film “Gasland,” a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling. The office has included the information in its weekly intelligence bulletins sent to law enforcement agencies. The bulletins are also sent to gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Activists and environmental groups have responded with outrage and some alarm. “There’s something dead-fishy here. ... Something is rotten,” activist Gene Stilp said. He has called for a formal House and Senate...
  • Pa. Homeland Security Document Talks Of Possible 'Environmental Extremists'

    09/10/2010 4:48:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | September 9, 2010
    PITTSBURGH -- An intelligence bulletin from the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security is circulating on the Internet, and it quotes the FBI as saying that "environmental extremists" are likely to become an increasing threat to energy companies. Gov. Ed Rendell's press secretary, Gary Tuma, confirmed to Channel 4 Action News on Thursday that the document is real. "Five acts of vandalism over the last two weeks," Tuma said. "Two of those involved firearms -- firing of shotguns that put holes in equipment at Marcellus Shale drilling sites." He cited incidents of trespassing, theft and vandalism, including shots fired at Marcellus...
  • Smart Moves on Drilling in New York

    06/17/2010 8:37:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 437+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 16, 2010 | PETER APPLEBOME
    It may be hard to believe, but New York’s dysfunctional state government has done one big thing right over the past three years. While neighboring Pennsylvania and other states have rushed pell-mell into the Northeast’s version of an energy boom — making some people richer and some environments poorer — and while concern has steadily risen about the evolving industrial practices used to extract gas from shale, New York and Gov. David A. Paterson have held back. Instead of jumping in, the state has written fairly tough regulations that are still being tweaked and has added extra protections for the...
  • Environmentalists Also To Blame For Exxon Valdez And Gulf Spills (Duh)

    06/01/2010 5:02:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 686+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 1, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: To save the environment, a senator from Pennsylvania wants to shut off a major source of natural gas. Weren't the roads to the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters paved with equally good intentions? Environmentalism did not cause the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but it did help make it possible, just as 1989's Exxon Valdez disaster, which the Gulf Oil spill has now eclipsed, was also ironically made possible by a desire to protect the environment. The original plan when oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope was to build a pipeline directly to the...
  • Kanjorski talks of Marcellus Shale potential ("That's a big f'n deal")

    05/28/2010 5:50:01 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 293+ views
    The Standard Speaker (Hazleton PA) ^ | 5/26/2010 | Tom Ragan
    U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski held a news conference recently to talk about a federal money for water system improvements at local industrial parks but also touted another resource that he believes should be developed. "We have to have protection and clarity of our water and we have to have the value of the resource of natural gas. Together those two resources can be most prosperous for Northeastern Pennsylvania," Kanjorski, D-11, said. The congressman offered some unsolicited advice to property owners in the Hazleton area: Don't sell property without reserving gas and oil rights. "You'll be very, very sorry if you...
  • Can a U.S. senator really be this uninformed? Casey on 'fracking'

    05/27/2010 2:16:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies · 975+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/27/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA, is campaigning against hydraulic fracturing in natural gas drilling by introducing a bill to remove the long-standing exemption in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows energy companies to use the process.Hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking,' as it is more commonly known in the industry - involves injecting liquids, 95 percent of which are water, into rock formations far below the land surface in order to create access to vast quantities of natural gas. Casey's home state of Pennsylvania has a major portion of one of the country's largest undeveloped natural gas resources, the Marcellus Shale...
  • Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play Promises 212K Jobs in Pennsylvania During Next 10 Years

    05/25/2010 12:56:46 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 11 replies · 553+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-25-10 | Bob McCarty
    The Marcellus Shale natural gas play hold potential to produce 212,000 jobs during the next 10 years and generate $1.8 billion in tax revenues by 2012.
  • Shale gas gambit pits NY neighbor against neighbor

    02/18/2010 3:11:47 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 506+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 Feb 2010 | Edith Honan
    * Farmers in New York state fear invasion of drilling rigs * State considers whether to allow shale gas drilling HANCOCK, New York, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The race to exploit America's promising reserves of shale gas has triggered a clash between landowners in New York state, pitting those eager to earn royalties from drilling against farmers who fear gas companies will be able to drill without their consent. "There are people that say: my land, my gas," said Marc Dunau, an organic farmer in Hancock, located 150 miles (240 km) northwest of New York City, who refused to sign...
  • Drilling Ban To Cost Trillions

    02/16/2010 4:16:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,321+ views ^ | February 16, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: A new study shows that our reluctance to develop domestic energy will cost the beleaguered U.S. economy trillions in opportunity costs, reduce our gross domestic product and increase our trade deficit. From trying to stimulate jobs in nonexistent ZIP codes at great expense to worshiping the false gods of climate change, our biggest deficit these days may be in the area of common sense. A new study shows that many of our wounds are self-inflicted as we forgo the wealth and jobs to be found in our waters and under our feet. The study by Science Applications International Corp....
  • Get The Frackin' Gas

    12/22/2009 5:25:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,773+ views ^ | December 22, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: An oil company wants to invest its profits in clean-burning American natural gas. A Hungarian billionaire and a "green" politician want to stop it. This is the real Climate-gate scandal. While the greenies of the world united in Copenhagen to talk about the weather, emitting a Third World-country-size chunk of greenhouse gases to gather there, the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil, was doing something about it. On Dec. 14, Exxon agreed to buy XTO Energy, a natural gas firm, in a deal valued at $41 billion. XTO is one of the leaders in something called "fracking" technology, in...
  • Cheap Natural Gas and Its Enemies

    12/21/2009 3:29:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 576+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 21, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    A vast reservoir of clean-burning natural gas could be available at reasonable cost in the coming years, freeing us from some of our dependence on imported energy. Yet there are those who consider such a development a threat. A small group of billionaires (and mere multimillionaires), formed under the aegis of the Democracy Alliance, has amassed a great deal of political influence in America on behalf of the Democratic Party and Democratic politicians. Among the more important members of this "club" are George Soros and his liberal allies, Herbert and Marion Sandler. The latter two are billionaire beneficiaries of the...
  • Gas 'gold rush' ignites in rural New York

    12/20/2009 8:46:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,204+ views ^ | Dec 20, 2009 | Sebastian Smith
    CALLICOON, New York (AFP) – After a lifetime struggling to make money from the land, New York farmer Bill Graby has discovered he's sitting on treasure -- possibly the biggest natural gas deposit in America. "It's like winning the lottery," says the 6.6-foot (two-meter) dairy farmer from the picturesque town of Callicoon in the Catskills hills. The deposit, called the Marcellus shale, stretches all the way from New York to Tennessee, containing 168 to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation. That dwarfs the previous big daddy, the Barnett shale in...
  • At Odds Over Land, Money and Gas

    11/29/2009 10:27:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 614+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2009 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    CHENANGO, N.Y. — Chris and Robert Lacey own 80 acres of idyllic upstate New York countryside, a place where they can fish for bass in their own pond, hike through white pines and chase deer away. But the Laceys hope that, if all goes well, a natural gas wellhead will soon occupy this bucolic landscape. Like many landowners in Broome County, which includes the town of Chenango, the Laceys could potentially earn millions of dollars from the natural gas under their feet. They live above the Marcellus Shale, a subterranean layer of rock stretching from New York to Tennessee that...
  • Boom towns: Gas drilling quickly changes smalltown life in Central Pa. (Marcellus Shale)

    10/25/2009 9:31:12 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 11 replies · 1,714+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA) ^ | 10/25/2009 | Laura Legere
    An owner of Beck Oilfield Supply traveled from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania this year to find the best place in the midst of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling rush to plant one of his stores. He picked Wysox, a small town that borders Towanda, the Bradford County seat, and he wasn't alone. Two other stores that specialize in drilling and gas production supplies have opened within two miles of Beck Supply along Route 6 in the past year. The supply shops are more than specialty hardware stores; they are tailored to the uninterrupted pace and idiosyncratic needs of gas drilling....
  • NYS: drill, baby, drill!

    10/20/2009 12:47:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,059+ views
    NY Post ^ | Oct. 20, 2009 | MAX SCHULZ
    The Paterson administra tion has finally given a green light to proposed drilling in the Marcellus Shale, considered by many to be the nation's largest natural-gas reservoir. Covering several states and extending more than 600 miles, the basin may contain as much as six decades' worth of US natural-gas needs. Drilling is already under way in Pennsylvania and other Marcellus states. Well over a year ago, Gov. Paterson put energy production on hold here at home so regulators could study the issue. This delay satisfied the demands of anti-drilling greens, but it denied the Empire State's economy a much-needed boost....
  • The Saudi Arabia Of Shale

    08/21/2009 5:05:26 AM PDT · by Vincent Jappi · 18 replies · 2,222+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | August 17, 2009
    Energy Policy: New York's governor wants to tap into a shale formation that can supply the entire U.S. with natural gas for 65 years. Will NIMBY environmentalists let him stimulate New York's and America's energy economy? Last week, David Patterson released a draft report of his Energy Planning Board that does something Democrats are loath to do: It proposes developing a domestic energy resource — the huge amounts of natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale formation. New York produces 5% of its natural gas in-state and imports more than 95% from the Gulf Coast and Canada. The Marcellus Shale...
  • The Saudi Arabia Of Shale

    08/17/2009 6:14:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 4,070+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy Policy: New York's governor wants to tap into a shale formation that can supply the entire U.S. with natural gas for 65 years. Will NIMBY environmentalists let him stimulate New York's and America's energy economy?Last week, David Patterson released a draft report of his Energy Planning Board that does something Democrats are loath to do: It proposes developing a domestic energy resource — the huge amounts of natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale formation. New York produces 5% of its natural gas in-state and imports more than 95% from the Gulf Coast and Canada. The Marcellus Shale stretches...
  • There's gas in them thar hills (Rist to Groundwater delays natural gas drilling)

    12/06/2008 8:25:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 1,039+ views ^ | November 16, 2008 | MARY ESCH
    Advanced drilling techniques that blast millions of gallons of water into 400-million-year-old shale formations a mile underground are opening up "unconventional" gas fields touted as a key to the nation's energy future. The mother lode of these deposits, where natural gas is so tightly locked in deep rocks that it's costly and complicated to extract, is the Marcellus shale underlying the Appalachians. Geologists call the Marcellus a "super giant" gas field. Penn State geoscientist Terry Engelder believes it could supply the natural gas needs of the United States for 14 years. But as word spread over the past year that...
  • Rush for Drilling Rights

    09/29/2008 5:54:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 438+ views
    redOrbit ^ | September 29, 2008 | Peter Heerwagen
    The rush to tie up drilling rights in Marcellus shale is ramping up just west of the Interstate 81 corridor, as companies compete to sign leases. The black sedimentary rock runs from western New York south into West Virginia. It has been promoted as one of the most promising natural gas sources in the United States. Piping the gas through the hills and mountains of Appalachia, however, will not be easy. New technologies that include horizontal drilling and pumping in water to fracture the rock, have been found to release more gas and make recoveries in shale more economical. Rising...
  • Gas Drillers in Race for Hearts and Land (WALTON, N.Y.)

    06/29/2008 7:21:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 662+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2008 | PETER APPLEBOME
    You could have taken a nostalgic drive through the past on Thursday night, through the dreamy green landscape at the outer edges of the Catskills, past sleepy fishing towns like Roscoe and Downsville, to the lovingly restored Walton Theater, built in 1914 for vaudeville acts, honored guests like Theodore Roosevelt and community events of all shapes and sizes. And, if you got there, you would have received a distinctly less dreamy glimpse of the future. You would have heard an overheated mix of fear and greed, caution and paranoia, of million-dollar gas leases that could enrich struggling farmers, of polluted...