Daily Archives: March 30, 2017

PA Court Says Snyder Bros Wells are Strippers, No Impact Fees Due

In 2014 MDN brought you the interesting story of strippers in the Marcellus–stripper wells, that is (see High-Priced Strippers in PA: Semantic Gymnastics with Impact Fee). Synder Brothers is an oil/gas producer in Pennsylvania. Most of the wells they drill are vertical-only wells. Among them are 24 wells from 2011 and 21 wells from 2012…

Wayne National Forest 2nd Lease Auction – List of Winners

Last week the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off a second round of properties located in Wayne National Forest (WNF), in Ohio (see 2nd Wayne Natl Forest Lease Sale Hauls in $5.2M, Double Expectations). The first such auction was for 719 acres (see BLM Auction Leases 17 Parcels, 719 Acres in OH Wayne Natl…

OFS Mammoth Energy Buys Second Sand Co. to Keep on Frackin’

Oilfield services company (OFS) Mammoth Energy Services, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, operates in both the Utica Shale and Permian Basin. Last week MDN reported that Mammoth, a new company formed in 2014 (but growing rapidly), had bought itself a sand mine/processing plant (Taylor Frac) in an effort to keep Mammoth’s fracking crews stocked with…

Antis Deliriously Happy with Maryland Frack Ban, Who Paid Who?

The same old (very small) cast of environmental radicals is claiming victory in Maryland over the recently passed bill to ban fracking statewide–a bill that now sits on traitor Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk (he’s promised to sign it). Radicals from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (and Food & Water Watch, and the Sierra Club, et al),…

Wayne Co. Landowner Welcomes Decision in Dismissed DRBC Lawsuit

As MDN reported, last week U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani ruled against a Wayne County landowner in a lawsuit that challenged the right of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to stop fracking in the Delaware River Basin (see Judge Tosses Wayne County, PA Landowner Lawsuit Against DRBC). At first blush this may see like…

Range Resources’ PR Chief Matt Pitzarella Jumps Ship to Law Firm

Here’s a bit of personnel news that caught us by surprise. Back in January Matt Pitzarella, director of corporate communications and public affairs for Range Resources, announced he was leaving Range. Matt has been a fixture in the Marcellus universe since we started writing the MDN website in 2009. Range, as you may or may…

Google’s Methane Sniffing Cars Featured in New “Study”

For years anti-fossil fuel agitators have been making noise about so-called fugitive methane. According to antis, methane (CH4) is a zillion times more “potent” than carbon dioxide (CO2) in making Mom Earth toast (i.e. global warming, which isn’t happening). If only we could capture every last molecule of methane so it couldn’t escape, life would…

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Mar 30, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Federal judge keeps AG Schneiderman and #ExxonKnew on defense; Rover Pipeline makes progress in Belmont County; Shale Crescent hosts forum in Marietta; Utica Shale Academy joins forces with trade school re welding; anti group wants Shell to…

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