Tagged Geology

H&H: Seismic Testing Coming to Monroeville, Not to Oakmont

In June MDN brought you news about a move by the Borough of Oakmont (suburb close to Pittsburgh, northeast side of the city) to regulate seismic testing in the Borough, essentially to prevent it from happening by Huntley & Huntley (see Pittsburgh Suburb Moves to Regulate Seismic Testing by H&H). Not long after that story…

Pittsburgh Suburb Moves to Regulate Seismic Testing by H&H

One of the first steps before a company decides to drill for shale gas (or oil), is to conduct a seismic survey–bouncing sound waves through the rock layers a mile or more down–to “see” what the geology looks like. It helps drillers target locations with the best possibility of success, which is a good thing…

New Study Finds Fracking, Wastewater Injection Rarely Linked to Seismicity

A new University of Alberta study asks whether increased oil and gas production — specifically the hydraulic fracturing that made it possible and wastewater injection that is part of the day-to-day production process — leads to widespread increased induced seismicity rates. Contrary to the anti-fracking movement’s alarmist narrative, the answer is a resounding “no.” The…

Range Resources: Long Laterals, Less Disruption, More Gas

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Something spectacular is happening in Washington County, Pennsylvania as Range Resources is doing 3-mile laterals with huge benefits for everyone involved. Range Resources just sponsored an article in the Washington, Pennsylvania Observer-Reporter talking about the pioneering work of the company in extending laterals out to nearly three miles. The…

Westmoreland Zoning Challenge Heads to Court, Delays H&H Drilling

In May MDN told you that Huntley & Huntley was conducting seismic surveys in Lower Burrell, in Westmoreland County, PA (see Huntley & Huntley Targets New Drilling in Westmoreland County, PA). When a company begins to conduct seismic surveys, you know that applications for drilling permits are not far behind. Next door to Lower Burrell…

When it Comes to the News, Where’s the Media?

Last week the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a study that reiterates the conclusions of an already overwhelming list of peer-reviewed papers and studies that found hydraulic fracturing is not a major threat to our nation’s drinking supplies. So why did the media at-large ignore this peer-reviewed study from a credible institution that puts…

Sierra Club Once Again Denies Science on Fracking and Groundwater

In a not-so-surprising move, Sierra Club issued a statement last week disregarding the findings of a recent United States Geological Survey (USGS) study that found fracking is NOT impacting groundwater in three major U.S. shale plays. And just what was Sierra Club’s issue with the report’s findings? Sierra Club claims USGS “failed to include in…

The USGS Finds Fracking is Not Contaminating Groundwater

K.J. Rodgers Crownsville, Maryland   …. ….  Fracking is not contaminating groundwater according to the USGS; a fact that has been proven enough to sound like a broken record. What does it take to change someone’s opinion on a subject? Many people believe the moon landing was fake and not even Buzz Aldrin could convince them…

New USGS Study: Fracking Does Not Contaminate Water Wells

The U.S. Geological Survey has just done us all a big favor. USGS decided to do some in-the-field research to see if there’s any truth to the wild claims of anti-drillers that fracking somehow leaks up through a mile or more of solid rock to pollute water wells. We’ve heard that bogus claim for years–since…

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