Tagged Pennsylvania

Penn State Gets Into the Fracking Weeds and Sprays Hyperbole

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Penn State University has done another study. This one is on the fracking weeds and while the conclusions are reasonable PSU is spraying a lot of hyperbole. Two friends sent me a copy of an article from the Penn State News about a new study the University has…

New Frack Wastewater Well on the Way in Allegheny County, PA

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is the agency in charge of approving oil and gas wastewater injection wells, will hold a hearing next Wednesday in Plum, PA (Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh) on whether or not to approve an application and plan from Penneco Environmental Solutions (division of Penneco Oil Co.) to convert a…

New Penn State Frack Wastewater “Study” Beats a Dead Horse

Not long after Michael Krancer was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection in 2011, he “requested” (which was more order than request) that municipal sewage treatment plants still accepting and processing Marcellus drilling wastewater stop the practice. At the time there were 15 plants accepting Marcellus wastewater. Under pressure from Krancer, they…

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be…

Citizens, Legislators and Workers Rally for Atlantic Sunrise

Tom Shepstone Natural Gas NOW … …  Several hundred citizens, legislators and natural gas industry workers turned out yesterday to support the critical Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. It was quite a turnout at the Shadowbrook Resort in Tunkhannock, yesterday. Was it the Ma Greenly’s Bar-B-Q? Was it the gigantic flag visible for almost a mile away?…

MSC: PA Impact Fee Far Superior to a Quick Fix Severance Tax

Once again it’s necessary to counter the false narrative in Pennsylvania media that “Pennsylvania is the only state without a severance tax” and “a severance tax will magically fix our over budget mess.” Last week MDN brought you news that 12 so-called Republicans in the PA House were behind an effort to force a vote…

DRBC’s Anti-Fracking Chickens are Roosting – PA Slashes Funding

For the past two years running, the Delaware River Basin Commission, a cooperative organization with five members–Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–has received more than half a million dollars per year from PA as its dues to support the anti-drilling organization. The problem is, PA pays its full…

O&G (Including Marcellus/Utica) Faces Big Hiring Challenge

A recent story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out the ups and downs of working in the oil and gas business. It is a cyclical business–with booms followed by busts. Always has been, always will be. When the shale industry took off some 10 years ago in PA, the industry couldn’t find enough people to…

Are Anti’s Changing Their Minds About Fossil Fuels?

Daniel B. Markind, Esq. Weir and Partners, LLP   Is it possible some of the biggest anti fossil fuels advocates are changing their minds? Mark Zuckerberg appears to be; even meeting with oil and gas workers. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg visited Williston, North Dakota last week as part of his quest to visit all 50 states,…

Another Journalism Fail As Reporters Swoon for Political Nuns

Jim Willis Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) … …  Two stories in major Pennsylvania newspapers illustrate so much of the problem with journalism today as they ignore two elephants in the room with the nuns. A group of Catholic nuns who prefer to worship Mother Nature rather than Jesus Christ (the Person they pledged to…

Thailand’s Banpu Investing Another $293M in Northeast PA Shale

From May 2016 to May 2017, Banpu Pcl, Thailand’s largest coal producer, has invested in no less than four deals to grab ownership of Marcellus Shale wells and leases in northeast Pennsylvania (see Thai Company Banpu Invests in Another 34 Marcellus Wells in NEPA). So far Banpu’s total investment has been $207 million. The wells…

Bizarre Complaints to Water Authority re Shell’s Ethane Pipeline

An article published in the anti-drilling Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is quite bizarre–even by Post-Gazette standards. The article reports concerns expressed by residents in Beaver County, PA at a recent meeting of the Ambridge Water Authority. The opener quotes one resident this way: “‘No one knows what’s going to happen when the explosions are set off,’ said…

Shale Gas News – July 15, 2017

Bill desRosiers External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas   The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about fractivist funding, Utica wells, climate data and much more last week. Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas….

New Penn State Wastewater Study Focuses On a Long Corrected Issue

Penn State University recently released a study claiming to find evidence of “lasting environmental damage” in Conemaugh River Lake it claims is attributable to Marcellus Shale wastewater treated at two centralized waste treatment (CWT) facilities. The study concludes that “regulatory agencies should develop and apply more restrictive effluent discharge limits for CWT plants that protect…

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