Monthly Archives: September 2011

Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate

Scientists say advocates on both sides increasingly spin every shred of research to fit their own views, and ignore the bigger picture. Read the article in R & D Magazine.

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Drillers Face Methane Concern

By RYAN TRACY
The Wall Street Journal – Monday, Sept 26. 2011

GRANVILLE SUMMIT, Pa.—Sherry Vargson has cooked with water from a five-gallon jug for the past year. It’s inconvenient, but preferable to using tap water containing enough methane gas that she can light a match and see an orange flame flare out of the faucet.
Lighting Water on Fire

Sherry Vargson takes a match to water coming out of her tap.

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[Pocahontas] Commission tours gas field

Pocahontas County Commissioners traveled to Wetzel County to see firsthand the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. Read the article in The Pocahontas Times

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Game Changer (Gas Industry Influence)

This audio shows how the gas industry uses its influence at universities and with county governments to affect public perceptions, policy, and possibly, elections. A real eye opener. This is an hour long radio program that you can stop and start.

Listen to the program on WBEZ’s This American Life

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Shale Drilling in WV – photos

The Marcellus Shale website has lots of photos and information about drilling.

Drilling in West Virginia – see web page >

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Committee raises drilling permit fees

CHARLESTON — The Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale raised drilling permit fees and gave some tax relief to surface owners Wednesday afternoon.

Read the article in The Dominion Post

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USGS issues much lower Marcellus gas estimate

There’s gas in these hills, but not as much as previously thought, according to a recent government report.

Read the article in The Pocahontas Times.

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[Pocahontas] Commission wants to help fund water testing

The Pocahontas County Commission wants to avoid troubled waters in the Birthplace of Rivers and one commissioner is suggesting that the county pay for baseline testing of water wells.

Read the article from the Pocahontas Times.

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Can Communities Reclaim the Right to Say “No”?

Many communities trying to keep fracking, drilling, or big box stores out are finding they don’t have the legal right to say no. Read the article in Yes Magazine.

View local laws drafted to ban ‘fracking’.

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WV House Rule 35CSR8

On August 29 2011, The Secretary of State signed the WV DEP Emergency Rule for Marcellus Shale.

TITLE 35 LEGISLATIVE RULE ,DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – OIL AND GAS,
SERIES 8 RULES GOVERNING HORIZONTAL WELL DEVELOPMENT

Click to download the PDF

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