Monthly Archives: November 2011

Commission takes heat over presentation, resolution

Pocahontas County Commissioners were the target of pointed criticism from county residents on both sides of the Marcellus shale gas debate at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Read the article in the Pocahontas Times.

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Commissioners hear from business community about proposed ordinance

Local business owners and farmers let Pocahontas County Commissioners know exactly how they felt about a proposed ordinance that had the purpose of restricting activity around drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale.

Read the article in the Pocahontas Time

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Gas company whistle-blower details spills, errors

DIMOCK TWP. PA – On a bright fall day in 2008, Scott Ely arrived at the natural gas well a few hundred feet from his home to find work strangely stilled.

His fellow employees of Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.’s drilling subsidiary were watching the only thing moving: a huge plume of gas “like Niagara Falls going upwards” buffeting the drilling rig from below, he remembered.

Read the article in the Scranton (PA) Times Tribune

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Did Fracking Cause Oklahoma’s Largest Recorded Earthquake?

Probably not, as the gas drilling practice tends to be associated with minor quakes, not big ones, seismologists say

Read the article in Scientific American

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Panel approves bill, seeks Marcellus special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A special legislative committee on Wednesday approved a Marcellus Shale drilling bill and asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call lawmakers into special session to take up the measure.

Read the article in the Charleston Gazette.

Download the proposed legislation as a PDF

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EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer

As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.

Read the article in Scientific American.

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Ethane cracker plant cracking up?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chesapeake Energy’s decision last week to sign a long-term contract to transport 75,000 barrels of ethane per day from the Appalachian shale region to the Texas Gulf Coast could jeopardize West Virginia’s chances of getting a multibillion-dollar cracker plant, state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said.

Read the article in the Charleston Gazette.

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How to negotiate a gas extraction lease.

If you are approached by gas companies regarding a gas drilling lease on your property, you need to be able to negotiate a contract that protects your interests. You should by all means use an attorney who works in this area and is a member of your state’s Bar. This guide, written by the Harvard Law School for Ohio residents, will provide a great template to start from.

Gas Leasing Guide – download PDF

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Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages

As natural gas drilling has spread across the country, energy industry representatives have sat down at kitchen tables in states like Texas, Pennsylvania and New York to offer homeowners leases that give companies the right to drill on their land. Read the article in the New York Times.

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