Monthly Archives: December 2011

WV Water Research Institute Videos

WVU sponsored clips by Paul Ziemkiewicz, the Director of the West Virginia Water Research Institute. – Videos with good simple answers to Marcellus Shale questions. View the list of videos

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Will our natural gas boom help us?

With the recent enactment of rules regulating the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus shale, a process known as “fracking,” some believe West Virginia will experience an economic boom.

But, what if it’s not true?

Read the article in The [Martinsburg] Journal

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The Coal Age Nears Its End

Wall Street Journal – 23 Dec 2011 – After burning coal to light up Cincinnati for six decades, the Walter C. Beckjord Generating Station will go dark soon—a fate that will be shared by dozens of aging coal-fired power plants across the U.S. in coming years.

This article available in PDF format >>

Their owners cite a raft of new air-pollution regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, including a rule released Wednesday that limits mercury and other emissions, for the shut-downs.

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Appalachia Midstream Fined for Albany Township (PA) Violations

The following post is from the Rocket Courier. A newspaper in Bradford County, PA, one of the busiest areas for Marcellus Shale.

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Appalachia Midstream Services LLC of Horseheads, NY, Chesapeake Energy’s pipeline division, $19,510 for numerous erosion- and sediment-control violations originally found last winter at its compressor station in Albany Township, Bradford County. Read the article in The Rocket Courier.

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Report urges increase in severance taxes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could improve its financial picture by strengthening severance taxes on coal and natural gas, according to a report released Thursday. Read the article in the Charleston Gazette.

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DEP shuts down Northern Panhandle gas well operation

GLEN EASTON, W.Va. — From the Charleston Gazette — Regulators have shut down a Chesapeake Energy gas well pad in Marshall County and declared the site an imminent danger to people.

The Intelligencer says the Department of Environmental Protection order affects the Ray Baker pad near Glen Easton.

It’s the same place where state and federal regulators are requiring Chesapeake to repair a land slip. The operation was previously cited for polluting streams.

DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says the site has been a problem from the start.

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Both sides agree Marcellus bill just starting point

Supporters and critics of a bill passed Wednesday to regulate Marcellus Shale horizontal drilling agreed on one thing: The legislation is only a starting point for ongoing regulation of the burgeoning new industry. Read the article in The Charleston Gazette.

Read the “engrossed version” of the legislation. When the final signed bill is online, we will post it.

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Halliburton List of Fracking Chemicals

Halliburton has set up a website with fairly complete information about products used in gas wells. The list includes common uses of the products.

Click links to see disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Go there >>

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Gas fracking leases may impact real estate values

Gas fracking leases may impact real estate values

from The Hancock News, 12-7-2011

Property owners with natural gas leases, and those interested in hearing realistic predictions of the jobs that might be created if gas drilling occurs in Maryland, can get information at a public meeting on Thursday evening, December 8, in Garrett County.

Paul Durham, government affairs director for the Garrett County Board of Realtors, and Emily Wurth from Washington, D.C.-based Food & Water Watch, will offer their perspectives at 7 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium in McHenry.
“Our county’s financial health is greatly dependent on real estate, especially vacation real estate, and local realtors are stepping up to the challenges associated with gas leasing,” said Natalie Atherton, acting director of CitizenShale, the group sponsoring the meeting.

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EPA sounds alarm on fracking in Wyoming

In a statement released on Thursday, the EPA said a study had found that groundwater in an aquifer around Pavillion, Wyoming, contained “compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.”

Read the article at CNNMoney

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