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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Local committee on the trail of Marcellus Shale

Members of Morgan County’s Marcellus Shale Committee took a fact-finding trip to shale drilling and gas well operations in Wetzel County on Saturday, October 15. Read the article in The Morgan Messenger,

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EPA Scientist Points at Fracking in Fish-Kill Mystery

A mysterious fish-kill in Dunkard Creek​ may have been the result of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing of shale for natural gas. Read the article in Scientific American.

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West Virginia Marcellus Shale Permits

View a map of WVa issued shale drilling permits. Click on the map, then use the magnifying glass to zoom into the map. View the map

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Driller wins approval to halt water to Pa. town

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental regulators announced Wednesday they have given permission to a natural-gas driller to stop delivering replacement water to residents whose drinking water wells were tainted with methane. Read the article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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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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