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Marcellus shale

May 16, 2014

New fracking partnership takes first application

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A hotly debated partnership between major oil and gas companies and some environmental groups has accepted its first application under a program that aims to enforce tough but voluntary new standards for fracking in the northeast. The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale says an unidentified drilling company has submitted an application to […]

Jul 7, 2013

Fervent foes devote their lives to fracking fight

VESTAL — Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities. But for all its political clout and financial prowess, […]

Oct 25, 2012

Marcellus Shale merger activity slows

PITTSBURGH — The wheeling and dealing over the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale has hit the pause stage. The financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers says Marcellus merger and acquisition activity fell to zero in the third quarter of 2012, after major energy companies spent tens of billions of dollars over the last three years. In the previous quarter […]

Sep 26, 2012

Report criticizes Pa. gas drilling enforcement

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania regulators aren’t inspecting tens of thousands of oil and gas wells even once a year, a new report says. But state officials say they’re inspecting most new wells in the Marcellus Shale region, which is the right place to focus. The report issued Tuesday by Earthworks, a Washington D.C. nonprofit, found that […]

Jul 31, 2012

Driller to NY: Stop local bans or we’ll sue

ALBANY — A natural gas drilling company is taking a new tack in the industry’s fight against local drilling bans: It’s threatening to sue if New York regulators don’t step in and extinguish the prohibitions. John Holko, president of Lenape Resources, sent a letter Thursday to state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens saying […]

May 10, 2012

Landowners assert right to frack for gas

ALBANY — A coalition of upstate New York landowners seeking to lease land for natural gas drilling pressed state officials Wednesday to consider the rights of property owners as they make decisions on shale gas development.   The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York was at the Capitol to present a “Declaration of Rights.”   […]

Apr 13, 2012

Propane fracking considered for Marcellus Shale

High volume water fracking is still under New York Department of Environmental Conservation review, but a group of Tioga County landowners reached an informal agreement in late March to develop up to 135,000 acres of Marcellus and Utica shale utilizing alleged green technology. The Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) technology utilizes injected liquid propane or butane […]

Mar 11, 2012

After quakes, Ohio plans tough gas-drilling rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers. Among the new regulations: Well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site, and the […]

Mar 8, 2012

Hydrofracking 101

New York state may be regulating itself out of the natural gas drilling market, according to a Buffalo environmental attorney. The basics of the “Marcellus Shale Gas Play,” and its potential environmental and economic impacts were presented Thursday to members of the Upstate NY Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, a […]

Mar 5, 2012

EPA heightens scrutiny over gas drilling in northern Pa. town

DIMOCK, Pa. — Tugging on rubber gloves, a laboratory worker kneels before a gushing spigot behind Kim Grosso’s house and positions an empty bottle under the clear, cold stream. The process is repeated dozens of times as bottles are filled, marked and packed into coolers. After extensive testing, Grosso and dozens of her neighbors will […]

Mar 2, 2012

Marcellus shale discussion set for Thursday

The economic, environmental and lending considerations of the Marcellus shale gas play will be discussed Thursday at the March meeting of the upstate New York chapter of NAIOP. Greg Senecal, environmental consultant at LaBella Associates, and George Van Nest, an environmental attorney at Underberg & Kessler LLP, will briefly provide an overview of the Marcellus […]

Nov 17, 2011

Fracking debated at hearing in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON — About 100 people are listening to impassioned arguments about natural gas drilling at a hearing in Binghamton, the epicenter of expected development in New York of the Marcellus Shale formation. Local officials and residents are making three-minute statements about hydraulic fracturing.

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