October 21, 2011 |
A leading advocate against Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in the Delaware River basin has resigned from a coalition of civic organizations because she says the group will not take a harder stand against shale-gas development. Maya K. van Rossum, who heads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, said Friday she had stepped down from the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission to protest the group's final report, which will be issued Monday. Van Rossum said the commission declined to support a moratorium on natural gas development, as the Riverkeeper has advocated.
May 6, 2013 |
Since the Marcellus Shale boom began in 2008, there has been much debate and disagreement over the effect natural gas development would have on Pennsylvania's economy. Gov. Corbett, who found himself in the hot seat last week over his comments on the state's lagging employment rate, has promoted Pennsylvania as a rival to Texas as a regional energy hub. In his budget address this year, he talked about the energy sector creating "hundreds of thousands of new jobs. " Most economists credit the Marcellus Shale development with creating jobs and having a profound economic effect in the rural areas where drilling is taking place.
July 22, 2011 |
Since the federal government deregulated natural gas prices in the 1980s, the prices of crude oil and natural gas have moved more or less in tandem. But in the last three years, the prices have become unhinged. One reason is the dramatic increase in natural gas production from unconventional formations such as Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, which has driven down natural gas prices while crude oil prices have soared. When the two fossil fuels are compared on the basis of energy equivalency, natural gas is a bargain compared with oil. A dollar spent on natural gas buys more than three times the energy that a dollar spent on crude oil buys.
August 6, 2010 |
A giant Indian industrial concern has bought a second stake of natural-gas acreage in Pennsylvania, underscoring the international scope of the Marcellus Shale boom. Reliance Industries Ltd., which bills itself as India's largest private-sector company, said Thursday that it would pay $392 million to acquire a 60 percent stake in 104,400 Marcellus acres in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The acreage is now controlled by a 50-50 venture of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., a Houston, Texas, exploration company, and Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
May 4, 2011 |
Chevron Corp., which entered the Pennsylvania shale-gas competition this year with the acquisition of Atlas Energy Inc., on Wednesday substantially beefed up its stake by acquiring new acreage in southwestern Pennsylvania. The San Ramon, Calif., company will acquire leases covering 228,000 acres from closely held Chief Oil & Gas L.L.C. and Tug Hill Inc. The terms weren't disclosed. In February, Chevron paid $3.58 billion for Atlas and its 622,000 Marcellus acres. Atlas was founded by Philadelphia's Cohen family.
August 11, 2011 |
A natural gas subcommittee appointed by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is recommending more public disclosure, more tracking of data, and other actions to reduce the environmental and safety risks of shale gas production in the nation. In a report to be released Thursday, the committee calls for better ways to measure and limit air pollution, and recommends water-quality requirements. It also wants to see the full disclosure of chemicals in fluids used for fracking, the process in which water and additives are injected underground at high pressure to break apart the geologic formation and release the gas. Addressing a contentious issue - whether methane contaminating some wells is related to drilling or is from natural causes - it recommends determining background levels of methane in nearby water wells before drilling.
July 13, 2011 |
When the folks at Talisman Energy dreamed up a children's coloring book about a dinosaur explaining the origins of natural gas, they had no idea that the "friendly fracosaurus" would become a casualty in the anti-fracking cultural wars. "Talisman Terry's Energy Adventure," a 24-page tale about a dinosaur wearing a hard hat and work boots, achieved a pinnacle of corporate communications when it got national television exposure from comedian Stephen Colbert, who lampooned it Monday on the Comedy Channel's Colbert Report . Colbert, in a five-minute segment ridiculing hydraulic fracturing, the controversial process for extracting gas from rock formations such as Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, singled out the coloring book as a way for Talisman "to counter their image problem.
April 10, 2011 |
Natural gas drillers are accelerating exploration of several Appalachian rock formations that sandwich the Marcellus Shale beneath Pennsylvania, and some experts say the new discoveries may be as prolific as the Marcellus itself. "What we've got is Marcellus times two," said Terry Engelder, the Pennsylvania State University geosciences professor whose Marcellus Shale estimates in 2008 first drew public attention to the region's shale gas potential. Since The Inquirer reported in May that drillers had found recoverable gas in the Utica and Upper Devonian Shales, several operators have become more openly optimistic about a potential natural gas triple play in the region.
April 9, 2010 |
The Marcellus Shale, which according to some geologists is the world's second-largest natural-gas field, holds the potential to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Pennsylvanians - while reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign energy resources. We've known about the Marcellus Shale for years. But advances - specifically, horizontal drilling techniques coupled with a 60-year-old technology called hydraulic fracturing, in which fluid is forced underground - have finally enabled us to reach its enormous stores of clean-burning fuel.
March 30, 2012 |
Even though a congressman boasts that his bill signed into law in January will assure steps are taken to safeguard new shale-gas pipelines snaking across Pennsylvania, safety regulators surveyed nationally say they still need convincing. The state regulators' fears, expressed to federal auditors about the public-safety threat from badly built or shoddily maintained pipelines, stand as a continuing concern for residents living amid Pennsylvania's gas boom. At issue is whether thousands of miles of pipeline stretched across rural areas will be subject to safety checks to safeguard against flaws or lax upkeep, given that federal law now exempts these lines from safety rules.