PA Data Updates, New DataTool Charting Functionality

Several oil and gas datasets from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been updated on the FracTracker DataTool, including: Active MS Permits in PA (2011-10-26) 2011 Drilled Wells in Pennsylvania (2011-10-26) All MS Drilled Wells in PA (2011-10-26) 2011 Marcellus Shale Violations in PA Additionally, a Pennsylvania zip code dataset from the US […]

Report: Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction

By Susan Christopherson, PhD – Cornell University The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction report outlines some of the key issues explored by a team of researchers centered at Cornell University during the period of New York’s moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for natural gas.  Our research focused on Pennsylvania, where Marcellus HVHF drilling […]

Update from US EPA on Hydraulic Fracturing Study

US EPA Proceedings of the Technical Workshops for the Hydraulic Fracturing Study

In its Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Report, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriation Conference Committee identified the need for a focused study on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. EPA scientists, under this Administration and at the direction of Congress, are undertaking a study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic […]

January to August Marcellus Shale Violations by Operator

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Oil and Gas maintains violation data on their website (download the Excel file). The following is a summary of Marcellus Shale violations issued in the first eight months of this year, including the number of wells that were flagged for violations. Marcellus Shale violations and offending wells […]

Governor Unveils County Drilling Fee, Other Marcellus Shale Proposals

Reposted from PA Environment Digest Gov. Tom Corbett today said he agrees with 94 of the 94 recommendations made by his Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and will be recommending legislation authorizing counties to adopt a drilling fee whose revenue would be split between the state (25 percent) and local governments (75 percent) to offset costs […]