Archive for the ‘Marcellus Shale’ Category


Gas dam blowout on Pine Creek

High Waters Wash Out Dam – WNEP.

Repeat after me.  All the well-intentioned volunteer stream monitoring efforts can be wiped out in single instances like this.  Pine Creek may be a local treasure.  But to local trans-national gas companies from Texas and Oklahoma, its nothing more than either and obstacle or a resource.  They want to use it or get across it, that’s all.  Don’t believe the billboards.  And start getting involved, before everything is gone.


Organic? Not so fast.

“If the air is fouled and the animals are drinking water that contains poisonous fracking chemicals, then products from those animals are going to have poisons …”

via How gas drilling contaminates your food – Sustainable food –

The vast majority of the upper Susquehanna region has been undergoing a local, organic, sustainable agriculture revolution.  The frack industry will surely compromise those efforts, making it that much more difficult for the region to compete and survive, post-frack.

Gas done wrong

Pennsylvania and Fracking | Earthjustice.

Very slick interactive map for “fraccidents” in PA.  (Wish I would have coined that term.)

Adding Frack Water to Acid Mine Drainage?

It ordered a seventh firm to stop injecting “frac fluid” and brine it receives from drillers into an abandoned mine near Saltsburg in Indiana County, Pa.

This is a little publicized waste water practice.  Hard to even comprehend.  Abandoned mines seep water forever.  What is the thought behind mixing in frack water?  Unbelieveable.

via EPA Orders Fracking Drillers To Disclose Disposal Practices – Jeff McMahon – The Ingenuity of the Commons – Forbes.


Statoil says it could drill 17,000 Marcellus wells – Utica, NY – The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York.

To put this in perspective, the PADEP has permitted 7,198 Marcellus gas wells from 2005-present, for ALL companies.  This 17,000 figure is future wells for one company!

You ain’t seen nothing yet.  This makes a moratorium STILL a very relevant issue.

DEP says bentonite from Pa. gas drilling site could be linked to contamination of W.Va. creek

DEP says bentonite from Pa. gas drilling site could be linked to contamination of W.Va. creek.

Might as well just save this one.  We’ll be reading articles like this for years to come.   Sigh.

The courts may be the only hope for the river

Maryland sues Statoil after accident : Views and News from Norway.

And, again, how are we energy independent when a state-owned foreign company controls a third of Chesapeake energy?