Posts Tagged ‘Chesapeake Energy’


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.


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?

‘Bout time Baltimore

Maryland will sue in Susquehanna tributary “fracking” spill –

Baltimore relys heavily on the Susquehanna River for its drinking water.  You wouldn’t know it, thought.  While Philadelphia and New York have been heavily involved in criticising fracking in their watersheds, Baltimore has been largely silent.

This move will bring a lot of weight to efforts to protect the Susquehanna River Watershed.

Not holding my breath

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Chesapeake was expected to “be in a stand-down mode on hydraulic fracturing”

via State ponders penalties over drilling site mishap.

I just cannot see the Corbett administration putting the brakes on fracking, let alone Chesapeake.  They will find a way to make it look like that, but Chesapeak will march on.  And, keep an eye on this site, Chesapeake has a lot of money in it already – I bet they come back.

How do they even fracking know?

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy officials say the environmental impact is minimal.

via News and Talk of Sonoma County.

Hey Commissioner McLinko, Mark Smith has got his constituents’ backs!

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

What a well written, thoughtful piece from Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith (highlights and emphasis mine):

Dear Governor Corbett,

Issue after issue has arisen in Bradford County in relation to the development of natural gas in Bradford County. Most recently there was a major incident involving a well blowout in Leroy Township, Bradford County. This major incident is just one more issue our county is dealing with in regards to the development of the Marcellus Shale. I have a number of concerns I would like to address in relation to these important issues that are unfolding in the county I was elected to represent.

DEP officials are quoted in the media as saying they spend as little as 35 minutes to approve each gas well permit. This is an appalling statistic considering the significant operations and impact of a natural gas drilling site and even more appalling considering that there have been nearly 2,000 gas wells permitted in Bradford County.

In recent weeks it has been reported that DEP is now requiring Marcellus Shale violations to be approved by top DEP officials before being levied on gas companies. This practice strikes at the heart of the integrity of that organization. It does irreparable damage to the local areas in the Marcellus Shale with the environmental damage that has become an everyday reality in Bradford County.

Well water contamination in Bradford County is a real and serious issue that is affecting residents’ quality of life, livelihoods, families, and property values. Water buffalos, temporary water storage tanks, now lay claim to peoples’ front yards as a stark reminder of the extreme negative impact that natural gas development is having on our local communities.

Last year I put forth much effort working for a severance tax that would include an equitable share for local communities. It was a failed attempt but a sincere effort to ensure our county is taken care of through this development. I continue to see our county, townships, and boroughs struggle with complex issues of development with no financial or logistical support from the Commonwealth. Emergency responders, volunteers, state and local police and dispatchers are working at a break neck pace to respond to immense traffic accident increases, well site accidents, and other related issues.

I have heard politicians in complete favor of the gas industry use the phrase, “We don’t want to kill the golden goose.” I would like to state, for the record, that the “Golden Goose” does not exist. It is no more part of reality than the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny.

Lastly, I would like to address the outstanding issue regarding Bradford County’s lack of representation on your appointed Marcellus Shale Commission. Bradford County has had the unique experience of being the most drilled in county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Yet, despite that fact, no one from our county was appointed to your commission. The fact our county was not taken into consideration is a direct insult to our county.

I have been working to, at least, find a way for some of our agencies to be heard by the commission or one of its work groups. To date I have not been successful. I have called and e-mailed the Lt. Governor’s Office and tried working through one of our state representatives to no avail. What a shame that a county with the most experience dealing with the impact of natural gas development seems to have been blackballed from comment to what will be your basis for setting Marcellus Shale policy.

I ask you to take our county and others like it seriously as you move forward setting policy in regards to Marcellus Shale development. The economic benefit of this development is unquestionable. However, it is also unquestionable that when left unattended, the negatives outweigh the positives quickly and heavily.

Best regards,

Mark W. Smith

Chairman, Bradford County commissioners

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for someone who can think and write like this to serve alongside Doug McLinko.  Bradford County has itself a real leader in Mr. Smith.

It’s just one of those things …

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

The local farmer, who presumably leased the land where this happened, is upset.  He hopes others don’t blame him.  Wow.  I really sympathize. 

Suck it up pal.  The profiteers – largely Chesapeake, et. al., but also you, should be reimbursing the commonwealth.  Because those are OUR waters!  You got a lot of money to lease and stand to make a lot more once the well starts to produce.  How about establishing a clean water trust for Leroy Township.

Daniel Spadoni, of the North-central Regional Office Department of Environmental Protection, said no press releases concerning the incident had been released from DEP as of this date.

Oh man, can you imagine?  The wordsmithing on this one must be reaching the highest levels in Harrisburg.

via Bradford County PA Gas Well Incident |