The Marcellus Drilling News last week reported that a federal rule change by the U.S. Department of Transporationcould slow down the shale drilling industry.
In June, the federal agency approved a new “rule clarification” that disallows truckers from subtracting down time as they wait for trucks to be loaded or unloaded when it comes to hauling water and sand for hydraulically fracturing or fracking oil and gas wells.
The rule clarification has been controversial and costly, according to the Marcellus Drilling News.
More than 60 Congressmen have sent a letter to Transportation Sec. LaHood requesting the rule clarification be reversed because it targets a particular industry: shale drilling.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.