Talisman Energy told Reuters this week that it had scaled back drilling in northeast Pennsylvania because of little water available for hydraulic fracturing or fracking of new wells. But the company did not say how much its drilling operations were impacted by the abnormally low streams flows from a dry spring and little winter snow. "We scaled back operations until the rains start," said company spokeswoman Diane Gross in Pittsburgh. "We do that every year depending on conditions. It’s expected." Other companies including Chesapeake Energy Corp., XTO Energy and Carrizo Oil & gas said the drought was having only minimal impacts on their drilling. The low water problem affects 10 drilling companies in five Pennsylvania counties: Bradford, Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Tioga. In a related move, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission reported that water withdrawls have been temporarily suspended because of the low stream flows.
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.