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Pennsylvania drought affecting drilling

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2012

At least one Pennsylvania natural gas driller has curtailed drilling because of the extended drought.

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.

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