There's been very little news available on the blowout at the out-of-control Triad Hunter natural gas well in Monroe County since the problem occurred on Saturday.
According to one report, the initial steps failed and an alternative plan is now being implemented and that may take a week to complete, says Rachael Dierker of WTRF News 7.
Click here to read the account at Frack Check West Virginia.To read more or comment...
NEW FRANKLIN: City Council on Wednesday voted to oppose a new natural gas pipeline that would cross southern Summit County, much to the delight of a standing-room-only crowd of 120 residents.
The vote against was 5-0, with two councilmen absent.To read more or comment...
From amp Trillium LLC on Wednesday:
AMP TRILLIUM Opens Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station in Canton, Ohio
Frito-Lay North America to anchor station providing easy fueling access to CNG fleets on US 30/US 65
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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is pushing a new severance tax plan, after the industry resisted an earlier severance tax proposal.
State Sen. Jim Brewster wants to impose a 5 percent tax on Marcellus Shale production with the proceeds going to education.
He said the plan would generate between $700 million and $1 billion for schools.
Click here to read the full story from NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.To read more or comment...
From Food & Water Watch on Wednesday:
Annapolis, MD — Concerned by both the rapidly expanding evidence of harm and by the growing uncertainties caused by unconventional natural gas development and production, a number of health and advocacy organizations have announced support for a long-term moratorium on drilling and fracking for natural gas in Maryland.
Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration will ban fracking in New York, heeding the strong recommendation from the public health officials in his administration that there is no scientific evidence showing that fracking can be done without risk to public health.To read more or comment...
From Encana on Tuesday:
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From ProPublica Communications on Wednesday:
New York State Bans Fracking
Today, six and a half years after ProPublica first raised concerns that the process of "hydraulic fracturing" could threaten both New York's water supply and its residents' health, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned the process across the state.
The ban makes New York the largest and most significant region to bow out of the nation's energy boom because of concerns that its benefits may be outweighed by the risks, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports.
Key takeaways from Lustgarten's story:
Read the full story here: http://www.propublica.org/article/new-york-state-bans-fracking.
From the American Petroleum Institute today:
ALBANY, NY, December 17, 2014 ─ API New York State Petroleum Council Executive Director Karen Moreau today said Governor Cuomo acted irresponsibly by issuing a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, putting the state’s economy on a reckless path and ignoring the needs of New York families, economic opportunity, job creation, revenue to the government, and America’s need for energy security.
“Today’s action by Governor Cuomo shows that New York families, teachers, roads and good-paying jobs have lost out to political gamesmanship. This is the wrong direction for New York.
"Robust regulations exist at the federal and state levels nationwide for natural gas development and environmental protection. A politically motivated and equally misinformed ban on a proven technology used for over 60 years – throughout the country to great success – is short-sighted and reckless, particularly when New York depends on safely produced natural gas just over the border in Pennsylvania.
“New York is sitting on a major opportunity to help fuel America’s future. Just next door in Pennsylvania, more than $630 million has been distributed to communities since 2012 – including more than $224 million in just 2014. These once economically challenged areas are now thriving. The commonwealth has also benefited from over $2.1 billion in state and local taxes generated by the shale energy industry. Revenue from natural gas production supports road and bridge improvements, water and sewer projects, local housing initiatives, environmental programs and rehabilitation of greenways. We are resolved to continue to fight for these benefits in New York.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the landowners and our labor allies, who are focused on creating jobs. This is a missed opportunity to share in the American energy renaissance, and for New York’s future prosperity.”
The NYSPC and API represent all segments of America's technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members provide most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs, represents 8 percent of the U.S. economy, and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans
Here's the Bloomberg story on New York's decision to continue to ban fracing/drilling: Click here to read the full story.To read more or comment...
From Earthworks today in the wake of New York's decision:
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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.