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Saturday, August 17, 2013

What’s The Latest On Shale Gas? Read On!

What’s The Latest On Shale Gas? Read On!

August 16th, 2013
pipeline1Latest edition of the local Shale Gas Roundup newsletter brings a local perspective to a number of major developments that are sure to affect Potter County for many years to come. A publication of the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center, Shale Gas Roundup is now available on the county website, at pottercountypa.net (click on the Natural Gas tab to access the latest edition as well as all past editions). Copies can be printed directly from the website or are available at the Commissioners Office in the Gunzburger Building. Contact Sharon Costa at 814-274-8290, Ext. 207, to arrange for pickup.
This August/September edition includes:
  • More shale gas wells are coming in Potter County once the pipelines are in place and the prices have risen enough to give producers the incentive. So far, 40-plus wells have been drilled, producing 21.5 billion cubic feet of gas and bringing more than $9 million in royalties.
  • A preview of the next Natural Gas Resource Center public meeting, to be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Featured program is a fascinating look at the far-reaching topic of “All About Pipelines,” which has many implications for Potter County. Learn about environmental impacts, regulation, negotiation issues and the Conservation District’s role.
  • Updates on the activities of local organizations — Potter County Water Quality Work Group, Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, Potter County Water Dogs (volunteers monitoring local streams for signs of impacts).
  • New air quality regulations affect wells, rigs, compressor stations and other gas facilities/equipment.
  • Area schools expand educational offerings for gas industry jobs.
  • Should townships/boroughs have the authority to regulate gas/oil drilling? Pennsylvania Supreme Court to decide.
  • Companies looking at shale layers other than the Marcellus.
  • DEP releases documents revealing issues with water contamination linked to drilling.
  • Pro/Con debate: Jobs & Economic Development vs. Climate Change & Well Casing Failure.

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