Marcellus Shale

There are environmental impacts of natural gas drilling that need to be managed, and then there are human impacts. In February 2012 National Public Radio (NPR) reported that a group of churches in northern Tioga County opened the area's first-ever homeless shelter to feed persons displaced by the...
The Lycoming County Commissioners, assisted by the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development, convened an informational session for local legislators, municipal officials, municipal authority representatives and other stakeholders to review and discuss Act 13—Unconventional...
The Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act (Act 13) was signed into law by Governor Corbett on February 14th.  What exactly does this Act cover?  What does it mean to the people of the Commonwealth, and how will it affect municipalities?  Join Penn State Extension for  a  special webinar for...
"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. "Fracking" is the gerundial or participial form, also itself sometimes shortened to "fracken" or "frackin." A "fracker" is a noun...
"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. "Fracking" is the gerundial or participial form, also itself sometimes shortened to "fracken" or "frackin." A "fracker" is a noun...
Along the Pine Creek Rail Trail at the south end of the Waterville Recreational Parking area are two signs (the first yellow, the second white-and-green) inviting bicyclists to a “shared” experience of Route 44 just ahead. What insanity is this? Does somebody at DCNR or PennDot have a sick sense of...
Central PA has seen a lot of changes the last few years due to the development of Marcellus Shale. The symbolic over-sized white pick-up trucks and water-hauling tankers can be seen throughout our region, hotels and restaurants are often full, retail sales have increased, and new companies seem to...
Have you noticed all the Marcellus shale gas industry image-improving efforts? They're nothing but Faustian gestures, offered with the industry's hope that residents are nothing but gullible gudgeons. "Hey! Look at us! We're giving you a free ice rink in Jersey Shore; we're donating money to...
Apparently Fracking and the First Amendment don't mix. It’s no surprise that oil and gas industry friendly politicians have fought to allow industry to keep secret the list of chemicals they pump underground during the fracking. But today, they apparently decided to extend that secrecy to...
It’s the last Sunday night in January, and the winter wind howls outside my Torbert Village home along Pine Creek, while up on Route 44 the unremitting roar of Marcellus shale gas industry trucks forms a horrid, contrapuntal accompaniment. Nature here has been forced into an unholy union with the...

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