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Drilling and Spilling in your neighborhood

2014-04-20
EQT PRODUCTION CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in East Bethlehem Twp Township
2014-04-19
CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Windham Twp Township
2014-04-18
TITUSVILLE OIL & GAS ASSOC INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Harmony Twp Township
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KCS ENERGY INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Pleasant Twp Township
UNIVERSAL RESOURCES HOLDINGS INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Brokenstraw Twp Township
2014-04-17
PA Permit Violation Issued to Catalyst Energy Inc in Lafayette Twp, McKean County
MINARD RUN OIL CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Foster Twp Township
CHIEF OIL & GAS LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in McNett Twp Township
CHIEF OIL & GAS LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in McNett Twp Township
NTS ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cranberry Twp Township
2014-04-16
PA Permit Violation Issued to Cabot Oil &Amp; Gas Corp in Harford Twp, Susquehanna County
NOBLE ENERGY INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in West Finley Twp Township
SLT PRODUCTION LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sheffield Twp Township
GAS & OIL MGMT ASSN INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Mead Twp Township
TRIMONT ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cranberry Twp Township
2014-04-15
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Meshoppen Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Meshoppen Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Meshoppen Twp Township
PA Permit Violation Issued to Exco Resources Pa Llc in Cherryhill Twp, Indiana County
2014-04-14
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Cogan House Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Litchfield Twp Township
2014-04-11
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Ulster Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Windham Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Windham Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Windham Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Meshoppen Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Meshoppen Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jefferson Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jefferson Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Jefferson Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Richmond Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Auburn Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Colley Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Wysox Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in West Burlington Twp Township

Not in YOUR BACKYARD, THINK AGAIN…another week of Drilling in Pennsylvania.

          The whole concept of “fining” giant gas and oil companies after they have violated the earth is as ridiculous as the nation’s idea of having a healthcare system based on sickness not wellness. 

Mixing chemicals with water and then trying to seperate the two after the fact is essentially what the idea of  responsible hydro-fracturing is in PA currently. There is no way natural gas can be affordable in PA( unless you had your own well to fill your own #natgas converted vehicles and enclosed your whole property in concrete and even then the water use would make it a #negativesumenergy source.) FFF            OCCUPY          OWS        OCCUPY THE FARM               OCCUPY CENTRE COUNTY          

2014-03-21
CAMERON ENERGY CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sheffield Twp Township
STATESIDE ENERGY GROUP LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Lafayette Twp Township
SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township
SENECA RESOURCES CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Shippen Twp Township
MDS ENERGY DEV LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in North Buffalo Twp Township
2014-03-20
D & S ENERGY CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Hamilton Twp Township
VANTAGE ENERGY APPALACHIA II LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Center Twp Township
VANTAGE ENERGY APPALACHIA II LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Center Twp Township
VANTAGE ENERGY APPALACHIA II LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Center Twp Township
VANTAGE ENERGY APPALACHIA II LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Center Twp Township
DEVONIAN RESOURCES INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Harmony Twp Township
MDS ENERGY DEV LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Washington Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
CABOT OIL & GAS CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Dimock Twp Township
2014-03-19
RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Somerset Twp Township
AIRDALE OIL & GAS LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cornplanter Twp Township
EQT PRODUCTION CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in East Bethlehem Twp Township
EQT PRODUCTION CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in East Bethlehem Twp Township
EQT PRODUCTION CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in East Bethlehem Twp Township
VISTA OPR INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cranberry Twp Township
TRIMONT ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cranberry Twp Township
NTS ENERGY LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Cranberry Twp Township
CAMERON ENERGY CO Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sheffield Twp Township
HOWARD DRILLING INC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Wetmore Twp Township
CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Windham Twp Township
CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Windham Twp Township
2014-03-18
PA Permit Violation Issued to Chevron Appalachia Llc in Dunkard Twp, Greene County
D & S ENERGY CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Hamilton Twp Township
PA Permit Violation Issued to Inflection Energy Llc in Upper Fairfield Twp, Lycoming County
2014-03-17
COASTAL PETROLEUM CORP Reports Drilling Started (SPUD) in Sugarcreek Boro Township
PA Permit Violation Issued to Baker Gas Inc in Parks Twp, Armstrong County
2014-03-14
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mount Pleasant Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mount Pleasant Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mount Pleasant Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mount Pleasant Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Mount Pleasant Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Morris Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Morris Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Morris Twp Township
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Morris Twp Township
PA Oil Drilling Permit Issued in Sheffield Twp Township
PA Oil Drilling Permit Issued in Sheffield Twp Township
PA Oil Drilling Permit Issued in Sheffield Twp TownshipPhoto-9.Pad-ready-to-frack-594x446

ANOTHER WEEK FILLED WITH DRILLING IN YOUR STATE FORESTS

Alternative views on Fracking primarily but also informing and commending   those that tell us the truth in media

Alternative views on Fracking primarily but also informing and commending those that tell us the truth in media

The weekly rundown on what the gas companies DON’T want you to know. Although the petitions are great, only DIRECT ACTION will stop the drillers.  Whose backyard are they in this week???   fff    OWS    OCCUPY     OCCUPY BRADFORD     OCCUPY  VENANGO   

3 EXXON PIPELINE LEAKS THOUSANDS OF CANADIAN OIL IN ARKANSAS

Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:44am EDT

* U.S. environmental agency categorizes pipe rupture as “major spill”

* Exxon shuts Pegasus pipeline after thousands of barrels spilled

* Twenty-two homes evacuated

* Second spill in the United States involving crude from Canada this week

By Matthew Robinson and David Sheppard

NEW YORK, March 30 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada’s oil to the United States.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

Exxon, hit with a $1.7 million fine by regulators this week over a 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River, said a few thousand barrels of oil had been observed.

A company spokesman confirmed the line was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude. That grade is a heavy bitumen crude diluted with lighter liquids to allow it to flow through pipelines, according to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which referred to Wabasca as “oil sands” in a report.

The spill occurred as the U.S. State Department is considering the fate of the 800,000 bpd Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast. Environmentalists, concerned about the impact of developing the oil sands, have sought to block its approval.

Supporters say Keystone will help bring down the cost of fuel in the United States.

The Arkansas spill was the second incident this week where Canadian crude has spilled in the United States. On Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.

Exxon expanded the Pegasus pipeline in 2009 to carry more Canadian crude from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast refining hub and installed what it called new “leak detection technology”.

Exxon said federal, state and local officials were on site and the company said it was staging a response for a spill of more than 10,000 barrels “to be conservative”. Clean-up crews had recovered approximately 4,500 barrels of oil and water.

“The air quality does not likely present a human health risk, with the exception of the high pooling areas, where clean-up crews are working with safety equipment,” Exxon said in a statement.

U.S. media said the spill was in a subdivision. Mayflower city police said the oil had not reached Lake Conway nearby.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency categorized the rupture as a “major spill,” Exxon said, and 22 homes were evacuated following the incident.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation confirmed that an inspector from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration had been sent to the scene to determine what caused the failure. The Environmental Protection Agency is the federal on-scene coordinator for the spill.

Some environmentalists argue that oil sands crudes are more corrosive than conventional oil, although a CEPA report, put together by oil and gas consultancy Penspen, argued diluted bitumen is no more corrosive than other heavy crude.

The U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this week proposed a fine of 1.7 million for Exxon over pipeline safety violations relating to a 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River. Exxon’s Silvertip pipeline, which carries 40,000 barrels per day of crude in Montana, leaked about 1,500 barrels of oil into the river in July 2011 after heavy flooding in the area.

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez supertanker struck a reef in Prince William Sound off Alaska and spilled 250,000 barrels of crude oil.    ——–monitoring the situation closely ——ƒƒƒ                           noharmtothefarm.com

 

A Day Late…400,000 gallons short.

Wyoming County Gas Well Spill Forces Evacuations

MARCH 14, 2013 | 12:35 PM
BY SUSAN PHILLIPS

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that waste water is flowing from a gas well in Washington Township, Wyoming County. Three families have been evacuated and are staying in nearby hotels. More from the Times-Tribune:

The well was releasing the salty, chemically treated wastewater at around 800 gallons a minute but the flow has since been reduced to 400 gallons a minute, [said DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly]. About 5,400 barrels of the fluid have been captured in tanks and about 3,100 barrels of that has been trucked off site. There are 42 gallons in a barrel.

Some of the fluid is running off the pad but a temporary catch basin has been set up across the road on an adjacent leased property to contain it, she said. A well control crew is scheduled to arrive on site later this morning.

The well is operated by the Texas-based Carrizo Oil and Gas. Recent well site data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shows Carrizo has 107 active wells in the state, and has paid more than $20,000 in fines for 48 violations.

Water. That’s what it comes down to.

A natural gas well is shown in a rural field near Canton in Bradford County, Pa. Those who seek to pursue fracking should do so carefully, Stuebi writes, knowing that the industry can’t afford many bad black-eyes.

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On February 13, the Cleveland office of the law firm McDonald Hopkins hosted a panel to discuss the pivotal water issues facing producers of oil/gas from shale via fracking.  In addition to three MH attorneys, the panel also included Jeff Dick (Director of the Natural Gas and Water Resource Institute at Youngstown State University), Samuel Johnson (Director of Water Asset Development for CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX)), John Lucey (EVP of Business Development and Engineering for Heckmann Corporation (NYSE: HEK)) and Sudarshan Sathe (President of Water and Wastewater Equipment Co.)

I took away three main observations from the panel discussion.

First, it’s important to keep in mind the distinction between produced water and flowback water.

Second, as significant as the challenges are for treating the water resulting from fracking operations, sourcing the quantity of water from fracking operations may be even more challenging.  Simply, fracking operations require enormous quantities of water.  While the voluminous Great Lakes would seem a natural supply basin, the Great Lakes Basin Compact signed a few years ago by the jurisdictions within the Great Lakes Basin precludes transporting Great Lakes water outside the basin — and while the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are not far at all from Lake Erie as the crow flies, it nevertheless so happens that they generally lay outside that basin.  Thus, fracking operators in the Marcellus and the Utica have to get their water from somewhere else.Lastly, for a company that is historically rooted in the coal industry, CONSOL comes across as highly progressive.  Among other eyebrow-arching comments, Mr. Johnson argued that environmental regulations associated with fracking operations needed to be tighter than they currently were simply to drive further technological advancement — existing practices just weren’t good enough.

The panel was timely:  just a week prior, in an appallingly flagrant disregard of environmental law, a renegade operator in Youngstown called Hard Rock Excavating was caught by regulators dumping untold tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into the Mahoning River (which drains into the Ohio River).  The principal of the operation, a Mr. Ben Lupo, is subject to up to three years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted of violating the Clean Water Act.

(Oh, by the way, even though he was only just recently caught red-handed, this event doesn’t appear to have been the first for Mr. Lupo, who seems to have a long history of illegal water dumping, according to this article by the Vindicator.  Not to mention, Mr. Lupo also owns and operates another company, D&L Energy, which was responsible for the injection wells thought to have triggered the seismic activity in Youngstown in late 2011.  It’s almost as if Mr. Lupo is waging a one-man public relations demolition derby for the industry.)

My guess is that everyone on the panel, and presumably in the audience, would be in favor of strict punishment for Mr. Lupo, assuming that his guilt is confirmed.  Not only are the environmentalists up in arms, the panelists and others who seek to pursue fracking in the Marcellus and Utica shale know that they can’t afford many bad black-eyes like the one(s) wrought by Mr. Lupo’s apparent disregard for good practice. Water’s just too important for the fracking business not to handle wisely.

 ——————–This is the type of story that we as  fractivist/bloggers stumble onto days,weeks or even a month after the fact. The story here originally is buried in a magazine. It may have aired at 09:00 GMT and was never published. The essential facts are scattered about and the true heart of the story, although well written, is lost in a sea of commercials and internet spam. I feel honored to be able to clean it up and make it accessible to you , being the average person is stuck often with 2 jobs in this economy or just plain tired.—————http://www.noharmtothefarm.com