Friday, April 15, 2011

Corbett forms Marcellus Shale advisory commission


April 15, 2011 PCN Infrastructure Issues
Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

Broadcast Coverage Panelists


From The Governor's office:

Governor Tom Corbett, in his March 8 budget address to the General Assembly, announced the formation of a Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

The purpose of the commission, Corbett said, is “to oversee how we can build around this new industry and how we can make certain we do this while protecting our lands, our drinking water, our air – all the time growing our workforce.’’

Led by Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, the commission is to report to Gov. Corbett with its findings within 120 days of its first meeting.

The commission is to address the needs and impacts of natural gas development on local communities, as well as promote the efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effect development of Marcellus Shale and other natural gas resources.

In addition to Cawley, the following individuals were invited to join the commission:

Mike Krancer, acting Secretary of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg.
George Grieg, acting Secretary of Agriculture, Harrisburg.
C. Alan Walker, acting Secretary of Community and Economic Development, Harrisburg.
Barry Schoch, acting Secretary of Transportation, Harrisburg.
Patrick Henderson, the Governor’s Energy Executive, Harrisburg.
Robert Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Harrisburg.
Glenn Cannon, director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Harrisburg.
James W. Felmlee, president of the PA State Association of Boroughs, Harrisburg.
Clifford “Kip’’ Allen, president of the PA League of Cities and Municipalities, Harrisburg.
Gene Barr, vice president, Government & Public Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Harrisburg.
Terry R. Bossert, vice president, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Chief Oil & Gas, Harrisburg.
Jeff Wheeland, Lycoming County Commissioner, Williamsport.
Vincent J. Matteo, president Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Williamsport.
Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences, Penn State University, Department of Geosciences, University Park.
Matthew J. Ehrhart, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office, Harrisburg.
Ronald L. Ramsey, senior policy advisor, the Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter, Harrisburg.
David Porges, chief executive officer, EQT, Pittsburgh.
Christopher J. Masciantonio, general manager, State Government Affairs, U.S. Steel, Pittsburgh.
Cynthia Carrow, vice president of Government & Community Relations, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh.
David Sanko, executive director of the PA State Association of Township Supervisors, Enola.
Dave Spigelmyer, vice president, Government Relations, Chesapeake Energy, Canonsburg.
Randy Smith, U.S. Government Affairs Manager, Exxon Mobil, Fairfax, Va.
Ray Walker, chairman Marcellus Shale Coalition, Canonsburg.
Chris Helms, NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage, Houston, Texas.
Terry Pegula, Delray Beach, Fla.
Jeff Kupfer, Chevron, Washington, D.C.
Gary Slagel, chairman, PA Independent Oil & Gas Association, Wexford.
Anthony S. Bartolomeo, chairman, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Philadelphia.
Nicholas S. Haden, vice president, Reserved Environmental Services, Mt. Pleasant.

The text of Gov. Corbett’s executive order is available online at Choose “Directives, ITBs & More,” then select “Executive orders.”

Pennsylvania DEP website info

Hydrolic Fracturing Overview
Chemicals used by Hydrolic Fracturing Companies PA
Summary of hydrolic fracturing Solutions

Chapter 78 of DEP regulations require installation of the protective surface casing through the entire vertical length of fresh groundwater and if present coal isolation casing in the wellbore, as well. In addition, since the Marcellus Shale Formation typically is encountered at depths ranging from 5,000 to 9,000 feet, this offers thousands of feet of vertical separation between underground sources of drinking water and the deeper production/target zone, inhibiting communication between fractures in the target zone, induced during hydrofracturing operations, and overlying freshwater aquifers.

The site extensively details the prcess and additives used and chemicals including as noted:

A biocide or disinfectant, used to prevent the growing of bacteria in the well that may interfere with the fracturing operation. Biocides typically consist of bromine-based solutions a glutaraldehyde.

Previous forums etc.

Melissa Hart Hosts PCNC's "NightTalk: Get to the Point" regarding the Marcellus Shale Drilling in our Region
•Categories: Latest Events
•Date: Nov 18, 2010
We are pleased to announce that Hon. Melissa A. Hart, of Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch and member of the firm's Natural Resources group will be featured as the guest-host appearing live on Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. EST on Pittsburgh Cable News Channel's (PCNC) "NightTalk: Get to the Point" television program. Melissa will be joined by Democratic State Representative Marc Gergley, Washington County Commissioner J. Bracken Burns, Sr. and the Director of P.R. for Range Resources, Matt Pitzarella. Melissa will host the panel discussion regarding Marcellus Shale drilling in our region, including the following topics: * Severance Tax: A Normal Cost of Doing Business * Regulating Gas Drilling: Many Municipalities, Umpteen Ordinances * Environmental Concerns: Water & Wildlife Habitat * Gains for PA: Jobs, Taxes, Industry Peripherals * Conservation Pooling: Eminent Domain's Cousin * Drilling Moratorium: Time to Plan or Waste of Time * Line N Projects: Infrastructure for Gas Transport We hope that you have the opportunity to watch the show. The program will be telecast LIVE on Friday, 11/19 from 8:00-9:00 PM; in addition there will be encores Friday late night 2:00 AM and on Monday, 11/22 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.,cntnt01,print,0&cntnt01articleid=97&cntnt01showtemplate=false&cntnt01returnid=20

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