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Rendell Wants More Drilling

11 February 2010 3 Comments

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Isaiah Thompson, staff writer at Philadelphia’s City Paper, is reporting that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is considering authorizing the leasing of more state lands for natural gas drilling. According to Thompson, the Governor and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are ignoring “warnings from former DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis, who wrote in May that too much leasing would “scar the economic, scenic, ecological and recreational values of the forest,” and that “a rush to drill threatens the certification of our state forests as sustainably managed.”"

Follow developments at the City Paper‘s Clog.

Thompson’s coverage of casinos in Pennsylvania and Philly might also be relevant to readers in PA and Ohio. You can read some of that coverage here.

-Andrew Moore

  • tonyg

    No water regulations in Pa regards the new push/new drilling technology for gas in the marcellus shale. These drilling permits do not control, restict, or limit what is either added to the water nor the concentrations of these chemicals. The process of fracking rock requires large amount of water doped with various materials which you don’t want in your well or in the public water supply. a single drilling site might use 3 to 15 million gal. of water to fracture the rock in the region about the hole. The sideways drilling then effects large areas extending well beyond a single landowner would might benifit from having sold the mineral rights. We’re once again using the “today” mentality for taxing the permit holders, balancing a shakey state budget and then but not holding the permit holders accountable. No liability for the damage to the water table nor the watershed. Has the state of Pa lost it’s mind? Next store in NY, they have limited the permits and are proceeding way more cautiously. What’s wrong with this picture?

  • http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/clog Isaiah Thompson

    Thanks for the plug, Mr. Moore. Keep up the fine work. – Isaiah

  • http://www.intrepidexploration.com Peter Hatgelakas

    My business partner, Lynne Hyatt, came across this article with quotes from Russia’s natural gas minister about shale gas. Russia is upset with recent U.S. natural gas discoveries since those discoveries have derailed their plans to control a large market share of LNG imports to the U.S.; and threatening also to liberate European natural gas dependence on Russia. Please see the article copied below. Do not be mistaken, Russia has no concern for our environmental issues let alone their own environmental issues. Russia would like nothing better than for the US to stall shale gas development, such as that of the Marcellus shale, for reasons of the environment and taxes. We would be playing right into their hand.
    We (the U.S.) have this great opportunity arriving at a critical time to become energy independent of OPEC with shale gas development and drilling such formations as the Marcellus shale. Our supply has a much lower environmental impact and safety impact than LNG shipped from Russia. A smart politician would look to natural gas to replace coal and oil for heating and electric generation since natural gas has a very low carbon (CO2) footprint. A very smart politician would try to encourage more and cheaper drilling to bring in more and more jobs into the state. An extremely smart politician would want to spearhead the development of a natural gas infrastructure for natural gas powered automobiles and trucks. Pennsylvania could be very well situated financially if we do not kill the goose laying the gold eggs.

    THE ARTICLE to read:
    LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom warned of environmental risks from shale gas drilling in the United States and Europe on Tuesday, but said it expected its gas to be able to compete with shale gas prices even if production expands. Last week, Gazprom said it was delaying development of the Shtokman field, one of the world’s largest, which it hoped would supply liquefied natural gas to the United States , citing expansion of U.S. shale gas production and the subsequent fall in U.S. gas prices. “This technology endangers drinking water,” Gazprom’s deputy chief executive, Alexander Medvedev, said. Shale gas production involves extracting gas from rock through the use of hydraulic fracturing — where water, sand and chemicals are pumped into formations at pressures high enough to crack the rock and allow gas to escape. Environmentalists and critics say the drilling chemicals have polluted aquifers in Pennsylvania and Colorado and can cause cancer and other serious illnesses. Medvedev said Gazprom was keenly awaiting the results of investigations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into shale gas drilling. Medvedev said last year that Gazprom, the world’s largest gas producer, aimed to take a 10 percent share of the U.S. natural gas market within five years, largely by exporting LNG, but analysts say the expansion of shale gas production makes this unlikely. Much of the gas was supposed to come from Shtokman, which has been delayed for three years. Medvedev said that phase 1 of the project was still targeting production of 23.6 billion cubic metres a year.
    He declined to confirm the $15 billion budget for the first phase as he said it was possible this could rise 25 percent to 30 percent. (Reporting by Tom Bergin; Editing by Walter Bagley)