Geology and the Civil War|
June 17, 2013 | Pennsylvania Geological Survey
The most recent issue of Pennsylvania Geology has an article titled: “The Role of Geology and Terrain in the Defeat of Stuart East of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863″.
Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction|
June 16, 2013 | USGS
USGS has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Fayette and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″ as an open file report.
Wall Maps of US States|
June 6, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
Roadside Geology Guides|
May 28, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Since 1972 the “Roadside Geology” series has provided introductory information on the geology of states and small regions of the United States.
The books provide a combination of maps, travel logs, photos and commentary for the geology that can be seen along highways or visited at parks and public viewing areas. They are popular with geologists, teachers, students and others who are interested in the Earth.
Utica Shale Gas for Export as LNG|
May 22, 2013 | BizJournals.com
Tennessee Gas Pipeline plans to build a pipeline from the Utica Shale play in Ohio to an LNG export facility in Louisiana.
PA Supreme Court on Who Owns Shale Gas|
May 5, 2013 | Mondaq.com
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided not to overturn over 100 years of property transactions in a case involving the ownership of natural gas produced from the Marcellus Shale. Shale gas is not to be treated differently from natural gas produced from a conventional reservoir.
Landscape Disturbance and Shale Gas Extraction|
April 25, 2013 | USGS
The United States Geological Survey has published: “Landscape Consequences of Natural Gas Extraction in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania, 2004–2010″. This document explains metrics used to assess the disturbance caused by drilling pads, access roads, pipelines and other gas related activities.
Arsenic in Pennsylvania Groundwater|
April 25, 2013 | USGS
“Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12 percent – though not exceeding standards – show elevated levels of arsenic.” Quoted from the USGS Newsroom.
Publications from the Pennsylvania Survey|
April 25, 2013 | Pennsylvania Geological Survey
The Pennsylvania Geological Survey has scanned all of their “fourth series” publications and made them available as free text-searchable PDF documents. Yippie!
Also, if you want any of their publications on paper you must buy them before April 30th, when they will no longer be sold.
Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Website|
April 10, 2013 | Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
The State of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has a new website that reveals information about the source and distribution of Marcellus Shale drilling impact fees.
Extreme Algal Blooms|
April 5, 2013 | National Science Foundation
“A 2011 record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures, scientists have discovered.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.
PA Gas Production Up 69 Percent on Less Drilling|
March 26, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
“Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 Bcf/d in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection data released in February 2013. This 69% increase came in spite of a significant drop in the number of new natural gas wells started during the year.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration’s Today in Energy.
Fracking with Coal Mine Water?|
March 19, 2013 | The Republic
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are discussing the use of water from abandoned coal mines for hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale.
Marcellus Shale Impact on Pennsylvania Waterways|
March 17, 2013 | PennLive.com
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences reports that chemical spills associated with Marcellus Shale drilling have not significantly impacted Pennsylvania waterways.
10BCF per Day from the Marcellus Shale in 2013?|
March 14, 2013 | Seeking Alpha
Rising production from the Marcellus Shale could push the rock unit over the 10 billion cubic feet per day production milestone in 2013.
Marcellus Shale in the Federal Reserve Beige Book|
March 12, 2013 | Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio.com)
An article at the Akron Beacon Journal Online summarizes content related to economic activity attributed to the Marcellus Shale from the latest Federal Reserve Beige Book.
NORM from the Marcellus Shale|
March 12, 2013 | Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
“Drill cuttings and other materials associated with oil and gas have occasionally triggered radiation monitors at landfills. DEP’s data indicates that less than half a percent of all drill cuttings produced by the Marcellus Shale industry in 2012 that were disposed of in landfills triggered radiation monitors. The cuttings did not contain levels of radioactivity that would be harmful to the public, and they were safely disposed of in the landfills.” Quoted from the DEP announcement.
Homeowners Insurance and Sinkhole Damage|
March 8, 2013 | Geology.com
Did you know that most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from any type of subsidence? That includes collapse from sinkholes, oil production, ground water pumping and underground mining activity. Most insurance companies offering homeowners coverage exclude almost any type of geologic hazard from coverage – unless you make specific arrangements to acquire it yourself.
March 7, 2013 | San Francisco Chronicle
A geologist from Mercyhurst University is impatiently waiting for a fossil Dunkleosteus to weather out of a “surface collecting only” site near Erie, Pennsylvania.
Drilling for Gas Under an Airport|
February 18, 2013 | Centre Daily Times
Consol Energy has reached an agreement that will allow it for drill for natural gas on 9,000 acres of land at the Pittsburgh International Airport. This isn’t the first time airport property has been drilled for natural gas. In 2006 land surrounding the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was part of a drilling deal.
Supersized Topographic Maps|
February 17, 2013 | MyTopo.com
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing supersized topo maps; large enough make a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) map that will look fantastic on the wall of your office, conference room, lobby, cabin or den. These maps are custom-centered on any location that you pick using their online map-making tool.
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Marcellus Slowdown in 2013?|
February 15, 2013 | Washington Post
Some experts believe that the pace of drilling and hiring in the Marcellus Shale natural gas play will slow during 2013. This will be a response to a lack of pipeline capacity and production capacity that either exceeds or is unavailable to new consumers.
$1.5 Billion for Utica Shale Pipelines and Processing|
December 23, 2012 | Bloomberg
Dominion Resources and Caiman Energy have a $1.5 billion partnership to develop new natural gas pipelines and processing plants that will serve Utica Shale producers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The resource can not be developed without this type of investment.
Twice as Many Rigs in the Utica Play|
December 3, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
The number of rigs working in the Utica Shale play of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania has nearly doubled since last year. Most of the new wells are targeting oil.
Superstorm Sandy and Sea Level Rise|
December 3, 2012 | USA Today
An article on the USA Today website explains how Superstorm Sandy should be a “wake-up call” that brings attention to the steady rise in sea level.
Dispute: Natural Gas Under Natural Gas Storage Fields|
November 21, 2012 | Cleveland.com
You own property over a natural gas storage field that has been operated for decades. There is a shale unit below the storage field that could produce natural gas. Who controls that gas?
There are lots of natural gas storage fields in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Shale Activity Boosts Rail Traffic|
November 20, 2012 | Triblive.com
Activity in the Marcellus Shale play has been an enormous boost to rail traffic. The railroad is hauling frac sand, water, chemicals, pipe, crane mats, natural gas liquids and more.
Ophaned and Abandoned Wells in Pennslyvania|
November 2, 2012 | National Public Radio
An NPR article reports that there are about 200,000 orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. Most of these were drilled before current permitting and closure procedures were established and many of their locations are unknown.
Sandy Did Not Disrupt Marcellus Activity|
November 1, 2012 | Platts.com
Several companies involved in Marcellus Shale drilling and production report that they were not significantly disrupted by Hurricane Sandy.
Dry Shale Gas Production Growth|
November 1, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
Since January 2010, most of the increase in the dry shale gas production in the United States has been generated by the Marcellus Shale and the Haynesville Formation.