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Old 01-03-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Default Issues and Concerns about the New Gas Economy

As PA moves forward with development of the Marcellus and potentially other shale plays, it's important to have public policy in place that addresses the opportunities and constraints of the new economy.

One issue that troubles me is that public water supplies do not have any greater protection currently than private wells. A Marcellus well is necessarily a much different animal than an Oriskany well from the 1930's.

Obviously precautions are taken, but there are also consquences of failure, troubling for any water supply well, but possibly much more difficult to deal with for a public well.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:45 AM
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my concern, environmental rather than economical if the 2 can be separated, is what's going in where the gas is coming out? As I understand it, the need for water is just to tap the well. Once that's done and the well is in use, nothing is put in. Well, the gas has volume-if it's coming out and nothing is going in to replace if, are we heading for major earthquakes? I don't like eathquakes. I have a severe allergy to earthquakes.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Hooterville PA
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I was talking with one of my friends from Falcon drilling the other day and he was telling me about how anyone with 5 or more acres can be chose as a location for a Marcellus Gas well system and that the royalties for those wells right now is about 20,000 a month for the life of the well.

Most drilling companies are abandoning their old RD 20's and moving up to doubles and triples and that the amount of time it takes to drill a conventional gas well has shrunk to about 5 days.

Basically in the near future we will be trading water quality for natural gas production and that the bi product of all this drilling is that the price of everything that we buy will go up and not down.

He said that the gas being produced in Pennsylvania is being shipped to New York and that the gas we use in Pennsylvania is being produced elsewhere - such as Mississippi.
That way they get to tack on transmission and distribution fees on top of the regular gas production costs.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: SE Oklahoma/Northern Colorado
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He said that the gas being produced in Pennsylvania is being shipped to New York and that the gas we use in Pennsylvania is being produced elsewhere - such as Mississippi.
That way they get to tack on transmission and distribution fees on top of the regular gas production costs.



What do you think the Houstan Extraction Plant in Canonsburg is? Don't believe everything you hear. Get out in the areas where this work is being done and ask the supervisors on the jobs. I personally ran about 150 miles of pipeline this past year that is being used to provide PA consumers natural gas for many different uses.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Pa. allows dumping of tainted waters from gas boom - timesherald.com
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