Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens’ Group Updates September 5, 2013To view photos and visuals, please sign up for newsletter (address at bottom),
* For articles and updates or to just vent, visit us on facebook;
* To view permanent documents, past updates, reports, general information and meeting information http://westmorelandmarcellus.blogspot.com/
* To discuss candidates: http://www.facebook.com/groups/VoteProEarth/
* To contact your state legislator:
For email address, click on the envelope under the photo
* For information on the state gas legislation and local control: http://pajustpowers.org/aboutthebills.html-
TAKE ACTION !!
***Endangered Species Attacked-Sierra Club/National Wildlife Fed. If you want to see your PA legislature trying to take away the authority of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Game Commission to protect wildlife, wild trout streams, and endangered species, check out this video. Do you suppose the coal, oil and gas companies had any hand in this?
Start viewing the video at 2:35 where the Exec. Dir. of the PFBC defends the defense of wild trout and endangered species.
National Wildlife Federation
Climate Change Campaign
Phone - 814-880-9593
To Take Action on Endangered Species (Sierra Club)
Just when you thought the special interests couldn't find another way to eliminate environmental protection in Pennsylvania, "there they go again......" This time they are going after the protectors of Pennsylvania's threatened and endangered species, such as the osprey, the great egret, the bog turtle and the banded sunfish.
The mining, gas drilling, and timber industries want to undermine the independence of the PA Fish and Boat Commission and the PA Game Commission to administer Pennsylvania's endangered species laws.
House Bill 1576 would send the Commissions' endangered species lists to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission -- an agency dominated by the legislature -- for additional scrutiny.
These changes proposed in the bill blunt the effect of the Commissions' list of threatened and endangered species of fish and wildlife, allowing more mining, drilling and clear-cutting in Pennsylvania's lands. The Commissions would have to go through a very cumbersome regulatory review process. To make matters even worse, under the current versions of the bills the agencies would only be allowed to protect fish and wildlife already listed by the federal government.
At the same time, permit applications for mining, oil and gas drilling, and timbering would be approved, without any on-the-ground check for their impacts on the PA endangered species.
This week, Sierra Club's Conservation Chair Tom Au testified before a Joint House Committees hearing urging opposition to HB 1576. He pointed out that the agencies' scientists are better judges of the threats to wildlife and aquatic life. He explained that the agencies make decisions proposals for protecting rare, threatened, or endangered species in an open, transparent manner. The agencies publish the scientific data collected, have it reviewed by other scientists, publish proposed lists and protection plans, accept public comment, and hold public hearings. It is hard to find fault with this deliberative process.
TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO OPPOSE HB 1576.
Don't let the mining, drilling and timber industries drive our precious wildlife, fish and plants into extinction in Pennsylvania!
Thanks, Jeff Schmidt, Director, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
***Stop NPR from Accepting Natural Gas Industry $
(From Move on)
NPR receives underwriting funds from the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). In exchange, NPR airs misleading ads promoting further development of natural gas, which must now be mined by the environmentally damaging extreme extraction process, “fracking”. This path would commit the US to decades more of increasing dependence on fossil fuels. NPR refuses to disclose its policy on how it selects sponsors from which to accept funding. (For a detailed account of my two-year unsuccessful attempt to get through NPR’s corporate wall of secrecy surrounding its underwriting practices go to http://wp.me/pJm45-33d.)
NPR (National Public Radio) should stop accepting funds and airing underwriting announcements from the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). NPR must be transparent and accountable with its sponsorship practices.
Calendar of Events
***WMCG Steering Committee Meeting Tuesday, Sept 10. All are invited. 7:30 and Mike and Cindy’s, Greensburg. Email jan for directions.
Mother Earth Fair Sept 20-22 Seven Springs
Volunteer!! Mother Earth Fair
Mountain Watershed Assoc, CoalField Justice, and FracTracker have a table at the Mother Earth News Fair. Westmoreland Marcellus can also participate.
We need volunteers to hand out our literature- I think many of you would also enjoy the fair.
Cindy, Mike, Jack, Marian, and I have distributed literature after the Greensburg concerts and Harriet took some literature to the Northmoreland Labor Fair. This is a good way to inform the public, but we do need help.
So, if you can volunteer, please email me. jan
Mother Earth News Fair
Dates: Sept. 20-22, 2013
Time: All day
Location: Seven Springs, PA
***Allegheny County Parks-Speak Out
“A coalition of groups is standing firm against any fracking process taking place on/in/under our county’s land. We, the people of Allegheny County, are the owners of this park land. We, the people of Allegheny County, pay 80% of the parks’ operating costs. We, the people of Allegheny County, have the right to determine what happens at our parks.
Please plan to attend one of Allegheny County Council’s upcoming meetings and register to speak, so that you can add your voice to the discussion.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays and begin at 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 and Sept. 24
Meetings are held at:
County Courthouse, 4th Floor - Gold Room
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
**enter thru courtyard entrance, on Forbes between Grant & Ross St.
REGISTER TO SPEAK
*You must register no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.
*Register online: http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/council/meetings/index.aspx
Ideas for writing up your statement: http://www.marcellusprotest.org/comments_20Aug2013
***Great Ohio River Relay (multi-day) September 14, NOON
(Pittsburgh’s North Shore): sponsored by the Wheeling Water Warriors. Activists will carry a baton the length of
the Ohio River (Pittsburgh to Cairo, IL), walking, running, and bicycling, to bring awareness to defending our water.
We are fighting GreenHunterWater’s proposed fracking wastewater treatment plant in our residential community, 1.2 miles upriver from the main water intake for Ohio County. We also oppose any plans to barge fracking wastewater on our River!
We will walk, run, bike, boat, and even rollerblade our baton the entire 981 miles of our Ohio River to bring awareness to the whole country about what fracking is doing to our communities and our water!
ENDING SOMETIME TBA in early October in Cairo, IL
JOIN US !!!
www.facebook.com/WheelingWaterWarriors www.facebook.com/events/482808835127323/ www.greatohioriverrelay.com
*** Shale Gas Outrage (all day). September 25, Philadelphia, PA. The fracking industry is gathering for their annual conference, and Shale :Gas Outrage will again bring together thousands of protestors to tell them to Stop Fracking!
For a full calendar of area events please see “Marcellus Protest” calendar:
***Rob Rogers Fracking Cartoon An excerpt:
“The whole idea of marketing fracking as a “festival” makes me uncomfortable.”
“What’s next the “Carbon monoxide expo” or the “Mercury-poisoning regatta?”
***Colbert Video -- Range Pays for Silence on Fracking and Health Problems
Colbert’s Satire on Hallowich Case
***To sign up for notifications of activity and violations for your area:
***List of the Harmed--There are now over 1300 residents of Pennsylvania who placed their names on the list of the harmed because they became sick after fracking began in their area . http://pennsylvaniaallianceforcleanwaterandair.wordpress.com/the-list/
***Problems with Gas?—Report It-from Clean Air Council
Clean Air Council is announcing a new auto-alert system for notifying relevant agencies about odors, noises or visible emissions that residents suspect are coming from natural gas operations in their community.
Just fill out the questions below and our system will automatically generate and send your complaint to the appropriate agencies.
Agencies that will receive your e-mail: the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Regional Office of sender and Harrisburg Office), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Take Action Here
If you witness the release of potentially hazardous material into the environment, please also use the National Response Center's online form below:
Thanks for your help.
Sincerely, , Matt Walker, Community Outreach Director, Clean Air Council
***Dr. Brasch Hosts Fracking Program-- Dr. Walter Brasch, author of the critically acclaimed book, Fracking Pennsylvania, is hosting a weekly half-hour radio show about fracking. "The Frack Report" airs 7:30 p.m., Mondays (beginning July 29) and is re-run 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on WFTE-FM (90.3 in Mt. Cobb and 105.7 in Scranton.) The show will be also be live streamed at www.wfte.org and also available a day after the Monday night broadcast on the station's website. He will be interviewing activists, persons affected by fracking, scientists, and politicians. Each show will also feature news about fracking and the anti-fracking movement.
***Preview - Glass Half Empty: An American Water War
***Texan drought sets residents against fracking - video
All articles are excerpted. Please use links to read the full article.
1. Centralized Pit Remains in Mt Pleasant Twp.
The Carter Impoundment is bigger than a football field and can hold 15 million gallons of water for gas drilling. Nobody has tapped a Marcellus well in Mt. Pleasant since May 2011, but the 3-year-old pit and several others remain, having served wells as far as 47 miles away, according to their owner.
Resident Staub and others call the pit an industrial misfit in a quiet neighborhood and want it gone.
Susceptible to spills of chemical-laden water, waste pits can be one of the riskiest parts of the gas drilling industry. Though they're supposed to be temporary, that doesn't always mean brief.
“We lost the tranquility of our farm,” said Staub, 49, whose backyard abuts the Carter property.
For Range, big pits are a big part of its business. Carter is a special type of pit — the only one of its kind in Mt. Pleasant — designed so drillers could hold water in a central place and reuse it.
The pits are noisy, smelly inconveniences for neighbors, but working without them would mean more truck shipments, said Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella.
The DEP, in a regulatory update proposed last week, moved to block some of the smaller, open-top pits often common at well sites. Larger pits, such as Carter, called centralized impoundments, would be OK.
Unlike smaller pits, in which brine can sit for a long time, centralized impoundments are designed to be transfer stations. Water comes in and out relatively quickly, officials said.
Range has eight such pits in Washington County, more than any driller in Pennsylvania and a third of centralized impoundments statewide, DEP records show.
Consol uses the pits for wells within five to seven miles. It connects them by pipes, generating no truck traffic except when loading or emptying the pits, said Katharine Fredriksen, who oversees Consol's environmental strategy and regulatory affairs.
The DEP has not inspected Consol's centralized pits, according to its online records. Of seven Range impoundments in that database, all received at least one state environmental violation, most commonly for improper waste handling. Range passed most inspections at those sites without violations and hasn't had a violation for improperly controlling waste since May 2012, the records show.
Staub is among seven families that hired attorney Dwight D. Ferguson to support Mt. Pleasant's case against Range's pits. Some of those residents hired another attorney to challenge Range with claims that benzene and other toxic chemicals showed up in their blood from inhaling waste pit fumes, Ferguson said.
Range has tested air and water near the Mt. Pleasant pits and found them both safe, Pitzarella said.
Range denied similar claims made by three families in Amwell in a 2012 shale-gas lawsuit. The families claimed injury from toxic waste in an impoundment that passed 108 state inspections without a violation since August 2010. The families claim that Range, its contracted labs and the DEP covered up or ignored complaints and evidence.
The DEP and Range deny that.
Many companies choose to use large tanks to store wastewater, said David Yoxtheimer, a hydrogeologist at Penn State University's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Yet tanks are not a cure-all, Mueller said.
Tanks can leak — an ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary agreed in June to pay more than $20 million in improvements and federal fines for tanks that leaked wastewater in Lycoming County. And tanks can cause air pollution if they're not sealed, Mueller said.
The Carter Impoundment is an industrial development outside the industrial part of town. The township tolerated it while Range drilled there but doesn't believe it makes sense to allow long life for an industrial site in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
Read more: http://triblive.com/business/headlines/4595697-74/pits-range-waste#ixzz2de9n3zq4
2. Record-Breaking Renewable Energy Capacity Pushes Fossil Fuel Plants to Close in Germany
“Germany’s renewable energy industry has again shown its strength, shattering through another solar power record, as utility company RWE announces it will close fossil fuel power plants as they are no longer competitive.
RWE said 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity would be taken offline, as it suspends or shuts down some of its gas and coal-fired power stations. This represents six percent of RWE’s total capacity.
It said a boom in solar energy meant many of its power stations were no longer profitable.
RWE’s statement read:
Due to the continuing boom in solar energy, many power stations throughout the sector and across Europe are no longer profitable to operate. During the first half of 2013, the conventional power generation division’s operating result fell by almost two-thirds.
German rival E.On has also said it has shut down or left idle 6.5 GW of generating capacity. And as fossil fuels show signs of decline in Germany, the country’s record-breaking renewables sector continues to show its strength.
July saw the country clock 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar panel systems, breaking its own monthly record, according to the latest data from the EEX Transparency Platform.
This all-time high for energy generation comes as the country experienced an especially sunny weather, and saw a continued increase in capacity—although slower than experienced in previous years.
The 5.1 GW record was 42 percent higher than the same month in 2012.
This is an impressive result for a country that gets less than half the sun available in some of the sunnier parts of the world. The latest record also beats the five TWh of electricity the country produced from wind turbines this January.
Much of Germany’s massive solar power capacity comes from roofs of homes and businesses—around 51 percent of the country’s renewable energy is owned by citizens and this massive uptake of solar installations in the country has also helped bring down the price of solar considerably in recent years.”
Visit EcoWatch’s RENEWABLES pages for more related news on this topic.
3. Heinz Endowment-- Caren Glofelty Gone
(This article has been removed from the net, so I typed excerpts from my copy, August 11, Post Gazette. Jan)
“The Heinz Endowment dismissed its top environmental officer, Carol Glofelty, who has experience in government and working with business. Ms Glofelty and her former boss, Mr. Vagt, who spent 10 years in the oil and gas industry before becoming president of Davidson College, spearheaded the creation of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development. It was seeded with Heinz money.
All three of Teresa Heinz’s sons sit on the Endowment’s board of directors. Andre Heinz, in particular ,shares his mother’s zeal for the environment and in some ways is more of a hard- line environmentalist.
A report from the Public Accountability Initiative suggests the Endowment should have been more forthcoming about the fact the Vagt is on the board of directors at Kinder Morgan, a natural gas pipeline company where he was paid $136,016 last year and where he owns $1.2 million in stocks.
Environmentalists also say the centers’ recommended standards that created new standard for gas operators, weren’t all that groundbreaking and in some cases less strict that existing state drilling standards. The coalition, according to the Public Accountability Initiative, represents a green-washing campaign controlled by the gas industry and a few philanthropies.
Mr. Seif, former legal chief with EPA , now an energy expert with Ridge Global, the consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, urged the Heinz board and family to “show some more backbone and not be spooked by a couple of screwballs within the environmental movement.”
Doug Shields said, “The board members themselves were deeply conflicted on drilling ….going back to 2011 when the Endowment steered money away from Fracktracker directed by U. of Pitt. Center for Healthy Environment and Communities.“
By Bill Toland Post Gazette
4. Battle between Coal and Gas
“What natural gas gives us is an opportunity to get better control of our energy future," said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. “But expansion of natural gas production can't be at the expense of jobs in coal regions”, he said during a recent interview.
Kathryn Klaber, CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said lawmakers don't have to pick and choose because many who have gas in their districts also have coal. “They should be for both," said Ms. Klaber
About 42 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by coal, down from 53 percent in 1990, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, the share of U.S. electricity from natural gas increased from 13 percent to 25 percent.
Gas spent $140 million to influence legislation last year, up from $56 million a decade ago.
Even the most optimistic coal lobbyists predict the new regulations will at least freeze construction of new coal plants. And already, coal plants in Western Pennsylvania and elsewhere have begun shutting down, citing their inability to meet the proposed standards. Others are being converted from coal to natural gas.
During the 2012 elections the coal industry poured $13 million to support Republican candidates and to run commercials accusing Mr. Obama and fellow Democrats of waging a "war on coal. “The message didn't resonate even in top coal-producing states, which handed victories to the president and fellow Democrats.
Reps. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and Bill Shuster, R-Blair, are among the fiercest defenders of coal. They recently introduced separate bills to block environmental legislation. The Murphy plan, which was incorporated into a bill the House passed two weeks ago, would prevent regulators from considering estimates of environmental risk when weighing new rules for carbon emissions.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/marcellusshale/battle-between-coal-gas-hot-issue-in-pennsylvania-698915/#ixzz2dyhhxLY9
5. Youngstown Man Admits Dumping Toxic Fracking Waste Into Mahoning River
An employee of Hardrock Excavating, that stored, treated and disposed of oil and gas drilling liquids admitted to dumping tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste on at least 24 occasions into a tributary of the Mahoning River.
Michael Guesman appeared in U.S. District Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of unpermitted discharge of pollutants under the Clean Water Act.
Guesman said he acted on the orders of his boss at Hardrock Excavating, owner Benedict Lupo, when he ran a hose from the 20,000-gallon storage tanks to a nearby storm water drain and opened the release valve. A gusher of waste liquid left over from "fracking" -- poured into the drain, sending saltwater brine and a slurry of toxic oil-based drilling mud, containing benzene, toluene and other hazardous pollutants, flowing into the Mahoning, prosecutors said. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/08/youngstown_man_admits_dumping.html
6. Simple Steps to Protect a Well or Spring from Marcellus Shale Fracking
from Marcellus protest
Dr. Ben Stout, Professor of Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University, email@example.com
Step 1: Test you water daily with a conductivity pen.
-Conductivity is a measure of the ability of water to conduct an electrical current and changes in conductivity reflect changing water quality conditions. -Check the conductivity of your household water supply once daily at relatively the same time (i.e. before making your morning coffee/tea/).
-Record the results in a notebook and watch for dramatic changes. Small change is expected on a daily and seasonal basis.
Conductivity pens can be used to monitor your well water. The cost anywhere from $80-150. Here are some links to some vendors of conductivity pens that we goggled: http://www.fondriest.com/products/extech_ec400.htm http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=3870 http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/EXTECH-TDSConductivitySalinity-Pen-1ZKY6
Measuring conductivity is the best way to detect spills and any potential contamination from produced water from the Marcellus Shale Formation. Typical conductivity recordings in regional streams range from 100-300μS/cm (micro Siemens per centimeter). Your well water should be less than 500μS/cm. In a Greene County well, freshwater showed conductivity ranging from 81,000-84,000μS/cm in 3 different samples. Should your well become contaminated by brine water the change in conductivity should be dramatic.
Step 2: Establish background water quality conditions of your well water.
-Conductivity measures how much material is dissolved in the water; however, it does not identify what the ‘material’ specifically is. -To determine the “material”, you can order kits from an EPA certified lab. Fill the kit with your well water and send the samples back to the lab. The lab will send a detailed evaluation of your existing well water conditions.
-Keep your data in a safe place.
You can get water test kits from any water-testing laboratory. For instance, I typically order kits, fill them up, and send them back to the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University, http://www.heidelberg.edu/WQL . I recommend an ICP/MS metals scan ($80), nutrients ($20) and VOC’s ($50-60). Do these tests repeatedly, once a month for 5 or 6 months to establish the background, or pre-drilling conditions of your well. Also test periodically during the nearby drilling of Marcellus Shale. Keep these results for your records.
Step 3: Write it down, be vigilant and create a record for your well.
-Record the characteristics of your water in your conductivity notebook. Include the color (i.e. clear, milky, brown), taste (i.e. no taste, bitter, salty), and odor (i.e. no odor, sulfur smell) of your water. -Some chemicals that are toxic do not have any odor, taste or smell. There may be a period of time from when your well goes bad to when you notice any change, and consuming the water during that period could harm your health. This is why measuring the conductivity daily is important. If you notice a significant change in the conductivity of your water then stop consuming it immediately and send a sample to an EPA certified lab as in number 2.
7. Oil and Gas Industry Provides Schools With Lesson Plans
By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A new energy curriculum is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association(PIOGA) , a trade group representing the oil and gas industry.
A second curriculum is from Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania's program for eighth-graders in the region. It's funded by donations from companies in the Marcellus Shale industry and uses their employees as volunteer teachers to explain common scientific concepts through the lens of oil and gas.
School districts in Beaver County and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit have been eager to get these programs into classrooms.
The Blackhawk School District was among the first to pilot Junior Achievement's Careers in Energy Program, and is infusing other oil and gas references into its classes as well.
For example, incoming sixth-graders will begin learning about the history of oil and gas wells in social studies, superintendent Michelle Miller said.
Students at the high school's STEAM -- that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math -- lab will learn geomapping through the placement of natural gas wells. Others at the lab might use a computer program to survey a piece of land and determine where might be a good place to sink a gas well.
In 2011, the Blackhawk school district signed an oil and gas lease with Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., and while it's unclear when drilling will start, at some point students may get to see the process first hand.
After a few pilots, Junior Achievement officially launched its energy curriculum in the spring. It reached 1,300 students and clocked 100 industry volunteers, some from Range Resources, EQT Corp., Talisman and Shell, which each contributed $25,000 as sponsors. Chesapeake Energy, which also provided volunteers, donated $5,000, while FTS International, a fracking contractor, gave $50,000.”
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pioga-and-junior-achievement-programs-talk-about-more-than-the-marcellus-shale-701891/#ixzz2dzAMt4Ue
8. Texas, High Levels of Carbon Disulfide Near Schools
“The Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods presented scientific evidence to a group of about 25 parents Thursday that showed high levels of carbon disulfide found near three FWISD schools.
Carbon disulfide is a colorless, volatile liquid linked to respiratory, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems. It has not, however, been linked to cancer.
Testing found the chemical at gas drilling sites near East Handley Elementary, Dunbar High School and Burton Hill Elementary.
“It’s 690 feet from my kiddo’s school property. That’s alarming,” said Mary Jane Deben port, whose two children go to Daggett Montessori in Fort Worth.
What’s more, the scientists found the chemical’s impact went beyond school boundaries.
“The actual full extent of the plume was in excess of two miles, so that’s quite extensive,” said Deborah Rogers with THE Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods.”
9. Fracking Linked to Cancer
“According to the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce, fracking companies used 95 products containing 13 different known and suspected carcinogens between 2005 and 2009 as part of the fracking fluid that is injected in the ground. These include naphthalene, benzene, and acrylamide. Benzene, which the U.S. EPA has classified as a Group A, human carcinogen, is released in the fracking process through air pollution and in the water contaminated by the drilling process. The Institute of Medicine released a report in December 2011 that links breast cancer to exposure to benzene.
Up to 37 % of chemicals in fracking fluids have been identified as endocrine-disruptors -- chemicals that have potential adverse developmental and reproductive effects. According to the U.S. EPA, exposure to these types of chemicals has also been implicated in breast cancer.
` Emerging data points to a problem requiring more study. In the six counties in Texas which have seen the most concentrated gas drilling, breast cancer rates have risen significantly, while over the same period the rates for this kind of cancer have declined elsewhere in the state. Similarly, in western New York, where traditional gas drilling processes have been used for decades before hydrofracking came along, has been practiced for nearly two centuries, rural counties with historically intensive gas industry activity show consistently higher cancer death rates (PDF) than rural counties without drilling activity. For women, this includes breast, cervix, colon, endocrine glands, larynx, ovary, rectal, uterine, and other cancers.
Toxins linked to Spontaneous Abortion and Birth Defects. Certain compounds, such as toluene, that are released as gas at the wellhead and also found in water contaminated by fracking have the potential to harm to pregnant women or women wishing to become pregnant. According to the U.S. EPA, studies have shown that toluene can cause an assortment of developmental disorders in children born to pregnant women that have been exposed to toulene. Pregnant women also carry an increase risk of spontaneous abortion from exposure to toluene. Wyoming failed to meet federal standards for air quality due to fumes containing toluene and benzene in 2009.”
10. PA Gas Production and Waste Data
The Pennsylvania DEP releases unconventional oil and gas production and waste data twice a year. It is important to note that both datasets are self-reported from the industry, and there are usually a few operators who miss the reporting deadline. For that reason, FracTracker usually waits a week or so to capture the results of the fashionably late. However, after looking at the data, it is likely that there are still operators that have not yet reported.
CHART: Unconventional gas production in Pennsylvania from January to June 2013. All production values are in thousands of cubic feet (Mcf). Counties with above average production per well are highlighted in orange.
Someinteresting things are revealed when sorting the waste type data by operator, although the resulting table is a little unwieldy . But here are a few highlights:
*Anadarko reported 99.5 percent of basic sediment production
*Southwestern Energy produced more than twice as much drill cuttings (128,000 tons) as the next highest operator (Cabot: 50,000 tons)
*Range Resources led the pack with 172,000 barrels of drilling fluid, with Chevron Appalachia (168,000 barrels) close behind
*PA Gen Energy had the most flowback fracturing sand reported, with over 8,600 tons, despite having fewer than 100 producing wells.
*Chevron Appalachia produced the most fracing fluid waste (934,000 barrels), with Range Resources coming in at number two (773,000 barrels). This is what Pennsylvania calls the flowback fluid; this is not the straight chemical additives that used in the hydraulic fracturing process, but those additives are included in this fluid
*The most produced fluid, or formation brine, came from Range Resources wells (1.6 million barrels), followed by Chesapeake (1.4 million barrels)
82 percent of the servicing fluid reported was from Cabot (1,741 barrels)
100 percent of the spent lubricant was reported by SWEPI (19 barrels)”