Are there some areas in PA of high enough ecological value that they should not be drilled in?

There are some areas that are not open to development of any kind because of their ecological value. Pennsylvania also has in place a host of laws and regulations to ensure that natural gas development can happen in approved areas while protecting our environment and native species. Federal laws, including the Endangered Species Act and […]

How will PA be affected after the drilling is complete?

One of the natural gas industries main objectives is to minimize our geological footprint and bring properties back to pre-drilling conditions once active operations are complete. In order to reduce our impact we rely on a restoration process that involves landscaping and contouring to previous specifications. Here is some information directly from our website: Why […]

Is shale gas the same as the natural gas we have been getting from other stratel?

Yes, natural gas from shale formations – such as the Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian – is essentially the same as natural gas that we have been producing from shallow formations for years. Now operators drill up to 8,000 feet underground, reaching the shale formation, before they begin the hydraulic fracturing process to stimulate trapped […]

Between trucking, compression, extraction, infrastructure repair and construction, etc., isn’t natural gas just as environmentally hazardous/unsustainable as other fossil fuels.

All energy sources, and all industrial activity, carry a level of risk. And when you think about it, every activity in life, carries some risk. The key to responsible energy development, like any other, is to effectively manage that risk. With stringent environmental (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Stream Act, Act 13 etc.) […]

What are the different types of natural gas?

There are two basic types of natural gas. The characteristics that separate wet from dry are technically dependent on the “thermal maturity” of the rock formation. This is how Penn State University describes the difference between the two: Natural gas is known as being dry or wet, with dry gas being more thermally mature and […]

What independent studies to date have been performed on the effects of fracking on nearby drinking water?

As you may know, a host of objective, fact-based studies have been conducted focused on groundwater and hydraulic fracturing. Universally, the results continue to clearly demonstrate that fracturing does not impact groundwater. Recently, in fact, as the Associated Press reports, “A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from […]

Why are plant leaves turning brown?

That’s a great question. The Pennsylvania Tourism Office provides a great deal of timely information regarding the Commonwealth’s unique, regional fall leave patterns. Click HERE for more information. Likewise, the Pennsylvania Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, which notes that “Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in […]

600 plus chemicals being pumped into the ground affect the ground water, what clean up can be done to fix that?

Despite claims, hydraulic fracturing fluids are made up of approximately 99.5 percent of the fluid is water and sand. The other 0.5 percent of the fracturing fluid is composed of (in most cases) 3 to 12 additives – not 600 – that serve a unique purpose. This from FracFocus, a national hydraulic fracturing fluids disclosure […]

Do you believe you have the moral obligation of telling me how your processes negatively affect my water supply? Do you accept the premise that there is a moral obligation?

As you may know, strong regulatory safeguards and requirements are in place to ensure that our water resources are protected as natural gas is safely developed, leveraging advanced technologies. And while some claim that the natural gas development process – specifically hydraulic fracturing – has impacted groundwater, facts and science continue to demonstrate otherwise. In […]

Why can’t safe additives be found to add to the water used to fracture rock for shale gas removal?

On average, hydraulic fracturing fluids are made up of more than 99.5% of water and sand, with an additional .49% of commonly used additives. These additives, of course, are highly diluted and all fluids and hydrocarbons are isolated within the wellbore, following strict regulations, to ensure groundwater resources are protected. As you may know, MSC […]