Top 10 Quotes from PA DEP on Promise, Potential of Marcellus Shale

  1. John Hanger, PA DEP Secretary: “Developing [Marcellus] resources not only will build on our continuing efforts to develop more homegrown energy resources that are cleaner and better for the environment, but also could lead to billions of dollars in new economic investment for Pennsylvania’s communities, as well as tens of thousands of new jobs.” (House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Testimony, 9/30/08)
  2. Scott Perry, PA DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management:Nothing being done to produce the Marcellus is new to Pennsylvania. It certainly isn’t the deepest formation to be developed (we have more than 11,000 wells producing gas from deeper formations). It isn’t the first formation to require horizontal drilling … And despite popular opinion, it certainly isn’t the first formation that needed to be hydraulically fractured to similar production.” (Fort Worth Basin Oil & Gas Magazine, 4/10)
  3. John Hines, PA DEP Dep. Sec. for Water Management: “The Marcellus shale gas reserve could potentially hold ‘enough gas to fully supply the nation for 10 or more years.’ Hines added producing that gas could create new wealth as well as new jobs, ‘but not at the sacrifice of our water resources.’” (Clearfield Progress, 2/1910)
  4. Scott Perry, PA DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management: “Fracing has been standard operating procedure for virtually every well drilled in Pennsylvania for decades.” (Fort Worth Basin Oil & Gas Magazine, 4/10)
  5. John Hanger, PA DEP Secretary: “There is no question that the Marcellus Shale holds tremendous potential for Pennsylvania’s citizens, communities and economy if managed properly.” (House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Testimony, 9/30/08)
  6. Scott Perry, PA DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management: “The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] has a successful history of overseeing the environmentally protective development of the commonwealth’s oil and gas resources. By applying our existing regulatory structure and adapting to the new challenges that the Marcellus presents, I am confident that this track record will continue.” (Fort Worth Basin Oil & Gas Magazine, 4/10)
  7. John Hanger, PA DEP Secretary: “Drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale last year was just remarkable, with a sharp increase in activity despite the natural gas price being down … The industry is moving toward using more wastewater, of treating the water and injecting it underground.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/9/10)
  8. Scott Perry, PA DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management: “There has never been any evidence of fracking ever causing direct contamination of fresh groundwater in Pennsylvania or anywhere else.” (Scranton Times-Tribune, 4/2/10)
  9. John Hanger, PA DEP Secretary: “Pennsylvania law requires drillers to install steel casing and cement the casing through all fresh water aquifers before drilling through deeper zones known to contain oil or gas. This casing protects groundwater by isolating the borehole from the groundwater system.” (House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Testimony, 9/30/08)
  10. Scott Perry, PA DEP’s Bureau of Oil and Gas Management: “I believe that Pennsylvania will prove that the balance between environmental protection and the development of this world class resource is possible.” (Fort Worth Basin Oil & Gas Magazine, 4/10)