Archives for June 2013

How do you change gas into a liquid for industrial use?

In order to liquefy natural gas, it needs to be cooled to –260° F (–162° C). Once cooled and converted into a liquid, the natural gas becomes 1/600th of its original volume, allowing it to be used as a transportation fuel or shipped safely aboard in specially designed LNG vessels. When re-gasified, LNG becomes identical […]

Who is responsible for the cumulative health impacts of shale extraction?

Oil and natural gas development has a long and storied history in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In fact, the first oil well was drilled in 1859 in the small town of Titusville, Pa and since that time, more than 350,000 oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the commonwealth. As for “cumulative […]

What is the industry doing to reduce the amount of water being used?

New technologies are allowing producers to recycle and reuse upwards of 85-90 percent of all water that returns to the surface during the completions process. In some cases, producers are recycling 100 percent of their flowback water. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the reuse of water in the hydraulic fracturing process and stated, […]

RT @Shell_NatGas: Find out how #naturalgas can bring us 3 st

RT @Shell_NatGas: Find out how #naturalgas can bring us 3 steps closer to improved #airquality! http://t.co/FNH3tDTw9L #YearofAir #natgas

Given that the US already provides most of its energy needs from North American and western hemisphere sources, and given that there is an excess of supply, why is it so important to continue development at this time?

The safe development of clean-burning American natural gas has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for economic growth across the U.S., especially for energy-intensive sectors like manufacturing. White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon underscored this important fact in a recent speech at Columbia University: “America’s natural gas boom is helping to spark a […]

If your drinking water came from a well, would you want chemicals injected into the same area (or upstream)?

Protecting and enhancing our environment is paramount to our industry. There are a host of regulations in place to ensure that natural gas development occurs in way that protects both ground- and freshwater resources. As it relates to protecting groundwater, each Marcellus Shale well has at least four layers of steel and cement that encase […]

What kind of financial security (e.g., escrow fund) will the natural gas industry provide to remedy ecological accidents/ensuring taxpayers will not carry the burden for environmental hazards?

We’ll take this question in a few parts. Natural gas operators are required to have a bond prior to development commencing. This bond is held by the state in the event an issue arises and the operators does not have the financial resources to remedy the situation. Additionally, a portion of the well permit fee […]

What are the opportunities to replace diesel in trucking fleets?

The opportunities are immense, and are already in motion. In March of this year, Fed-Ex Chairman Frederick Smith told the Wall Street Journal that they are in the process of testing two trucks using liquefied natural gas and two other trucks using compressed natural gas.  If successful, they expect to convert 90,000 vehicles to natural […]

Why does the government have to have a role in this endeavor? The private sector is well known to handle these projects far more efficiently and cost-effectively!

The government, both state and federal, plays a vital and important role in regulating oil and natural gas development. We believe that commonsense regulations that are enacted at the state level not only guide the industry, but provide the public with a sense of assurance that the industry is constructing wells with the highest degree […]

Why is there such a lack of transparency by the industry and the regulators when it comes to informing citizens?

We are sorry to hear you feel that way. Transparency is a key tenant of our organization’s mission, as outlined in the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Guiding Principles. As an industry, we take great pride and have made great strides in increasing the amount of information industry shares with the public, specifically as it relates to […]

Why do both your radio advertisement and your website make no sense whatsoever?

While we appreciate your views, we certainly believe that the public wants and deserves the opportunity to ask questions about natural gas development and receive straightforward, fact-based answers – which is the primary objective of this collaborative and ongoing initiative.

What is being done to address the dust from those roads?

Natural gas development is certainly an industrial activity that in some cases, and depending on the current weather conditions, can cause dust and dirt to be tracked onto local roadways during certain phases of development. In most cases, operators have maintenance crews that sweep entry/exit points. In the event this is not the case in […]

How do you know with certainty that our drinking water will not be affected?

History, strong regulatory oversight and modernized well casing standards, is the short answer. Specific well integrity and cement regulations have been put in place to ensure potable aquifer and private water wells are protected. Additionally, operators are required to test all know water wells and surface waters within 2,500 feet of a proposed well site […]

What is the long-term beneficial impact on air quality in PA by using natural gas to produce electricity in the states to the West?

Through leveraging more homegrown natural gas to meet our nation’s growing energy demands, both in power generation as well as in transportation, regional and national air quality will continue to be enhanced. We’re already seeing steep increasing in air quality, driven principally by expanded natural gas use. Kathryn Klaber, the MSC’s CEO, lays out these […]

How can we use more NG in PA to create jobs and business opportunities?

It’s a matter of economics. Once natural gas prices rebound a bit, drilling activity will increase. When activity increases, economic activity in communities where development takes place increases.  Increased natural gas powered electric generation capacity will also create added opportunity as will building out the natural gas vehicle infrastructure. 

How is the MSC driving lobbying re. infrastructure funding?

While the Marcellus Shale Coalition and its over 300 members are certainly engaged in a multitude of policy and educational matters, our focus remains on issues directly related to natural gas development. Over the past few years, coalition member companies have invested more than $500 million in road repairs and construction. As an industry, we’re […]

Does fracking occur once in each well or is it a continuous process that is repeated constantly?

 In the vast majority of cases, a well is fractured once. However, in some cases, operators may choose to re-frac a well, though that is not common practice. 

Is it controlled enough and constructed enough to know where it is headed?

We’re going to guess that your question refers to the movement of gas. If not, please resubmit and we’d be happy to take another shot at providing you with a solid answer. Yes. Natural gas wells are connected by pipeline at the wellhead. These are called gathering lines. Gathering lines are then connected to trunk […]

Does the industry have a BMP manual with practices for protecting sensitive areas?

There are a host of regulations that protect sensitive areas. For example, prior to a natural gas operator constructing a well pad or pipeline, they are required by state law to conduct multiple environmental and wetland reviews to ensure there are not any threatened or endangered species in the area. As for best, or recommended […]

How many taxes they will pay for it and what are consumers (non-drillers) getting out of all of this?

The natural gas industry is taxed like every other industry doing business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to those standard taxes – more than $1.6 billion since 2006 – operators pay what is called an impact fee. This fee, which is paid annually on a per-well basis, has generated more than $400 million […]

Can the industry use pipelines instead of trucks to move water?

Yes, pipelines can be used to transport water to a well pad and in fact, some operators are moving in this direction when logistically possible. In January the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) published Recommended Practices (RP) for Water Pipelines, the sixth in a series of guidance documents aimed at further enhancing the safe development of […]

Will the equipment needed change the landscape?

It all depends on where the well is located. For example: if an operator decides that an open pasture on a farm is the best location for a well pad, then you won’t see much of a change in the landscape once the well is completed. Should the well pad be located in an area […]

How does the industry persuade the FERC to allow it to use existing ROW when building new pipeline infrastructure?

When possible, utilizing existing pipeline right of ways (ROWs) is always the first option for companies expanding the gathering and midstream network of pipelines. However, there is not a one-sized fits all approach, as some existing ROWs may not be the required width to accommodate additional lines. 

How will you ensure the played out wells stay plugged 100 years from now?

Pennsylvania state law details the plugging requirements for operators in the state. All wells must be plugged once a well is decommissioned and no longer producing natural gas. Prior to abandoning a well, operators must provide the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with notice of plugging to afford DEP with the opportunity to be […]

Why don’t you employ scientists to investigate?

The natural gas industry is full of scientists. Natural gas companies employ engineers, biologists, biophysicists, chemists, geologists and experts from just about every other science discipline.  Industry, regulatory bodies and state and federal regulators have thousands of scientists who have and continue to study every aspect of the natural gas development process.  

How long has fracking been used to extract oil and gas?

Fracturing was first deployed to enhance hydrocarbon recovery almost 60 years ago (1947) in Grant County, Kansas. Since then more than 1 million wells in the United States have been hydraulically fractured.   

RT @PghBizTimes: NiSource starts service on Big Pine Gatheri

RT @PghBizTimes: NiSource starts service on Big Pine Gathering System http://t.co/BBmpwohTHM

RT @BloombergNRG: @MitsubishiHI revives #LNG tank business a

RT @BloombergNRG: @MitsubishiHI revives #LNG tank business amid North American #shale #gas booms http://t.co/mg30M4wtfk

RT @Chesapeake: Natural gas is key to U.S. energy security a

RT @Chesapeake: Natural gas is key to U.S. energy security according to the Department of Defense. http://t.co/FXD8MVPdaP

[email protected] CEO: “I am in favor of exporting #NaturalG

[email protected] CEO: “I am in favor of exporting #NaturalGas. If it helps the economy, then I’m for it.” http://t.co/hXWWaOc75D #LNG

MSC member XTO Energy opens #NaturalGas liquids facility in

MSC member XTO Energy opens #NaturalGas liquids facility in Butler Co. http://t.co/h1x7rhgbPL via @pittsburghpg #Marcellus cc: @exxonmobil

RT @NGTNews: 88 new #CNG buses for Atlanta’s transit agency:

RT @NGTNews: 88 new #CNG buses for Atlanta’s transit agency: http://t.co/sOPyx4edO0 #natgas

(VIDEO) #Marcellus #NaturalGas Pipeline Groundbreaking Today

(VIDEO) #Marcellus #NaturalGas Pipeline Groundbreaking Today in NEPA http://t.co/sRDgUFAIcr

New #NaturalGas distribution system breaks ground in Susqueh

New #NaturalGas distribution system breaks ground in Susquehanna Co. http://t.co/4GEDOyRriM via @CitizensVoice #Marcellus

(VIDEO) Clean, local #Marcellus #NaturalGas is saving consum

(VIDEO) Clean, local #Marcellus #NaturalGas is saving consumers even more money http://t.co/8Qh3EFIqzj via @WBNGActionNews

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RT @wnep: Local Gas For Local People http://t.co/hhi8eszrTI

RT @EEPublishing: Natural gas beats most resources in return

RT @EEPublishing: Natural gas beats most resources in return on energy investment, says report — in #EnergyWire ($) http://t.co/CMUqVxP3za

RT @PghBizTimes: XTO opens Butler liquids facility <a href="

RT @PghBizTimes: XTO opens Butler liquids facility http://t.co/evh8pxYchX

Top @ENERGY official: “Domestic #ShaleGas provides unpreced

Top @ENERGY official: “Domestic #ShaleGas provides unprecedented opportunities for the United States.” http://t.co/gcxodRB9s0 #Marcellus

[email protected]: “America can export #NaturalGas and power ou

[email protected]: “America can export #NaturalGas and power our manufacturing renaissance” http://t.co/dal9ErUKnf #LNG #Mfg

[email protected]: “We are now the number one #NaturalGas pro

[email protected]: “We are now the number one #NaturalGas producer in the world.” http://t.co/c7H5WTUGXV #Marcellus #AmericanEnergy

[email protected]: #LNG “exports would create jobs & econ

[email protected]: #LNG “exports would create jobs & economic development while strengthening our ties with allies” http://t.co/c7H5WTUGXV

[email protected] & @SenatorBurr tout clean-burning #Natur

[email protected] & @SenatorBurr tout clean-burning #NaturalGas benefits http://t.co/EScwcSR1mz via @nationaljournal #Bipartisanship

RT @nationaljournal: Can natural gas really deliver American

RT @nationaljournal: Can natural gas really deliver American energy independence? Several members of Congress seem to think so. http://t.co…

RT @FinancialTimes: Steelmakers reap benefits from shale boo

RT @FinancialTimes: Steelmakers reap benefits from shale boom http://t.co/t8D9FII9cU

RT @PA_PUC: Officially breaking ground in Montrose, Susqueha

RT @PA_PUC: Officially breaking ground in Montrose, Susquehanna County. http://t.co/ZzZVAz0OVG

RT @CovantaEnergy: News: Clean Energy and Covanta Open First

RT @CovantaEnergy: News: Clean Energy and Covanta Open First CNG Fueling Station in Nationwide Partnership to … http://t.co/5qyQksUXPL #w…

New compressed #NaturalGas station will fuel garbage trucks

New compressed #NaturalGas station will fuel garbage trucks from n. NJ & NYC http://t.co/y2zPZzLX6X via @NJBIZ #Marcellus

RT @OcalaStarBanner: A new fuel rising; CNG plant being buil

RT @OcalaStarBanner: A new fuel rising; CNG plant being built http://t.co/l1TCsEtSqE

RT @ForeignAffairs: A few years ago, energy was one of Ameri

RT @ForeignAffairs: A few years ago, energy was one of America’s greatest liabilities. Not anymore. Tom Donilon on energy and U.S. power: h…