Today October 28, 2011, HydroConfidence is hosting a workshop about Shale Gas Safety in Pittsburgh at CMU. The workshop includes specialist from several sectors of Shale Gas production.
Our goal is to develop an understanding of the environmental and safety issues in shale gas production, and how the coalition of companies of HydroConfidence, Frac Biologies, MicroSeismic, CTC and CMU can deliver a comprehensive solution to the industry.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Friday released the findings of an unbiased and large scale study of water quality in private water wells in rural Pennsylvania before and after the drilling of nearby Marcellus Shale gas wells, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford), Center Chair. The study is entitled, "The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies, was a Center -sponsored research project conducted by Dr. Elizabeth W. Boyer, Bryan R. Swistock, James Clark, Mark Madden, and Dana E. Rizzo of Pennsylvania State University. The report was funded by a grant from the Center, which is a legislative agency of the General Assembly.
Over the past decade, a wave of drilling around the world has uncovered giant supplies of natural gas in shale rock. By some estimates, there's 1,000 trillion cubic feet recoverable in North America alone—enough to supply the nation's natural-gas needs for the next 45 years.
Methane migration is an obvious problem in Pennsylvania. The question is whether that problem is a result of Marcellus Shale gas extraction or has always been with us and is only coming to light now due to the increased scrutiny gas drilling has brought about.
What HydroConfidence aims to prevent: Residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where a natural gas driller was blamed for contaminating 18 water wells with methane are still getting water delivered to their homes, three years after they first noticed their groundwater was polluted.
Governor Tom Corbett announced his plans to implement numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help move Pennsylvania toward energy independence.
Oil and gas operators and residents in the Marcellus shale region have become aware that drinking water can contain dissolved methane. But did it come from hydraulic fracturing, previously abandoned wells or from some other source?