OIL & GAS RESOURCES
DEP SENDS FINAL OIL & GAS RULES TO ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) transmitted the final "Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil & Gas Well Sites" rulemaking to the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for review Jan. 7, 2016. This step brings the rules closer to enactment, and continues DEP's commitment to modernizing and strengthening the environmental controls employed by both the conventional & unconventional industries to assure the protection of public health, safety and the environment.
"These regulatory changes are balanced, incremental & appropriate; protecting public health while enabling responsible drilling to proceed," stated DEP Secretary John Quigley. "These rules are a long time coming -- more than 4 years -- and were written with an unprecedented amount of public participation & transparency. We've worked hard to ensure that the health and safety of our citizens are protected, and the needs of the industry are being met."
The Environmental Quality Board will now review the final-form rulemaking package, and once adopted will be reviewed by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.
If you would like to view the rulemaking, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the "Oil and Gas Rulemaking" button.
This information is being made available to our Wayne Township residents, in order for you to make educated decisions regarding Oil & Gas Leasing.
WHAT ARE CONVENTIONAL AND UNCONVENTIONAL WELLS?
We have all been hearing these terms being used in recent months, and hopefully this explantion will answer some questions about "Conventional" vs "Unconventional" Gas Wells.
** Note: The following information came from the Northwest Pennsylvania Landowner Group, LLC Newsletter, and is intended for educational and informational purposes only.
What is a Conventional Gas Well?
A "conventional" gas well, also known as a traditional well, is a well that produces oil or gas from a conventional formation. Conventional formations are variable in age, occurring both above and below the Elk Sandstone (Upper Devonian formation). While a limited number of such gas wells are capable of producing sufficient quantities of gas without stimulation by hydralic fracturing, most conventional wells require this stimulation technique, due to the reservoir characteristics in Pennsylvania. Stimulation of conventional well, however, generally does not require the volume of fluids typically required for unconventional wells.
What is an Unconventional Gas Well?
An "unconventional" gas well is a well that is drilled into an unconventional formation, which is defined as a geologic shale formation below the base of the Elk Sandstone or its geologic equivalent where natural gas generally cannot be produced except by horizontal or vertical well bores stimulated by hydraulic fracturing.
Unconventional formations that are currently being targeted or that may possibly be targeted for oil & gas development in Pennsylvania include, but are not limited to, the Marcellus, Utica, Mandata, Huron, Rhinestreet, and miscellaneous Upper Devonian formations such as the Dunkirk, Pipe Creek, Middlesex, Geneseo, and Burkett.
LEASING and LANDOWNERS
The Northwest Pennsylvania Landowner Group, LLC (NWPALG) is a coalition of landowners whose purpose is to work together toward a common goal. This group was started in order to educate landowners about the value beneath their land, and about leasing in general. They hired an experienced attorney for the group so that the coailtion would know what lease language they would like to see in a lease, and so that they would avoid the many lease pitfalls. NWPALG agreed to maintain a landowner database so that they could market the group's acreage with negotiating power derived from their substantial acreage. To contact the Northwest Pennsylvania Landowner Group, LLC please e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFITS OF NATURAL GAS
Erie County will receive more than $268,000 in revenue from the collection of an Impact Fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue began in July 2015.
Pennsylvania's abundance of natural gas & the fees required by Act 13 of 2012 are the reasons we, as a county, stand to benefit, while Erie County is not technically part of the Marcellus Shale formation. The 4-year total distributed to Erie County comes to more than $1 million. Impact Fees under Act 13 are imposed on the extraction of natural gas & fluctuate depending on price & the rate of inflation. Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60% passed onto counties and local municipalities affected by drilling. The remaining 40% goes into the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which is the source of the money Erie County is receiving.
Many Erie County projects have been supported over the years by this money; including countywide farmland preservation, the bridge replacement in Waterford, control of invasive species in Lake Erie and local water & sewer infrastructure upgrades. The Impact Fee was designed to benefit the entire state, and it is hopefully going to stay in place to benefit the areas that are affected the most.
GETTING EDUCATED ABOUT NATURAL GAS PIPELINES JUST GOT EASIER
AN INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS FACILITY ON MY LAND?
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Published by: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Download at: http://www.ferc.gov/ >> Click on "For Citizens" at the top of the home page and choose "Citizen's Guides"
IT'S TIME TO RETHINK HOW MUCH YOU'RE SPENDING FOR NATURAL GAS
National Fuel Resources has an informative website: nfrinc.com. Please refer to their website to answer questions you may have about Natural Gas prices.
WATER QUALITY STUDY
A study of more than 200 drinking water wells near Marcellus Shale drilling sites in 20 Pennsylvania counties did not find statistically significant evidence of contamination from hyraulic fracturing. The process, often referred to as "fracking", relies on a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemical additives to release natural gas from deep underground crevices. Some worry the practice is tainting water supplies in the shale region, a concern that led Penn State University to examine the issue.
For a copy of the full report, go to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania's website at http://www.rural.palegislature.us/, click on 'Publications', and scroll down to 'Reports' or call
DCNR RELEASES UPDATE TO SHALE GAS MONITORING REPORT
The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary updated members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee on the department's ongoing efforts to monitor natural gas extraction & management on DCNR lands. These updates to our Bureau of forestry Shale-Gas Monitoring Program, to be supplied on a routine basis, are designed to help the committee continue providing valuable insight & expertise concerning the complex nature of natural gas management.
As part of its overarching goal of ensuring sustainability of Pennsylvania's forests, DCNR established this program to monitor, evaluate, and report on the impacts of shale-gas development to the state forest system and its stakeholders. Read more here.
You may refer to the following websites in order to further understand the Oil and Gas Industry, and answer some of your questions.
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION (PIOGA)
PA DEPARTMENT of CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DCNR)
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
PA DEPARTMENT of ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (DEP)
POWER IN COOPERATION >> UNCONVENTIONAL GAS WELL DRILLING
MARCELLUS SHALE INFORMATION
MARCELLUS SHALE COALITION
KEYSTONE ENERGY FORUM
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