The Marcellus Shale

One of the most important things to know about the Marcellus Shale and the Natural Gas High Pressure Fracturing Drilling is that it is happening VERY fast and with minimal oversight.
Please look a this link that shows the data relating to the number of drilling Permits that have been issued.          http://www.marcellus.psu.edu/images/permit_animation.gif

                                             99 Permits in 2007,   519 Permits in 2008,  1985 Permits in 2009 and 2108 Permits in the 1st 9 months of 2010.

According to the webpage published by East Resourceshttp://www.eastresources.com/
 New research shows an estimated 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas lies within the rock of the Marcellus Shale area.


According to the Annual Report of Cabot Industries (in the Webspace called "The Corporations") The total number of drill sites AND the number of directions that each drill site supports will be increasing dramatically in the near future.  The report to the shareholders estimates the profits from the Marcellus Shale drilling will be excessive and that they should expect a high return on their investment.

Until a Severance Tax is passed, the Gas companies are removing the actual gas without paying anyone at all for it.  It is not surprising that that business model is extremely profitable.
Even with the Severance tax. All of the external costs associated with the infrastructure and future cleanup will be deferred to the taxpayers. External costs are things like Road and Bridge maintenance & repair which is increased because of the excessive use and extra heavy weights of the water and drilling equipment trucks. 

Other external costs are things like additional manpower needed to staff the local Emergency Medical Technicians, Fire Department and Police Departments  and the extra equipment costs.
Air pollution, Water pollution and pollution of the land are all externalized.
The overall effect on the ecosystem and the damage to the cultures of the towns where the drilling occurs are not calculated and there is strong resistance from the gas companies to allow for any delay so that a scientific analysis can be done to study the possible ramifications of such a massive project.. 

There are many other external costs that are not billed to the Gas company shareholders and that is part of the reason why they can expect high profits.


Here is another map of Natural Gas permit that have been issued:
 http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=103740861530672064870.00048a1953980ff37e556&z=10

The Best thing that I can say is look into the facts yourself and come to your own conclusions..

I am researching and reading and what I find, I will post so that others can read as well..
I am not the source of any of this data, I am just locating it and passing it on...
You can send me Email directly at riverwatcher@runningwater.us

November 12th 2012:  This is a website link to a lawfirm that defends the right of the Hydraulic Fracking victims ...
http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hydraulic_fracturing_fracking?gclid=CO2ZqIDSm6UCFVB95QodP1X3IQ

Here are 2 letters that were sent in from a concerned citizen.
Citizens of New York State!  and Citizens of Pennsylvania!

Here is a link that will allow you to subscribe to the NY Well Watch email alias.
http://subscribe.wordpress.com/?key=48dabd9d4cd7fd25d9bdff5009778bb8&email=riverwatcher%40runningwater.us&activate=5cb795e94c5aa2d14db5cd857ab3c614

September 30th, 2010:
 (D- NY) Congressman Maurice Hinchey sent the following letter to the Army Corp of Engineers.


Here is some educational information about Shale:

http://whyy.org/cms/news/health-science/2010/09/29/history-of-the-shale/46987

http://whyy.org/cms/news/health-science/2010/09/29/the-shale-game-part-4-social-services/46814

http://whyy.org/cms/news/health-science/2010/09/30/the-shale-game-part-5-regulatory-issues/47144

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2010/09/28/the-shale-game-with-whyys-susan-phillips-kerry-grens/

http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/fracking.pdf

 http://www.exxonmobilperspectives.com/2010/06/30/expanding-supplies-of-natural-gas/


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