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Shale Gas News – August 6, 2016

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, talked about natural gas production, asthma, shale gas exports and much more last week.

Every Saturday, I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. I was back in the studio this week with Rusty Fender.  Bruce Thompson, President of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) joined us as a guest. The AXPC’s membership is composed of 29 of America’s premier independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies.

Bruce Thompson has testified before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on issues relating to natural gas supply and pricing. He also has extensive international transactional and government affairs experience, having represented clients in dealing with various national and provincial governments in South Africa as well as in transactions in the UK, Italy and Canada.

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The Shale Gas News, typically, is broadcast live. On the August 6th show (click above), we covered the following new territory (see news excerpts below):

  • DEP: Pa. produced record amount of natural gas in 2015. Despite a downturn in prices for natural gas and fewer wells drilled, Pennsylvania’s production of the fuel continued to rise in 2015 to 4.6 trillion cubic feet, nearly five times as much as was produced in the state in 2011.
  • Study Shows Hydraulic Fracturing Doesn’t Play as Big of a Role in increased Asthma Symptoms. According to a recent study by the American Medical Association, there is a correlation between hydraulic fracturing activity and increased asthma exacerbation, but specialists said it’s not the complete cause of elevated symptoms..
  • XTO Energy Fined $400,000 for Illegally Dumping Frack Water. An energy company will be forced to pay $400,000 for illegally discharging toxic waste from a Marcellus Shale gas well site near Picture Rocks in Lycoming County.
  • Feds accused of cutting into fracking protesters’ vacation time. Anti-fracking activists say it’s not fair that the federal watchdog in charge of siting pipelines has chosen the vacation-heavy month of August to push through a pipeline project nearly as contentious as the Keystone XL.  “It almost appears as if [the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] set out to discourage public input,” said Tom Gilbert, director of the group New Jersey Conservation. “Let’s make sure that our voices are heard loud and clear.”
  • Fracking’s long reach stretches into Frack-free New York. New York’s Finger Lakes region has become one of the hubs of the state’s $3-billion-a-year tourism industry. In recent years, much of that tourism has revolved around the wine industry. But a plan to store the glut of natural gas flowing from Pennsylvania in ancient underground salt caverns near New York’s Seneca Lake has many in wine country worried about the impacts on tourism and water quality.
  • Fracking Enters U.S. Presidential Race as an Independent. Proven candidate launches bid for highest office in land, provides attractive alternative for Americans dissatisfied with current choices. Her platform includes jobs, pocketbook savings, energy security, environmental benefits and funding for local services.
  • U.S. shale coming to the U.K. The first shipments of US shale gas will begin to arrive in the UK from the end of September, representatives of chemical giant INEOS have confirmed. Ethane, which is derived from liquefied natural gas (LNG), will be shipped from the East Coast of the United States to INEOS’ UK plant at Grangemouth, Scotland.

The Shale Gas News sponsored by Linde Corporation

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