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Your Guide to the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report


Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission issued its final report with recommendations on Pennsylvania’s drilling policies in late July, 2011.

The 137-page document contains 96 recommendations for changes to drilling policies and regulations. It also includes background on Marcellus Shale drilling.

A complete, annotated version of the report is available here.

Latest Posts

Senate committee approves shale gas health bill

A bill to create a Marcellus Shale health advisory panel, which never made it out of committee last year, was approved by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously today.  Senate Bill 375, introduced by Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would create a nine-member panel to advise the legislature on the health impacts of [...]

Using Abandoned Mine Drainage to Frack

In the Susquehanna River Basin, just one well can use an average of 4.4 million gallons of water during a frack job, which can last several days to a week. The majority of that water comes from Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. Meanwhile, more than 4,000 miles of streams polluted by abandoned coalmine drainage flow through Pennsylvania’s forests, [...]

While Touting Transparency, Corbett Declines to Explain Free Vacation

At a press conference promoting a new government transparency website, Corbett refused to explain why he accepted a free vacation from a friend and campaign donor who does business with the natural gas industry.

At a press conference to promote a new government transparency website, Governor Corbett was reluctant to answer questions about a free vacation he took to Rhode Island last year, paid for by a friend who does business with the natural gas industry. StateImpact Pennsylvania first reported the trip, which was originally omitted from Corbett’s filing with the [...]

Citizen’s Marcellus Shale Commission Wants to Slow Down Drilling

A coalition of environmental and good government groups critical of Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling says the state has moved too fast, and it needs to slow down the Marcellus Shale boom. The Citizen’s Marcellus Shale Commission was created in response to Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which released its own report in July. The [...]

Political Schism Prompts Prominent Drilling Activist to Quit Coalition

Maya von Rossum, the head of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and a commissioner with the Citizen’s Marcellus Shale Commission, announced today that she’s resigned from her post as a commissioner because the rest of the group refused to support a drilling moratorium. Von Rossum announced her decision through a press release. “The failure to articulate [...]

Burning Question: What Marcellus Shale Well is Closest to Philadelphia?

This blog post is part of StateImpact’s on-going, reader-submitted burn­ing ques­tions about nat­ural gas drilling.  So far, we have tack­led water test­ing, whether or not frack­ing can lead to earth­quakes, the sta­tus of the state’s deep injec­tion wells, all things water and the fate of a quarantined herd of beef cattle. Today’s question comes from Kristen Mosbrucker. Mosbrucker wants to know where the [...]

Cawley Continues to Tout Shale Jobs

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley is bopping around the state visiting factories that he says are benefitting from the Marcellus Shale boom. Cawley visited the Weiler Corporation’s Cresco plant on Tuesday. Weiler contributes parts to the pipeline industry. Karl Weiler told the Pocono Record that Marcellus Shale accounts for “about 3 percent” of his business. [...]

Drilling, STDs, and Mike Sturla: The Week That Was

House Democrat Mike Sturla

Missed this week’s top energy story?  Confused by headlines about drilling and sexually transmitted diseases? QUICK RECAP: On Monday, Capitolwire reported Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker is pushing for expanded drilling in state forests. Walker said the royalties would bring in billions, “solve just about every economic problem we have.” This, [...]

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