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Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

Wyoming pulls permits for abandoned experimental methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have revoked state permits for hundreds of abandoned coal-bed methane wells that were part of an experiment some hoped would reverse a bust in coal-bed methane. The 413 wells in Campbell County now are a long list of wells the state plans to plug and clean up over several years. The Wyoming Department of ...

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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

COOLVILLE, Ohio — Five months ago, Felicia Mettler had never heard the term injection well. She didn’t know what one was or what it held. She didn’t know what an injection well looked like. She lives with her husband and children in a wood-frame house in a rural part of Athens County near the Hocking River, and she relishes the ...

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Interior Dept.: High-risk oil, gas wells checks lack funding

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management lacks sufficient resources to inspect high-risk oil and gas wells on federal land as a drilling boom continues in Wyoming, Colorado and other states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday. The Obama administration has proposed a fee on oil and gas drillers that would allow the land management agency to hire ...

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How sound are Pennsylvania’s oil and gas wells?

Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay. The roughly 450 well owners who were sent violation notices for the missing reports by the Department of Environmental Protection represent a small fraction of the roughly ...

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Fracking study on water contamination under ethics review

Drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania close to natural gas sites do not face a greater risk of methane contamination than those farther away, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). But the study is now being called into question because of its methodology and some undisclosed ties to energy giant Chesapeake Energy. The findings contradict recent ...

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South Buffalo supervisors approve 4 horizontal gas wells

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The South Buffalo Supervisors approved a request from MDS Energy Development to drill four Marcellus shale natural gas wells from Biblical Life Institute property. Michael Knapp, vice president of land for West Kittanning-based MDS, told supervisors on Monday the wells would be drilled horizontally from one pad about 100 yards north of an existing MDS vertical well on the same ...

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Company to build small power plants in Marcellus region

A Pennsylvania company is advancing plans to build a dozen small power plants in the Marcellus Shale region, producing electricity for the grid directly from nearby gas wells. IMG Midstream L.L.C. on Friday presented plans to the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission in Wellsboro to build nine 20-megawatt power stations in Bradford, Tioga, Susquehanna, and Wyoming Counties. The ...

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Top 5 Marcellus.com stories of the week

1. Pennyslvania DEP admits drilling probe error The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in Washington County. Read more here.   2. Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK Dominion Energy ...

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Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

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Seth Borenstein WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead. The study finds that eight hydraulically fractured wells in Pennsylvania and Texas leaked gas because the piping and cement seals in the wells themselves weren’t working properly. The process of ...

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Cornell study: defects responsible for gas well leaks

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A study released today by Cornell University found that defects in Pennsylvania’s gas wells are responsible for methane leaks that contribute to global warming. According to Climate Central, the study examined environmental compliance records from over 40,000 wells constructed between 2000 and 2012. About 9.1% of those wells were found to have defects that ...

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