aIve been a proponent of shale gas but, as its playing out, the citizenry of the several states are getting the shaft with unassailable evidence that fracking aint 100% safe. Weve got about 50 individual major complaints over gas leakage into shallow water supplied with rock wells. My group has been working on the statistical significance of where the gas leakage is most noted and its where the bedrock is shallow and the glacial overburden is less than 25 feet. The amounts of actual gas/water table interconnections is about 8% of all frack wells. Thats a lot really.
The Pa legislature is going to ram this down the Governors throat and hes threatened to veto any extraction fees and new environmental oversight requirements. The gas lobby is putting up big bucks in ads about how we should let the market take care of environmental problems and let the market remind you how many jobs are at stake. A sort of sugar coated threat if the DEP is given a heavier role. Its more likely that the gas companies will cap their own wells if the gas prices keep dropping.
Williamsport used to be a dingey little rust belt town cleaned out of its coal and other industry like pulp and paper. Now, every consulting company in the nation has suddenly moved in by some made up "Q and E" credentials like theyve been "in the gas plays for years", all of em are lying sacks of ****. I was collecting some data from a consulting company that recently moved into Williamsport to work dfor the gas play. Theyve been a big waste and HAz waste techy company that was hired not for their expertise in gas geology but mostly to keep them quiet so they dont get on the gas companies cases when its found out that all these frack wells are really class 4 deep well injection sites (Thats why Cheny had them excluded from the Clean Water ACt and Superfund and others). Congress Frack Act is slowly fighting its way through headwaters of lobbyists who are being paid millions to kill it and the State of PA may slowly getting its balls sewn back on because, since PA never was a signer of the Clean Water ACt we see it as our solemn duty not to **** up the water even more than coal mining has done. Several laws are gonna be sent to the Governor who will veto them and then it appears that the GOP and DEMS are together on this and the governor will be overridden. (Its amazing how stupid politicians think we are where with this outcome everyone looks like they were doing their bidding)
Pahutzerry is actually Hutzpah except it doesnt read well to say HUTZPAHERRY