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Natural Gas Exploration Moves Further North‎. Madison County (NY) Courier. “Natural gas is plentiful in Marcellus shale formations in Pennsylvania, but the Marcellus shale north of Norwich, Chenango County, is too close to the ground surface to mine. The gas-filled rock fractures must be far below groundwater tables in order to be extracted safely and efficiently. Hydrofracking is a topic of debate in New York state right now. With that method, drilling takes place both vertically and horizontally before significant amounts of fluids are applied to push the gas out of small pathways. Selleck said that may be an increasingly common technique for extracting Marcellus shale, but it has not been required with the Herkimer sandstone in Madison County
Fracking advances pay off. Press & Sun-Bulletin, IOGA-NY’s Brad Gill. “your readers should know that the fluids used in the fracturing process are made of more than 99.5 percent water and sand. It's true that chemical additives are commonly used in the process, but great efforts are made to reduce the likelihood those ingredients would ever come in contact with people, animals and all sources of fresh water. These ingredients even those that are no longer used are available on the DEC Web site. …The writer is correct on one thing: "Rural landowners badly need an economic break." Safe, environmentally sound, well-regulated natural gas production enabled by hydraulic fracturing represents such a break.

Superior Wells will be holding a recruitment at the:

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1062 Rt 38

Owego, NY 13827

ON

THURSDAY  MARCH 18, 2010

1:00PM to 4:00PM

An oil field services company is recruiting dedicated hard working employees with a Class A, Hazmat CDL for Cementing and Fracturing services.

Offering competitive wages, hourly expenses and a great benefit package.

 

JOBS:

Diesel Mechanics

CDL drivers

WELLSBORO, Pa. (AP) — The need to transport materials for the rapidly increasing number of Marcellus Shale natural gas well drilling sites in Pennsylvania is bringing big business to railroads.

Reading & Northern Railroad Co. spent $100,000 to transform an outdated and barely used terminal near Wilkes-Barre.

Now Pittston Yard is almost always busy. Reading & Northern president Warren Michel says he expects more investment in track and material-handling facilities and equipment on the line.

In addition, the Wellsboro and Corning Railroad bought four used locomotives after cargo traffic nearly tripled last year.

Owner Tom Myles says he expects business will nearly double this year for the Tioga County railroad.

Primarily, drilling companies need the trains to haul sand that is blasted into wells to fracture the shale and free the trapped gas.

Eaton, NY -- A pipeline project that will help bring locally-extracted natural gas to consumers across New York State received the green light from state regulators this week.

Construction on an 8.2-mile pipeline between the towns of Eaton and Lebanon is not expected to begin until fall, allowing farmers along the mostly rural route to plant and harvest their fields without interruption.

The project is an upgrade for Norse Energy, allowing the developer to move more gas from its wells in Madison County and the neighboring Chenango County township of Smyrna to a compressor station in Eaton.

The developer, formerly known as Nornew Inc., has been drilling gas wells in Lebanon since the late 1990s and has accelerated its activity in the past several years.

The high-pressure steel pipeline, which has been under state review since June, will run parallel to existing plastic transmission lines, buried up to four feet beneath farmlands, forests, wetlands, roads and several brooks and streams.

In the 43-page decision, New York State Public Service Commission officials said while Norse customers will see immediate improvements to their energy costs, the project will also aid local residents by making direct royalty payments to landowners and adding value to the local tax base.

But the line has been the subject of local scrutiny. Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein submitted his concerns about public safety and oversight to the commission, and public meetings on the subject this fall brought out large crowds asking questions about environmental impacts.

In the wake of Tuesday’s decision, Goldstein asked state officials and representatives from Norse to attend a town board meeting on April 12.

“There were many unanswered questions at the last meeting we had on this issue and public concern remains,” Goldstein wrote in an email to state officials Wednesday.

The state’s decision outlines several requirements to ensure the safety of trout streams and agricultural land, including hiring specialists to oversee sensitive excavation.

“The impacts of this project are anticipated to be largely temporary in nature and proper precautions will be imposed upon the company to ensure preservation of resources and restoration of sites,” the decision reads.

By Alaina Potrikus / The Post-Standard

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