Data driven discussions about gas extraction and related topics.

PA Data Updates, New DataTool Charting Functionality

Several oil and gas datasets from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been updated on the FracTracker DataTool, including: Active MS Permits in PA (2011-10-26) 2011 Drilled Wells in Pennsylvania (2011-10-26) All MS Drilled Wells in PA (2011-10-26) 2011 Marcellus Shale Violations in PA Additionally, a Pennsylvania zip code dataset from the US […]

Report: Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction

By Susan Christopherson, PhD – Cornell University The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction report outlines some of the key issues explored by a team of researchers centered at Cornell University during the period of New York’s moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for natural gas.  Our research focused on Pennsylvania, where Marcellus HVHF drilling […]

January to August Marcellus Shale Violations by Operator

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Oil and Gas maintains violation data on their website (download the Excel file). The following is a summary of Marcellus Shale violations issued in the first eight months of this year, including the number of wells that were flagged for violations. Marcellus Shale violations and offending wells […]

If It’s Unsuitable For Mining, Is Drilling Advisable?

There are a handful of watersheds, predominantly in central Pennsylvania, that the Department of Environmental Protection has deemed to be unsuitable for mining activities. According to pages 100-101 of the Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual, a region may be determined to be unsuitable for mining if the mining operation will: be incompatible with existing State […]

Marcellus Shale Production Decline Over Time in Pennsylvania

There are now three different Marcellus Shale production reports available on FracTracker’s DataTool: Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Production, 7-1-09 to 6-30-10 PA Marcellus Shale Prduction Data: 7-1-2010 through 12-31-2010 PA Marcellus Shale Production Report: January-June 2011 The production data, which is self-reported by the drilling operators, is also available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In […]

Oil and Gas Data Presentation

Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Violation, Inspection, & Enforcement Data on On Thursday, August 11th, Matt Kelso spoke to a group of people invited by EARTHWORKS to discuss how well PA is or could enforce natural gas drilling regulations. Check out his presentation (PDF). By Matt Kelso, Data Manager, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, Environmental […]

2000 to 2010 Non Marcellus Waste Data

Yesterday, I provided our readers with a summary of long term non Marcellus Shale production data, which is self reported by the industry to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP has recently made this information available retroactive to 2000, at least for oil and gas wells not drilled into the Marcellus Shale. […]