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nancy

United States

#1 Sep 19, 2011
Has anybody heard anything about a company called Antero drilling 12 Marcellus wells down 18 south? Are these the same drillers the folks in Harison are having so much trouble with? And I heard they are putting those big drying stations along 18 to. How will the school buses get thru with all that traffic.
GOP Watchdog

Shinnston, WV

#2 Sep 19, 2011
Look the permits up on the DEP site ---- May NOT be ANTERO ----
Beware Comp Stations

Hyattsville, MD

#3 Sep 28, 2011
Beware if there is a compressor station involved! Besides NOISE, there are all kinds of other health risks with them.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compressor_stati...
A compressor station is a facility which helps the transportation process of natural gas from one location to another. Natural gas, while being transported through a gas pipeline, needs to be constantly pressurized in certain distance intervals (from 40 up to 100 miles).[1]
The gas in compressor stations is normally pressurized by special turbines, motors and engines.
Environmental Concerns Natural Gas Compressor stations are known to cause many environmental problems including air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, and noise pollution.
The famous American legal battle which became the centerpeice of the Hollywood film Erin Brockovich involved a PG&E compressor station in Hinkley, California, USA which contaminated soil and an aquifer with corrosion inhibiting Chromium VI and other toxic compounds without regard for the health of residents. In February of 2010, residents of Lamar County, Texas, U.S.A won a lawsuit against National Pipeline Co. for excessive noise causing damage to health and property.[2] In the small town of Dish, Texas, U.S.A. extremely high levels of carcinogenic and neurotoxic air pollutants have been recorded near one of the town's 11 compressor stations.
Beware Comp Stations

Hyattsville, MD

#4 Sep 28, 2011
Here's some additional info on the Hinkley CA Compressor station....

http://www.lawbuzz.com/famous_trials/erin_bro...
TX Gas Compression Issues

Hyattsville, MD

#5 Sep 28, 2011
Health Issues Follow Natural Gas Drilling In Texas

Vast new natural gas fields have opened up thanks to an advanced drilling technique. While natural gas is a cleaner burning fuel than coal or petroleum, extracting it is still hard, dirty work. Some people who live near the massive Barnett Shale gas deposit in north Texas, have complaints. Health and environmental concerns are prompting state regulators to take a closer look.

(Bottom Line: Compressor stations are BAD NEWS!!!)
Read more:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php...
Marcellus Outreach Butler

Hyattsville, MD

#6 Sep 28, 2011
First Person Experiences:

The impact of this industry is in the personal stories of people who have been devastated by these corporations.

Mary McConnell
This is one womanís nightmare in dealing with a natural gas company. Although this is long (40 minutes), Mary Ellen McConnell has a sense of humor that makes her hellish experience bearable to listen to. If anyone thinks DEP or any government agency is going to help them, this will cure them of that illusion.

More:
http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org/first-...
My2CentsWorth

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 29, 2011
I have worked with Antero in the past and have always had a successful working relationship with them. They have offices in Ellenboro and if you call them, I am certain they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Drilling Victim

Hyattsville, MD

#8 Sep 29, 2011
My2CentsWorth wrote:
I have worked with Antero in the past and have always had a successful working relationship with them. They have offices in Ellenboro and if you call them, I am certain they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
They have been called. Several times. They don't return calls.
More On Compressors

Hyattsville, MD

#9 Sep 29, 2011
Questions over how natural gas drilling affects air quality have raged across North Texas this year, with much of the focus on toxins including benzene and toluene. But more questions are coming up about a chemical more associated with paint and construction materials than drilling: formaldehyde.

Drilling rigs do not emit formaldehyde, but it is a byproduct of the combustion engines used in the compressor stations that pump gas from wells to transmission lines. The Environmental Protection Agency published a draft report in June declaring formaldehyde a carcinogen and has a hand in regulating its emissions.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/03/25163...
penny for your thoughts

United States

#11 Sep 29, 2011
My2CentsWorth wrote:
I have worked with Antero in the past and have always had a successful working relationship with them. They have offices in Ellenboro and if you call them, I am certain they will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Didn't Anteros buy out Bluestone Energy and Hall's ?(the local driller out of Ellenboro, I believe.) I called Hall's office phone number awhile back to get a question answered about a proposed drill site. Never did get a callback when I left a message with the Anteros employee who was answering the phone number that I had dialed for Halls. I presume they are operating in the same office?

Are the big out-of-state drilling companies like Anteros coming into Doddridge and in some cases merging with local drillers, such as Halls to establish a quick and easy presence here?

Perhaps some other readers can share their experiences here with some of these drilling outfits such as Anteros and Halls.
penny for your thoughts

United States

#12 Sep 29, 2011
Drilling Victim wrote:
<quoted text>
They have been called. Several times. They don't return calls.
Had the same experience.
penny for your thoughts

United States

#13 Sep 29, 2011
TX Gas Compression Issues wrote:
(Bottom Line: Compressor stations are BAD NEWS!!!)
Read more:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php...
And EQT has one going in on RT 18 north of West Union.

The DEP had initially rejected EQT's permit earlier this summer based on the proposed emission levels that EQT had stated in their permit application. Some of you might know about this situation. There was a "window" of opportunity for concerned Doddridge citizens to contact the WV DEP to object to the proposed compressor station going in.

I was one of the people who contacted DEP to express concern after seeing the teeny tiny little ad that EQT placed in the newspaper to notify the public of their intent and to satisfy the legal notification qualifications. I needed my heavy-duty magnifying reading glasses to read the fine print on the notification ad since the font and ad size was so tiny. hahhaa

Still, I wrote my letter of concern to the DEP.... and included in the reply I received from someone was the following content:

....."Since the publication of the legal ad and the review of their application, EQT will be installing more efficient catalysts to reduce emissions from the compressor engines to comply with state rules for the type of permit that they have. This facility is a rather large station but with the improved controls in place, they will meet all state and federal regulations."

So you all can look for that RT 18 EQT compressor station to be a part of our future here in Doddridge Co.

Notice the words "state rules" .... I'd much rather have the monitoring of drilling activities be handled by the federal environmental protection agency instead of the state of WV, wouldn't you?
Antero In The News

Hyattsville, MD

#14 Sep 30, 2011
Aspen law firm files class-action lawsuit against Antero over Battlement drilling

http://coloradoindependent.com/94708/aspen-la...

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Law360, New York (July 21, 2011, 4:41 PM ET)-- Six members of a residential community in Colorado launched a putative class action Wednesday alleging that Antero Resources Corp.'s drilling activities at a nearby natural gas well were polluting their land and threatening their health.

http://www.law360.com/energy/articles/259538

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NYC law firm that handled World Trade Center case eyes natural gas drilling in Garfield County

http://coloradoindependent.com/74221/nyc-law-...

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Lawsuit against Antero to be filed Thursday in Denver
Alleges gas drilling activities caused Silt Mesa family to flee their home

http://www.postindependent.com/article/201103...

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Antero ups Marcellus stake

http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article280...

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Antero In The News

Hyattsville, MD

#15 Sep 30, 2011
Paul Rady, Chairman and CEO of Antero commented that "We are pleased to announce this strategic transaction with Bluestone Energy Partners that significantly adds to our Marcellus Shale acreage position in the heart of the southwest core area of the play. Sam Ross, Mike Hall and the Bluestone team have created quite a valuable asset in the play and we congratulate them on their success. We appreciate their confidence in Antero as exhibited by their equity position in Antero going forward. We are also excited to have the opportunity to integrate a number of Bluestone people into the Antero organization as we continue to build our operations in West Virginia."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/anter...
Quiet Observer

United States

#16 Sep 30, 2011
All you folks who are posting these useful links about the impact of these out-of-state drilling companies here in Doddridge might want to consider sending them to www.doddridgenews.com The editor of the e-news site is looking to find a volunteer who will serve as the editor for a column that will post drilling news, updates and article links from other news feeds that cover the Marcellus news affecting Doddridge County. Anyone interested in doing your part to help with the awareness campaign?
Marcellus In The News

Hyattsville, MD

#20 Oct 14, 2011
"Dominion Resources wants to export gas from Marcellus Shale
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa.(AP)ó An energy company is seeking federal approval to allow exports of liquefied natural gas from the booming Appalachian drilling industry, saying that the nationís natural gas supply is outpacing demand.

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources Inc. announced last week that it has applied to the Department of Energy to allow 1 billion cubic feet per day to be exported through a terminal it owns in Maryland. The application, filed Sept. 1, seeks permission for the exports of liquefied natural gas to any country with which the United States does not prohibit trade, the company said."

More:
http://www.oneidadispatch.com/articles/2011/1...
Marcellus In The News

Hyattsville, MD

#21 Oct 14, 2011
NY Times...
"In Fish-Kill Mystery, EPA Scientist Points at Shale Drilling

Two years after Dunkard Creek suffered one of the worst fish kills ever in West Virginia or Pennsylvania, the reason for the chemical changes that spawned it remain a mystery.

U.S. EPA has ended its investigation and pointed the finger at a local coal mine, Blacksville No. 2, and entered a multimillion-dollar settlement with the owner, Consol Energy Inc."

More:
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/10/12/12gre...

But the lead EPA biologist on the case has challenged that idea, saying that the most likely explanation for the fish kill involves the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.
Quiet Observer

United States

#22 Oct 14, 2011
Keep up the good work monitoring the news about Marcellus drilling! Seems like the message is getting out more and more and the (out-of-state) drillers are scrambling to get their permits in before WV legislature finally catches on as the other Marcellus states did long ago. This type of drilling is not proven safe yet and we have too much to lose to just blindly plow forward!!! Let's get all that research out in the open.
99 percenter

Frisco, TX

#24 Oct 14, 2011
Quiet Observer wrote:
Keep up the good work monitoring the news about Marcellus drilling! Seems like the message is getting out more and more and the (out-of-state) drillers are scrambling to get their permits in before WV legislature finally catches on as the other Marcellus states did long ago. This type of drilling is not proven safe yet and we have too much to lose to just blindly plow forward!!! Let's get all that research out in the open.


My opinion is that the legislature in WV doesn't even try to hide the fact that they are little more than the whores of the 1%.(read that as big energy in this case) I would be shocked to see them do anything real to help the average citizen.
More Drilling to come

Hyattsville, MD

#25 Oct 14, 2011
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/12/sha...

Reuters FACTBOX:(Utica shale)
Oct 12 (Reuters)- Oil companies are scrambling to drill in the Utica shale, a new, unconventional oil hub in eastern Ohio that some say has more potential than other U.S. shale plays.

Eight companies have started seeking cheap, domestic oil in the Buckeye state and secured drilling permits for more than 80 oil and gas wells since December 2009, data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows.

The companies will likely use hydraulic fracturing technology, which has unlocked huge shale gas and oil reserves in fields from North Dakota to Texas, on the shale rock in Utica.

The technology involves blasting tight rock with chemical-laced water and sand, a controversial practice that fostered a boom in neighboring Pennsylvania but is subject to a moratorium in New York state.

No clear evidence exists on the potential of the play, however, as only a few wells have been drilled and no independent reserve estimates are available.

Nonetheless, the Utica shale has captured U.S. oil companies' imagination, especially since the start of the third quarter, when Chesapeake Energy Corp called the oil and gas field "economically superior" to the Eagle Ford prospect in south Texas.

Chesapeake plans to have eight rigs operating in Utica by the end of this year and hopes to find a joint-venture partner this month.

Early in September, Hess Corp entered a $593 million joint-venture agreement with Consol Energy to develop the latter's shale assets in the prospect. Official records show Consol obtained drilling permits for two horizontal and one vertical wells in June and August.

Anadarko , among the latest entrants, acquired permits for six wells in Utica in September.
The following is a list of well permits the Ohio Department of Natural Resources had granted to oil companies as of the week to Sept. 25, 2011.

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