Information for an Informed Citizenry

Here is a link to a three part series on the Marcellus Shale Gas Play. The fellow speaking is Tony Ingraffea. He has a PhD in rock -fracture mechanics and is from Cornell University.

http://essentialdissent.blogspot.com/search?q=ingraffea

Prof. from Cornell to speak about Drilling Impacts for NY

Professor Anthony Ingraffea, nationally recognized Cornell University researcher, to speak in Vestal, NY about Natural Gas Drilling

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 31, 7 PM, Free and open to the public.
WHERE: Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Parkway,Vestal, NY

Residents concerned about natural gas drilling in New York State are invited to the first meeting of NY Residents Against Drilling
(NYRAD) on Wednesday March 31, 7PM, at the Vestal Public Library, located at 320 Vestal Parkway.

Professor Anthony Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University, will speak on “The Marcellus Gas Shale Play: Information for an Informed Citizenry.”   Prof. Ingraffea will talk about  the technology, development and impact of horizontal natural gas drilling and slick water hydrofracking
in the Marcellus Shale. There will be a Q&A session.

Professor Ingraffea has been a principal investigator on R&D projects from the National Science Foundation, NASA, FAA, Kodak, IBM, Schlumberger, and the Gas Research Institute. His research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.

If you care about the future of the Triple Cities & Central NY, become
involved. Learn about the impact of drilling natural gas wells in Broome County and the surrounding area, a process that could start soon after the New York Department of Environmental Conservation gives its approval. Following Professor Ingraffea’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to write to state representatives urging them to enact a ban on unconventional drilling for natural gas in New York State.
For more information call 607-341-7842

Natural Gas: Not as clean as you think

Just in case you’ve seen the television ads being run by ANGA (America’s Natural Gas Alliance) and think they are telling you the whole story….here’s some of the other side.

http://wilderness.org/content/natural-gas-not-clean-you-think

Gas drilling using best management practices

From the Resposible Drilling Alliance:
The Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project has published a best management practices guide for their state’s oil and gas development. This could be a model for state’s newly under pressure for unconventional shale drilling – like Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia.
According to this guide,

“The challenge facing Texas now is not whether to increase fossil fuel production — energy companies are already on a record-setting pace as they accelerate development.
Rather, the challenge facing us today is how to protect our landowner rights, clean water, air and public health in the face of rapid energy development…


To read the article , click here:

http://earthworksaction.org/publications.cfm?pubID=444

To read the publication on best oil & gas development practices in Texas, click here: http://earthworksaction.org/pubs/Drill_Right_Texas_FINAL.pdf

Gas vs Wine

In New York state’s Marcellus Shale region the Keuka Wine Trail may soon get a new neighbor: a disposal facility for toxic brine flowback from natural gas drilling. In his latest column about drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation, journalist Peter Mantius of Burdett writes that local government officials may face tough calls over which to favor: the natural gas industry or the wine industry….

To read the article, click here

http://www.odessafile.com/features-Mantius7.html

The domestic drilling backlash

http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/02/news/economy/drilling/index.htm

This article and the video half way down the page are a good example of what most local residents to drill areas are thinking about right now. The concerns coming up in the video and article are the same people have been discussing for the past months but the video clip also does a good job of pointing out some other impacts that are often overlooked.  The influx of workers and what they means for businesses and small towns. I know in Mansfield, PA the price of a plate of fries has increased quite a bit in the past month. My guess is that the restaurant (I won’t say which one) has seen more gas workers coming in and has decided to charge more for their food, but where does this leave the local residents who eat want to  eat out?

I also believe the comment about “slowing things down” is a pretty good goal. At this point, we are not going to stop the drilling and our country is so energy hungry and unwilling to make large scale changes on the short term basis that we probably don’t have many options as far as “to drill or not to drill?” goes. But, if the industry was willing to go slower and the state was willing to make regulations that required them to do just that, it would give scientists and homeowners alike a chance to determine exactly what is at stake and maybe some better decisions would start being made.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Gas Development Resource

http://gasleasing.cce.cornell.edu/index.html

This site provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Gas Development Resource Center has a lot of good info on it. Most of the events are old but the info about them is still there and as you scroll down the page there are links to other resources as well as explanations of answers to a lot of the questions that local residents have. If you are just starting to get involved with educating yourself or others on this topic it’s a great site to check out.