Author Archives: Gary E. Slagel

Health Impacts From Shale Gas Development – Many Studies Are Inconclusive

A favorite tactic and an often used assertion made by the anti-fracing groups is that there are documented health impacts associated with those living near and around unconventional oil and gas activities. The alleged health impacts include cancer, asthma, headaches, nose bleeds and birth related issues.  A June, 2017 report by Resources for the Future… Read More »

Environmentalism and Financial Risk – The New Battlefront

While environmental activists continue to challenge federal and state governments and agencies over their control and regulation of fossil fuels – particularly any actions they perceive as lessening restrictions on the development and use of fossil fuels – other tactics are becoming favored options – hitting the industry in the pocketbook.   These tactics include: Persuading… Read More »

PA General Air Permits for Natural Gas Operations – A Future of More Delays

Back in January of this year I posted an article on this site that reviewed the PA DEP’s plans for initiating a new general air permit to address methane emissions from natural gas facilities.  This proposal called for an elimination of the existing Exemption 38 for future facilities and replacing it with a new GP-5A. … Read More »

Environmental Activism and Social Protests – Is the Truth Dead?

In a country so divided on so many issues and with so much information available from so many sources it is hard to discern fact from fiction.  The recent revelations by and about “fake news” mongers, who populate the internet with misinformation, either for fun, profit or to advance their own cause, should not surprise… Read More »

PA DEP – A New General Permit for Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Operations

At the December meeting of the DEP’s Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, representatives from the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality presented the committee with some proposed changes they are planning to address methane emissions from natural gas operations.  Specifically, the DEP is proposing to revise its existing general permit program to regulate emissions from new… Read More »

Another PA Supreme Court Decision Affecting Oil and Gas Operations

September 28, 2016 was another tough day for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the PA Department of Environmental Resources and the PA General Assembly as the Commonwealth’s highest court called into question portions of PA Act 13 of 2012, the Oil and Gas Act.  While legal minds are still reading and interpreting the 88 page… Read More »

PA DEP Chapter 78 Rules for Conventional Wells – Gone But Not Forgotten

In late June of this year Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 279.  This enactment, now known as Act 52 of 2016, created the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Development Advisory Council.  This seventeen member council will oversee DEP actions and policies that impact conventional oil and gas activities.  However and more importantly for the Commonwealth’s conventional… Read More »

Federal Agencies’ Assault the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

At a recent Congressional Call-Up organized by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), participating company representatives were briefed by IPAA staff on key federal issues impacting the oil and natural gas industry.  The thrust of the briefing, which would be the nucleus of our comments delivered to members of Congress later that day, focused… Read More »

Pennsylvania’s Plans For Controlling Methane Emissions From Shale Gas Operations

On January 20th Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley hosted a webinar to announce the steps his department will take to control methane emissions associated with unconventional natural gas activities in the Commonwealth. He outlined an aggressive plan he and Governor Wolf believe is necessary to reduce Pennsylvania’s contribution of greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More »

PA Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Report – Hoping for the Best

A significant issue impacting the pricing and movement of shale gas in Pennsylvania is the lack of sufficient pipeline capacity to move the gas to markets, primarily those on the East Coast. It is reported that nearly 2000 unconventional wells remain shut in due to the inability to move the gas to a point of… Read More »