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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania

The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw a little bit of action over the last week, and so did the Pennsylvania’s report on Marcellus Shale development in state forests.

Back in 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” Last Thursday, the DCNR released an updated report on shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests that covers all the way through 2014.

Secretary Cindy Dunn commented on the DCNR’s latest forest update:

As part of its overarching goal of ensuring sustainability of Pennsylvania’s forests, DCNR established this program to monitor, evaluate, and report on the impacts of shale-gas development … It aims to provide objective and credible information.

According to the new report, drilling is occurring in seven “core gas” forest areas, those include Sproul, Susquehannock, Elk, Moshannon, Tioga, Loyalsock and Tiadaghton. The DCNR says that since beginning of shale development, 1,674 acres of forest in the core areas have been converted into “non-forest.”

To read the full story regarding Pennsylvania’s state forests and Marcellus Shale development, click here.

The following information is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and covers July 20th through July 26th.

New: 11

Renewed: 8

Top Counties by Number of Permits

Greene: 9

Bradford: 4

Warren: 3

Susquehanna: 2

Potter: 1

Top Companies by Number of Permits

VANTAGE ENERGY APPALACHIA LLC: 7

CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA LLC: 6

GAS & OIL MGMT ASSN INC: 3

US ENERGY EXPLORATION CORP: 2

TENASKA RES LLC: 1

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