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Preparing a pad

Chesapeake eyes Sandstone Shale, not Marcellus Shale

By TOM KANE

OREGON TOWNSHIP, PA—Chesapeake Appalachia is currently preparing a gas-drilling pad along Fox Hill Road in Oregon Township near Brill Road, about four miles north of Honesdale.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) told The River Reporter that the well is targeting a deposit called Sandstone shale and not the Marcellus Shale and does not require a large amount of water for drilling because the rock that holds the gas is not as dense. Because of this, DRBC was not approached for a water withdrawal permit.

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Household cleaners causing cancer?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

By SANDY LONG

UPPER DELAWARE REGION—It’s on the shelf in your favorite grocery store. And that woman looks so satisfied in that commercial as the soap scum peels off the grimy shower wall after she sprays that can of chemicals. So we can assume it’s safe to use in our homes, right? A look at the label should tell us. But a quick scan confirms one certainty: the label doesn’t even list your favorite household cleaner’s chemical constituents. So how is one to know?

Rights and Laws

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Millennium Pipeline agrees to fine, other penalty

DEC charges hundreds of violations

By FRITZ MAYER

ALBANY, NY—Millennium Pipeline has agreed to pay $200,000 in fines and to spend $1 million to pay for independent specialists to monitor the work of the company as it finishes work on the pipeline this spring and into next year.

The majority of the work on the pipeline, which runs through Delaware, Sullivan, Orange and five other counties was completed in 2008.

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