June 23, 2011 —
Marcellus Shale expo set for June 25
The 2011 Northern Tier Marcellus Shale Business to Business Expo will be held Saturday at Alparon Park in Troy, PA. More than 300 exhibitors have registered. On Friday, the Northern Tier Marcellus Business Expo Committee will host key industry speakers at 7 p.m. at a free, public event at Troy High School. Speakers include Dan Stoner of Center Rock Inc. who will speak on the Chilean mine rescue and the future of drilling. John Felmy of American Petroleum Institute will speak on "The Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Resource -- A Real Game Changer for Pennsylvania." On Saturday, Mike Reid of Talisman Energy will give talks at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on how to become a vendor to the major gas companies. Visit https://ntmarcellusexpo.com  for more information.
PEC launches MarcellusFacts website
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has launched a new website aimed at organizing information on the Marcellus Shale. “MarcellusFacts” (www.marcellusfacts.org ) scours the Internet for news and information and aggregates it into an easy-to-read format. Source material is gathered from a variety of independent sources, such as Google News searches, RSS feeds and audited news sites, organized into a clear and concise format and displayed on a computer or smartphone. “Our goal in creating MarcellusFacts is to simplify the challenge of being well-informed on this issue and to make the people of Pennsylvania better participants in the public process of Marcellus Shale development.” says PEC president Paul M. King. PEC does not filter the content or provide any subjective commentary on any of the articles. MarcellusFacts also includes a Twitter feed from Pennsylvania Environmental Digest and is social media-enabled with Twitter and Facebook to allow for real-time discussions among users. There is no requirement to be a subscriber to MarcellusFacts; there is no charge for its use; and PEC does not accept advertising for the site. MarcellusFacts was developed with the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.
United Methodists call for drilling tax, full disclosure
United Methodists from Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania have voted for a temporary hold on gas drilling until better regulations are in place and full disclosure of chemicals used in the process. The Marcellus Shale resolution was discussed during the second annual conference session of the newly formed Susquehanna Conference, held June 8 to 11 at Messiah College. The Susquehanna Conference includes communities from Williamsport to State College as well as other regions. It also states lawmakers should levy a tax on natural gas drilling and use the proceeds to reinforce roads and bridges impacted by the industry's heavy truck traffic.