Marcellus Shale Task Force

Mission Statement:

"The Pike County Marcellus Shale Task Force is a Commissioner appointed standing committee established in October, 2010 to build capacity for addressing current and future issues and opportunities related to Marcellus Shale activity in Pike County."

TASK FORCE GOALS

  • Create a framework within which the County through planning, education, cooperation, and communication can address issues of concern and opportunities related to Marcellus Shale gas activity in Pike County - minimizing negative impacts and ensuring that positive impacts are fully realized;
  • Provide a communication network;
  • Coordinate education and outreach and serve as a key point of contact for the County on Marcellus;
  • Build capacity and key leadership capabilities to deal with topics such as emergency response, planning, environment, roads and infrastructure, and economic development;
  • Provide guidance to the County Commissioners on Marcellus issues and opportunities;
  • Provide fact-based information for taking action and making effective decisions.

    For more information please contact jboysen@pikepa.org.

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    Information

    FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry - The FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry, a project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission offers information on hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals used during this process. Participating gas companies have placed their wells on an interactive map that disclose information regarding that specific well, including drilling depth, chemicals used, and quantity of water needed.

    Penn State Electronic Field Guide - The Penn State Electronic Field Guide offers insights to landowners on all aspects of the natural gas exploration process, including gas leases, best management practices, invasive plant management, site restoration, and links to additional information. The site is also accessible on mobile devices, offering an easy reference to those needing answers while in the field.

    PA Department of Environmental Protection: Office of Oil and Gas Management

    PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Marcellus and Utica Geologies

    PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Foresty

    Penn State Cooperative Extensions

    Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)

     

    The Pike County Marcellus Shale Task Force will meet as needed in 2014:

     

    For information on upcoming meetings of the various MSTF Committees, please contact the Pike County Planning Office at 570-296-3500.

     

    Pennsylvania Act 13 of 2012 -Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1950, a compromise bill between the Pennsylvania House and Senate into law on February 14, 2012 as Act 13. The law includes zoning provisions, distribution of an impact fee, as well as setback, bonding, and permitting requirements.

    Pennsylvania Utilities Commission (PUC) Act 13 Website
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Act 13 Website
    County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Analysis and Resources

    HB1950 Compromise Legislation - Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 1950, a compromise bill between the Pennsylvania House and Senate into law on February 14, 2012 as Act 13. The law includes zoning provisions, distribution of an impact fee, as well as setback, bonding, and permitting requirements.

    Act 13 Frequently Asked Questions - Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission produced this guide to Act 13 (formerly known as HB1950).

    CCAP Analysis of Act 13 - The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) produced this analysis of Act 13.

    DRBC Issues Draft Gas Regulations - The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is a regional body that manages the water use in the Delaware River and its tributaries by the surrounding states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This interstate commission has been in place since 1961 to ensure that each state equal representation in managing the Delaware River. The commission is governed through its five members: the four state governors, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal representative. Given the significant quantities of water required in the hydraulic fracturing process, as well as the potential for water quality pollution downstream, the DRBC has been in the process of updating its regulations on natural gas drilling. A moratorium on all gas drilling within the basin has been in place since 2010 as the DRBC finalizes and approves these new regulations. The Delaware River Basin Commission released draft natural gas regulations for the Delaware River Watershed in late 2010. Numerous public hearings were held and a public comment period was open until April 15, 2011, resulting in 69,000 public comments. The Commission released its revised natural gas regulations on November 8, 2011, with a vote scheduled for November 21, 2011 at a special meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission. On November 18, the Commission announced the postponement of this meeting. No new meeting dates have been scheduled.

    Court Rulings (Land Use and Natural Gas Drilling)

    Borough of Oakmont Ruling

    Salem Township Ruling

    County of Fayette Ruling

     

    In March 2009, DEP removed County Conservation Districts from the Permitting process of Natural Gas Drilling Activities. See the below PDF's for more information:

    DEP Memo

    Pike County Commissioners Response

    Pike County Conservation District Response

    The Task Force will continually upload educational tools for our citizens benefit. Please visit frequently to keep updated on the Marcellus Shale Issue. Please check our links below:

     

    Utica Shale Information: The Marcellus Shale is not the only underlying bedrock in Northeast Pennsylvania that has the potential to contain natural gas and other fuel products. The Utica Shale, located beneath the Marcellus has been shown to be viable in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Due to its depth in this area of Pennsylvania, exploration of the Utica will depend upon market demand for natural gas, as well as the technology required to viably reach these depths.

    Horizontal Drilling Process Video

    A Landowner's Guide to Financial Management

    A Landowner's Guide to Leasing

    What Local Government Officials Need to Know

    Penn State Cooperative Extension Webinars

    DNCR GIS Analysis on the Leasing of State Lands

     

    PA DEP Educational Tools

    Marcellus FAQ's

    Presentation from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Annual Conference

     

    Other PA County Task Force Websites

    Task Force Representatives

    Pike County Commissioners

    Pike County Conservation District

    Pike County Office of Community Planning

    Pike County Municipalities

    Pike County Economic Development Authority

    Pike County and Lake Region Chambers of Commerce

    Pike County Road Task Force

    Pike County Emergency Management

    Penn State Cooperative Extension

    PENN DOT

    Gas Company Representatives

    Citizen Representatives

    Committees

    Environment

    Economic Development

    Education and Outreach

    Planning/Government

    Public Safety

    Roads