Plans, Reports and Studies–Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board

Plans, Reports and StudiesCentral New York Regional Planning and Development Board


Marcellus Shale Report, October 2010

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MarcellusGas.Org Home Page

MarcellusGas.Org Home Page.

Marcellus Shale exploration produces gas, money, controversy and happy statisticians.

The thicket of data tracking Pennsylvania’s drilling surge is compiled and stored by different federal and state agencies in various places online and on paper. A Susquehanna County-based website aims to merge it and present it in a meaningful way.

Carl Hagstrom founded MarcellusGas.Org in mid-2010 after conducting his own frustrating search for relevant information about the gas extraction boom around his Jessup Twp. home and business. Pieces of data were available across “two dozen” places online, he found, but it was “really, really tedious” to find and required a fairly high level of computer skills “and patience.”

“If I could find the information in the manner that I wanted to see it then I thought there would probably be other people that felt the same way,” he said.

He had experience with web development from his partnership in Woodweb, an industrial woodworking site that has been running for more than a decade.

MarcellusGas.Org is a subscription site that costs $20 annually for full access. A free guest membership offers a limited number of views.

The data is primarily arranged by well site. Pick the Redmond well pad in Meshoppen, for example, and you will find that seven wells have been permitted at the site, two of which produced about $11.4 million worth of gas through June 2012 – the most recent state reporting period. State Department of Environmental Protection officials have inspected the site 23 times and found two violations; the inspectors’ notes are incorporated into the report.

Select one of the producing wells on the pad, the Redmond 5H, and you will find the names of the chemical additives used to frack it, the process of injecting high-pressure fluid into the rock to release the gas.

A digital copy of the map filed with the state showing where the well was drilled and where it bores horizontally underground is available for $10. The map, plus pages of permit information on file at the regional DEP office, is available for $25.

The copied documents come from in-person visits Hagstrom or one of the other five people who work on the site make to a regional DEP office in Williamsport. In early December, the site had nearly 10,000 maps available for download.

MarcellusGas.Org graphs, maps and packages searchable databases in dozens of ways by county, company, township and state. In all, the site pulls together about 2 million separate pieces of data and adds more each week, Hagstrom said.

The team also sorts out big-picture interpretations of the data. In regular email updates, Hagstrom describes how “our statistics team” or “our development team” or “our programmers” have mined the information to estimate how long it will take for the state to issue permits for all of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale acreage at the 2011 rate (until 2088) or the average lifetime royalty that will be paid on one acre until all available gas has been extracted from it ($25,000).

“A real challenge, and what I think we’re doing fairly well is presenting that deluge of data in a way that makes sense,” he said.

The site is designed for people who own property in Pennsylvania or are interested in researching gas-related information about a parcel, like Realtors or investors. It is ad-free and strives for objectivity.

Hagstrom said he has found that certain information is coveted.

“For every two people that are interested in the non-monetary aspects of the information,” he said, “there are eight that are interested in the money.”

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RWMA Newsletter – Fracking Special Edition 2012.


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Website compiles research on Marcellus Shale boom impact – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Website compiles research on Marcellus Shale boom impact – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Capitol Pressroom for May 24, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

The Capitol Pressroom for May 24, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.


The Governor promised to create a tax reform and fairness commission.   Today, two activists ask when he’ll be rolling it out.  Robert McKeon of TREND, Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess & Ronald Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, both members of the Omnibus will join me.


Several groups who aren’t fans of the Cuomo administration’s education policies have formed a new coalition.  We speak with Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education & coalition member Doug Wyant, Jr.,  Superintendent of Schools, Hornell City School District about what they are pushing the Governor to do.


**warning**warning**math ahead**slow down**warning**warning**it’ll be okay**take a breath**


One of the reasons uranium 238 is considered so dangerous is that its half-life is 4.4 billion years.
In human practical terms, the stuff never goes away.


Radon, which is found in natural gas, has a half-life of almost 4 days (3.8).   This means that over 4 days, 50% of a unit of radon will be shed away.  In 8 days, 50% more will shed, leaving 25% of the original unit.    The EPA says the “airborne action level” (aka, the time to DO something) to trigger radiation clean-up is 4 picoCuries per liter.  This means in 4 days, 2 of those picoCuries of radon will dissipate.  After 8 days, 1 more of those picoCuries of radon will dissipate.


Most of the natural gas that arrives in the homes of people living in NYC travels for about a week up from the gulf coast allowing it to shed over half of its radiation.  What if New Yorkers start getting gas from the Marcellus?  The travel time is only ½ a day, not long enough for the radiation to shed.


What’s this mean?  Today we speak with two people who will explain this to us in lay language:  Attorney Jeff Zimmerman for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc. and NYH2O, Inc., and Dr. Larysa Dryszka, a former Director of Pediatrics at Holy Name Hospital as well as a steering committee member for the Damascus Citizens.


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Industry Website Terms SUNY Fracked Gas Deal an “Ironic Twist” | Artvoice Daily

Industry Website Terms SUNY Fracked Gas Deal an “Ironic Twist” | Artvoice Daily.

Marcellus_Radon (application/pdf Object)

Marcellus_Radon (application/pdf Object).

Breaking Up with the Sierra Club | Orion Magazine

Breaking Up with the Sierra Club | Orion Magazine.




Greenbrier Marcellus Fracking Conference Open to Reporters – With One Exception
26 Corporate Crime Reporter 12, March 15, 2012

Obama’s backing of shale gas aimed at voters in Marcellus region

Obama’s backing of shale gas aimed at voters in Marcellus region.