Marcellus Shale Field - Natural Gas Formation Location Marcellus Shale Formation New York
The Marcellus Shale is located in the following New York counties:
NY: Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Steuben,
Chemung, Tioga, Deleware, Greene, Sullivan, Ulster, Schoharie, Otsego, Chenanago, Cortland, Tompkins, Schuyler, Seneca, Yates,
Ontario, Livingston, Wyoming, Erie, Broome. Looking for a Job in the Marcellus Shale?
The Marcellus Shale, located in New York, is a large natural gas field in the form of shale rock. This shale is located deep below the
earth's surface and when fractured, can produce a large amount of Natural Gas. As of early 2009, drilling has been
put on hold due the the NY DEC review of regulations.
New York is one of several
states that is home to the Marcellus Shale. Natural gas drilling can be found along the southern border of the state
of NY. As some of you might know, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Formation of New York comes with risks.
Over one billion gallons of water are used from this area to serve New York City and other portions of New York each day.
The Department of Environment Conservation ( DEC ) has issued strict drilling guidlines for companies
involved in the Marcellus Shale. Some people are even calling for a ban on drilling in New York ( or atleast the watershed
portion ) due to the potential hazards it could have on the states water supply.
How is a Marcellus
Shale well drilled? Drillers buy mineral rights leases from landowners. The driller then begins to drill
a well after a permit is approved. Some new shale gas drilling techniques involve slick water fracturing. A nice
cocktail of water, sand, and harmful chemicals are sprayed at the shale rock at high pressures in order to fracture the shale.
The natural gas is then released and the toxic water is then pumped out of the ground. What residents and state officials
fear is that these harmful chemicals will find their way into the aquifer, causing serious water contamination. Not
all companies use this slick water fracturing method. Some companies are actually testing air fracturing simulation.
This type of drilling would be a great fit for the New York section of the Marcellus Shale!
of Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act:
Questions have been raised about whether certain specific exemptions or exclusions in federal law
prevent the Department from regulating Marcellus Shale well drilling and hydraulic fracturing. They do not. As explained below,
the Department retains full authority to regulate these activities to prevent pollution and to protect the environment and
public health and safety. Full Article Here
Final Scope for Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution
Mining Regulatory Program
Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic
Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
The Department of Environmental
Conservation is responsible for regulating the development and production of oil and gas resources in New York State. Natural
gas exploration and production companies, and mineral rights owners, are interested in developing a potentially significant
gas resource in the Marcellus Shale through the use of horizontal drilling and a hydraulic fracturing technique known as "slick
water fracturing." This technique requires large volumes of water. The Department has identified the action of well permit
issuance when high-volume hydraulic fracturing is proposed as one which requires further review under the State Environmental
Quality Review Act ("SEQRA") Full Article Here
New York Mineral Rights
- Marcellus Shale
The Marcellus Shale has been a hot spot for landowners living
in southern New York. Some homeowners who own their land have been approached by oil & gas companies and asked to lease their mineral rights. Owners not only receive a mineral rights bonus, they also receive royalty payments from natural gas extracted
from the Marcellus Shale. Although natural gas prices have fallen in 2009, mineral rights activity is still happening
but at a lower amount. There seems to be less landbrokers from a year ago.
Rights Leasing: In New York, prices are going for $150-$300 per acre ( up to $4000 ) depending on where you live.
Bradford, PA is a sweet spot and could extend up into the Chemung, Tioga County area in NY.