Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale is a black shale formation that is located beneath the Appalachian basin and most of Pennsylvania. Considered to be one of the largest sources of natural gas in America, there is great interest surrounding the economic potential of drilling in the Marcellus Shale. However there are also serious environmental concerns. The Council’s Marcellus Shale Program tracks a wide variety of air quality issues associated with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus formation.
Regulatory Compliance:
The Council will examine the natural gas drilling process in Pennsylvania to identify sources of emissions and to ensure that each emission source is adequately regulated at the federal and state level. The Council will also identify best management practices and best available technologies that will be incorporated into future regulations.
Bureaucratic Improvement:
The Council will compare air regulations and policies of the Pennsylvania DEP’s various regional offices to ensure enforcement of regulations and to advocate for consistency where necessary. The Council will review and track issued permits to ensue that regional offices are applying policies and regulations as required.
Public Participation:
The Council is committed to interacting with community members about shale-related activities and regulations. The Council maintains a database of interested local officials, media, NGOs, and residents interested in getting email alerts and updates on Marcellus Shale developments. The Council has a constant presence at community meetings and industry conferences to stay at the front line of this emerging natural gas play.

Clean Air Council ("Council") hereby submits the following comments in response to the
Application of Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (“DCP”) to the Maryland Public Service
Commission (“Commission”) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”)
to construct a Generating Station with a Name-Plate Capacity of 130 megawatts (“MW”) at the
Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) Terminal in Calvert County, Maryland.
The comment period was originally to end March 3, 2014 but was then extended to April 2,
2014.2 These comments are timely submitted.

The West Goshen Township Zoning Hearing Board is holding a public meeting April 3rd 7PM to decide whether to grant Sunoco Logistics a height exemption to build a pumping station at 1261 Boot Road. Please feel free to contact the Council for information on commenting and carpooling to this important zoning board hearing.

W. Goshen Residents Upset with Gas Pump Station Proposal

On January 25 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published Penn State's plan to build two natural gas-fired boilers as well to convert two old coal boilers to natural gas. The following DEP official is currently accepting comments on this proposal. 

Northcentral Region: Air Quality Program, 208 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

The Natural Gas Act requires that a natural gas company receive a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before it constructs or expands any of its facilities that are under FERC jurisdiction. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FERC must prepare a detailed statement on the environmental impact of their decision to issue or deny the certificate.

 Last spring the Pennsylvania Citizen's Advisory Council called for suggestions from the public for improving public participation in the developing new environmental regulations and policies. The Clean Air Council submitted detailed comments