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City Council hears about gas well lease

Municipally owned land could be included, energy businessman says

January 7, 2014

The city of Marietta could put extra cash in its coffers by leasing some municipal properties to a company planning to use hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas in the area's Marcellus and......

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Jan-08-14 10:15 AM

If fracking is safe to do in the county why not the city??..go for it, but no whining later when the money is gone and problems arise...

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Jan-08-14 8:39 AM

Don't worry when the money is gone the cancer will still be here.

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Jan-07-14 5:34 PM

Yep, censorship s*ucks ;)

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Jan-07-14 1:32 PM

I used a word that rhymes with CHUCK and it got censored???

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Jan-07-14 1:31 PM

Is this really right, or is SS Director Hupp just confused...."City Safety Director Jonathan Hupp noted that, whether or not the city participates in the lease, the horizontal hydraulic drilling will take place anyway because surrounding landowners are already agreeing to lease their properties to Protege."....really, if you refuse to sign a lease, the gas well folks just*****the gas out from under you for FREE? If so, why do they even approach all the landowners? I thought the lease setup had to be a CONTIGUOUS BLOCK of properties. Someone tell me it's not this simple.

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Jan-07-14 1:27 PM

I was sure thanking GOD for that solar energy heating my house when it was -4F last night!! NOT!

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Jan-07-14 11:49 AM

Put the lease money into a dedicated fund, for capital projects. Otherwise they'll just blow it. Don't waste it on solar--that's a boondoggle.

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Jan-07-14 11:03 AM

Mr. McCauley had better hurry up and make sure all of his wellhead protection legislation makes it through quickly, otherwise Marietta residents might be tasting something funny in their water. 99% of the time if there is revenue and profit in it, I say go for it, but I have personally witnessed what these wells can do to a water supply in Eastern PA, and I don't want that in lovely little Marietta.

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Jan-07-14 10:03 AM

It's going to be hard for the City Council to not accept the $166,250 from leasing the 35 acres for shale gas extraction. But once the lease money is spent and the royalties have diminished very significantly after a few years, what will we (and our progeny) be left with? I suggest that the city accept the cash and royalties and use half of the revenues to provide a more enduring (and environmentally friendly) energy production source: Solar Cells! Half of the lease money would install about 25 kilowatts of solar panels which would produce about 35,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year and save the city about $4,000/year for decades. Half of the royalty income (0.5% of the 17.5% of the well's revenue) could be spent on expanding the Photovoltaic system from its initial build-out. Shale gas resources are an economic boon to the region and they can provide a bridge to renewable energy when Earth's fossil fuels are depleted. Let's set an example for others to follow!

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