WATCH OUT, NEW YORK! List of first Marcellus wells identified for fracking…

Please note that the DEC’s website includes this line in the paragraph before the list: “These notices pertain to well spacing requirements only and do not necessarily mean that permits are ready to be issued.” http://www.dec.ny.gov/dmndata/Well_Reports/Unit_Spacing_SW_Rpt.html

Exclusive: First NY Marcellus Wells to be Drilled are Identified
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An astute MDN subscriber sent us a tip that the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) updated their “Notices of Intent to Issue Well Permits” web page last night at 7:00 pm (Feb 14, 2013). In the list of well permits they “intend” to issue are 43 Marcellus Shale wells and 1 Utica Shale well.

Does this mean DEC Commissioner Joe Martens is getting ready to accept the SGEIS and issue permits? We believe it’s still too early for optimism on that front. However, if New York does decide to move forward and issue drilling permits “within 10 days” after accepting the SGEIS drilling rules, it stands to reason the wells in this list will be the very first wells to receive permission to drill.

We’ve harvested the information for all of the “Intent to Issue” wells, looking up each latitude and longitude and translating it into a street address. We’ve also rearranged the information in an easier to scan and understand format. You won’t find this information anywhere else but on MDN …

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