All things pertaining to Middlesex Twp gas drilling activities or lack thereof.

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Common Pleas Judge Marilyn Horan on Wednesday said the plaintiffs failed to associate various allegations with specific defendants and gave Dewey Homes & Investment Properties and the property owners 20 days to amend their lawsuit

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I believe this one is probably dead in the water. 

The appeal on the zoning is apparently still dragging out.  That is the one that really matters.   

That'll get appealed

Curious to see if anyone else has watched the Butler county commissioner's debate.  Michael Badges Canning is running on the green ticket and he seems like a very angry candidate.   All the other candidates are calm when speaking and he just seems hostile about every topic.   He  talks about the Marcellus Shale when the question asked do not pertain to the Marcellus Shale.  He even stated "I hate to keep bringing up this fracking issue"  I would not want this man representing Butler county.  Scary!

An article found about the landowners lawsuit.


Last month MDN told you that a county judge in Butler County, PA dismissed a lawsuit brought by a business and group of Middlesex Township landowners against two Big Green groups and four anti-fossil fuel parents from the Mars School District–whom we refer to as the Martians (see Landowners’ Countersuit Against Martians Tossed by Obama Judge). MDN reported the lawsuit was dismissed based on a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story which interviewed one of the lawyers for the Martians, from the anti-American American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU flack said the case was dismissed and we figured he must know how courts work, so we believed it. Our mistake. The unquestioning Post-Gazette reporter also bought the lies pedaled by the ACLU lawyer. What really happened was this: The judge said the case will be dismissed IF a more specific case is not filed within 20 days. Guess what? A new case was filed and (so far) the lawsuit against Delaware Riverkeeper and the Clean Air Council (both of Philly, on the other side of the state) as well as against the Martians, is still alive…

Appears to be a small rig working at the Geyer pad.

Wonder if they are just going to drill the down hole or continue on with the horizontals?

Gas prices being what they are and I don't believe a pipeline is in place yet, I dunno.

If I am correct, the down hole will be enough to hold the leases.

Cheers

it should be enough for now but most leases will have a continuous operations clause which puts an operator on a schedule usually a 120 day period between operations to keep the leases (and pooled unit) alive. Also I think the big rig will come soon after, and then the completions crews are so cheap compared to 5 years ago, plus I thought I heard that pipe has been ready, wasn't there a line that was north of 228 didn't it go across 228 and rt 8? So I bet they will just need the pipe from the pad north to connect into that already existing line. 

Sure the market prices are crappy but operators either have to stretch out the operations per the terms of the leases or sit on them and just keep renewing them but renewals costs have dropped so much too, but on the flip side once gas is flowing and your getting your royalty with gas prices barely a dollar a mcf those royalties really aren't that great. Lessors and operators are not in good position in the current economy. 

Have not put an eyeball on this yet, but I have heard work has started on the pipe line from the Geyer well.

If I recall correctly it will cross 228 somewhere near Ball's bend and then on to near the Kennedy Pad.

I believe all the ROW had been obtained and permit approved before all the kerfluffel about the Geyer well.

Prices are low but they must need to hold the leases ect.

Have you seen any work being done?  I was told a few weeks ago the pipeline between the Geyer and Kennedy wells is to start sometime this week.  They will begin at either end and meet in the middle. They have been marking areas where they will need to do turns in the line but I haven't seen any work in my area.

SENT ON BEHALF OF DAVID J. SPIGELMYER, PRESIDENT

 

MSC Members and Advocates,

 

As you may be aware, Middlesex Township has been involved in a two-year legal battle over the township’s oil and natural gas ordinance.

 

This fight has already cost local taxpayers more than $100,000. Drilling opponents originally appealed Middlesex’s drilling ordinance to the township’s Zoning Hearing Board in October 2014, followed by an appeal in Butler County Common Pleas Court in June 2015, and they lost in both cases. They have now taken that appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

In May 2015, more than a dozen landowners in Adams and Middlesex townships filed a lawsuit against a small number of residents and their eastern Pennsylvania-based supporters, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Philadelphia Clean Air Council, seeking damages as their actions have delayed drilling from taking place which are negatively impacting the value of leaseholders’ oil and natural gas.

 

An important hearing will take place on Thursday, May 19, before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Yeager.  This hearing has the ability to affect the rights of property owners throughout the Commonwealth.

 

We encourage you and your friends to join our fellow natural gas development supporters outside the Butler County Courthouse this Thursday at 1:00 PM for a rally. 

 

Thank you for standing strong on behalf of our industry.

 

Best Regards,

 

Dave Spigelmyer

President

Marcellus Shale Coalition

 

Post card sent by Huntley and Huntley to leaseholders in Middlesex Township :

 

Please Attend May 19 Court Hearing to Support Natural Gas Drilling in Adams/Middlesex Townships

 

Dear Leaseholder:

 

As you know, Middlesex Township has been involved in a two-year legal battle over the township’s oil and natural gas ordinance.  This fight has already cost local taxpayers more than $100,000. Drilling opponents originally appealed Middlesex’s drilling ordinance to the township’s Zoning Hearing Board in October 2104, followed by an appeal in Butler County Common Pleas Court in June 2015, and they lost in both cases. They have now taken that appeal to the state Supreme Court. 

 

 

In May 2015, more than a dozen landowners in Adams and Middlesex townships filed a lawsuit against a small number of residents and their eastern Pennsylvania-based supporters, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Philadelphia Clean Air Council, seeking damages due to the fact that their actions have delayed drilling from taking place and are negatively impacting the value of leaseholders’ oil and natural gas.

 

An important hearing will take place on Thursday, May 19 at 2:00 PM before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Yeager to hear arguments on the case filed by local landowners seeking to protect the property right of people who have leased their land for drilling.  We encourage you to participate in this hearing by doing the following:

 

Join your fellow natural gas development supporters outside the courthouse at 1:00 PM for a brief rally.

            Walk to Courtroom #3 at 1:15 PM to establish a strong presence of drilling supporters outside the courtroom.

         

Huntley & Huntley strongly supports the efforts of these property owners who have taken legal action to protect your property rights.  Please try to join us this Thursday at 1:00 PM outside of the Butler County Courthouse for this important hearing.

 

Sincerely,

 

Huntley & Huntley

Your Natural Gas Development Partner

Unable to attend so please let us know what happens. 

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