Thursday, May 3, 2012

More Blinding PA-NY Contrast:
Susquehanna Water Withdrawals

Another thousand-word picture of New York's so-far-bungled shale gas opportunity:  A February 2012 map from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, showing drill pad locations associated with approved water withdrawals — at least since the SRBC's regulatory apparatus was rolled out with limited theatrics, circa March 2010.  I'm sure you can find the PA-NY line.

The map covers only approved oil and gas developments, and leaves out agricultural, recreational, manufacturing, and power generation, which — gallon for gallon — still account for the vast majority of consumptive use in the watershed.  The map does, however, lump together both traditional, conventional drilling projects (that explains the handful of NY entries), and unconventional shale gas (undoubtedly most of those in PA).

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