Sunday, January 27, 2013

Marcellus Shale (and other) drilling in Pennsylvania from 2005-2012

The  U.S. Energy Information Administration has produced this 21 second film to show the location of natural gas wells drilled in Pennsylvania between 2005 and 2012.  Black dots represent vertical wells, while red dots represent horizontal wells and are used mostly in Marcellus, Utica, and Geneseo/Burket shale formations located in the northeast and southwest portions of Pennsylvania.

There is no sound to the video.

The geographic areas where drilling is shown (especially the horizontal wells) correspond with increased economic activity and real estate prices with stronger support.

Compare Powerlineblog's assessment of corresponding areas of New York, where Marcellus Shale drilling has been restricted. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Orkin's top 50 bedbug cities

The Houston Chronicle blog has published Orkin's list of the top 50 cities for bedbug infestation.  In Pennsylvania, only Pittsburgh makes the list at number 36. 

Orkin's web page provides basic information on fighting bedbugs.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Section 8 riot in Michigan.

From Taylor, Michigan comes a story indicating that problems in Central Pa related to the federal housing voucher program are part of a national trend.   I previously wrote here regarding applications to the Dauphin County section 8 program in 2010 and how local trends indicated a shortgage of landlords interested in providing housing under this program. 

Rioting in Michigan occurred yesterday when the local Section 8 administrators tried to distribute 1,000 vouchers amidst a crowd of 5,000 applicants.  H/T WXYZ - 7 TV.  Click here for a similar story in Columbus, Ohio in November.