Archive for November 4th, 2011

EPA Releases Plan to Study Fracking, Jumps the Gun

Yesterday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released its plan with specifics for how it will conduct research into the question of whether or not hydraulic fracturing contaminates, or otherwise negatively impacts, drinking water supplies. A copy of the 190-page plan is embedded below. The first (preliminary) results from the study are due in […]

Mystery Company Invests $2.14B in Chesapeake Utica Shale JV

The Utica Shale in eastern Ohio, and Chesapeake Energy’s discovery that it contains oil and wet gas in addition to methane, is paying off big-time for the company. Yesterday, Chesapeake announced a major cash infusion from a new joint venture with a mystery/unnamed “international major energy company” to the tune of $2.14 billion. Some $640 […]

Broome County NY Landowners Receive Money to Stay in Lease

At least one energy firm has voted with its pocketbook that drilling will come, eventually, to New York State. Inflection Energy has just paid landowners in the Town of Maine (Broome County), NY $1,000 per acre to not bail out of the previous deal they signed. In 2010, Inflection signed a deal that Maine landowners […]

Chesapeake First Customer for Ethane Pipeline to Gulf Coast

Looks like Enterprise Products’ plan to build an ethane pipeline from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to the Gulf Coast (see this MDN story) is already paying off. Chesapeake Energy is the first company to commit to using the pipeline, which is due to be completed and in service by 2014.

Sunoco Looking to Invest in Marcellus & Utica Midstream

Sunoco is getting out of the refinery business by July of next year and is instead looking to expand its investment in midstream businesses, including pipelines, terminals and storage, in addition to its retail outlets. Sunoco is particularly interested in opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shales.

Charleston WV Shows Community Support for Cracker Plant

Residents of Charleston, WV want large energy companies looking to locate an ethane cracker plant in the Marcellus region to know that residents of Charleston want it and welcome it with open arms. An online letter-writing campaign has been launched to show community support for the project, which is estimated to bring more than 12,000 […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Friday, Nov 4, 2011

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading:


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