Archive for March 1st, 2012

New York’s 40 Year History of (Yes) Fracking

In all of the trumped-up hysteria in New York with local municipalities banning hydraulic fracturing (see these MDN stories)—some banning it permanently, others for a year or two so they can “study it some more”—MDN wonders, do they know fracking has been going on in New York for the past 40 plus years? That indisputable […]

New PA Marcellus Law Does What Local Towns Wanted All Along

Pennsylvania recently passed new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations (see this MDN story). One of the loudest objections to its adoption is a provision that state law will now mostly override local zoning ordinances designed to regulate and restrict drilling. The cry went up that Harrisburg does not know better than local municipalities where and how […]

New Shale Gas Drilling Legislation Coming in Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is planning to introduce new energy legislation in the next few weeks that will impact Utica and Marcellus Shale drilling in the state.

Washington County, PA Jobs & Wages Skyrocket from Marcellus

Washington County in southwestern Pennsylvania has been named the third highest county in the country in job growth, due mostly to Marcellus Shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Not only that, but residents have seen an average increase of 8.8 percent in their wages.

Dimock Residents Band Together, Create New Website

Residents in Dimock, Pennsylvania (Susquehanna County, northeastern corner of the state) have banded together to start a new website called The single word “Dimock” has become a rallying cry for anti-drillers. What has happened in this tiny, rural community has been shrouded in obfuscation by celebrity anti-drillers and the mainstream media echo chamber. Residents […]

PDC “Temporarily” Suspends All Marcellus Drilling Operations

Petroleum Development Corporation (PDC) announced yesterday that they are “temporarily” suspending drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale because of “depressed” natural gas prices. They will keep their planned 2012 capital budget the same, at $284 million, and reallocate the $12 million they would have used in the Marcellus operation to other liquids-rich operations. So far […]

Southwestern Gives Away CNG Chevy Tahoe to Promote Marcellus

There are over 100,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles on U.S. roadways, and roughly 400 CNG filling stations. Add one more CNG vehicle to that number in South Abington Township in Lackawanna County, PA—given away as a prize to promote CNG awareness. The price to fill it up? How does $2 per gallon (gasoline equivalent) […]

PA Consumers See Natural Gas Bills Go Down Again

The low commodity price of natural gas, due in part to the large supply created by Marcellus Shale gas, is resulting in lower monthly utility bills for customers in Berks County, PA, in an area not even part of the Marcellus Shale play.

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Mar 1, 2012

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


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