Archive for June 13th, 2012

Breaking: NY Will Allow Fracking in Select (Few) Locations

Breaking News: The fight over fracking in New York is about to go very local—down to the township level. The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon announce a plan that will allow hydraulic fracturing in a few select counties in New York, most of them along or near the border […]

Court Clears Way to Build MARC 1 Marcellus Pipeline in PA

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the construction of the MARC 1 Marcellus Shale pipeline to be built in northeastern Pennsylvania. The court released a decision yesterday rejecting claims by “environmental” groups to stop the pipeline. Part of their argument revolved around “the broader impacts” caused by natural gas drilling—that is, pipelines […]

Does Shale Gas Drilling Create Jobs for In-State Residents?

There’s no doubt that Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling creates jobs. But one of the criticisms often leveled is that jobs directly related to drilling are given to people from other states, like Texas and Louisiana and Oklahoma—states with experienced oil and gas workers who don’t need extensive training. Recent employment numbers from West Virginia […]

New Fracking Rules for Federal Lands will Cost $1.5B

The Western Energy Alliance says new fracking rules recently issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which will regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal public lands will cost around $1.5 billion to implement, and the Alliance is asking Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to suspend the new rules.

Coal Use Decreases, NatGas Increases – Renewables? Irrelevant

New numbers released by IHS CERA show how far coal has fallen as the fuel of choice to generate electricity in the U.S., and how high natural gas has risen to take its place. Here are some interesting statistics:

WV Couple Challenges Chesapeake Lease Renewal

A husband and wife in Brooke County, West Virginia are suing to have their 5 year-old lease, which is now expired and up for renewal, nullified so Chesapeake (now the owner of the lease) cannot automatically renew it as they are attempting to do. Increasingly landowners who signed leases that are now expiring after a […]

Maryland Commission’s Deadline for Fracking Report Extended

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to “study” natural gas drilling and produce a set of “best practices” for hydraulic fracturing needs more time. An initial draft report was due this August, but the good governor has extended the deadline to the end of the year instead. (yawn)

Smart Sand Lands Big Name for Board of Directors

Smart Sand Inc., headquartered in Fairless Hills, PA, is a supplier of industrial sand, primarily serving customers in the oil and gas industry including drillers in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. Sand—the right kind of sand which is crystalline—is a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing process. Most of the frack sand mined in […]

Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jun 13, 2012

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


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