Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Feb 12, 2013

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

New York

Fracking review consultant says in depth, national study needed
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
One of three outside consultants tapped to assist with New York’s health review of hydraulic fracturing said it’s “absurd” that there hasn’t been an in-depth, national review of the gas-extraction process’ impact on human health.

NY’s day of frackoning
New York Post
And Cuomo said yesterday that he hadn’t spoken to either of the two commissioners charged with advancing the process for allowing the high-volume natural-gas drilling in upstate’s Marcellus shale.

Anti-fracking campaign ads drill Governor Cuomo
New York Daily News
Activists opposed to a controversial gas drilling process are going after Gov. Cuomo ‘s presidential ambitions, taking out ads against him in a key presidential battleground state.

Watch Live: Siena Pollster Breaks Down Fracking Survey
Press & Sun-Bulletin
As part of our yearlong series on “Rebuilding New York’s Economy,” Gannett’s Albany Bureau took a look at hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and whether it could be a boon to the struggling upstate economy.


SW Pa. township rejects 2 Range Resources wells
York Dispatch
A southwestern Pennsylvania township has rejected plans to drill two Marcellus Shale wells by a company that recently sued claiming the municipality was delaying the wells’ approval.

Pa. legal bills exceed $550,000 in dispute over shale drilling law
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With a state Supreme Court ruling still pending regarding the legality of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling law passed last year, billing documents show that the case already has cost the commonwealth more than $550,000.

West Virginia

Restart of Fairmont brine recycling plant delayed to September
State Journal
Fairmont Brine Processing’s planned spring re-opening of a shuttered gas industry wastewater recycling facility in Fairmont has been delayed, but still is in process.


Momentum Builds for US LNG exports
Center for Liquefied Natural Gas
In a letter written last month, 110 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle called on the Department of Energy to authorize the export of natural gas.

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