Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Friday, Sep 16, 2011

MDN reads dozens of, sometimes over a hundred, stories each day. The value proposition for you, our beloved reader, is that we wade through it all so you don’t have to. We hope you come to depend on MDN as your one-stop place to quickly catch up on all of the important Marcellus and Utica Shale news each day.

There are a number of stories that MDN reads that do not make the daily “cut” to be flagged and commented on and brought to you. Things that are interesting, but frankly don’t deserve the full MDN treatment. We usually just post a link to those stories on Twitter. However, many people don’t use Twitter or may not have time to check the story links we post on that service. Therefore, starting today, MDN will post a “best of the rest” with headlines and brief blurbs about stories that caught our eye but were not given the full MDN treatment.

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Youngstown OKs Drilling Contract
Youngstown, OH Board of Control approved a new contract for drilling rights on Thursday.

U.S. Gas Processing Capacity Increases 17 Percent in One Year
The natural gas processing industry increased its capacity 17 percent from 2009 to 2010, most of it in areas away from the Gulf Coast, a government report said Thursday.

THE BIG PLAY: Will Marcellus Revenues Cover Its Public Costs?
A close look at PA’s Senate Bill (SB) 1100, which defines how the Commonwealth would get revenues from “unconventional gas production” derived from fracking.

Drilling OK’d in state park zone
The Indiana County (PA) Zoning Hearing Board has granted a permit for a Kittanning-based company to drill a Marcellus Shale gas well near Yellow Creek State Park.

Niagara Falls Water Board Wants To Treat "Fracking Fluid"
The board’s plans, first reported in late July, were to investigate the possibility of treating the fluid, which is a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

Webinar Today Focuses On Shale Gas Legal Issues
A seminar to be presented on the internet at 1 pm today will examine legal issues associated with Marcellus Shale natural-gas development in Pennsylvania.

Leetsdale council OKs gas drilling regulations
Leetsdale Council (PA) voted 5-0 last week to approve an ordinance setting regulations on where natural gas drilling can take place and how it is done within the municipality’s boundaries.

Speaker touts benefits of Utica Shale
The Utica Shale is rich under Lawrence County (PA), bringing promise of spinoff petrochemical and other industries, economic development and jobs.