Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Friday, Sep 23, 2011

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

OSU plans research center for shale boom
The Subsurface Energy Resource Center will pool the talents of OSU experts in earth and environmental sciences, engineering, energy, economics, law, government policy, public health and agriculture, all of which have a stake in shale gas and oil.

Ecofriendly LLC develops natural gas station for home, farm
Paul Gianakas’ EcoFriendly LLC installs natural gas fueling stations at homes and businesses.

Land deal of 1880s in center court over shale rights
A Northern Pennsylvania court will soon take another look at a case stemming from an 1880s land deal in an effort to determine who owns the valuable Marcellus Shale gas deep below the property.

Natural gas prices fall
A worker carries out a routine check at a natural gas control centre of Turkey’s Petroleum and Pipeline Corporation, 35 km west of Ankara.

Westmoreland drilling opponents vocal
Opponents to Marcellus shale drilling asked Westmoreland County commissioners on Thursday to halt efforts to lure businesses and industries here for deep-well operations.

Norse Energy Corp ASA: Norse Energy Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer
I am very pleased to announce Chris as our new CFO. He brings deep expertise from several previous CFO roles to this important position within Norse Energy.

Federal government doled $170 million to a Spanish company to build a wind farm in Illinois
In 2010, as a part of the Treasury Department’s 1603 Renewable Energy Grant Program , the federal government dispensed $170 million of taxpayer money to Spanish energy company Iberdrola.

State may free wilderness for gas leases
The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have benefited from leasing thousands of acres of wilderness to Marcellus shale gas drillers.

The shale gas bonanza comes to Britain
The shakeup over shale gas — a newly available fuel that has overturned assumptions about energy, climate-change and geopolitics — has now stretched across the Atlantic to England.

Opponents Speak Out Against Bringing "Fracking Fluid" to Niagara Falls
It’s not often that people pack into the Water Board hearings in Niagara Falls, but concerned residents say history has taught them an important lesson.

Trade Associations Form Energy Alliance
Two big trade associations announced Thursday they have created an alliance to share information about West Virginia’s natural gas resources.

UK Shale Gas: Larger Than the Marcellus Shale
Executive director Dennis Carlton said initial results show a basin five to 10 times thicker than America’s Marcellus shale.

Commission tours Wetzel County gas field
Pocahontas County Commissioners traveled to Wetzel County last Thursday to see firsthand the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.