Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Sep 19, 2011

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

Onorato: Marcellus Shale Drilling Still a Prospect for County Land at Airport
Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato again addressed the possibility of Marcellus Shale drilling taking place on the 9,000 acres of land surrounding the Pittsburgh International Airport. A Onorato spoke Friday at a forum hosted by the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce .

Coventry pipeline could benefit region
Last month, anti-drillers campaigned against a pipeline shipping Coventry gas to Bainbridge and Sidney customers.

Shale formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia could be another energy barn burner
As executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Thomas Stewart has had a front-row seat — but never an invitation — to the natural gas party happening in Appalachia’s Marcellus Shale.

Shale drilling fee high on to-do list for governor, Legislature
Gov. Tom Corbett is putting the finishing touches on a welcome-back-to-session gift to lawmakers: his plan for overseeing and charging a fee on Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

Oil economist: Fracking fears unfounded
The chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute defended the safety of oil and natural gas extraction by "fracking" in a local interview last week and said the process is well regulated by state officials.

Residents rally to ban gas drilling
The fight to ban gas drilling is on in Centre County, and it’s a battle Tim Harper thinks is winnable.

Deloitte: Rising demand making shale gas dominant US source
Increasing shale gas output bolsters domestic gas production, which grows from about 66 bcfd in 2011 to almost 79 bcfd in 2018 before tapering off,’ it said in its reference scenario.

Proposed Marcellus Shale Fees Too High?
One group is speaking out against the possible permit fee increases for drilling in the Marcellus shale saying the fees are too high.

Science Lags As Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields
Susan Wallace-Babb, wearing the oxygen mask she has to wear almost every day outside, walks with her dog at home in Winnsboro, Texas, on Sept.