Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Sep 26, 2011

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

North Texas offers "fracking" tourism
The Chesapeake Learning Center in Grapevine is offering visitors a glimpse into Barnett Shale natural gas operations, and the city’s mayor calls it one-of-a-kind tourist attraction.

World Energy Consumption to Increase 53% by 2035
International Energy Outlook 2011 released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration presents updated projections for world energy markets through 2035.

PetroChina aims to pump 1 bcm of shale gas in Sichuan in 2015
PetroChina hopes to produce 1 billion cubic metres of shale gas in 2015 from southwest China’s Sichuan basin, a company executive said on Sunday, giving the country its first major commercial production of shale gas.

Pipline Workers Take ‘Break;’ Drillers Urged Use Local Labor
El Paso Midstream’s presence in the mall provided the proof that the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale drilling operations have attracted national as well as international attention. On a drive through the parking lot on one particular day we spotted …

Utica Shale: Boon or boondoggle? Experts, studies widely disagree
Other experts say that based on facts gathered about Utica Shale’s sedimentary-rock brother, the Marcellus Shale, that 200000 may be a long shot. In fact, they believe Ohio may never see the predicted job gains. Pennsylvania claims it added nearly …

‘Fracking’ wastewater floods Ohio
When energy companies need to get rid of the millions of barrels of brine — the salty, chemical-laced wastewater that comes out of shale-gas wells — they bring most of it to places like this. At the Devco well, the brine is injected 8900 feet below …

COMMENTARY: Unnecessary uproar over fracking
The debate around the business of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking—a method of drilling that extracts natural gas from shale—is producing some of the best hype since global warming. Nothing gets the hackles up quicker than a good old back-and-forth …

Cash in on natural gas incentives
West Virginians who buy a vehicle that runs on an alternative fuel qualify for a state tax break.

Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate
In this Sept. 7, 2011 file photo, activists and homeowners march in front of the Philadelphia convention center following a protest against hydraulic gas drilling, or "fracking." The several hundred activists and homeowners who gathered outside the convention center where an industry conference was being held, claim that fracking and shale gas …