Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011

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

City to oppose referendum
Warren City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to pursue legal action should the West Side Alliance succeed in having its referendum regarding the transportation, within city limits, of waste water from Marcellus Shale operations placed on the ballot this November.

CEO Leadership Conference zeros in on Marcellus Shale
The Marcellus Shale rock formation has been around for 350 million years, but presenters at Monday’s St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference wanted to make sure they’re good caretakers.

Dispute remains over distance between wells, surface dwellings
Any buffer zone providing less than a 1,000-foot separation between proposed Marcellus shale gas wells and a property owner’s dwellings isn’t acceptable to the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization.

Attorneys: Drilling ban suit may set precedent
A lawsuit filed against the town of Middlefield last week that seeks to overturn its ban on gas drilling could set legal precedent in the state, several who spoke on the subject Friday and Monday said.

Latest Local Natural Gas Newsletter Now Available
Potter County’s Natural Gas Task Force has released the September edition of its newsletter, Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Roundup.

Perspectives: Expansion of oil, gas industry could mean more jobs in Ohio
Hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale beneath the Buckeye State could mean thousands of jobs for Ohioans as it already has in neighboring Pennsylvania.

CMU Researchers Find Natural Gas a Better Low Carbon Fuel in Electricity Sector Than Transportation Arena
Despite uncertainty issues, Carnegie Mellon University researchers find natural gas may be the fuel of choice when it comes to protecting the environment.