Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011

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

W.Va. Producers Oppose $10K Marcellus Permit Fee
A gas industry group says it was blindsided by the high permit fees that West Virginia legislators have proposed for Marcellus shale wells.

Liability, Claims Issues Surfacing
It’s not a question of whether the claims will come because they will come. Like it or not, using explosives and fluid compounds to fracture shale layers to release the natural gas deep underground is a disruptive process that is bound to run awry at one stage or another.

South Fayette, PA to charge traffic impact fees
Commissioners voted Monday night to advertise an ordinance that would charge developers based on how many vehicle trips a project creates during peak travel hours.

Observer-Reporter joins PG in FOI drilling lawsuit
The Washington Observer-Reporter newspaper has joined the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s motion to open the sealed lawsuit settlement between a Washington County family and gas-well operators near their home.

Rendell draws anger at shale conference
A week after the former governor dressed down the natural gas industry at its first conference in Philadelphia – "the industry frankly has been a great disappointment to me" – tongues are still wagging about Rendell’s remarks.