Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Friday, Oct 7, 2011

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

Taylor County Marcellus Site Quiet, Resident Still Looking for Answers
The sounds across from Roger Findley’s home in Flemington are very different from when 12 News last spoke with him in August.

On Fracking, the Cuomo Administration Strikes a Balance
While New York has been considering wehteh to allow gas drilling, many sites have been developed in adjoining states, such as this one near Dimock, Penn.

On Fracking, the Cuomo Administration Must Slow Down
Critics say hydraulic fracturing has caused damage to communities and the environment in neighboring states.

Pa. counties like gov’s drill plan, not their role
An association of county commissioners on Thursday gave a split opinion on Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal to allow counties to impose a fee on the thousands of wells being drilled by the state’s booming natural gas industry.

Range exec shares tips for landing Marcellus Shale work
Range Resources Southern Marcellus Division Vice President John Applegath was the luncheon speaker at Thursday’s Energy Inc.

Compressor stations’ emissions fuel concern
Pam Judy, a Greene County resident who lives next to a Marcellus shale natural gas compressor station, says her family suffers from nosebleeds, vertigo and vomiting that started right after the stations were turned on in the summer of 2009.

Drilling ban could lead to lawsuits, Peters frets
Peters officials could find themselves spending money to campaign against a ballot question on whether to ban gas drilling because they fear its passage could result in drillers and property owners suing the township.

Group Plans Protest of Marcellus Shale Drilling at Marburger Dairy
On Saturday, members of advocacy group Marcellus Outreach of Butler will protest drilling in the Marcellus shale at the Marburger Dairy Farm in Evans City.

Top DEC official touts drilling regulations
Eugene Leff, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said Tuesday, Sept. 27, his agency is developing very high standards for shale gas drilling.

Gas driller won’t discuss production
The company that drilled an exploratory natural gas well on Route 487 near the Benton Foundry in Sugarloaf Township, Columbia County, still isn’t releasing information on whether it is producing any gas.

Gas Exploration Spurs Spin-Off Growth
Experts have predicted the expected boom associated with oil and gas exploration in this part of Ohio and Pennsylvania could last the next 50 years.

Baseline Water Quality Testing Protects Gas Companies, Residents
Pre-drill water quality testing is in the best interest of gas companies of a "rebuttable presumption" in state law and can also help residents who fear that regulators and the industry take too narrow a view of possible effects.