Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thursday, Oct 13, 2011

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

Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry
WNYC New York Public Radio
Chapman Corp. is expanding to take advantage of extra business it expects to get in coming decades because of increasing production in the Marcellus Shale play.

South Fayette drilling law hits roadblock
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kenneth Komoroski, council for Range Resources, right, and South Fayette solicitor Jonathan M. Kamin, center, raise their hands along with audience members intending to comment in order to be sworn in Wednesday at the start of a South Fayette Zoning Hearing Board at South Fayette Middle School.

For Pa. firm, gas drilling creates growth
It began a little more than a year ago, along the banks of Walburn Run north of Brockway. Today, Superior Energy Resources has three major divisions with 105 employees providing round-the-clock service to customers in four states.

Fracking: Don’t let fear hold us back
The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s 7.2 percent unemployment rate is below the national average but still too high. Faced with unpalatable reductions in programs and growing opposition to tax increases, the Free State clearly needs reliable new revenue sources. One source could be natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation that extends beneath Western Maryland and four neighboring states.

North Fayette looks to regulate seismic testing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
North Fayette is drafting an agreement with a seismic testing company and considering township-wide regulations on activities related to natural gas exploration in Marcellus Shale.