Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011

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

Multi-Well Pads in the Marcellus Shale
The ability of energy developers to drill multiple natural gas wells from a single location has been touted as a major technological breakthrough driving natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale.

PA Republicans Divided on Fracking Impact Fee
Keystone Politics
Pete DeCoursey says the vote count is looking dicey for a Marcellus Shale tax. It is starting to look like a “local impact fee” bill cannot pass with only Republican votes.

UGI Subsidiary Announces $150 Million Extension of Its Auburn Gathering System
Business Wire
UGI Energy Services Inc., the midstream and energy marketing subsidiary of UGI Corporation, announced today that it plans to invest approximately $150 million to extend its Auburn Gathering System 30 miles from its terminus in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, to Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, including a planned connection to Transcontinental Gas Pipeline.

Business Booming at Rural Economic Development Clinic
Operating like a small private law firm under the direction of professors Ross Pifer and Jeff Erickson, students in the Rural Economic Development Clinic work with various individuals and organizations – typically from the agricultural, food and energy sectors – providing legal research, document preparation and advice on legal issues such as landowner liability, and rights and responsibilities under contracts.

Conservationist Hanna supports gas drilling in Pa.
Lebanon Daily News
Conservationist and TV personality Jack Hanna said he supports natural gas drilling and he’s going to talk about the issue at his conservation center.

Pipeline deal to solidify energy giant as No. 1
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Kinder Morgan Inc.’s agreement to buy El Paso Corp. for $21.1 billion, the energy industry’s biggest transaction in more than a year, would create America’s largest natural-gas pipeline network.

Norway-based oil giant to buy Austin oil company for $4.4 billion
Austin-based Brigham Exploration Co. has agreed to be acquired by Norway-based petroleum giant Statoil ASA for $4.4 billion in cash.

Peak Oil, Entirely Nonsense: As is Peak Gas
One of the things that really rather annoys me about the peak oil (and in the UK, there’s a similar one about peak gas) argument is that it entirely ignores the impact of changing technology.