Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Nov 21, 2011

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

U.S. energy policy: A slow national suicide
The Baltimore Sun
In 1969, three unrelated events occurred that have since been combined with political bungling to slowly strangle the U.S. economy.

Ohio’s shale gas fields could be an issue for Pennsylvania
As lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature pushed proposed new drilling regulations and environmental standards last week, a neighboring state loomed large: Ohio.

Taking a view from the middle in the debate over natural gas
The Times Leader
In the polarized debate surrounding development of the Marcellus Shale , where supporting either the gas companies or their environmentalist opponents risks attack from the other side, Seamus McGraw seems a rare figure: a man who wants to stand in the middle.

Two sides of the state’s drilling divide
Buffalo News
Joyce Hunt and Lisa Robinson, at first glance, would seem to have a lot in common.

Lawmakers fear taxing natural gas
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
Years ago I said that issues surrounding the discovery of huge natural gas deposits in the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania would be stickier than crude oil.

Drilling can be safe; let N.Y. start to reap benefits
The economy is stalled in most parts of upstate. Unemployment remains high. Local governments and school districts in the Southern Tier struggle to make budget cuts.