Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thursday, Nov 3, 2011

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

Fayette’s just fine for latest gas firm
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fayette County’s proximity to the Marcellus Shale play in Pennsylvania and West Virginia make it a likely new epicenter of the natural gas industry as drilling expands across the region, said executives at Valerus, the latest out-of-state energy firm to establish a presence in Pennsylvania.

Marcellus reps field questions from public
Martinsburg Journal
There are no plans to drill for natural gas in Berkeley and Jefferson counties – areas of the state that sit outside of West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale region – but representatives of Energize West Virginia and America’s Natural Gas Alliance did find an abundance of residents with questions.

Gas drillers’ supply chain drives jobs
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Joe Napsha is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer and can be reached at 724-836-5252 or via e-mail. Companies that supply natural gas drillers with equipment and other services for use at wellheads and pipelines are expanding and adding jobs in Western Pennsylvania.

In Upstate NY, Gas Drilling Debate Gets Local
WNYC-AM New York
Many people in Sidney, N.Y., were outraged when the town board voted unanimously to provide a 50-year franchise to Leatherstocking Gas Co.

Gas drilling on the rise in PA
Business Journal
While Harrisburg tackles Marcellus Shale legislation , this seems like a good time to check out what’s happening on the ground in terms of Marcellus activity.

Marcellus activity impacts PA airports
Business Journal
An economic-impact study released Wednesday on Pennsylvania’s aviation industry attempts to quantify the boost that some of the state’s airports are getting thanks to Marcellus Shale-related travel.

Shale Gas contest promises $50,000 in prizes
Business Journal
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania has launched a Shale Gas Innovation Contest where $50,000 in prizes will be doled out to technologies that somehow help the natural gas industry in the state.