Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Dec 12, 2011

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

Top U.S. lawmaker on pipeline rules
Soon after horrific natural gas explosions killed five people in Allentown and a utility worker in Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania congressman called a hearing in March to talk about improving pipeline safety.

W.Va. lawmakers hearing from public on Marcellus
PageantCast News Desk
The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. public hearing Monday in the House Chamber.

Special Session On Marcellus Shale Kicks off
Wheeling News
West Virginia would charge natural gas drillers $10,000 and $5,000 permit fees, require advance notice to surface property owners and rely on its Department of Environmental Protection to set standards for well sites under a special session bill introduced Sunday to regulate the Marcellus shale field.

Lack of pipeline regs causes concern
The Times Leader
The expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and the resulting demand for more pipelines to carry gas across the state’s Marcellus Shale regions, is stoking worry that there’s not enough regulation and government oversight of the pipes.

Crowd to reps: No fracking in Finger Lakes
Steuben Courier
State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and state Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats have met with a number of local residents concerned about future Marcellus Shale drilling, including a Sept.

Clearfield County well to hold fracking wastewater
Centre Daily Times
There’s a difference in the well planned for Brady Township, Clearfield County. Instead of taking gas out of the ground, the well is intended to store fracking wastewater deep in the folds of the earth.