Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Dec 19, 2011

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

Natural gas drilling impact fee will have to wait for the new year
The Times-Tribune
An effort will be made next year to use a formal process to resolve differences over Marcellus Shale impact fee legislation with private negotiations apparently unable to reach a compromise.

The EPA And Fracking, How To Capitalize – Part 4
Seeking Alpha
Siemens is one of the largest providers of water treatment products focusing on oil and gas. The product I find most interesting is its mobile produced water treatment system.

Small natural gas drillers are wary of flat levy fee plan
All the leading drilling tax proposals in Harrisburg call for flat fees — but that doesn’t mean they’ll have the same effect on every driller.

Is 2012 the year for hydrofracking?
For natural gas companies and eager landowners hoping to tap into New York’s vast underground reserves, 2008 was looking like "the year." The same could have been said every year since.

Will Neely succeed with ‘cracker’ idea?
Charleston Daily Mail
Paul Nyden’s story in last Sunday’s Gazette-Mail about Richard Neely’s plan to build a $1 billion cracker near Montgomery (WV) prompted a lot of water-cooler talk this week about what the former state Supreme Court justice is really up to.

George Unhappy with Defeated Attempt to Safeguard Waterways
State Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-74 of Houtzdale, lambasted Republican lawmakers for using political shenanigans to defeat an effort to protect water supplies from Marcellus shale wastewater contamination.

Restoring the rail
Piles of sand are expected to be a hot commodity in the Mahoning Valley in coming years. So will tons of scrap steel and steel pipe, along with huge amounts of natural gas liquids and waste water.

The EPA And Fracking: How To Capitalize – Part 3
Seeking Alpha
This industry is interesting, as new rules and regulations could create significant growth in companies transporting, storing, and treating the water used in fraccing.

Ohio bids for shale processor plant
Ohio is competing with Pennsylvania and West Virginia for a multibillion-dollar chemical plant that would process material from the Utica and Marcellus shales.

Southern Tier counties gear up for drilling
If and when New York state gives the green light to the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, local counties plan to be ready.