Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Monday, Dec 5, 2011

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

Deal sought for road repairs by drillers
The Columbus Dispatch
Drillers are eager to tap a vast reservoir of natural gas and oil within shale beneath Ohio, which could employ thousands, but critics say it will also cause pollution.

Where To Try Consol Suit?
The Intelligencer
Pennsylvania officials want to resolve their dispute with Consol Energy for contributing to the death of thousands of aquatic creatures in 2009 at Dunkard Creek in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Southwestern Pa. colleges wary of gas leases
Valley News Dispatch
Area colleges don’t appear to be following the lead of two West Virginia schools that have signed lease agreements with an energy company to drill their land for Marcellus shale.

NYSEG unveils pipeline documents
Ithaca Journal
New York State Electric & Gas Corp. has made the application and documents related to its Seneca West Pipeline Interconnect project available for public review.

Pennsylvania towns contend with gas pipeline proposals
Erie Times News
A number of municipalities in Washington County have spent the past few months crafting regulations for Marcellus Shale gas well drilling pads, compressor stations, processing plants and even employee work trailers.

Actor Mark Ruffalo embraces anti-fracking role
Movie star Mark Ruffalo is embracing a role as a fervent opponent of natural gas driling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale, a huge, gas-rich geological formation that underlies much of the northeastern U.S., including the Catskills region of New York where Ruffalo and his family live.