Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thursday, Dec 15, 2011

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

Planning Commission Recommends Suspending Work on Marcellus Shale Regulations
The Moon planning commission has recommended that township supervisors A suspend work on a Marcellus shale amendement to the township’s oil and gas drilling ordinance.

Drilling company will pay to settle stream pollution charges
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Marcellus Shale gas drilling company EOG Resources Inc. has agreed to pay the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission $93,710 to settle charges it polluted Little Laurel Run, a "high quality" trout stream in Clearfield County, from December 2010 through March 2011.

South Butler vote on possible drilling sites still in limbo
It will be at least a month before the South Butler School Board votes on any potential oil and natural-gas drilling sites on district-owned land.

Firms feel benefits of shale boom
Seventeen chemical, metal and industrial manufacturers have told shareholders this year that demand for shale gas is driving demand for their products.

Phony fracking fears for NY
New York Post
Opponents of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York got a boost last week when the EPA issued a draft report that found that chemicals used in gas wells may have contaminated a shallow-water aquifer in Pavillion, Wyo.

Guest voice: Pa. Chamber says shale opponents mislead public
Erie Times News
As lawmakers debate legislation to ensure that Pennsylvania remains a competitive Marcellus Shale drilling state, opponents continue their orchestrated campaign of misinformation designed to discredit the industry.

Schuyler County group petitions Hector to ban fracking
Bob Barton presents a petition Tuesday night to Town of Hector Supervisor Ben Dickens, opposite him in plaid shirt, from a group of Schuyler County residents who are asking the Hector Town Board to ban hydraulic fracturing.

The EPA And Fracking: How To Capitalize – Part 2
Seeking Alpha
Drilling for unconventional oil and gas has produced little by the way of proof of pollution, but there are a large number of accusations.

How to get a Marcellus Shale flowback sample
Business Journal
Last week, I visited with Cosmos Technologies Inc., a small engineering firm on the North Side that’s developing a treatment to recycle Marcellus Shale flowback water.

Fracking Has Ohio City Aquiver Over Quakes
Jeffrey Dick, chairman of Youngstown State University’s geology department, talks with Bloomberg’s Mark Niquette about the possibility that hydraulic fracturing may be causing earthquakes around Youngstown, Ohio.