Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011

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

Customer Satisfaction in Natural Gas Midstream Sector Shows Improvement
Against a backdrop of increased shale gas development and production across the U.S., EnergyPoint Research’s newest survey indicates domestic natural gas midstream providers now enjoy a modest increase in overall customer satisfaction levels compared to two years ago.

Dimock officials reject offer of water deliveries
The Times-Tribune
Township supervisors unanimously declined an aid offer by the mayor of Binghamton, N.Y., on Monday night that would have allowed the city to provide a tanker of fresh water to Dimock residents with tainted wells whose replacement water deliveries were stopped last week.

Fracking investigation finds toxic emissions at drill sites
Binghamton University Pipe Dream
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation , a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Chesapeake Bay, conducted an infrared video investigation this spring of air pollution emitting from 15 hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

Municipal leaders eye game plan on drilling
Municipal leaders plan a town hall meeting about how legislation in Harrisburg might affect their right to govern the oil and gas industry.

Attempt to tackle drilling veto fails
Albany Times Union
A bid to override Mayor Jerry Jennings ‘ veto of a citywide ban on gas drilling – a measure aimed squarely at the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing – fell one vote short Monday night.

EPA criticizes state for shale air pollution rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strongly criticized Pennsylvania’s new policy guidelines for regulating air pollutants emitted by Marcellus Shale gas wells and development sites located in close proximity to one another.

Corky DeMarco: Union attacks unwarranted
Charleston Gazette
The natural gas business is a tremendous part of West Virginia’s economy. We urgently need new investments that will make this rich natural resource more available to domestic markets and, as a result, decrease our nation’s reliance on energy produced overseas.

Seminar for police focuses on potential gas-drilling issues
Ithaca Journal
The law enforcement community, already trained to deal with hazardous materials, was given some additional insight Monday in handling potential issues related to natural gas drilling in the region.