Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011

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

Endeavour scraps Marcellus shale purchases
U.S. oil and gas exploration firm Endeavour International Corp has scrapped its proposed purchase of Pennsylvania Marcellus shale assets from SM Energy Co and other minority owners.

Coraopolis company making its name in shale-gas industry
A water-treatment company that hardly caused a ripple when it relocated here in June has grown into a shale-industry player that could draw takeover offers down the road, analysts said Tuesday.

Lawmakers To Consider Gas Drilling Motion
Jamestown Post-Journal
County legislators will consider two new motions at their meeting tonight, one regarding gas well drilling. As explained by County Executive Greg Edwards, the motion regarding gas well drilling is meant to send a message to the state about the potential costs which counties could face.

Defendant linked to Pa. sludge faces more charges
Ithaca Journal
A Georgia man charged earlier this month with dumping 800 gallons of dangerous sludge from the Marcellus Shale gas industry onto state game lands in Bradford County faces two additional charges in connection with the crime.

Senate quickly passes Marcellus legislation
Charleston Gazette
It took the state Senate a total of 16 minutes Tuesday to amend and pass, by a 33-0 vote, its version of the Tomblin administration bill to regulate Marcellus Shale horizontal drilling.

Gas drilling showdown in Madison County courtroom
WSTM-TV Syracuse
A court showdown is set to take place in the Madison County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon over whether localities have a right to ban natural gas drilling.

Environmentalists and sportsmen raise alarms over pipelines
As natural gas companies ramp up their pipeline work in rural Pennsylvania, environmentalists and sportsmen have been raising alarms about the effects on the landscape. They worry about construction mud clogging waters and disrupting fish spawning…