Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jan 20, 2012

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

NYCLA Environmental Law Committee Urges DEC to Modify Marcellus Shale Drilling Plans
The Environmental Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers’ Association today announced it sent a letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in response to the Department’s Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.

Experts: Gas drilling won’t start in N.Y. in 2012
Area experts on natural gas drilling agree: New York’s swath of the Marcellus Shale isn’t likely to be tapped in 2012.

N.J. Highlands Council delays decision on extending gas pipeline into Mahwah
The Jersey Journal
A gas pipeline project that will cut through New Jersey’s Highlands could be approved this week despite questions about its environmental impact.

Fracking Market to Grow 19% to $37 Billion Worldwide in 2012
The worldwide market for hydraulic fracturing will grow 19 percent this year to a record $37 billion, one-third the pace of expansion in 2011 after tumbling natural-gas prices discouraged exploration for the fuel, said Spears & Associates Inc.

Two groups of Cornell University scientists disagree on impact of hydrofracking on climate change
The Post-Standard
Two groups of scientists at Cornell University are dueling over whether natural gas from shale is better or worse than coal when it comes to global climate change.

An eastern Ohio college trains for the boom in fracking jobs
The growing natural gas drilling industry in Ohio and neighboring states means drilling companies need more trained workers.

Local Union Benefiting from Shale Industry
WYTV Youngstown
A local union is seeing a huge uptick in business thanks to the Marcellus and Utica shale.

Marcellus Shale: OSHA wants $53K from Pa. gas driller for citations
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants a southwestern Pennsylvania drilling company to pay $53,200 in fines for alleged safety violations even though they weren’t linked to a worker’s death.

The promise of hydraulic fracturing
The Hill
As the debate continues over the best way to create jobs in America, Democrats continue to claim that increasing energy costs through regulation will create opportunities in the "green" economy.