Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jan 6, 2012

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

Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Klaber on NPR
Business Journal
The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Kathryn Klaber talked about natural gas’s declining prices in a story that aired on National Public Radio on Thursday.

Shale driller tightens drug tests for rig workers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Union Drilling Inc., the rig owner hired by Exxon Mobil Corp. to explore shale rock formations for natural gas, toughened drug testing of rig workers in an attempt to reduce accidents.

Bevy of gas-processing plants skirts law?
Six gas processing plants proposed for a four-mile radius in Butler County would each produce air pollution just below the state limits that trigger the level of regulation large polluters get, according to Pennsylvania and industry officials.

Dunbar Township industrial park gets supervisors’ support
Since 2004, significant economic growth has occurred in Fayette County because of Marcellus shale gas drilling companies and manufacturing firms relocating into the county.

Ryan Sends Lengthy Letter to ODNR Over Quakes
WYTV Youngstown
A U.S. representative from Niles has sent a lengthy list of concerns and questions to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources over the recent earthquakes in the Youngstown area.

Meet the committee members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition
Business Journal
The Marcellus Shale Coalition released a list of its decision makers this week. According to Chairman Dave Spigelmyer , 41 candidates were chosen from 75 who vied for committee spots.

A Shale-Fuelled Economic Miracle for 2012
Energy Tribune
Amidst the doom and gloom headlines presaging dire prognostications for the Western economies in 2012 there is the very real promise of a global economy re-directing miracle in the making.

White House on Energy Hot Seat
The Wilson County News
The same political strategizing driving the Keystone delay also undergirds the White House’s stance on hydraulic fracturing.