Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Jan 23, 2012

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

Delegate Seeks Changes To Marcellus Shale Bill
Wheeling News
Delegate Mike Manypenny of Taylor County plans to introduce more than 20 bills this legislative session to amend the Marcellus Shale measure passed by lawmakers last month.

W.Va. Seeks an Edge In – Cracker’ Contest
Wheeling News
The Legislature aims to send a major signal this week as West Virginia courts at least two major employers and competes with neighboring Ohio and Pennsylvania for a chemical plant expected to create thousands of jobs.

Panel recommends drilling moratorium in Lansing
Ithaca Journal
Truck traffic, noise and a major change to the Town of Lansing’s character could all take place if the hydraulic fracturing industry infiltrates the town, Larry Beck said.

Madison Township calls for moratorium on fracking
Mansfield News Journal
At a special meeting Friday, Madison Township trustees approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, pending a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on its safety.

GOP hopefuls yearn to grow shale industry, oust Sen. Casey
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The six Republican candidates at a forum in Murrysville on Friday night were united on two fronts — their desire to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and the importance of developing the state’s burgeoning Marcellus shale industry.

A New Front in the Fracking War
The Weekly Standard
Starting in March 2011, a series of microearthquakes hit Ohio. The first few registered just above 2.0 on the Richter scale and were not felt by residents.

Gas Now Target Of Extremists
Wheeling News
What will it take to satisfy the global warming crowd? Nothing less than the destruction of America’s modern economy and a drastic reduction in the quality of life in our country, it sometimes seems.

Low gas prices force EQT out of Huron Shale
Business Journal
EQT Corp. released a one-line statement Friday furloughing its drilling program in the Huron Shale in Kentucky, because of the decline in gas prices.