Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jan 5, 2012

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

Colorado emerging as next oil frontier
The Globe and Mail
Subsurface fracturing – or fracking – technology so widely used in natural gas drilling is beginning to unlock oil reserves long considered impossible to tap successfully, like the suddenly prolific Bakken play in North Dakota.

Marcellus Shale industry class to start mid-January
The Marcellus Shale Industry Overview will be a 30 hour class about the geology and industry of the Marcellus Shale and gas rich shale units, plus the business aspects of gas drilling.

Earthquakes in Youngstown and drilling wells – is there a connection?
Business Journal
A series of earthquakes in the Youngstown area could cast a cloud over development of Ohio’s promising natural gas reserves, bringing into question the viability of deep injection wells used in the disposal of millions of gallons of drilling fluids.

CDC scientist urges more study of shale gas drilling
The Baltimore Sun
A top federal scientist says more research is needed into possible health and environmental effects from shale gas drilling.