Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Feb 17, 2012

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

Chesapeake gets OK for 3 new fracking wells in northeast Ohio
Business Journal
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has gotten permits for three new wells to explore for natural gas in Ohio’s Utica shale field, the Youngstown Vindicator reports.

Fracking Isn’t Harming the Planet. Everything Else Is
There’s some evidence that while fracking sounds dangerous, the documented damage from shale gas exploitation isn’t coming from the frack so much, as it is from the other parts of the drilling and producing process.

Twenty-five more troopers in NEPA Shale region
The Times-Tribune
Twenty-five state troopers have been reassigned to duty in the Marcellus Shale drilling region in Northeast Pennsylvania over the past two years in response to population growth and a corresponding increase in incidents, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told a Senate panel Thursday.

Shale expected to bring jobs
Salem News
Mike McGlumphy is the first to admit there are jobs to be had in Ohio’s shale fields. He’s just not convinced there will be as many as some early estimates had suggested, particularly entry-level positions.

N.J. Highlands Council votes to expand gas pipeline from West Milford to Mahwah
The Jersey Journal
A gas pipeline project that will cut through New Jersey’s Highlands was approved tonight after Tennessee Gas promised to have a ‘weather contingency plan.’

Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry creates demand for cars in economically stagnant areas
Across the rural swaths of northern and western Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry has created a robust demand for cars – especially trucks – from dealers that typically serve economically stagnant towns and counties.

Natural Gas Industry ‘Dip’ Seen As Temporary
Potter County is experiencing a "temporary dip" in shale gas drilling, as are many other counties, but the long-range forecast calls for the industry to remain a major force for decades to come.

Meeting examines drilling, landowner groups
The Advocate
The meeting was organized by Hanover Mayor Duane Flowers to educate county residents about the possibility of joining a landowner group.