Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Feb 13, 2012

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

The shale revolution
The Spectator
Shale, what is it good for? How about fuelling Britain’s energy needs for decades to come? The Sunday Times reported yesterday that the reservoir of shale gas discovered in the North West could – depending on how it extracts – supply us with energy for up to 70 years.

Gas job seekers taking action
The Review
Those looking for jobs in the oil and natural gas industries need not wait for Royal Dutch Shell, Aither Chemicals or some other company to build an ethane cracker in the Upper Ohio Valley.

Consol Beefs Up Reserves By 517 Billion Cubic Feet
Wheeling News
Still a strong coal producer, Consol Energy has added 517 billion cubic feet of natural gas to its bid for a share of the Marcellus and Utica shale rush.

Drillers Cut Production As Gas Prices Drop
Wheeling News
As natural gas prices continue to drop, the recent nationwide boom in drilling is slowing.

Some facts, figures on the shale boom
Salem News
There are those who say the play in the Marcellus and Utica shales is about to bust. As Samuel Langhorne Clemens once said about his own death, reports of the shale play’s bust are greatly exaggerated.

Chemical industry investment in the Marcellus Shale region will continue
ICIS Chemical Business Americas
With the huge sums of investment being targeted for the natural gas-rich area, there might as well be gold under the hills of the Appalachia region of the US Simply stated, chemical industry growth in the Marcellus Shale area of the US Appalachia region will be huge.

Marcellus drills slowed by National Fuel’s falling prices
Buffalo News
National Fuel Gas Co. is pulling back on its headlong push to drill for natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.

Assessing PGW’s liquid natural gas future
The gritty Port Richmond waterfront – home to tank farms, wharves and many vacant lots – seems an unlikely location for one of city government’s most valuable assets.

Fawn, Frazer poised for additional Marcellus gas drilling
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With wells on the way and a pipeline coming, Fawn and Frazer are poised for more Marcellus shale well action.

Minor issues surface at plant
O-R Online
A three-day Clean Air Act inspection conducted in November by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found a handful of leaking valves and pumps at the MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources plant in Chartiers Township.

Ohio petroleum: Keep regulations safe and ‘agile’
Ohio petroleum producers are pushing back against a call by the state attorney general to increase environmental penalties and chemical reporting requirements on the drilling industry.

Greene County man pleads guilty to illegally dumping liquid waste
A Greene County man charged last year with illegally dumping millions of gallons of Marcellus Shale wastewater, sewer sludge and restaurant slop throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, has reached a plea agreement with the state attorney general’s office.