Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Feb 6, 2012

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

Outdoor groups urge Corbett to uphold moratorium on state forest gas leases
Altoona Mirror
Pennsylvania’s 20 state forests encompass more than 2.2 million acres, giving residents year-round access for pursuits such as hiking, snowmobiling, boating, hunting and fishing.

Area Dominion Plant Taking Shape; $500M Invested in Marshall County
The Intelligencer
A $500 million investment by Dominion Resources into a natural gas processing facility is taking shape in Marshall County.

Oglebay Neighbors Concerned; Chesapeake Looks To Ease Drilling Fears
The Intelligencer
A number of factors are involved in piecing together a drilling unit such as the "Timmy Minch" unit in Ohio County, Chesapeake Energy officials said.

Natural gas cost heading lower
Toledo Blade
A combination of favorable factors has pushed natural gas bills to their lowest prices in a decade with a strong likelihood that prices will drop further over the next two months, possibly matching a record low price point set in the early 1990s.

Officials say area could see similar success from shale development
Zanesville Times Recorder
Local officials took a look recently at how Marcellus Shale drilling operations are affecting a Pennsylvania town. They came back after two days of site visits and meetings encouraged by what they saw in the Williamsport, Pa., area, which has been called "Boomtown, Pa." by local and state media there.

How to Strike It Big in the New Energy Boom
Wall Street Journal
Now, new profits and investment opportunities are emerging from the surge in U.S. gas and oil production.

Energy Independence: Frack We Must
As the price of oil shoots through the roof because of political instability, and the inability of the Obama Administration to say yes to Canadian oil and thousands of jobs, we have to turn to other energy sources.

Bill would register, set limits on Allegheny shale well sites
Two Allegheny County councilmen will introduce legislation on Tuesday that would create a registry of permits issued for Marcellus shale gas well sites and set restrictions on where drilling operations can be situated on county-owned property.