Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Feb 28, 2012

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

Marcellus & Utica shale boom: MC professor versed on all sides of the issue
Marietta Times
When he first entered college at Penn State University, Scranton, Pa. native Bob Chase wasn’t sure what he’d gotten himself into.

Industries, drillers aid police in Ohio River shore security
Riverfront industries and gas drillers are helping police in Beaver County establish response plans for emergencies along the Ohio River shore and raise money to operate a patrol boat.

API to Host Fracking Workshop in Albany
International Business Times
The American Petroleum Institute will host a hydraulic fracturing workshop in Albany, N.Y., next week as part of its drive to make its case for the drilling technique that has been the source of controversy and debate in recent years.

PIMCO: Natural Gas Is Already A Game Changer
Silicon Alley Insider
Natural gas is a game changer for the U.S. economy according to PIMCO’s Mark Kiesel.

Marcellus shale – a job boom brought to you by drilling, drilling and drilling
The Marcellus shale formation, found in Pennsylvania and New York, is reviving parts of the Rust Belt and providing good paying jobs for the area and much needed energy for the nation.

Green Living: Vitali hearing now: Marcellus shale and air emissions
In moments, a hearing about air emissions from Marcellus shale operations, held by state Rep. Greg Vitali and the House Democratic Policy Committee, will begin at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

W. Pa. wells had casing failures in complaint area
At least two gas wells near a community that’s complained of sudden drinking water pollution had casing failures during the drilling process.

Ohio Fracking Foes Push Water Safety as Republicans Tout Jobs
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study.

Charitable groups find allies in gas drilling industry
Charities battered by a bad economy found a friend in the region’s natural gas industry.

Drilling companies spend millions to repair, improve roads
PennDOT slapped weight restrictions on nearly 4,600 miles of roadway across Pennsylvania in the past three years because of concern that trucks used by Marcellus shale gas drillers would damage them, agency figures show.

Drilling spurs demand for cars in struggling areas
Erie Times News
Analysts are pointing to a strong year for the auto industry, but for a select number of car dealerships, 2012 is poised to deliver a bonanza in sales.