Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Feb 8, 2012

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

Wind Power and Corporate Greed
In a tiny upstate New York hamlet called Meredith, amid the abandoned barns and fallow pastures of one of the poorest counties of the Northeast, a civil war was recently fought over one of the catchphrases of the ecology movement — wind power.

Pa. gas drilling fee bill debate ends without vote
Pennsylvania, the only major gas-producing state that does not tax the taking of natural gas from its soil, moved closer Tuesday to imposing a fee on the drilling in the vast Marcellus Shale reserves that have transformed the state in recent years.

Kasich Solidly Behind Gas Industry’s Future
Wheeling News
Gov. John Kasich didn’t flinch when natural gas opponents disrupted his State of the State address Tuesday – he just kept talking about the 740 jobs MarkWest Energy’s $500 million processing plants are expected to bring to the area.

Offer for railroad increases
The News Item
Moran Industries has increased its offer to $30 million to purchase the 200 miles of rails and assets of the SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority.

State lawmakers open door for gas drilling in Upper Bucks
Though area reserves do not fall within the Marcellus Shale, gas companies suspect that pockets of natural gas lie underneath rural Upper Bucks communities.

Seismic tests begin for Elk State Forest drilling
York Dispatch
Seismic testing has begun to determine the potential for Marcellus Shale drilling in north-central Pennsylvania’s Elk State Forest.