MDN is very excited to announce a new publication: Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook 2012. The Databook is 116 pages filled with information about the Marcellus and Utica Shale, with 90 pages of maps showing where permits and drilling are happening, county by county, throughout the entire Appalachian region. If you want to know what’s happening in the Marcellus and Utica, and how you can take advantage of it, this book is for you.
There’s no doubt that last week’s announcement by Shell that it intends to build a cracker plant in Pennsylvania sent political shockwaves through West Virginia, a state that heavily courted Shell (see this MDN story). West Virginia’s Democrat governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, is doing damage control by leaking information to favored reporters that Shell was not the only game in town, and in fact was a longshot:
Last June, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a 178-page report called “The Future of Natural Gas” (a copy of the full report is embedded below). Somehow this report escaped MDN’s notice at the time. Seeing that it’s conclusions are that hydraulic fracturing is safe, MDN understands why mainstream media outlets don’t endlessly promote it and quote from it as they do from journal articles penned by anti-drilling professors like Robert Howarth and Tony Ingraffea making outrageous claims like natural gas is worse for the environment than coal (see this MDN story).
A proposed natural gas pipeline extension that would run from Staten Island through Bayonne, NJ, and Jersey City to the West Village in Manhattan has received the endorsement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commisssion (FERC), the agency that has final say in the $850 million project.
The project has faced opposition from groups in both NY and NJ. A final decision will be made in a vote by the five-member commission.