Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Mar 2, 2012

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

A Fresh Scientific Defense of the Merits of Moving from Coal to Shale Gas
New York Times
There’s been a fresh development in a prolonged intellectual tussle among researchers at Cornell University over the climate benefits of moving from coal to natural gas, including gas extracted from shale using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

How Shale Gas Is Redefining the U.S. Energy Landscape
Site Selection
Game-changing increases in natural gas supply require pipeline networks of game-changing reach and new facilities from which to export much of it to high-demand regions globally.

Washington County OKs shale impact fee
Business Journal
The Washington County Commission has approved an impact fee that will allow it to collect millions of dollars from the state’s recently enacted Marcellus Shale fee.

Panelists: Some taking advantage of gas boom, some missing it
The Times-Tribune
The panel told the audience of students and business people how to get into the gas industry by serving the gas industry. They talked about the implications of the gas boom.

Hydraulic fracturing is safe, and it boosts our economy
Charleston Gazette
Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas offers an opportunity to build a more competitive U.S. economy.

USGS estimates on Slope shale oil, gas puts Alaska near top
Alaska Journal of Commerce
The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated the potential of undiscovered, technically recoverable onshore shale oil and gas resources on the North Slope, with estimates ranging from zero to 2 billion barrels of oil and from zero to 80 trillion cubic feet of gas.