Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Mar 23, 2012

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

Westmoreland County asked to use impact fees to protect public health
Marcellus shale drilling opponents on Thursday asked Westmoreland County commissioners to consider using impact-fee revenues to protect public health and the environment.

Jobs boom for Mahoning Valley
Even though eastern Ohio didn’t land Shell Oil’s cracker plant, the Mahoning Valley is easily within range to benefit from the $2.7 billion operation, the state’s top economic development official said Thursday.

Obama discusses drilling at OSU visit
Mansfield News Journal
Local environmental activists were in Columbus Thursday to participate in a rally at the entrance to an event where President Obama talked about his energy policy.

Chemung County frack water plant not a current priority
There are no immediate plans to build a hydrofracking wastewater treatment plant in Chemung County, but there could be one in the future.

Environmental group promotes another misleading image on report of river pollution
Things aren’t always as they seem in the environmental movement.

Fracking Fluid Soaks Ohio
The nationwide boom in hydraulic fracturing-aka fracking-means energy-extraction companies in the U.S. can produce thousands of barrels of oil and millions of cubic feet of natural gas from once-inaccessible places.

Appeal in Dryden gas drilling case uncertain, but decision likely next week
Ithaca Journal
Anschutz Exploration Corporation is nearing a decision on whether to file a notice of appeal in the Town of Dryden gas drilling case, as the deadline approaches, said Anschutz attorney Tom West.

The president’s astonishing chutzpa
Boulder Weekly
His chutzpa is astonishing. U.S. natural gas reserves have tripled in recent years, alright , but it’s in spite of the Obama administration, not because of it.