Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Mar 30, 2012

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

Secrecy in the pipeline
The Times-Tribune
In what should be an explosive decision, the state Commonwealth Court has ruled that Public Utility Commission records relative to the safety of natural gas pipelines are not public records.

County OKs impact fee on future gas wells
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
The Berks County commissioners adopted an ordinance Thursday that allows the county to collect an impact fee on any natural gas wells eventually dug here.

Super-Cooled Natural Gas Is Red Hot In International Markets
Seeking Alpha
Natural gas transforms into a liquid when it’s cooled to minus 260 degrees, enabling exporters to load the liquefied commodity onto specialized carriers for shipment to an import terminal.

Consol Energy Opening Office in Leetonia
WYFX-TV Youngstown
Consol Energy is opening a new satellite office in Leetonia. The coal and natural gas producer is setting up shop in the Columbiana County World Trade Park.

The Electrical Worker
Natural Gas Boom Brings New Opportunities, Challenges for IBEW
Mud-splattered Ford F-150 pick-up trucks equipped with full tool boxes fill the parking lots of nearly every hotel, motel, bar and restaurant in Lycoming County, sporting license plates from across the country.

Fracking Company Refuses to Speak with Impacted Landowners; Protest Ensues
Common Dreams
On the morning of Wednesday, March 26, over 30 anti-fracking activists from across West Virginia and Appalachia picketed the Bridgeport office of EQT Energy.

Free Private Drinking Water Supply Testing Available
$150,000 has been secured through the Colcom Foundation’s grant program “Marcellus Environmental Fund” for the Headwaters Quality Drinking Water Project to provide low income families in Jefferson, Elk, Potter, Cameron, Clinton, Centre, and McKean Counties with funding to secure chain of custody water sample analyses of their private water supplies prior to Marcellus Shale Gas Well Drilling activities.