Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Mar 22, 2012

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

South Fayette authorizes lawsuit against state Marcellus law
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
South Fayette commissioners voted 5-0 last night to participate in a multi-municipal lawsuit against the state’s Marcellus Shale law.

Marcellus Shale/South Hills C.C. Talk Dominates Crowded Whitehall Boro Meeting
Ever since the South Hills Country Club leased part of its land to Chesapeake Energy to allow high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing A in Whitehall Borough , Whitehall’s electedA officials have taken some heat.

Officials dismiss impact fee as meager
Marcellus shale drilling isn’t coming to town for a while, but local officials know the impact of nearby drilling isn’t far away – and they aren’t happy with how the state plans to pay for that impact.

Greene prepares to pass impact fee
O-R Online
Following the action March 1 of their colleagues in neighboring Washington County, Greene County commissioners are expected to adopt an ordinance today allowing the county and its municipalities to collect $9.1 million in impact fees from the Marcellus Shale gas industry.

Battle brews over referendum
Centre Daily Times
A disagreement regarding how best to protect Rush Township’s water from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling has created a political fracture destined to spill over into April’s primary.

Gas industry tries to sell sportsmen on hydrofracking
Among the catered tables of eggplant parmesan, chicken teriyaki bites, pizza rolls and deli sandwiches were a handful of information booths and a rostrum where natural gas industry representatives and former regulators made their pitch on hydraulic fracturing.

Local Schools Catering Classes to Shale Boom
WYTV Youngstown
Local educators say welding jobs are in demand and even more so now because of the oil and natural gas boom and the support industries.

Valerus mulls regional manufacturing of compressors
Business Journal
At that time, Valerus was planning to hire about 100 people by the end of 2011 for its Smithfield facility, which installs and services compressor stations for Marcellus Shale gas.

Cracker fight will continue
Weirton Daily Times
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley said his state may lead Ohio and West Virginia in the battle to land Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane cracker, but he knows the game is far from finished.

Md. House passes fee on companies wanting to drill
The Daily Times
The Maryland House of Delegates has approved charging a $15 fee per acre on energy companies seeking to drill in Marcellus Shale to pay for studies on best practices of natural gas extraction.

Counties flock to Marcellus Shale drilling impact fee
The Citizens’ Voice
With a month left to act, a growing number of counties are opting to levy a Marcellus Shale drilling impact fee.

Officials mull landfill issues
Steuben Courier
Two changes being considered for the Steuben County Landfill this year could bring in more waste and boost revenues, but both could be met with resistance.

Marcellus Midstream: morning nosh courtesy of Saudi Arabia
Business Journal
For the 2,000 or so attendees at the 3rd annual Marcellus Midstream Conference, the bagel spreads this morning were provided by Saudi Aramco. The company does have offices in Texas, Washington D.C. and New York, but isn’t planning on establishing a base here.

Ohio looks for crumbs of cracker
Although they’d much prefer to have Shell’s multi-billion dollar cracker plant in their backyard, government leaders in West Virginia and Ohio say seeing it minutes away in western Pennsylvania is the next-best thing.

The Administration’s Anti-Energy Record: Chapter and Verse
Power Line
President Obama has undergone something of a deathbed conversion: facing an uphill re-election battle and with gasoline at $4 a gallon, Obama suddenly has proclaimed himself a devotee of Sarah Palin’s energy policy-drill, baby, drill.

Siemens AG has eye on drilling industry
Timing, they say, is everything. Siemens AG, Europe’s largest engineering company, and its divisions and employees in Pittsburgh are hoping that’s the case.