Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Mar 27, 2012

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

Bill allows some hiding of – fracking’ chemicals
The Columbus Dispatch
Drillers are eager to tap a vast reservoir of natural gas and oil within shale beneath Ohio, which could employ thousands, but critics say it will also cause pollution.

Peters Township joins opposition to state’s shale regulations
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peters council members last night voted to join a growing consortium of municipalities and environmental groups that plan to appeal the state’s new law governing Marcellus Shale gas regulations.

County council to vote on gas impact fee
The Citizens’ Voice
At least four of the council’s 11 members oppose the impact-fee ordinance, but Council Chairman Jim Bobeck said he expects the ordinance will pass with the six votes needed.

NY’s missing jobs
New York Post
While many New Yorkers struggle to find jobs and support their families, it is frustrating to compare our circumstances with those of our neighbors just across the state line in Pennsylvania. Consider the contrast between trends in Tioga County and those just across the border in Bradford County, Pa.

Mansfield initiates institute to educate gas-drilling workers
The Institute will work with all segments of the gas industry to help meet the educational needs of employees as well as developing academic programs to prepare the university’s students for careers in the field.

NY budget has no money for fracking health study
Ithaca Journal
A pair of measures championed by environmental and conservation groups will be left out of a final state budget agreement, lawmakers said Monday.

Top Six Reasons We Need a Better Definition of Clean Energy
Renewable Energy News
If every energy industry representative and every politician uses the term "clean energy" freely, how do we know what it really means? Senator Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman has just introduced his clean energy standard legislation.

Lull In Shale Gas Drilling Seen As ‘Temporary’
Potter County is experiencing a "temporary dip" in shale gas drilling, as are many other counties, but the long-range forecast calls for the industry to remain a major force for decades to come.