Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Mar 28, 2012

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

Clearfield Commissioners Impose Gas Impact Fee
The Clearfield County Commissioners unanimously voted, 3-0, to impose an ordinance to adopt an unconventional gas well impact fee at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Bri-Chem Corp. Leases Leetsdale Warehouse
A North American wholesale distributor and manufacturer of oil and gas drilling fluids, steel pipe and piping products has leased 38,000 square feet of warehouse space in Leetsdale Industrial Park, according to Chapman Properties , which manages the park.

Wall Street Journal: Steel Finds Sweet Spot in the Shale
The rising fortunes of a massive U.S. Steel Corp. plant here has much to do with what sits below: massive deposits of cheap natural gas.

Area jobless rates improve
Local unemployment rates in February continued to show great improvement – with prospects for more improvement as shale gas hiring kicks in.

RETTEW Named on List of Top 100 Organizations
RETTEW, a firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning and surveying services, was recently named on Pennsylvania Business Central’s list of top 100 organizations for 2012.

Spectra Energy Charts A New Course In Appalachia
Oil and Gas Investor
The enormous impact of the Appalachian shales is redrawing the supply picture for the Northeast and Southeast U.S. markets, said Spectra’s Brian McKerlie, vice president, business development, Northeast U.S. transmission, at Hart Energy’s Marcellus Midstream 2012 conference and exhibition.

Gas firm interested in school property
Weirton Daily Times
The Brooke County Board of Education has been asked to enter into an agreement that would permit natural gas drilling on any of the school district’s 205 acres of property.

Fracking Boom Divides Small Businesses
Entrepreneur Magazine
When drilling companies flocked to Bradford County, Pa., in 2008, Steve Pelton wasn’t happy.

Family counseling may aid landowners
People looking at leasing the mineral rights to their property may want to consider family counseling services in addition to legal and financial advice.