Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Apr 13, 2012

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

Injection Well Bill Introduced
State Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D-74 of Clearfield County, said he has introduced legislation that would provide a two-year moratorium on the drilling of new deep injection wells in Pennsylvania, as well as provide better water protection for future wells after the moratorium expires.

300-foot buffer proposed for Ohio park drilling
An Ohio natural resource agency’s proposed guidelines for drilling in state parks would require natural gas and oil companies to stay at least 300 feet – the length of a football field – from campgrounds, certain waterways and sites deemed historically or archaeologically valuable.

Local residents vent about proposed natural gas pipeline
The Advocate
Dave Bonifant has enlisted the help of Columbus attorneys to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline he says could damage his Nashport-area property.

Hopes Pinned On Another Cracker Plant
The Intelligencer
The liquids-rich Marcellus and Utica shale gas underlying northern West Virginia could still help the state land at least one ethane cracker, jumpstarting the state’s manufacturing sector, officials believe.

Nicholas Corky DeMarco: W.Va. is in position to soar
Charleston Gazette
At a time when the national unemployment rate stands at 8.3 percent and 24 million Americans are unemployed, under-employed or have given up looking for work, West Virginia finds itself in an enviable position.

Old Bridgestone tech center may become oil and gas research hub
Firestone’s century-old offices and tire plant in Akron may become the site of an oil, gas and chemicals research hub.

County Watch: Caroline considers townwide fracking ban
Ithaca Journal
The Caroline Town Board initiated the public process Tuesday for discussing, and eventually voting on, a townwide gas drilling ban and related activities.

Gas industry urged to ensure all of W.Va. prospers
Weirton Daily Times
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and two House colleagues made a bipartisan appeal to the shale-gas industry Wednesday, urging companies to ensure that West Virginians get jobs and other long-term benefits from the rush for the state’s riches.

Supervisors concerned about drilling ordinances
Ridgway Record
Township supervisors from Elk County had concerns about the state’s new oil and gas drilling law versus local ordinances at a recent meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force.