Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Apr 26, 2012

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

County continues to plan for shale drilling boom
Coshocton Tribune
Commissioners have thrown their support behind an effort to compel oil and gas drilling and pipeline construction companies to employ as many local workers as possible for Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling.

Big energy companies getting ready for profitable drilling in our region
Meadville Tribune
It’s not if, but when natural gas drilling activity will increase in Crawford County, according to some local industry watchers.

Plan to raise pipeline pressure brings new natural gas worries to residents of 6 Bergen towns
Local officials and residents are raising safety concerns about a plan to increase the amount of natural gas moving through a pipeline that winds through six towns in Bergen County.

Hydrofracking front and center at Earth Day event
Ithaca Journal
A coalition of environmental organizations hosted a handful of speakers Wednesday before sending dozens to the state Capitol for their 22nd annual Earth Day lobbying event.

A well of questions: Many legal issues still surround WV shale drilling
State Journal
While significant gains have been made in tailoring the state’s natural gas laws to meet unique challenges presented by drilling in the Marcellus shale and deeper gas formations, complications remain for the industry.

Old lease? Seek counsel
Presenting detailed information about older oil and gas leases to approximately 150 interested persons at the Buffalo Campus of the Mid-East Career and Technology Center Monday evening, Dale Arnold said the best advice he could give them was to "get an attorney."

Washington, Greene lead region in Marcellus permits
Business Journal
Bradford County is the most active for companies receiving permits to drill in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, with Washington and Greene counties having the most permits regionally.

Get Natural Gas ‘for Free’ After Massive Selloffs: Porter Stansberry
The more drilling we do in these shales, the more likely the discovery of more expansive deposits than anything anyone ever imagined. Current estimates indicate the presence of 20B barrels of oil each in Eagle Ford, Bakken and Marcellus shales.

Daily Review: Using Their Own Product
There has been a fair amount of speculation that the use of the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale and other shale plays around the country will reduce the United States’ dependency on foreign fuels. In fact, even the natural gas companies themselves are striving to become more energy independent.

Shale water testing discussed
Residents gathered at the Windsor Community Center here Monday evening to learn about water testing that could protect their rights in the event of contamination from drilling.