Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Apr 3, 2012

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

Landowners still optimistic about oil production
Marietta Times
A map released by the Ohio Geological Survey indicates only part of Washington County is ideal for Utica shale drilling, but an official with the agency emphasized Monday that the data is only preliminary.

Mathews school district part of natural gas agreement
An agreement between a multi-national energy company and a local landowners group for the right to drill for natural gas should benefit a local school district.

State OKs limited operations at damaged compressor station
The Citizens’ Voice
State regulators cleared Williams Partners to resume limited operations at a Susquehanna County natural gas compressor station on Monday, just four days after an explosion and fire shut down the facility and tore a hole through the building’s roof.

Tomblin still optimistic state will attract an ethane cracker
Charleston Daily Mail
Even though the Shell Oil Co. recently announced it wants to build a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker in Pennsylvania, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he remains optimistic West Virginia will attract at least one of the giant factories.

EPA Postpones New Air Standards For ‘Fracked’ Natural Gas Wells
NASDAQ/Dow Jones
The Environmental Protection Agency postponed its first rules aimed at reducing air pollution from oil and natural-gas wells drilled by hydraulic fracturing, following a last-minute push by energy companies to weigh in on the new standards.

The Slow Death of Carbon Policy
In both the EU and the US carbon policy correctness has run its course having been discredited by scandal, the persistence of scientific method, and public pressure to recognize market realities.

Exploring the Witch Hunt Against Hydraulic Fracturing
Natural gas production, from hydrocarbon rich shale formations, known as “shale gas,” is one of the most rapidly expanding trends in onshore oil and gas exploration and production today.