Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, May 11, 2012

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

Court may settle dispute over noise
Buffalo News
National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. is seeking to have noise standards placed by the town on its compressor station rolled back and to have the town pay it an unspecified amount in monetary damages and attorney fees.

Granville Township suspends use of brine
Newark Advocate
The controversy about a technique used to drill oil and gas wells in deep-lying shale has caused Granville Township to pay closer attention to a byproduct of that drilling it uses for road maintenance: brine.

Anti-Fracking Message Spelled Out To Governor Cuomo
Port Washington News
On May 3, Long Island environmental groups not only called on Governor Cuomo to ban hydro-fracking , a drilling technique that allows producers to extract gas from underground shale reserves, in New York State, but they clearly spelled it out.

Paradise Gardens & Farm owner refutes drilling in honor of wife, nature
Punxsutawney Spirit
“Now I feel empowered by a bond of love,” he said following an event he hosted Thursday on his Paradise Gardens & Farm. “No drill will ever penetrate this land, and I’m prepared to stand behind that.”

Consol Energy Reaches Out to Residents on Drilling
WYTV Youngstown
During a meet-and-greet Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Mahoning County landowner Tom Logan talked with Consol Energy employees about some legal questions.

Licking County Commissioners address fracking concerns
The Advocate
Concerns about the long-term effect of hydraulic fracturing moved the Licking County Commissioners toward creation of an ad hoc committee to study potential safety issues.

Vestal, NY landowners host fracking meeting
As the debate over hydrofracking continues, some Southern Tier residents gathered to learn more about the drilling method. The Vestal Landowners Coalition hosted a meeting Wednesday night at Clayton Avenue Elementary School to cover the benefits of hydrofracking.

Town of New Paltz supports nationwide ban on fracking
They celebrated Mother’s Day early Thursday in New Paltz. The town board met in special session to pass a Mother’s Day proclamation to support a nationwide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Obama Stalls U.S. Energy Independence, Enemies Smile
Investor’s Business Daily
Do America’s enemies wish us well? It’s an important question because they’ve made a big push to halt U.S. energy production. So why does the Obama administration’s policies support their aims?

Chesapeake Gives Back, Exec Tells United Way
The Business Journal
Chesapeake Energy Corp. operates a “rigorous philanthropic” program, the senior manager of corporate development in the energy company’s Canton office told the 2011 annual meeting of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.