Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, May 4, 2012

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

Wyoming got EPA to delay fracking finding
Wyoming’s governor persuaded the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone an announcement linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination, giving state officials — whom the EPA had privately briefed on the study — time to attempt to debunk the finding before it rocked the oil and gas industry more than a month later, an investigation by the Associated Press has found.

Guest Viewpoint: Don’t muzzle free speech in debate over gas drilling
Ithaca Journal
In her April 27 guest column, Martha Robertson, a dedicated fractivist, condemned the gas industry’s daring to spend money to advocate its own position. Yet institutions, nonprofits and governmental entities regularly advocate for themselves.

Natural Gas Boom Drives Pipeline Upgrades
ENR-Engineering News-Record
Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region is being peppered with compressor stations and tie-in lines as producers bring natural gas to market.

Execs outline jobs potential tied to shale drilling at Ohio Energy Jobs Summit
Business Journal
All that political- and business-speak about jobs, jobs, jobs from development of the Utica shale play in Ohio is starting to be backed up by the actions of some companies with big stakes in the oil and natural gas business.

Natural Gas Can Set US Free
News Max
Psst: Don’t tell anybody, but the worst-kept secret in Pennsylvania is that the natural gas industry – the only economic salvation of the Keystone State – is leaving in droves, replaced by job loss, budget holes, and despair.

Numerous industries feel benefits of Ohio’s resources
The Hill
As the foundation of America’s manufacturing sector, the business of chemistry has deep roots in the state of Ohio, the site of today’s "Energy Jobs Summit" in Columbus.

Fracking innovations enhancing energy independence
The Hill
"Energy independence," long an empty promise gladly served up by crafty politicians eager to curry favor with unwitting voters, might be a lot closer than even the most starry-eyed dreamer could have imagined only a short time ago.