Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, May 10, 2012

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

Special Report: Chesapeake’s deepest well: Wall Street
Far from the drilling rigs of Oklahoma, America’s second-largest natural gas producer is having to dig ever deeper into the well that really fueled its growth: Wall Street.

Intensive Training Course to Begin for Shale Jobs
The Business Journal
Fifteen students will be hitting the books Monday to learn everything they can about oil and gas well operations in two weeks through an 80-hour course designed to qualify them to work on rig sites.

Why Anti-Fracking Groups Are Shifting Their Story From Water To Air Quality
Energy in Depth – NMI
The story goes that fracturing is a mysterious and untested practice, that fracturing fluids are a secret, “chemical cocktail,” that there are innumerable incidents of aquifer and drinking water contamination, resulting even in tap water catching fire, and that “Big Oil” has pressured Congress into exempting the technology from any environmental laws.

The Agenda
National Review Online
Recently, John Ellis of Buzzfeed and Shawn Tully of Fortune both published columns on domestic energy production.

Maine LNG Facility: Plans Continue, but is it Economically Viable?
Maine Public Broadcasting
The importation of liquified natural gas–or LNG–was once viewed by many as an important part of America’s energy mix–a comparatively clean and efficient alternative to oil.

Environmental Drilling Solutions To Receive Investment Backing From Element Partners And CSL Capital Management
Oil and Gas Online
Environmental Drilling Solutions, LLC, , a leader in solids control, cuttings processing and zero discharge services, has received a growth equity investment from Element Partners and CSL Capital Management, announced EDS Chairman Kirby Arceneaux.

E & P Industry Continues To Cut Dry Gas Development
The exploration and production industry reported further cuts in spending on the development of dry natural gas properties, as capital continues to shift towards oil and liquids play in the United States and elsewhere.