Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, May 31, 2012

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

Anti-fracking advocates urge public health assessment
In the month since he declared his candidacy for Broome County executive, Tarik Abdelazim’s cautionary stance against hydraulic fracturing has been perhaps the most clearly defined piece of his platform.

Drilling ban likely thorn for Downtown office space projects
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Whether Pittsburgh experiences a new renaissance of skyscrapers and premium office space could depend on whether the city can convince Marcellus shale drillers that they’re really welcome here.

Anadarko Could Slip Further On High-Profile Mess
Seeking Alpha
The lawsuit brought against Kerr-McGee by the United States Justice Department on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency over legacy clean-up costs related to Anadarko’s acquisition of Kerr-McGee’s oil and gas holdings in 2006, began on May 15 with the dropping of a bombshell.

Gas jobs focus of Friday event
The Times Leader
Job seekers hoping to break into the Marcellus Shale gas drilling business have an opportunity to shake hands, exchange cards and pass resumes at a combination job fair and natural gas expo Friday in Wyoming County.

New fracking method uses propane, not water
North County Public Radio
In the debate over whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in New York State, the need for millions of gallons of water at each well is a major concern.

GreenHunter Water expands fleet in Appalachian Region
Modern Bulk Transporter
GreenHunter Water LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenHunter Energy Inc, has completed the purchase of new rolling stock equipment assets to service oil and gas operators active in the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays located in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Seeking Disclosure on Fracking
New York Times
As the controversial oil and gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing continues to spread, governments around the world are grappling with how to regulate it. What should happen to the waste after the process, called fracking, ends? What taxes should oil and natural gas companies pay? What about earthquakes and air pollution?

Speaker opposes severance tax on shale oil/gas
Morgan County Herald
Jerry James, president of the Ohio Gas Association, spoke recently to the Morgan County Chamber of Commerce meeting held at Chelo’s. James, who holds a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College, talked about the severance tax. He said, “If this works, this could be a game changer. The tax is to tax Eastern Ohio residents to share with the rest of Ohio.”

Shale Plays Rock Geopolitical Boat
Free Republic
The game-changing development of shale oil and gas in the United States has motivated countries around the world to tap potentially massive resources.

President Obama’s Malthusian New Deal: Recovery Not
Cato Institute
With unemployment high, economic recovery elusive, and gasoline prices near record levels, the term Great Recession has joined the economic infamy list that is only topped by the 1930s Great Depression. Enter Barack Obama as the new-age FDR, ready to lead us back to prosperity with his newly unfurled election-year “to do” list for Congress.