Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, May 9, 2012

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

Seismic Testing for Marcellus Shale Drilling Worries Residents
Many Cecil Township residents made their way to the podium at Monday night’s supervisors meeting to discuss proposed seismic testing for Marcellus Shale gas drilling, zoning and fire issues.

Coal finds a natural enemy
Foster’s Daily Democrat
Thanks to the man-made miracle of the Northeast’s power grid, Public Service of New Hampshire customers have probably failed to notice they are currently sans electricity from the coal-fired power plant in Bow.

Canadian scientist against fracking headed to Southern Tier
Ithaca Journal
A Canadian scientist fighting a gas company over contaminated well water in her home province is touring the Southern Tier and central New York with a message against the large-scale hydraulic fracturing technique proposed for the state.

The Top 5 Midstream Companies
The Motley Fool
I’m a firm believer in the efficacy of lists. At worst, they’re thought-provoking and help me stay organized. Today’s list comes from energy consultancy PFC Energy. I’m using the company’s list of the top 15 midstream companies to begin to evaluate this energy subsector’s dominant players.

Shale gas find good as gold
Plastics News
Newfound supplies of natural gas from shale deposits throughout the region have altered the dynamics of polyethylene and other plastics that use ethylene as a feedstock.

New Weatherford Facility Will Offer 150 New Jobs
WYTV Youngstown
A multipurpose operations facility planned for 1110 Performance Place in Youngstown will offer about 150 new jobs at the facility.

Hollywood Filming Marcellus Shale Drama in Pennsylvania
NGI’s Shale Daily (requires trial or subscription to access)
Hollywood is preparing to bring Marcellus Shale oil and natural gas drilling to the big screen next winter and has started filming in Western Pennsylvania.

Did the EPA Crucifixion Campaign Include New York?
Energy in Depth – Northeast Marcellus Initiative
Recent revelations regarding the deliberate attempts by a regional EPA administrator to “crucify” the oil and gas industry raise troubling questions about EPA political agendas in other regions.  One of these is New York Region 2 out of New York City.

Chesapeake Midstream Earns Net Income of $52.4M
The Business Journal
Chesapeake Midstream Partners L.P., a unit of Chesapeake Energy Corp., reported net income of $52.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, an increase of $13.6 million, or 35%, compared to the same period a year ago.

Natural Gas Plentiful; Fueling Stations Are Not
The Business Journal
By the end of 2013, the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Canton will have 50 vehicles in its fleet that operate on compressed natural gas, said its executive director, Kirt Conrad.