Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jun 15, 2012

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

Manchin to tour W.Va. energy production sites
WCHS-TV Charleston
Manchin’s office says the tour that starts Friday includes a Marcellus Shale site, coal mines, a coal-fired power plant, a wind turbine project and reclaimed surface mining sites.

N.J. Assembly panel approves bill to ban fracking in N.J.
An Assembly panel pushed back at Pennsylvania Thursday, approving a measure that would prevent hydraulic fracturing waste — better known as "fracking" from entering the Garden State.

Gas group CEO: Industry must communicate with adversaries
O-R Online
With America’s recent ascent as the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas, it would appear that Regina Hopper’s job would be an easy one.

Industry event to promote domestic energy production
Charleston Daily Mail
Appalachian Power Park will transform into a rally site on Saturday, as the oil and natural gas industry comes to Charleston to promote domestic energy production.

Pennsylvania lobbying for DRBC fracking rules
Allentown Morning Call
Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has been lobbying neighboring states to approve regulations to open the Delaware River basin to natural gas drilling, a plan that came to a screeching halt in November when Corbett’s counterpart in Delaware said the proposal lacked sufficient public health protections.

Williams takes big lease at Park Place
Business Journal
Tulsa, OK-based Williams, a publicly traded oil and gas firm, has made a commitment to its future growth needs in the region, leasing a 112,000-square-foot building at Park Place Commerce Center in North Fayette.

BENTEK: Active Rig Count Has Failed As An Indicator Of U.S. Natural Gas Production
PR Log
The BENTEK Productivity Index standardizes the U.S. natural gas and crude oil rig count across all production areas, creating a benchmark that can be used to help forecast dry gas production.

Chenango County included in Cuomo’s suggested permitting list
The Evening Sun
It’s still a big ‘IF?’ whether the state’s environmental regulators will give the go-ahead, but the Cuomo administration is pushing a plan that would permit hydraulic fracturing in the deepest part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, which includes Chenango County.