Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Jun 11, 2012

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

Fracking in Ohio Sparks Real Estate Rebound: Mortgages
The clamor of bulldozers on a patch of former farmland in rural Carroll County, Ohio makes Glenn Enslen, the county’s economic development director, feel “like an eight-year-old kid on Christmas morning,” he said.

Governor set to sign Ohio’s new gas drilling rules
WFMJ-TV Youngstown
Republican Gov. John Kasich is preparing to sign a sweeping energy bill setting Ohio’s new shale-drilling regulations. Kasich is set to sign the legislation Monday at the headquarters of Echogen Power Systems in Akron.

Oil, gas lobbies line up on both sides of tax debate
Crain’s Cleveland Business
It’s shaping up to be a hot summer of debate for Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to increase taxes levied on the state’s shale oil and gas industry, with business communities in some of Ohio’s largest cities coming out in support of the governor while the Greater Cleveland Partnership considers its stance.

Ladlee to host day-long shale course at SCC
Salem News
The associate director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach & Research at Penn State University is hosting a day-long course at the Salem Community Center on June 25.

Professor speaks in Martinsburg, says Marcellus Shale may be key to kickstarting economy
Martinsburg Journal
Dr. Edmond Seifried says he has the solution to the current state of the economy. It all lies in the Marcellus Shale.

Allegheny County councilman suggests finding mineral wealth
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Southwestern Pennsylvania could be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, Allegheny County Councilman Matt Drozd says. He wants the county to do an inventory on how much of that valuable natural resource and other mineral wealth can be found beneath about 12,000 acres of county-owned land.

Utica Shale might create need for more pipelines — and jobs
Coshocton Tribune
County officials and members of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce tour a section of the Rockies Express pipeline in August 2009 near Claysville in Guernsey County.

Tax incentives for Shell make sense for job creation
President Barack Obama was criticized for an $80 billion bailout to Detroit automakers.

Top GOP leader blasts SEPTA for snubbing natural gas buses
SEPTA committed to diesel-electric hybrid buses in 2008, when it bought the first of the 472 New Flyer hybrids now in its fleet.

C. Alan Walker: Shell tax credit is about more jobs
One of the current strategies to obstruct Gov. Tom Corbett has taken on an air of pure bloody mindedness: the manufactured controversy over proposed tax credits to lure Shell Chemical to construct a $4 billion ethane-processing plant in the state’s southwest.

Paper: Map, earthquake led to dismissal of Ohio geologist
The Athens News reported that state geologist Larry Wickstrom was dismissed because he failed to inform superiors about a new map of potential Utica shale hot spots and also neglected to tell them about a January earthquake near Youngstown.

Energy is now the cool field
Cheryl A. LaFleur, a former National Grid executive, is about halfway through a four-year term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity.

Dominion East Ohio spends big to participate in the Utica shale boom
Anne E. Bomar, senior vice president and general manager of Dominion East Ohio shows some of the pipeline network on a map of Ohio in the area where most of the Utica shale is being drilled on Thursday in Cleveland.

Guest voice: Don’t subsidize solar energy in Pa.
Erie Times News
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, along with a diverse coalition of business and industry groups…are urging lawmakers to reject attempts to prop up the solar market by providing price support to the declining solar energy credit market.

Ewart: Fracking fears have gone Hollywood
You know you’ve got an issue when Matt Damon is making a big-budget Hollywood movie on the perils of fracking.