Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Jun 18, 2012

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

Wizard Chip Northrup Meets Truth in Pulteney; Explodes in Reaction
Energy in Depth – NMI
Regular readers of this blog will recall I previously pointed out that anti-natural gas spokespeople masquerading as experts is a rampant problem. It was the same story last night as the Town of Pulteney, Steuben County, New York was poised to vote on a proposed moratorium on natural gas development (one based on the Park Foundation funded Slottje model).

Drillers Work To Solve Violations
The Intelligencer
Chesapeake Energy and other natural gas drillers are still working to abate a series of violations discovered across the Northern Panhandle by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Gov. Corbett turns up pressure on neighbors
Pocono Record
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.

Is Groundwater At Risk From Hydraulic Fracturing?
Oil and Gas Online
The National Ground Water Association is holding a one-day forum entitled "Hydraulic Fracturing: Scientific and Technical Approaches to Protect Groundwater" June 27, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.

Drilling won’t threaten Pa. parks, officials say
Youngstown Vindicator
A Marcellus Shale gas well site, owned by Shell Western Exploration and Production, sits at the back of a farm field, one of a handful of such sites in Lawrence County.

George Hohmann: More cracker talk
Charleston Gazette
Could the multi-billion dollar ethane cracker that Shell Oil has said it wants to build in Pennsylvania end up in Ohio or West Virginia after all?

Local educators learn about oil, gas industry
Coshocton Tribune
Mark Baughman’s students are starting to ask questions about Utica Shale, and he wants to have the answers. So he went on a field trip.

No jail time in dumping case
O-R Online
After an eight-hour sentencing hearing, Greene County Judge Farley Toothman sentenced Robert Allan Shipman, 50, of New Freeport, former owner of Allan’s Wastewater Service Inc., to seven years’ probation.

Fracking to begin at Brooke Hills Park
Herald Star Online
After working several months to establish a natural gas well at Brooke Hills Park, crews are slated to begin the next phase next week.

Mason Hawkins Buys Stake in CONSOL Energy as Coal Stocks Fall
Mason Hawkins , founder of $34 billion mutual fund firm Southeastern Asset Management, increased his position in CONSOL Energy by 440.6 percent this week, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

Halliburton sees ‘great opportunity’ in Zanesville
Why is Halliburton in Zanesville? Because the oilfield service company sees huge potential in the area, said Chris Talley, Halliburton Northeast Area Technical Manager.