Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Jun 25, 2012

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

White House supportive of US LNG exports: aide
The Obama administration supports in principle US exports of liquefied natural gas, though specific new guidelines on exports await completion of a study by the Department of Energy, President Barack Obama’s top energy aide said Thursday.

Local companies drill into natural gas industry
The Citizens’ Voice
Natural gas extraction helps enable a Scranton ammunition plant to aim for different business objectives. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems makes swivel elbow and drill-pipe connecting joints used at the region’s Marcellus Shale gas wells.

Tomblin, Maloney talk energy
Both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor agree development of West Virginia’s natural gas resources will shape the state’s economic future for years to come, yet coal must continue to play a part.

Financiers: Marcellus more than a trickle
Active drilling in the Marcellus shale is going to solve the United States’ economic problems, and Janney Montgomery Scott knows why.

As temperatures rise, electric rates are falling
In a typical year, the cost of electricity goes up in the summer as the electrical grid groans from the strain of millions of air conditioners. But these are not typical times in the energy world.

Marcellus Shale Business Expo attracts thousands
Towanda Daily Review
The Northern Tier Marcellus Shale Business Expo held its third year and featured 240 businesses from all parts of the country, multiple seminars, sophisticated natural gas equipment, raffles and lots of food and refreshments.

A Modest Proposal: Cuomo would start hydrofracking in a limited region rich with gas
The Post-Standard
If you’re going to drill for natural gas, it makes sense to go where the gas is — and where you’re welcome.

Studying the Marcellus Shale: Researchers develop collaborative tool for water quality data
Centre Daily Times
Scientists with federal and state agencies, academic researchers, environmental consultants and watershed group volunteers have collected water quality data for years as part of efforts to monitor the health of Pennsylvania’s waterways.

A Biography of Methane
Essential Public Radio
Coal, oil, and natural gas are all fossil fuels, but they have different origins. Coal mainly comes from plants that grew on land and died long ago. The source for oil and methane — the main ingredient of natural gas — is something else.

Gasland’s Josh Fox Can’t Be Bothered with Facts
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox, he of the burning water tap, loves to scare people with the provocative word “fracking” and misleading images and claims of its potential to damage the environment, specifically groundwater.

Public can hear views on – fracking
The Columbus Dispatch
Drillers are eager to tap a vast reservoir of natural gas and oil within shale beneath Ohio, which could employ thousands, but critics say it will also cause pollution.

Fracking: A New York Perspective
Essential Public Radio
Toni Grekin lives on a farm near Deposit, NY, a one-stoplight town just north of the Pennsylvania line. A transplant from Brooklyn, she’s been there since the ‘60s. Behind her farmhouse are acres of tree-covered hills and a little swimming pond.