Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jun 14, 2012

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

Utica Processing Plants on Track for August Start
The Business Journal
Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s $4 billion deal to sell its pipeline interests isn’t likely to derail plans to build a natural gas processing network in the Utica shale of eastern Ohio, executives say.

Marcellus Shale: N.Y., Chesapeake Energy reach settlement on disputed gas leases
Ithaca Journal
Chesapeake Energy has agreed to allow landowners to renegotiate the terms of 4,365 mineral rights leases and release 50 others under the settlement, which was obtained Thursday by Gannett’s Albany Bureau. The leases total 264,183 acres.

An endless stall
New York Post
Will hydraulic fracturing ever come to New York? And if it does, will it be sufficiently commonplace to actually boost Upstate’s sadly dilapidated economy?

N.Y. set to join fracking-friendly states, with limits
Washington Times
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, reportedly will lift a moratorium on fracking this summer, allowing the popular yet controversial gas-extraction technique to be used in the southern part of the state near the Pennsylvania border.

New study projects 14 percent growth in shale-related employment in PA
The Times-Tribune
An IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday projects that shale gas-supported employment in Pennsylvania will grow 14 percent each year between 2010 and 2015, more than in any other unconventional gas producing state.

Proposal for limited fracking would delay further drilling in Syracuse-area counties
The Post-Standard
A proposal to limit hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in New York to five Southern Tier counties would push back any drilling in Central New York by years.

‘Fracking’ Attack: NYT Won’t Give Up Fighting Natural Gas Extraction, Even After Embarrassing Itself
Media Research Center
Even after being embarrassed by a series of misleading reports from reporter Ian Urbina in June 2011 , the New York Times continues to lash out against hydro-fracking, the process of pumping chemicals and water into shale to extract gas.

County Work Group Hosts Natural Gas Information Exchange
Natural gas extraction activities can cause inconvenience but, if properly overseen, can benefit individuals and municipalities.

New federal soot rule could impact Ohio, Pennsylvania drilling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency faces an upcoming deadline on toughening a federal clean-rule on soot or particulates, and the lobbying on both sides is under way.

In Clearfield County . . . Petition Presented Opposing Disposal Injection Well
Resident Darlene Marshall presented the Clearfield County Commissioners with an "undersigned petition" that opposes the proposed construction of a disposal injection well off Highland Street Extension in Brady Township and sought written support from them at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

EIA revises natural gas price outlook modestly higher as consumption improves
Natural gas consumption will increase in 2012 while production growth will continue at a slower rate, prompting the U.S. Energy Information Administration to revise its 2012 price outlook modestly higher.