Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Jun 20, 2012

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

David Rothbard & Craig Rucker: The U.N.’s Rio+20 Agenda
National Review Online
To prevent these looming disasters, politicians, bureaucrats, and environmental activists produced a Declaration on Environment and Development, a biodiversity treaty, Agenda 21, and a framework for the Kyoto climate-change treaty.

Pa. refinery tax credit designed to be offset
Centre Daily Times
Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed tax break of up to $1.7 billion to lure an integrated petrochemical industry to Pennsylvania will get scrutiny in the coming days by state lawmakers eager to ensure that taxpayers get a return on their money and question whether that amount of money is really necessary.

Chesapeake Picked Lawyer Who Does CEO Probes With Little Fanfare
The Washington Post
The lawyer Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s audit committee hired to investigate possible conflicts of interest in its chief executive’s loans has a record of managing probes with minimum publicity about himself or his client.

Fracking is hardly leakproof
Albany Times Union
Recently, politicians and publications have conditionally endorsed so-called "safe fracking" as a part of the nation’s energy mix.

Bill would lift state’s ban on liquefied natural gas
Ithaca Journal
With lawmakers set to leave town in two days, energy-infrastructure companies are making a last-minute push to lift the state’s ban on storing liquefied natural gas.

Pa. refinery tax credit designed to be offset
A state official says Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed tax break of up to $1.7 billion to lure a petrochemical industry to Pennsylvania was designed to be offset by new tax collections the industry would generate.

Janney to Host Panel Discussion on Economic and Investment Implications of Marcellus Shale
Business Wire
Leading strategists from Janney will join regional experts to discuss the investment opportunities and economic impact of Marcellus Shale on the region.

Talisman Energy Publishes 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report
Talisman Energy has issued its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility Report, sharing examples of the company’s long-standing commitment to responsible oil and gas exploration and development.

Where Would We Fill Up?
West Virginia Metro
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order Tuesday creating a task force which will explore the best way to convert the state’s vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel fuel to natural gas.

Chesapeake Energy announces upcoming roadwork in northern Pa.
Towanda Daily Review
Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced Monday the following ongoing, upcoming and completed roadwork projects in Bradford, Susquehanna, and Sullivan counties to improve regional transportation infrastructure.

Lutheran Church Calls for Fracking Moratorium
Less than a week after Pennsylvania farmers called for a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction, a large gathering of Pennsylvania Lutherans has also formally passed a resolution calling for a statewide halt on shale gas drilling.

Valerus puts emphasis on Marcellus shale gas safety
The shale gas industry isn’t often seen as a natural place to find pomp and circumstance, but six months of working at the Valerus gas processing firm will earn you a graduation cap of sorts.

Bottoms Up: Energy Exec Drinks Fracking Fluid
NBC Connecticut
A Halliburton executive took a sip of fracking fluid, in an effort to show the controversial process of injecting chemicals deep into bedrock to push out natural gas is safe.