Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Jul 6, 2012

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

Easton bill of rights revamped to address fracking
A group of Easton residents who drafted a community bill of rights has a new version of the bill for Easton city council’s consideration, this time focusing heavily on natural gas drilling.

Seismic testing to start Friday in South Fayette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dawson Geophysical Co. plans to use thumper trucks from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on Battle Ridge, Robinson Run, Marshall, Rigerts Hill, Cecil Reissing and Cecil Sturgeon roads.

Strassel: Obama’s Imperial Presidency
Wall Street Journal
The ObamaCare litigation is history, with the president’s takeover of the health sector deemed constitutional. Now we can focus on the rest of the Obama imperial presidency.

Leveraging Marcellus Shale Natural Gas to Power Our Cars…and Rigs
There continues to be a great deal of national debate about how best to strengthen America’s energy security and provide consumers with more access to affordable energy while also identifying ways to protect our environment.

Ohio EPA: “Fracking” wastes, streams still cannot mix
The Columbus Dispatch
A recent decision by an Ohio appeals commission does not allow a Lisbon-based company to dump treated fracking wastes into the Mahoning River, state officials said today.

Experts Debate The Pros And Cons Of Fracking
The Huffington Post
A recent debate from Intelligence Squared U.S. examined the growing American shale gas boom and brought experts together to discuss the pros and cons of fracking.

Another One Bites the Dust
Another green energy company touted by the Administration of President Barack Obama is about to fall on its sword and bite the dust.

Criticism Continues Over DEC/Industry Hydrofracking Emails
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A group of Senate Democrats is the latest to pile on the state Department of Environmental Conservation for allowing the natural-gas industry a sneak peak at a pair of hydrofracking documents before their public release.

What Ice Cream and Fracking Have in Common And Why Your Dessert Has Become So Pricey
Dallas Observer
The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you’ve likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven’t eaten, ever).

Lawsuit: Cabot, Others Caused Man’s Death
Negligence and a lack of safety systems of one of the largest natural gas drilling companies in Pennsylvania caused the 2010 death of a man working in Dimock Twp. That’s according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed this spring in Philadelphia.