Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Jul 2, 2012

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

Clearfield County Discusses Impact Fee Calculations
In March, the Clearfield County Commissioners unanimously voted, 3-0, to impose an unconventional gas well impact fee and recently discussed the municipal impact fee calculations. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) has plans to release payments to the municipalities sometime in December.

State’s natural gas storage fields could hit capacity this year
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
After a mild winter and a fourfold bump in production, Pennsylvania’s underground natural gas storage fields could briefly reach capacity this year — a mixed milestone for the state’s booming gas industry.

The future in nat gas couldn’t be brighter
Well, here’s something that may surprise many (since so few pundits have chosen to talk about it): The U.S. is likely to achieve total energy independence in less than 15 years. But it won’t be because of oil, coal, hydro, wind, solar or nuclear. No, the answer is cheap and plentiful natural gas.

How much for ‘fracking’?
The Columbus Dispatch
Critics laughed three years ago when oil and gas industry officials claimed that Ohio could make $20 million if it allowed shale drilling in state parks and forests.

On course to help
The Times Leader
Penn State Wilkes-Barre is branching out to serve workers in the Northern Tier’s Marcellus Shale gas industry. Starting in August, the university will offer courses at its Northern Tier Center in Towanda aimed at helping gas industry workers improve their job skills.

Fueled for change
Youngstown Vindicator
Business has changed dramatically for Dearing Compressor and Pump since test wells were drilled in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Based in Boardman Township, Dearing has made a name for itself building compressors for both gas-production and transmission systems.

Gas under graveyards raises moral, money questions
Centre Daily Times
Loved ones aren’t the only thing buried in the 122-year-old Lowellville Cemetery in eastern Ohio. Deep underground, locked in ancient shale formations, are lucrative quantities of natural gas.

Peoples Natural Gas rate to drop for third quarter
Altoona Mirror
The cost recovery rate, about 75 percent of a customer’s bill, is decreasing for the third consecutive quarter.

Chesapeake Denies Suppressing Values
The Intelligencer
As the company awaits permission to drill near Wheeling Park High School, Chesapeake Energy officials deny they conspired to suppress land values in Michigan while leasing acreage during a natural gas rush there in 2010.

Coal Vs. Natural Gas
When you flip on a light switch, you often don`t think about how that electricity is being generated.

Environmental Group Seeks DEC Emails On Fracking
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Environmental groups are peeved over a report that the state Department of Environmental Conservation shared a draft of its hydrofracking review with the gas industry.

Important Utica Shale Results In Ohio Coming Soon
Seeking Alpha
Results for key wells in the Utica Shale will become available over the next couple of months.

Lower 48 US April natgas output up, 1st gain in 3 mths-EIA
Gross natural gas production in April in the lower 48 U.S. states rose for the first time in three months, climbing 0.8 percent from March, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Friday.