Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Jan 24, 2013

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

New York

Celebrities Lead Crowd Of 3,000 In Albany Protesting Hydraulic Fracturing
CBS Local
It’s the one political hot potato Gov. Andrew Cuomo dodged in both his budget proposal and his State of the State speech – to frack or not to frack; to mine natural gas in upstate New York or give in to the vocal opposition driven by big name stars and environmentalists.


Shale development already lifting Youngstown area, lawmaker tells colleagues
Business First of Columbus
Sean O’Brien had some numbers to share Wednesday with his fellow legislators about what the Utica shale play has meant for his district in the Youngstown area.


Marcellus shale money will support green fund grant
WFMZ-TV Allentown
It took five weeks and some political deal making, but some communities in Lehigh County finally have money for Green Fund projects.

West Virginia

Shale gas inspires optimism
Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginians are optimistic about the potential impact the natural gas-rich Marcellus and Utica shales will have on their economy, according to a poll conducted for Huntington Banks.


Even the Sierra Club gets disobedient over Keystone XL
The Sierra Club is the conservative, curmudgeonly grandfather of environmentalist groups. But the nonprofit has moved to break its historic ban on civil disobedience over the Keystone XL pipeline as President Obama stalls his decision on whether to approve the TransCanada project.

U.S. Government Accountability Office Releases Pipeline Safety Report
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today concluding that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) needs to collect better data and provide additional guidance to improve the ability of pipeline operators to respond to incidents.

2012 Wholesale Electricity Prices in New England Fell to Lowest Level Since 2003
Business Wire
Wholesale electricity prices in New England fell by nearly 23% last year to their lowest levels since 2003, according to ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets.

This Is One Incredible CEO
Motley Fool
This week, I plan to dive into the oil and gas industry and highlight the underappreciated CEO of EOG Resources, Mark Papa.

New Duke Study Confirms Shale Gas Water Efficiency
Energy in Depth – NMI
A recent Duke University study shows that shale development produces less wastewater than “conventional” oil and gas development while producing roughly thirty times the amount of natural gas from a single well.  That’s good news for our energy future, our economy and environment.