Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Jan 29, 2013

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

New York

Will New York Join the Fracking Club?
New York. It’s where dreams are made, right? Well, not so much for the oil and gas industry. The state has been in a gridlock with the industry and environmentalists holding fast to their opinions about shale development and hydraulic fracturing.


Cleveland’s NatGasCar Makes CNG Transition Safe, Clean
Energy in Depth – Ohio
This week, EID-Ohio visited NatGasCar in Cleveland’s Industrial Innovation Center on the east side of the city.  Founded in 2009, the company designs and manufactures compressed natural gas conversion systems, high pressure fuel systems, and home refueling appliances.


Throop won’t seek additional landfill reports
The Times-Tribune
The borough will not seek additional reports on the activity of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill from the Department of Environmental Protection. In a 4-3 vote Monday, council moved not to seek reports dating back to February 2011.

Conservation Fund asks county commissioners for $250,000 for Camp Security project
York Dispatch
Some of York County’s $369,000 share of the impact fee from natural gas drilling in the state’s Marcellus Shale could be used to preserve what’s believed to be the site of a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township.

West Virginia

INNOVA supports natural gas vehicle conversion facility
State Journal
INNOVA Commercialization Group announced Jan. 28 that it has provided financing to Alternative Fuel Solutions of West Virginia, for a facility that converts aftermarket vehicles to operate on natural gas, propane, and other alternative fuels.


Horizontal Drilling: A Technological Marvel Ignored
Horizontal Drilling is the real marvel of engineering and scientific innovation.  While impressive in its own right, the main innovations in “Fracking” in recent years have been beefing up the generating horsepower to accommodate horizontal wells rather than vertical ones, and refining of the fluids used to conserve water and create better, longer lasting fractures in the target formation.

Shell Joins Kinder Morgan To Export LNG From The U.S.
Seeking Alpha
This morning, Royal Dutch Shell and Southern Liquefaction Company, a Kinder Morgan affiliate and unit of El Paso Pipeline Partners , announced that they will jointly develop a natural gas liquefaction plant at El Paso’s existing Elba Island LNG Terminal near Savannah, Georgia.

Hess Exits Refining as Billionaire Singer Seeks Directors
The Washington Post
Hess Corp. will sell its fuel storage terminal network and exit the refining business as billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Associates LP fund said it may buy more than $800 million in shares and seek board seats.

Hess transforming to E&P company
Hess Corp. said it was evolving into an exploration and production company as it leaves the refining business by closing a New Jersey facility.