Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Feb 27, 2013

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


Greenbelt Council Throws Support Behind Fracking Moratorium
Forty residents came out to Monday’s Greenbelt City Council meeting to show their support for a proposed state bill to enact a moratorium on fracking in Maryland and asked the council to send a letter in support to the legislature.

New York

Fracking exploration [or, Tony’s Fables]
Dr. Anthony Ingraffea spoke to a packed house at Cornell University’s Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory Tuesday.


YSU professor gives fracking well primer
The new oil and natural gas boom in Ohio is a continuation of the state’s long history in the industry, Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick of Youngstown State University told members and guests of the local Concerned Citizens Ohio group Tuesday night.


Right through the heart
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
Unexpectedly low demand for natural gas has slowed planning for a proposed $1 billion interstate pipeline that would cut through the heart of Berks County, but the potential impact of installing new gas infrastructure has fueled debates across the county.

Pittsburgh group provides Marcellus science in classrooms
In the Western Beaver School District, students will be able to ask questions about the Marcellus shale natural gas well that sits adjacent to their school building, but on Pittsburgh’s North Side, a second-grade pupil offered the most compelling question about environmental impact.

PA Accepting Applications for Marcellus Legacy Fund Programs
On February 25, 2013, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) began accepting applications for the following five programs established and supported by the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund: 1. Abandoned Mine Drainage and Abatement and Treatment Program 2.

Allegheny County Set For Takeoff as Council Approves Airport Deal
Energy in Depth – NMI
Allegheny County is poised for growth after the County’s decision to allow oil and gas development at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The move brings with it incredible investment and future opportunity for the county and its economic future.

New videos feature alumni working in natural gas industry
The Express
The diverse opportunities for college graduates to excel in the natural gas industry are highlighted in the latest videos added to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube Channel (


Salazar: On Energy, Expect Four More Years of the Same
Mother Jones
If you aren’t happy with President Obama’s plan for powering the US, don’t hold your breath for any changes in his second term.

Shale Gas Revolution: Greatest Boom Ever For The U.S. Economy?
Seeking Alpha
In recent years, natural gas production has increased significantly in the U.S. As a matter of fact, this source of energy is now more accessible and cheaper than 30 years ago.

Congress gets crack at ‘FrackNation’
Filmmaker Phelim McAleer’s campaign against those warning about the dangers of fracking continues Tuesday on Capitol Hill. McAleer will screen his film “FrackNation” at “an event for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment,” according to an email from McAleer.

Hess Tangled Family Ties Targeted in Shareholder Revolt
Hess Corp.’s shareholder revolt is taking aim at long-time directors with close ties to the company’s founding family, including two executors of the estate of Leon Hess, who led the oil producer for six decades.