Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Mar 5, 2013

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

New York

Fracking delays a hardship for regional residents
Steuben Courier
To Neil Vitale, royalties from a gas lease are just about the only thing that’s going to save his family’s 700-acre organic dairy farm in Woodhull.


Will 2013 Be the Year of the Utica Shale?
Motley Fool
The Bakken and the Eagle Ford are getting a bulk of the attention from energy investors these days. And rightfully so, as both rank at the top of the premier liquids growth plays in the country. That being said, 2013 could be the year that the Utica Shale breaks out on to the energy scene.

Hilcorp to Outline Plans for Gas Transfer Project
Youngstown Business Journal
A planned visit March 11 to the Wellsville Intermodal Facility by U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-6, coincides with the first glimpse of Hilcorp Energy’s plans to build a shale-gas transfer project at the site.

PCLA covers Utica Shale questions
Perry Tribune
The economic boom promised by development of natural gas beneath what is known as Utica Shale is already impacting Ohio, and the ripples of which may soon be felt in Perry County.

Natural gas challenges coal as king of the energy hill in Ohio
Los Angeles Times
The four miners who gathered one blustery morning at the United Mine Workers of America hall know that, so far, they are lucky.


The Marcellus Natural Gas Revolution is More Than Just Money
Energy in Depth – NMI
Susquehanna County resident and geological engineer, Chris Acker, tackles some of the myths surrounding natural gas development and discusses the reality of what it has done for his community.

Shale Energy Supply Chain Services offered for small manufacturers
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
Shale Energy Supply Chain Services offered for small manufacturers Small manufacturers involved in the natural gas drilling industry now can turn to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers for assistance.

Berks Hollow would be area’s top electric producer
Reading Eagle/Reading Times
Ontelaunee Township could become Berks County’s powerhouse, with the county’s largest electricity plant (powered by natural gas) proposed next to the area’s top electric producer.

Pa. DEP considers fracking in Dimock water pollution case
Shale Gas Review
Pennsylvania environmental officials are attempting (once again) to track the source of explosive levels of methane in two private water wells in a shale gas field in Dimock, Pennsylvania.

MSC Releases Educational Video on Methane, Groundwater Protection
Marcellus Shale Coalition
A new informational video – Methane: An Element of Nature – released today by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) underscores the science and geology associated with methane migration, and more importantly, demonstrates the host of regulations and operational practices that natural gas producers take to address this issue.

West Virginia

WVU law student competition to focus on fracking
Charleston Gazette
Law students will tackle a hydraulic fracturing case at the annual National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition in Morgantown.

WVU To Study Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Fueling
WDTV-5 News
Researchers at West Virginia University are teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund to study methane emissions from natural gas fueling stations.


Obama rounds out Cabinet with EPA, Energy picks
President Barack Obama announced his nominees to lead a new U.S. push to tackle climate change on Monday, choosing an air quality expert to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a nuclear physicist to head the Department of Energy.

Is the Theory of ‘Peak Oil’ Dead?
The American Spectator
Yet another voice has questioned the theory of “peak oil,” which posits future scarcity, rising prices, and economic collapse due to the lack of precious fuels that drive the global economy.

Shell Plans Added U.S. LNG Transport Amid Record Diesel
Royal Dutch Shell Plc , the largest European oil company , plans to double the amount of liquefied natural gas available for trucks and marine vessels in North America , after retail diesel prices reached a record.

Hess CEO Says Unit Sales – Not Response’ to Activist Investor
The Washington Post
Hess Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Hess said his plans to shed several units and focus on oil exploration and production aren’t a response to criticism from activist shareholder Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corp.

Hess Corporation Issues Letter to Shareholders
Hess Corporation today issued the following letter to all Hess shareholders in connection with the Company’s multi-year transformation to a pure play exploration and production (“E&P”) company and its 2013 Annual Meeting scheduled to be held on May 16, 2013.

Why Obama’s Energy and EPA Nominees Could Get Held Up, Too
Even before the 2012 election, the president argued for an “all of the above” approach to energy development, which was manifested in the work of the people McCarthy and Moniz will replace: action, but who ultimately strongly hewed to the president’s priorities.

Two Challenges Holding Back Natural Gas Vehicles
The Motley Fool
More than two-thirds of the oil consumed in America goes toward transportation and accounts for roughly a third of total greenhouse gases produced.

Marathon Said to Join Oil CEO Search as Bid War Looms
A wave of shareholder rebellions and executive retirements that’s left at least six North American oil and gas companies searching for chief executive officers is leading toward a bidding war for the industry’s best leaders.

Chesapeake’s Production Mix Is Moving Towards Liquids
Motley Fool
After 24 years at the helm of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, co-founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon will retire from the company on April 1, 2013. It was his innovative — and borderline reckless — purchasing that made Chesapeake’s asset value the envy of the US energy industry.