Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Wed, Mar 20, 2013

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

New York

Q Poll: Opposition to hydrofracking grows in New York
Albany Times Union
Opposition to natural-gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is growing in New York as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration weighs whether to allow shale-gas drilling in the state, a new poll released Wednesday found.

Landowners Appeal to Cuomo to Support Natural Gas in Bid for Their Futures
Energy in Depth – NMI
The past month has been extremely stressful for people in upstate New York.  Governor Cuomo has been pushing the natural gas issue to the side and leaving many hanging on to their farms, homes, and livelihood by a thread. Landowners are tired of this and they are getting extremely frustrated, but are turning their frustration into action.


Union supervisors hope to divert proposed gas pipeline
Reading Eagle
Donald E. Basile certainly does not like the idea of a 30-inch natural gas pipeline cutting through his property, but the Union Township supervisors chairman knows he alone will not do much to stop it.


Staging area established for new pipeline construction
Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Dozens of white pickup trucks, along with office construction trailers and others pieces of equipment, are being parked near the intersection of Collins and Lithopolis roads this week. The area is a staging ground for construction workers putting in the new ATEX Enterprise Products ethane pipeline.


The New Truck Stop: Filling Up With Natural Gas for the Long Haul
National Geographic
This year will mark the first major deployment of service stations adapted to new energy realities; they’ll offer 18-wheelers a place to pull in for a fill-up with natural gas.

Energy: Two sides to nominee
Dunkirk Observer
The good news about Ernest Moniz, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of energy, is that he seems bullish about natural gas.

Natural gas backers say the time is now for exports
Washington Times
If the Obama administration doesn’t act soon, the nation may miss out on a key opportunity to begin closing its trade deficit while U.S. companies also miss out on the chance to sell abundant natural gas to eager international customers, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Los Angeles Halts Using Electricity From Coal Plants
Los Angeles will become the biggest U.S. city to abandon coal-fueled electricity after the taxpayer- owned utility said it will support renewable sources, boost energy efficiency and build a new natural-gas fired plant.


China embraces shale gas with enthusiasm
Business World (Ireland)
China has taken to the Shale Gas market with typical enthusiasm while Europe is still discussing the environmental impact possibilities of allowing fracking to commence.