Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Fri, Apr 5, 2013

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

New York

Another Voice: Local drilling restrictions draw national attention
Buffalo News
Can New York town governments, using their long-standing land use planning and zoning authority, ban gas drilling in their jurisdictions? The towns of Dryden and Middlefield say, “Yes.” Gas drillers and landowners say, “No.”


Survey says Ohioans against new severance tax on drilling
Akron Beacon Journal
Seventy-six percent of Ohio voters believe increasing state severance taxes on the oil and natural gas industry could harm the state’s economy and drive away energy development, according to a new poll of registered Ohio voters released today.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Seek and Find Opportunites In Shale
Energy in Depth – Ohio
The discussion about workforce development occurs frequently in boardrooms and classrooms all over Ohio, and in particular the eastern part of our state. One of the biggest questions is, How do we replace our aging workforce?

FracTracker Alliance opens new Warren office
After spending $2.5 million last year to turn a downtown Warren location into a nonprofit organization incubator, the Raymond John Wean Foundation provided office space to [anti-drilling group] FracTracker Alliance – a Western Pennsylvania-based hydraulic fracturing watchdog and tracking agency that recently hired Ted Auch as the Ohio program coordinator for its Warren office.


Natural gas to Wyalusing?
The Daily Review
Leatherstocking Gas Company representative Russell Miller gave a presentation Tuesday to the Wyalusing Township supervisors on the company’s hopes of providing natural gas to the area.

Gas drilling standards should have a broader scope
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Nature Conservancy echoes the PG editorial board’s support for higher standards for gas drilling and the creation of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

Western Pennsylvania Farmers Using Shale Gas Money To Install Solar Systems Make Gas A Real Bridge To Renewable Energy
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day
This blog has long pointed out that renewable energy is prospering in the age of the shale revolution.  Wind power has more than doubled and solar has increased about sixteen times since the shale boom took off in 2008.

PADEP Releases More Information About Radiation Study
On April 3, 2013, the PADEP issued a press release informing the public that it had released additional information and details regarding its ongoing comprehensive radiation study of oil and gas development in Pennsylvania, which was originally announced by PADEP on January 24, 2013.


Citigroup: Renewables will triumph and natural gas will help
Banking giant Citigroup recently issued a report that ought to thrill fans of renewable energy. However, tucked inside the good news is a pill that some greens will find difficult to swallow.

BP to sell off wind assets to concentrate on oil, gas
Bloomberg/Akron Beacon Journal
BP Plc, attempting to recover from an oil spill that may cost it $42 billion, said it will sell shares in wind assets worth as much as $3.1 billion in the U.S. in another step to focus on its main oil and gas business.

Why Natural Gas Could Make A Run Towards $5 This Spring
Seeking Alpha
The EIA Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report for the week ending March 29, 2013, finally showed natural gas storage has fallen below the all important 5 year average.