Ohio DNR has publised a regional organic-thickness map of the Marcellus Shale with additional organic-rich beds in the Hamilton Group. The map covers areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.More at Ohio DNR.
Twenty-two states are soliciting bids for natural gas vehicles that will be used in state government auto pools.More at Business Week.
Although Pittsburgh made headlines  in 2010 when city council members banned hydraulic fracturing within city limits the town is now getting lots of economic benefits from the natural gas industry.
 http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-7060953.htmlMore at San Francisco Chronicle.
“Annual gross natural gas production more than doubled in Pennsylvania in 2011, exceeding 1 trillion cubic feet, due to production from the Marcellus shale.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration state energy report.More at Energy Information Administration.
EPA has tested drinking water from Dimock, Pennsylvania and reports that it is safe to drink. There has been a long dispute about contamination of Dimock area water by hydraulic fracturing.More at NorthCentralPA.com.
Spreads between Appalachian Index natural gas in southwest Pennsylvania — and the Henry Hub in the Gulf Coast are changing due mainly to growth in Marcellus production. Appalachian Index gas has historically been priced about $0.25 per MMBtu above He…More at Energy Information Administration.
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the slowdown in natural gas drilling experienced in most parts of the Marcellus Shale region. The drillers are not the only ones feeling the drop in activity.More at Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Chesapeake and Statoil have lots of Marcellus leases that require them to drill or forfeit the lease. However, they are hesitant to drill because gas prices are very low and much of the gas will be without pipeline.More at Marketwatch.
“Geologic cross section C–C′ is the third in a series of cross sections constructed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to document and improve understanding of the geologic framework and petroleum systems of the Appalachian basin.” Quoted from the USGS publication release.More at USGS.
The United States Geological Survey has published Fact Sheet 2012–3075…
Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Coast Mesozoic Basins of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Thrust Belt, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and New England Provinces, 2011.More at USGS.
To promote the use of abundant supplies of Pennsylvania natural gas, the Commonwealth is offering $20 million in grant funding to assist in the conversion of vehicles to natural gas. The target is primarily fleet operators such as regional transit org…More at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
An AP article reports that drillers produced about $4.7 billion worth of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia during 2011.More at Manufacturing.net.
“The chances of rogue fractures due to shale gas fracking operations extending beyond 0.6 kilometres from the injection source is a fraction of one percent, according to new research led by Durham University. The analysis is based on data from thousands of fracking operations in the USA and natural rock fractures in Europe and Africa.” Quoted from the Durham University press release.More at Durham University.
“The law provides for the imposition of a drilling impact fee and the expenditure of the funds generated by that impact fee to local and state purposes specifically outlined in the law. The law also contains a mechanism as to how the fees shall be distributed. A significant portion of the fees generated will be used to cover the local impacts of drilling while several of state agencies will also receive funding for a variety of other purposes.” Quote from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.More at Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
Seven communities in southwestern Pennsylvania are suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because they want to control natural gas drilling in their zoning districts.More at Post Crescent.com.
An article on the Platts.com website summarizes the 2012 drilling plans of Range Resources, EQT Production and Consol Energy.More at Platts.com.
“Spectra Energy has received conditional environmental approval from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff on its proposed New Jersey-New York Expansion project. [...] The system, which would be the first major natural gas pipeline to reach New York City in 40 years.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.More at Energy Information Administration.
An article titled “Marcellus Shale Parallel Universe” explores the impact of different approaches to natural gas development experienced in Pennsylvania and New York.More at NorthcentralPA.com.
A $1 billion pipeline has been proposed that will deliver Marcellus Shale gas from northern Pennsylvania to markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.More at Philly.com.
Range Resources is starting to focus its Marcellus Shale drilling in a portion of southwestern Pennsylvania known as the “Super-Rich Area”.
Information for this story is in a .pdf document here (click the 2/21/2012 company presentation link) 
 http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=101196&p=irol-presentationsMore at Range Resources.
This video and article feature some of the positive impacts that natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale has brought to the economy of Washington County, Pennsylvania and neighboring areas.More at WTOV9.com.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has created interactive reports that allow citizens create reports that summarize oil and gas production information, permits issued, drilling commence date, county data, operator specific data, a…More at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
An article on the ABC News website reports on how eminent domain is being used in Pennsylvania by a natural gas pipeline company to acquire missing pieces of a pipeline right-of-way.More at ABC News.
National Public Radio has a podcast titled: “Is The Booming Natural Gas Industry Overproducing?”. It explores how natural gas companies are cutting back on production, filling underground storage and moving their rigs out of the dry gas areas.More at National Public Radio.
An article published by the Oil and Gas Journal shows that methane was ubiquitous in shallow groundwater prior to oil and gas drilling in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.More at Oil and Gas Journal.
Lots of factors contribute to the natural gas prices paid by residential customers. Long term contracts and distant supply sources can hold residential prices high even though natural gas is locally in abundance. Residential customers in Arkansas, Lo…More at Energy Information Administration.
As environmental regulations hasten the closure of coal-fired power plants American Electric Power plans to build a 1bcf/day pipeline to deliver gas from wells in the Marcellus  and Utica Shales .
and royalty dollars are actually going, and how they are being spent, has not been examined in previous economic studies.” Quoted from the report’s abstract.
An article on the Boston.com website explores possible developments related to the Marcellus Shale in 2012. A new lease environment, geographic shifts in activity, price directions and more.More at Boston.com.
The Energy Information Administration has a brief article on the rapid increase in natural gas production that has occurred in the northeastern United States since 2004. The largest gains were in northeastern Pennsylvania, southwestern Pennsylvania an…More at Energy Information Administration.
Marathon Petroleum is preparing to refine oil produced from the Utica Shale of eastern Ohio and western Pennslyvania. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates that the Utica Shale could yield between 1.3 and 5.5 billion barrels of crude.More at West Virginia Business Journal.
An article on the PennLive.com website explores the diversity of jobs associated with development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Sue Mukherjee a directory with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says: “The fastest 12 growing occupations in Pennsylvania are all directly related to Marcellus Shale.”More at PennLive.com.
In many parts of the Marcellus Shale gas play local residents are disappointed to see so many workers from over a thousand miles away getting high-paying jobs while local unemployment rates are very high. Letters similar to this one have been publishe…More at Huntington News.net.
Some local governments would like to have greater control over where, when and how natural gas drilling can be done in their areas of jurisdiction. This podcast explores the division of regulation between state and local governments in Pennsylvania.More at National Public Radio.
The Energy Information Administration has an article that reports on the rapid increase in the amount of gas being used in Pennsylvania for the generation of electricty. Gains in the use of natural gas offset the use of coal.More at Energy Information Administration.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition website has an article that provides safety advice for people who will be hunting in areas where natural gas drilling is taking place.More at Marcellus Shale Coalition.
Monday is the first day of deer hunting season in Pennsylvania and many hunters believe that natural gas drilling has not damaged their sport.More at PennLive.com.
An article on the PittsburghLive.com website explains how regulations and costs of doing business in neighboring states can stimulate or deter the development of a resource such as natural gas. Not mentioned in the article is how a moratorium on Marce…More at PittsburghLive.com.
An article on the Patch.com website includes some valuable advice to people who have an interest in leasing their land for natural gas development.
Related Article: Mineral Rights 
 http://geology.com/articles/mineral-rights.shtmlMore at Patch.com.
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan conducted a public opinion poll on “Fracking for Natural Gas”. One of their key findings:
“While fairly divided on this matter, more Pennsylvanians believe that natural gas drilling has thus far provided more benefits than problems for Pennsylvania. A larger number anticipate greater future benefits than problems for the state.”
A Post-Gazette article summarizes the findings and links to a PDF copy of the study.More at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.