The Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that the Utica and Marcellus are poised to benefit local utilities and consumers:  "The two shales are capable of producing enough natural gas to power electric-producing power plants now fueled with coal and other large customers, [Justin Carlson of Bentek Energy] told 250 people on Tuesday at the Think About Energy Summit sponsored by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a national trade group."  More?  "The Utica-Marcellus region is now the third-largest producer of natural gas in North America with 12.5 million cubic feet per day, behind only Texas and western Canada. It may soon surpass Canada and take over the No. 2 spot, he said."

Nice.