1. Every Marcellus shale well in Pennsylvania creates 30 jobs and $4 million in economic impacts.

That data, reported by the Marcellus Drilling News, came from an assessment from Dr. Tim Kelsey of Penn State University.

The financial estimates came from wells drilled in 2009.

2, Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., has opened a new energy center.

It is the Center for Energy Policy & Management. It is working with other parties to develop compressed natural gas as a vehicle fuel in western Pennsylvania.

3. The Pierpont Technical College in Fairmont, W. Va., is offering training fir oil and gas industry jovs through Marcellus ShaleNET, a grant program through the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

The Floorhand Training is a three-week, 120-hour class that certifies and prepares studenbts to work on natural gas and oil rigs at the entry level floorhand position.

The next classes begin from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10-28.

For more information, call 304-367-4920 or go to www.pierpont.edu.

4. U.S. Chimera Energy Corp. reports that it is testing a new non-hydraulic fracking technology in Mexico.

The Texas-based company intends to test the process on three wells in Mexico.

For more information, check out www.chimeraenergyusa.com.

5. The Warren Tribune Chroncle reports that staffers of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have toured Patriot Water Treatment's facility in Trumbull County.

The debate continues over the company's brine disposal method of pre-treating natural gas drilling water before sending it to the city of Warren's sewage plant and disposal in the Mahoning River.

6. The French government has decided to keep its shale ban in place until alternative fracking technologies emrge.

That news came on Wednesday and was reported by Business Week.

France in 2011 banned fracking,

France and Poland are the two European countries with the greatest shale potential.