News bites: Presidential candidates move toward Atlantic Ocean offshore drilling

The Charlotte Observer says both President Obama’s and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s offshore drilling plans make it more likely there will be drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

Natural-gas output in a large Pennsylvania shale gas formation continues to increase even as the number of drill rigs declines, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bloomberg reports that methane found in two Pennsylvania water wells contains a chemical signature that links it to hydraulic fracturing, a process that injects a high-pressure mixture of water, chemicals and sand into tight rock formations to unlock natural gas.

Reuters takes a look at how Chesapeake Energy engaged in a nationwide land-grab for its natural-gas drilling operations.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson discussed the successes and challenges of getting cleaner drinking water to urban centers at a New Orleans convention, notes The Times-Picayune.