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Since Chesapeake Energy announced last month that it saw great promise in test wells in Ohio, the public has become newly acquainted with the Utica Shale, the Marcellus Shale's northern sibling.

Monday the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Norse Energy, which has substantial lease holdings in central New York, hasĀ applied for the first permit for a Utica Shale well.

The well, in Chenango County half an hour's drive from Syracuse, is on hold pending the state's regulatory review.

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The Onondaga Nation is known for sticking to its principles.

It's among only a handful of Native American nations that refuse money from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Onondaga have also refused to open a casino.

But now the small nation south of Syracuse is reaching outside its borders, with a new series of business partnerships with clean tech companies.