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Aug 27, 2014

Bennett leaves Energy in Depth for post at Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA)
 

Shawn Bennett is leaving the oil and natural gas outreach group Energy in Depth-Ohio to become a senior vice president at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA). Columbus Business First reports that Bennett will do some of the same work he did at Energy In Depth, focusing on the areas of public policy, outreach, media and content creation. As Energy in Depth-Ohio’s director, Bennett worked with business leaders, elected officials and residents in eastern Ohio regarding the safety and economic benefits of oil and gas exploration. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 27, 2014

Report: Blue Racer back on track with Northeast Ohio processing plant
 

Blue Racer Midstream LLC’s plans to construct a $70 million natural gas processing plant in southeastern Mahoning County, Ohio appears to be back on track, reports the Business Journal in Youngstown. Citing a report published by Texas-based Industrial Info Resources Inc., the newspaper says Blue Racer would like to start construction on the plant by September 2015, and finish the project by June 2016. Blue Racer Midstream, a joint venture between Dominion and Caiman Energy, announced plans in 2012 for the plant and a pipeline network in the northern part of the Utica shale play. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Aug 27, 2014

Texas company shifts ‘cracker’ plant site from West Virginia to Ohio
 

Downstream Today reports that Houston-based Appalachian Resins Inc. plans to lease approximately 50 acres in southeastern Ohio to build a $1 billion integrated ethylene/polyethylene production facility. The company had planned to put the ethane “cracker” facility in West Virginia, but an Appalachian Resin executive told the news site that it decided to move the proposed plant to Monroe County, Ohio, "for business and commercial reasons and to accommodate a larger production facility.” The plant would serve a regional market, using natural gas liquids produced in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to process approximately 18,000 barrels per day of ethane into ethylene and polyethylene. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Aug 27, 2014

Tressel faces balancing act on oil and gas in new job at Youngstown State
 

New Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel faces the task of helping YSU build programs to meet the needs of Ohio’s growing oil and natural gas industry, reports the Youngstown Vindicator. But the newspaper says the former Ohio State University football coach will have to navigate the “cultural clash between academic and campus life versus the needs of the local oil and natural-gas industry.” Some Youngstown State professors have supported a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in Youngstown, while Ohio’s oil and gas boom presents growth opportunities for the university in areas such as advanced metallurgic, civil, electrical and radiological engineering. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 27, 2014

West Virginia seeks bids for shale gas drilling below Ohio River
 

West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources is seeking bids that would allow Utica and Marcellus shale drillers to lease access to natural gas below the Ohio River, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper says the state agency recently placed a legal notice in the Wheeling, W.Va. Intelligencer that asks for bids to be submitted by Sept. 11. The leases would be for Wetzel, Marshall and Pleasants counties along the Ohio River. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 26, 2014

Utica shale play passes the 1,000 mark in wells drilled in Ohio
 

Ohio’s Utica shale play has passed the 1,000-wells-drilled milestone as it continues to be one of the nation’s fastest growing areas for oil and natural gas activity. The Columbus Dispatch says statistics released recently by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show 1,004 wells having been drilled, in the process of being drilled or producing oil and gas. Carroll County in eastern Ohio has the most Utica wells, with 240 wells producing out of 363 drilled. Neighboring Harrison County ranks second, with 70 producing wells out of 174 drilled. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 25, 2014

200 teachers take workshops to learn about oil and gas drilling
 

As the pace of drilling accelerates in the Utica shale play, more Ohio teachers are interested in a workshop put on by the organization funded by the state’s oil and natural gas companies. Columbus Business First reports that 2,700 teachers, including 200 this summer, have now gone through the 16-year-old program sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. The newspaper also says the teacher workshops have avoided the sort of criticism directed at OOGEEP’s education program for youths, which opponents of oil and gas development have claimed is an effort by the group to indoctrinate students with pro-drilling propaganda. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 25, 2014

Consol looking at ‘refracking’ horizontal wells in Marcellus shale play
 

Consol Energy is looking at starting a program that would “refrack” as many as 200 wells in the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says the Pittsburgh-based company is considering that option because of results from refracking some horizontal wells in Greene County, Pennsylvania earlier this year. Based on five years of drilling experience and with significant advances in data and technology, Consol hired oil and gas services company Halliburton, re-fracked the wells and forced out far more gas than the wells had previously produced. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 21, 2014

EnLink to spend $250 million on Utica pipeline, processing facilities
 

CEOWorld magazine reports that EnLink Midstream Partners, LP and EnLink Midstream, LLC plan to build a 45-mile condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities to serve producers in the Utica shale play. The price tag for the project is more than $250 million, roughly doubling the capital that EnLink Midstream has invested in the Ohio River Valley region. EnLink President and CEO Barry Davis called the project a game changer for his company’s Ohio River Valley business, placing it in the heart of the gas and condensate production fairway in the Utica shale region. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 21, 2014

Shale drilling boom drives up revenue for solid waste district in Ohio
 

The solid waste district that serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties in eastern Ohio has posted record revenue as a result of the drilling boom in the Utica shale play, reports the Morning Journal in Lisbon, Ohio. The newspaper says that the district’s revenue hit $1.69 million last year, up more than $1 million from 2011. Solid Waste District Director Eric Matthews told the Columbiana County Commissioners that 77 percent of the solid waste disposed at landfills within the district constitutes drilling mud, a byproduct of the drilling process for oil and natural gas in the shale play. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 21, 2014

Utica shale gas producers join push for condensate exports
 

Natural gas producers in the Utica shale play are joining upstream and midstream companies seeking confirmation from the U.S. Commerce Department that they can export their distilled condensate, reports the Argus news site. Argus notes that U.S. midstream company Kinder Morgan has said it is in discussions with Utica shale producers wanting to ship certain materials — such as distilled condensate — to western Canada.  Already, Kinder Morgan has reversed the flow on its Cochin pipeline to allow shipments of condensate to move north from Kankakee County, Illinois, to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 20, 2014

Shell’s deal opens door to Utica shale development in NE Pennsylvania
 

Royal Dutch Shell is adding 155,000 acres to its holdings in northeastern Pennsylvania where the company is among the first to bet on development of the Utica shale formation, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper says Shell, whose subsidiary SWEPI LP controls about 900,000 acres in Pennsylvania, has been developing the Marcellus shale play in the northeastern and central areas of the state under a joint venture with Houston-based Ultra Petroleum Corp. Shell announced it will sell its Pinedale oil and gas assets in Wyoming to Ultra for $925 million and gain 155,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in northeastern Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.


 
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Aug 20, 2014

Utica shale gas boom is a mixed bag for rural Ohio county
 

Life has changed in the past few years in Carrollton, Ohio, one of the areas at the center of the Utica shale gas boom, but whether it’s for better or worse remains open to debate, reports WKSU radio in Kent, Ohio. The station says Carrollton and surrounding Carroll County have seen a major drop in unemployment, a big jump in the county’s sales tax revenues and more customers for local businesses since the first Utica shale well was drilled there about three years ago. But, the report also notes that increased truck traffic has boosted noise and accidents, while industrialization of the countryside puts in question the future of the county’s outdoor lifestyle. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 19, 2014

API official: ‘It’s just the beginning’ for Utica shale play
 

Ohio has only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to developing the Utica shale play, says Rayola Dougher, a senior economic adviser for the American Petroleum Institute. She told the Times Reporter in Zanesville, Ohio that drilling in the Utica shale region, currently focused in a half dozen southeastern Ohio counties, should complement the state’s manufacturing base, especially the steel and chemical industries. “It’s just the beginning of the journey,” Dougher said. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 19, 2014

North American shale activity fuels jump in merger values
 

Columbus Business First reports that merger values in the oil and natural gas industry’s exploration and production segment have doubled globally so far in 2014. Citing a report from the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, the newspaper says shale deals in the United States and Canada accounted for 47 percent of all exploration and production, or upstream, transactions. The report says deal values in the United States rose more than 90 percent in the first half of 2014 compared with the same time period in 2013, jumping from $52 billion to $100 billion. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 19, 2014

Rex Energy to acquire 208,000 acres from Shell in Pennsylvania, Ohio
 

Rex Energy Corp. says it is acquiring 208,000 acres in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio from a Shell subsidiary for $120 million, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The newspaper says the company, based in State College, Pennsylvania, will buy the acreage from SWEPI LP, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell, in a deal covering oil and natural gas assets in the Utica, Marcellus and Upper Devonian shale plays. The transaction, which will boost Rex’s footprint in the Appalachian Basin by 200 percent, is expected to close in September. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 18, 2014

EV Energy Partners, EnerVest to explore oil window in Utica shale play
 

EV Energy Partners and EnerVest plan to drill a well in Tuscarawas County in eastern Ohio to explore their acreage in the Utica shale play’s oil window, reports the Massillon Independent. The newspaper says the well will test new fracking techniques for oil in the western part of the shale play that has proven to be tougher for drillers to develop. Based in Houston, EV Energy Partners is a master-limited partnership of which EnerVest is the controlling member. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 18, 2014

Federal agency adds Utica shale play to monthly drilling report
 

The Utica shale region in eastern Ohio has been added to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly Drilling Productivity Report in another sign that the Utica has become one of the nation’s top areas for natural gas production. The Utica has been added to the seven shale plays tracked in the EIA report, joining the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, Bakken in North Dakota, Niobrara in Wyoming and Colorado, Haynesville in Texas and Louisiana, and Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 15, 2014

Federal report shows tenfold rise in gas production in Utica shale play
 

A new federal report says natural gas production in the Utica shale region in eastern Ohio has increased by more than 10 times over the last two years. The Enquirer-Herald in York, South Carolina reports the U.S. Energy Information Administration says gas production in the Utica shale play will rise from 115 million cubic feet per day in 2012 to an estimated 1.3 billion cubic feet per day by September 2014. EIA says that makes the Utica one of the fastest growing shale plays in the country although it continues to trail the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, Bakken in North Dakota, and Eagle Ford in Texas. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 15, 2014

Regency, American Energy-Midstream to team on $500 million project
 

The Business Journal in Youngstown, Ohio reports that Regency Energy Partners has secured a joint venture agreement with American Energy–Midstream LLC for the construction and operation of Regency's $500 million Utica Ohio River pipeline project. The newspaper also says Dallas-based Regency and American Energy Utica LLC (AEU) will enter into a gathering agreement for gas that AEU produces in the Utica shale region. The project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 15, 2014

Rice Energy to form master-limited partnership to finance pipeline projects
 

Rice Energy Inc., the Appalachian natural gas producer whose stock went public in January, intends to form a master-limited partnership (MLP) to help finance its expanding pipeline network, reports Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide. The online newspaper says Rice, based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, would control the partnership that would initially own gas-gathering and water-distribution lines in Pennsylvania used for hydraulic fracturing. The report says MLPs have gained favor with investors seeking cash payouts because they don’t pay federal income tax, leaving more money for distributions. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 14, 2014

Austrian firm will import ethane in deal with Antero Resources
 

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Borealis AG, an Austrian petrochemical company, has signed a long-term ethane supply contract with Antero Resources as Borealis pushes ahead with a plan to import cheaper U.S. feedstocks for its ethane cracker plant in Sweden. The newspaper said the ethane would be shipped from the Marcus Hook terminal near Philadelphia starting in late 2016. Antero is active in Ohio's Utica shale play. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 14, 2014

Bricker & Eckler adds Aaron Bruggeman to Shale, Oil & Gas team
 

Aaron Bruggeman has joined Bricker & Eckler LLP as an attorney on the firm's Shale, Oil & Gas team. Based out of Bricker’s Marietta office, Bruggeman will focus on oil and gas matters for clients in Ohio and West Virginia. He will maintain regular office hours 2-3 days each week at an office in his hometown of Barnesville, Ohio. “Aaron’s presence in Southeast and Eastern Ohio and West Virginia will allow us to meet the increasing demands of our clients throughout the region,” says Kurt Tunnell, managing partner of Bricker & Eckler.  For more, read the full release.
 


 
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Aug 14, 2014

Columbia Pipeline Group plans $1.75 billion project to move gas from Utica, Marcellus shale plays
 

Columbia Pipeline Group plans to build a 140-mile pipeline and associated support systems in Ohio and West Virginia to transport natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. The Columbus Dispatch reports the company, which shares a corporate parent (NiSource Inc.) with Columbia Gas of Ohio, will spend $1.75 billion on the project. The newspaper says the new pipeline, to be called the Leach Xpress, will increase the capacity of Columbia’s gas delivery system by 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 12, 2014

American Energy Partners affiliates acquire 75,000 net acres in Marcellus, Utica shale plays
 

Two affiliates of American Energy Partners have announced the acquisition of 75,000 net acres of land in West Virginia's northern panhandle and a county in eastern Ohio, reports the State Journal in Charleston, West Virginia. The deals, first reported to be in the works in June, have American Energy-Marcellus acquiring 48,000 acres of leasehold in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Tyler and Wetzel counties in West Virginia for $1.275 billion, and American Energy-Utica acquiring 27,000 net acres of land in Monroe County, Ohio for $475 million. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 12, 2014

Kensington plant will help Chesapeake connect more wells to market
 

Chesapeake Energy Corp. says the recent completion of the third phase of the Kensington natural gas processing plant in Columbiana County, Ohio will enable it to connect more wells to market in the Utica shale play. An earnings release from the Oklahoma City-based company also says that the Kensington plant will help reduce Chesapeake’s inventory of nonproducing wells to a more normalized level. As of June 30, 2014, the company had 210 wells awaiting pipeline connections or in various stages of completion in the Utica footprint. Despite the bottleneck, Chesapeake reported that its net production in the Utica region averaged approximately 67,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day during the second quarter, an increase of 373% from the same time period in 2013. For more, read the full release.
 


 
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Aug 12, 2014

Utica Shale Academy taps Southern Local teacher to be director
 

The new Utica Shale Academy in Columbiana County, Ohio has turned to Southern Local educator Eric Sampson as the school’s new director, reports WKBN-TV in Youngstown. The academy, scheduled to open Aug. 19, is for students in grades 9 through 12 who will attend classes at Southern Local High School in Salineville. WKBN says Sampson has spent the past eight years serving as Southern Local’s health and physical education teacher and also was involved in creating the district’s online health curriculum. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 07, 2014

Chesapeake dips toe in West Virginia shale development
 

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the biggest player in Ohio’s Utica shale play, appears to be moving eastward into West Virginia as well, reports Columbus Business First. Citing records from West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection, the newspaper says Chesapeake’s well in Wetzel County along the Ohio River is targeting the Point Pleasant formation that sits beneath Utica shale. State records show a flurry of activity for Chesapeake’s James Messenger 3HU well in Wileysville since October, but no production has been reported. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 07, 2014

OSU Extension gets $200,000 to help eastern Ohio examine impact of shale boom
 

Development specialists with Ohio State University Extension have received $200,000 to help eastern Ohio communities examine how shale gas development is affecting their economies, environmental conditions and social structures. Ohio State also reports the funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will be used to create plans for long-term viability in eastern Ohio communities. OSU Extension is working on the three-year project with four regional EDA districts representing 25 Ohio counties. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 06, 2014

Power company eyes $4 billion project to tap energy from Marcellus shale play
 

PPL Corp. wants to spend more than $4 billion to build a 725-mile long system of electric transmission lines that would bring energy from the Marcellus shale gas region to customers along the Eastern Seaboard, reports the Miami Herald. The newspaper said the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based utility’s plan calls for the 500-kilovolt line to span much of Pennsylvania and reach into New York, New Jersey and Maryland. PPL said the project, which could take more than a decade to complete, would likely increase reliability during demand-driven power shortages and save money for customers. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 06, 2014

Worthington Industries makes another oil and gas acquisition
 

Worthington Industries Inc. has acquired Oklahoma-based Midstream Equipment Fabrication LLC for $40 million as the Columbus steel processor continues to boost its involvement in the oil and natural gas industry. Columbus Business First reports Worthington has spent $245.1 million to acquire oil and gas service businesses since September 2012. Midstream Equipment Fabrication makes machines that separate oil field liquids from gas for drillers in the Eagle Ford shale play in south Texas. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 05, 2014

Fenstermaker opens office to better serve Utica shale play
 

Fenstermaker Co. has opened an office in Cambridge, Ohio, to help serve the engineering firm’s growing list of oil and natural gas clients in the Utica shale play. WKGR-TV in Mobile, Alabama reports the Louisiana-based company made the move to offer more support to new and existing clients in the Utica where it has been active since October 2013. Fenstermaker, which also has an office in Montrose, Pennsylvania, specializes in survey and mapping, engineering, environmental consulting, and advanced technologies. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 05, 2014

Rice, MarkWest to help move Gulfport gas from Utica shale wells
 

Gulfport Energy has reached preliminary deals with two companies to pipe natural gas from its Utica shale wells in southeastern Ohio, reports the Canton Repository. Citing a Gulfport press release, the newspaper said Rice Energy will build and operate pipelines for Gulfport wells in Belmont County, while MarkWest Energy Partners will construct gas-gathering facilities to handle dry natural gas from wells in Belmont and Monroe Counties. The agreements will enable Oklahoma City-based Gulfport to feed 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day into multiple pipelines. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 04, 2014

Hess sells 30,000 acres in dry gas area of Utica play
 

Hess Corp. says it completed the sale of 30,000 net acres for $485 million in the dry gas area of the Utica shale play during the second quarter in transactions that included wells and related facilities. The New York-based company said in a second-quarter earnings release that total year-to-date proceeds from asset sales in the Utica now stand at approximately $1.1 billion. But Hess remains active in the shale play in eastern Ohio, reporting it drilled 10 wells in the Utica during the second quarter. The company has wells that are producing gas and oil or are under development in Harrison, Belmont and Guernsey counties. For more, read the full release.
 


 
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Aug 04, 2014

Oil and gas M&A activity was strong in second quarter
 

Merger and acquisition activity in the oil and gas industry surged in terms of value and volume in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the second quarter of last year. Platts reports that PwC US said there were 54 oil and gas deals with values greater than $50 million in the second quarter and $42.2 billion of total deal value during the period. That was the strongest second quarter for M&A activity seen in the last five years. Two of the deals involved the Marcellus shale play, and one involved the Utica play in eastern Ohio. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 01, 2014

Chesapeake buying back shares in CHK Utica unit
 

Reuters News Service reports that Chesapeake Energy Corp. said it would spend $1.26 billion to buy back all of the outstanding preferred shares issued by CHK Utica, which holds acreage in Ohio’s Utica shale play. Reuters said the move comes as Chesapeake tries to simplify its balance sheet and eliminate about $75 million in annual dividend payments. The company had sold preferred shares in CHK Utica to private equity firms EIG Global Energy, Magnetar Capital and other investors in 2011. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 01, 2014

EnerGreen pulls lease request for site in eastern Ohio
 

The dispute over EnerGreen 360's plan to develop a site in the East Ohio Regional Industrial Park in Barnesville has been resolved, with the company agreeing to withdraw its lease request, reports the Times Leader in Martins Ferry. The newspaper says EnerGreen’s plan called for the use of recycled earthen materials from the construction of oil and gas wells in the industrial park. The plan had drawn community opposition, but an EnerGreen executive said the decision to withdraw the request was based on the industrial park not fitting the company’s current business model due to site costs. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Aug 01, 2014

Utica compares well to some shale plays, but not the Marcellus
 

Initial natural gas production from the Utica shale play mirrors that of the Eagle Ford shale play in Texas and is slightly higher than that from the Haynesville formation in Louisiana, reports Columbus Business First. Citing a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the newspaper also notes the Utica’s natural gas production is still modest compared to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The findings were based on an EIA comparison of the first 20 months of drilling in the Utica region as compared to other emerging shale plays. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 31, 2014

Report: ODNR slow to respond to fire at well pad
 

A report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was not actively involved in a major well fire in Monroe County until three days after the Statoil well pad near Clarington caught fire on June 28th. The Akron Beacon-Journal reports the U.S. EPA also claims ODNR was only involved sporadically after July 1st, but an ODNR spokeswoman disagreed with the report. She said inspectors from the agency were on the scene within hours of being notified of an emergency, and took action to ensure the safety of the first responders and community. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 31, 2014

TransCanada explores Ohio-to-Michigan pipeline project
 

TransCanada Corp. is looking at building a 500-mile natural gas pipeline from Monroe County, Ohio, in the Utica shale play to the shores of Lake Michigan, reports Columbus Business First. The company reportedly is exploring an extension of its ANR pipeline that will send gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to the Gulf Coast and other areas of the country. The new extension would run from Clarington in southeastern Ohio to Bridgman, Mich., a small town bordering the Great Lakes. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 30, 2014

Kinder Morgan pipeline scheduled to be in service by 2017
 

A Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' pipeline that will carry natural-gas liquids from Ohio to the Gulf Coast is scheduled to be in service by the second quarter of 2017, reports the Akron Beacon-Journal. Citing a fact sheet posted on Kinder Morgan's website, the newspaper said the pipeline will serve the Utica and Marcellus shale regions in Ohio and surrounding states. The project calls for converting 1,005 miles of Kinder Morgan's 24-inch and 26-inch Tennessee Gas Pipeline system from natural gas to related liquids such as ethane, butane and propane. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 30, 2014

New York firm moves forward on hotels in Utica shale play
 

Drill Capital LLC has opened one hotel in the Utica shale play, is working on a second one and has plans for a third location, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper said the New York-based investment firm recently opened an 80-room Microtel Inn and Suites in Carrollton. Drill Capital also broke ground on an 80-room Microtel in Caldwell last month and is in the early stages of developing a hotel at a site still to be determined in eastern Ohio. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 29, 2014

Antero shifts gas to Great Lakes markets along Seneca lateral
 

Argus Media reports that Antero Resources has said new transportation capacity on the Rockies Express Pipeline's Seneca Lateral in southeast Ohio is allowing the company to move Utica shale production to higher priced markets in the Great Lakes region. Denver-based Antero said the lateral, which went into service June 26, makes it possible to shift its natural gas to higher pricing at Chicago indexes instead of the Texas Eastern Transmission M2 hub.  Antero has also said it has signed an agreement to be an anchor shipper on Energy Transfer Partners' ET Rover Pipeline that will connect the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast, or for export to Canadian markets. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 29, 2014

Report: Chevron remains bullish on U.S. shale plays
 

A few major oil companies still see huge opportunity in U.S. shale plays, especially Chevron, reports the Motley Fool newsletter. It notes Chevron is primarily focused on west Texas' Permian Basin where it acquired 246,000 net leasehold acres from Chesapeake Energy in October 2012. Chevron also maintains stakes in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia panhandle, as well as the Antrim shale and Collingwood/Utica shale areas in Michigan. For more, read the full story.

 


 
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Jul 28, 2014

Conventional drillers face challenging times in Ohio
 

Ohio’s shale-drilling boom and the surge in natural gas production are putting pressure on conventional drillers that are faced with rising costs, increased regulatory scrutiny and low natural gas prices, reports the Canton Repository. The newspaper said Ohio’s 352 horizontal shale wells produced more natural gas last year than approximately 51,000 conventional wells. All of that natural gas flowed into an already flooded regional market at a time when the national prices for natural gas remain low. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 28, 2014

Stark State seeks funds for oil and gas training center
 

Stark State College’s training center for oil and gas jobs in Ohio is on track to start classes in January, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper says the community college is requesting $2.6 million in state funding as part of the $10 million Stark State was promised last year to buy and renovate an office building in Canton. The new Downtown Canton Satellite Center and Energy Institute is part of Stark State’s plan to become a regional oil and gas hub. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 28, 2014

State funds expansion of Buckeye Transfer operations
 

The Ohio Rail Development Commission has approved a $350,000 loan to Buckeye Transfer Realty LLC to fund the expansion of the company’s trans-loading operation in Columbiana County. Hannah News Service reports the money will be used to pay for 980 feet of additional track to allow the company to handle more sand used in hydraulic fracturing operations by the oil and natural gas industry as well as hydrochloric acid used in fracking. A Buckeye Transfer official said the track has already been installed and the first cars were placed on it on July 16.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 25, 2014

Couple offers mineral rights for “friendly” development in Utica play
 

A couple who owns 35 acres at Tappan Lake in Harrison County, Ohio, has offered a 20% interest in their mineral rights for possible oil and gas development to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The Akron Beacon-Journal reports the donation is being made with the expectation that the district will try to include the mineral rights in any lease negotiations with drillers for adjacent MWCD property. The request reportedly was prompted by an appreciation of the district's ability to negotiate environmentally friendly leases. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 25, 2014

Gov. Corbett still thinks Shell will build cracker in Beaver County, Pa.
 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said this week he remains bullish on the prospects for an ethane cracker that may be developed by Royal Dutch Shell in western Pennsylvania, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Corbett stated that, although he has yet to hear from Shell about whether it will build the plant in Beaver County, ongoing site development there is encouraging. Shell announced in March 2012 it had signed a land-option agreement for the right to purchase industrial parcels in Beaver County with the intent of building a cracker plant to process ethane from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 25, 2014

Marathon Oil produces new video on fracking
 

A new video from Marathon Oil Corp. offers an easy-to-understand overview of horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The video explains the techniques used to extract oil and natural gas from shale formations, detailing the process from site preparation through drilling, production and land restoration after wells are retired. For more, watch the video.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 24, 2014

Companies sue over Broadview Heights’ drilling ban
 

Two oil and gas companies with wells in Broadview Heights, Ohio have sued the Cuyahoga County city over its prohibition against future wells, reports the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. The newspaper says Bass Energy Company Inc. of Fairlawn and Ohio Valley Energy of Austintown contend the State of Ohio, not Broadview Heights, has the sole authority to permit or deny drilling and regulate wells. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods, the nonprofit citizens group that initiated the campaign to ban drilling, has filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Oil & Gas Litigation   |  Permalink

 

Jul 24, 2014

Energy 11, LP to raise money to invest in oil and gas development
 

The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth reports that Energy 11 LP, a newly formed partnership, plans to offer 95 million common units of stock for $20 each, and 5.26 million units for $19 each.  According to the company's prospectus filed with the SEC, after the closing of the initial offering of common units, Energy 11 will enter into a management services agreement with E11 Management, LLC which is  labeled in the prospectus as "an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of American Energy Partners, L.P."  The company then plans to use the money raised to acquire interests in oil and natural gas fields, including ones in west Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 22, 2014

Analyst: Oil E&P companies finally show positive cash flow
 

U.S. oil and natural gas exploration and production companies will have positive cash flow starting this year as growing production efficiencies make them relatively immune to flat commodity prices, says an analysis by investment bank Raymond James. Platts.com reports that Raymond James analyst Marshall Adkins stated in a note to clients that the U.S. oil and gas business can now be viewed as “more of a sustainable growth industry rather than a pure commodity call.” That’s after a decade of spending roughly 40% more than E&P companies had in revenues during the shale land grab. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 22, 2014

Occidental shifting to horizontal wells in Permian Basin
 

By leveraging cash flow generated by its enhanced oil recovery techniques in older oil fields, Occidental Petroleum is increasing its development of horizontal wells in the Permian Basin in west Texas, reports the Motley Fool newsletter. Occidental says it will complete 172 vertical and 172 horizontal wells in the Permian Basin this year, compared to 286 vertical and 49 horizontal wells last year. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 21, 2014

Columbus goes big with new CNG fueling station
 

The City of Columbus plans to open its second compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in August 2014, saying it will be the largest such facility open to the public in Ohio. Columbus Business First reports the $6.4 million station located off Morse Road on Columbus’ north side will serve the public and city vehicle fleets. The city opened its first CNG station in April 2012 at an east-side facility where 40% of the CNG pumped is for private vehicles. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 21, 2014

Consol’s natural gas production jumps by a third
 

Consol Energy Inc. produced 51.9 billion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas during the second quarter of 2014, a 34%increase from the same period a year ago, reports the Business Journal in Youngstown. Pittsburgh-based Consol also announced it recently placed into production three new Utica wells at a pad in northern Noble County, Ohio. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 21, 2014

Proposed ethane “cracker” plant will need pipeline, market for product
 

The Utica and Marcellus shale plays could supply Brazil-based Odebrecht with all the raw material it needs to operate a major ethane cracker the company plans to build in Parkersburg, W. Va., reports Crain’s Cleveland Business. But, Odebrecht Vice President David Peeples also told Crain’s that the company will need a pipeline to deliver ethane from separation facilities that remove ethane from so-called "wet gas" and a market for the polyethylene Odebrecht hopes to produce at the facility. That end market largely is in northeast Ohio, where the plastics industry has a strong presence. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 18, 2014

Concord to add transport site to serve Utica, Marcellus shale plays
 

Concord Energy LLC plans to open a truck-to-rail trans-load site in Parkersburg, W.Va. to transport condensate and natural gas liquids produced in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, reports the Business Journal in Youngstown, Ohio. The Colorado-based company says the West Virginia facility will enable Concord to transport more than 150,000 billion barrels of crude oil condensate and natural gas liquids per month, and provide producers access to downstream markets. The truck-to-rail facility is scheduled to open in mid-August 2014. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 18, 2014

Senator says feds should revise definition of oil condensate
 

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the latest official to push the U.S. Commerce Department to revise its definition of crude oil, hoping to see “condensate” removed from the definition, reports the Motley Fool newsletter. The ultra-light condensates are a byproduct of the growing use of shale oil. While Canada has been cashing in on its condensate industry, the United States has struggled with oversupply and no way to export the excess because of a federal ban on oil exports. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 17, 2014

Federal plan driving oil and natural gas industry batty
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as “endangered” has raised the ire of the oil and natural gas industry as well as several other special interest groups, reports Columbus Business First. The federal agency is recommending the bat be classified as endangered in more than 30 states, including Ohio, because disease is killing millions of the bats. The oil and gas industry has countered that the bat is still plentiful in the Midwest and labeling it endangered could limit the industry’s progress in the region. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 17, 2014

Michigan judge rules evidence warrants trial for Chesapeake
 

A Michigan judge has dismissed two of the three charges against Chesapeake Energy Corp. over claims the company conspired with Canadian oil company Encana Corp. to depress oil and natural gas lease prices in Michigan, reports NewsOK.com in Oklahoma City. District Judge Mari Barton, however, also said there was “enough evidence to proceed to trial on claims that the companies conspired to rig a bid in an auction for leases from the state.” For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Oil & Gas Litigation   |  Permalink

 

Jul 17, 2014

Proposed pipeline project sparks debate in New England
 

Thousands of public and private property owners in New England would be affected by a proposed natural gas pipeline that Kinder Morgan wants to build from central New York to the Boston area, reports the New York Times. The newspaper says property owners are wedged between the shale gas plays in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and the increasingly insatiable market for natural gas in New England where new demand has created wintertime shortfalls and price spikes. However, some property owners say there are less costly and intrusive ways to address the region's energy needs.  For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 17, 2014

State grant to help train welders, pipefitters in Ohio
 

A state grant in the amount of $150,000 will help train welders and pipefitters in the Mahoning Valley for jobs in Ohio’s Utica shale region, reports Columbus Business First. The money from the Ohio Appalachian Development Grant Program will go toward training apprentices and displaced welders in pipeline construction and related techniques. Forty people will be trained in an area that is home to a number of pipelines and other oil and natural gas infrastructure. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 15, 2014

Future looks bright for natural-gas fired power projects
 

Two dynamics are creating a promising environment for investment in natural gas-fired power generation in Ohio, according to a new analysis by Bricker & Eckler attorneys Thomas Siwo and Dylan Borchers. First, new regulations on carbon emissions will place significant pressure on Ohio’s coal-fired capacity. Second, Ohio’s shale boom continues to provide an inexpensive source of natural gas. With these factors in play, three proposed natural gas-fired plants have received Ohio Power Siting Board approval within the last year or are in the process of gaining approval. For more, read the full analysis.
 


 
Posted by J. Bell in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 15, 2014

Gulfport Energy wells most productive in Ohio shale play
 

Eight of Ohio’s top-10 producing natural gas wells during the first quarter of 2014 were located in Belmont County, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper says Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. led the way, operating seven of those wells. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 15, 2014

Pennsylvania spends $50 million on housing in Marcellus shale play
 

Nearly $50 million from natural gas and federal funding sources has been devoted to housing initiatives across the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania since 2011, reports the Business Journal in Youngstown, Ohio. Citing comments from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, the newspaper says the funding has been used to build new housing and rehabilitate existing residences depending on which approach was most appropriate to address housing shortages in the Marcellus shale region. Corbett said the projects have been funded in part with revenue from the state’s natural-gas impact fees. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 14, 2014

McClendon deals spark big jump in M&A activity
 

Driven partly by deals made by Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP, mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas upstream sector had a spectacular rebound in the second quarter of 2014, reports OilVoice magazine. Citing an analysis from Evaluate Energy, the magazine says the value of such upstream deals ($51.3 billion) in the second quarter was the highest quarterly total since 2012. The majority of the increase is attributable to companies based in North America. American Energy Partners was among the biggest spenders with acquisitions of $2.5 billion in the Permian Basin and $1.75 billion in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 14, 2014

Ohio mayor grilled over his plan to control fracking
 

Residents in Gates Mills, Ohio are grilling Mayor Shawn Riley about his plan to form a land trust in preparation for oil and gas operations in the Cuyahoga County village, reports the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Mayor Riley believes that local legislation would have little to no effect on controlling drilling for oil and natural gas in Gates Mills, but contends that drillers would have no choice but to negotiate with a land trust if village property owners pool their mineral rights and determine if and where wells would be allowed. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 11, 2014

Chevron’s oil-field water helps farmers cope with drought
 

Chevron’s 115-year-old Kern River oil field in California’s Central Valley is selling millions of gallons of water every day to a local water district that distributes it to farmers struggling with the drought gripping that state, reports the New York Times. The newspaper says Bakersfield’s Cawelo Water District will rely on water pumped from Chevron’s oil-field for half of its supply this year, up from an average of a quarter. The district sells the water exclusively to farmers for irrigation and reduces its salinity by blending it with water from other sources. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 11, 2014

Ohio State joins movement to add oil and gas law courses
 

As drilling activity booms in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law is the latest in the state to add a course on oil and natural gas law, reports Columbus Business First. The newspaper said Capital University, whose law school was the first in Central Ohio to offer an oil and gas course, has also added a concentration in energy law. Matt Warnock, co-chair of the Shale Task Force at Bricker & Eckler LLP and instructor of Capital’s oil and gas course, told Business First that creating buzz with new courses and attracting students is important for law schools. The law schools at Cleveland State University (whose course is taught by Glenn Krassen, a partner at Bricker & Eckler) and University of Akron have also added oil and gas courses. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by J. Bell in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 10, 2014

Ergon to add condensate capacity at Ohio, West Virginia terminals
 

Ergon, Inc. recently announced plans to enhance its subsidiaries’ oil and natural gas facilities in the Appalachian Basin, including in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. CNBC reports the Jackson, Miss.-based company plans to start up to 10,000 barrels per day of condensate stabilization capacity at its Marietta, Ohio river terminal in the fourth quarter of 2014. Additionally, Ergon wants to add 10,000 barrels per day of condensate stabilization at its terminal in Newell, W.Va. in 2015. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 10, 2014

Report: Marcellus, Utica production to grow 36 percent by 2035
 

According to a post on the Stockhouse financial news site, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays is projected to grow 36 percent by 2035. Stockhouse cites a new quarterly report from ICF International that says abundant sources of natural gas are expected to spur increased demand from new petrochemical plants, expanded manufacturing facilities, transportation and power generation. Noting Utica wells are “more gassy” than initially expected, the ICF report says gas output from the Marcellus and Utica plays may grow to 34 billion cubic feet per day by 2035. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 10, 2014

Rice Energy to buy Marcellus acreage, wells from Chesapeake
 

Rice Energy Inc. has struck a deal to acquire 22,000 net acres and 12 developed oil and natural gas wells in western Pennsylvania from Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC and its partners. Rice reported it will pay $336 million to acquire the acreage and wells in the Marcellus shale play in Greene County. The company, which has been active in the Marcellus since 2009, says it expects to close the transaction in August 2014. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 10, 2014

Warren Resources to enter Marcellus shale play by way of $352 million deal
 

Warren Resources is entering the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania by acquiring all of the Marcellus assets of Citrus Energy Corp, a Colorado-based driller, for $352.5 million, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Headquartered in New York City, Warren Resources is an independent energy company whose operations are focused on oil in California and natural gas in Wyoming. The publically traded company (NASDAQ:WRES) will acquire Citrus Energy’s shale assets in Wyoming County in northeastern Pennsylvania. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 08, 2014

ETP pipeline project would open markets for Utica, Marcellus gas
 

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) hopes to build nearly 600 miles of pipeline to take natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions to new markets, including Michigan and Canada, reports Crain’s Cleveland Business. The Dallas-based company said an initial 400 miles of pipeline would move natural gas from processing plants and interconnections in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to ETP’s Panhandle Eastern Pipeline and a Midwest pipeline near Defiance, Ohio. The company said it also hopes to build a 195-mile segment from the Defiance area through Michigan and ultimately to the Union Gas Dawn Hub near Sarnia, Canada. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 08, 2014

Pennsylvania driller offers cash to avoid liability claims
 

EQT Corp. has been offering $50,000 in cash to some households in western Pennsylvania as the natural gas producer tries to head off potential liability issues from its fracking operations. A post on the Peakoil.com news site says the Pittsburgh-based company is making the offer to residents who agree to release EQT from any legal liability for current or future operations. The agreement covers potential health problems and property damage and gives the company blanket protection from any kind of claim over noise, dust, light, smoke, odors, fumes, soot, air pollution or vibrations. A legal expert told Peakoil.com that such liability agreements – often known as nuisance easements – have been used near airports, landfills and wind farms but are rare in the oil and gas industry. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by D. Gerken in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 08, 2014

Technology advances driving boom in U.S. oil & gas production
 

U.S. oil and natural gas production is booming due in part to advances in information technology, reports the Daily Times in Watertown, N.Y. The newspaper says the production increases are possible because of the development of micro-seismic imaging that provides the 3D seismic maps used to show energy producers where to drill and steer the drill underground. This technology has helped companies produce 3.2 million barrels per day out of “tight” oil formations, driving up the overall national output of crude oil to more than 8 million barrels per day. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 08, 2014

Utica shale potential boosting Magnum Hunter stock price
 

Investors have driven up the stock price of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. by 127 percent in the past year despite the Houston-based company carrying $891 million in debt, according to a recent post by Bloomberg. Specifically, Bloomberg reports Magnum Hunter and its investors are betting on “gushers” at wells drilled/being drilled in the shale plays in Ohio and West Virginia. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jul 08, 2014

Utica shale production posts major gains in 1Q of 2014
 

Natural gas production from Ohio’s Utica shale region during the first quarter of 2014 was eight times higher than for the same period in 2013, reports Columbus Business First. Citing new data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the newspaper said the Utica play produced 67.3 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the first three months of this year, up from 8.3 billion cubic feet a year ago. Oil production increased to 1.9 million barrels, up from 328,000 barrels, ODNR reported. The department also said it expects to issue 800 permits for horizontal drilling next year. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 07, 2014

Goldman Sachs: Shale gas eases fear in futures market
 

Rising U.S. shale gas production is driving fear out of the futures market and will constrain prices for the next two decades, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in a recent post by Bloomberg. Specifically, Bloomberg reports that Goldman Sachs is forecasting that natural gas will generally trade at $4 to $5 per million British thermal units for the next 20 years. It says gas prices were four times more volatile in 2009 than they are today as production grows for the ninth straight year and new pipelines deliver such gas to customers. For more, read the full story.
 


 
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Jul 07, 2014

ODNR agrees to settlement in public records dispute
 

A settlement has been reached between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and an anti-fracking group in a lawsuit over records regarding two injection wells in eastern Athens County. The Athens Messenger reported that ODNR will pay $1,000 to the Athens County Fracking Action Network although the state agency stipulates the payment is not an admission of liability in the case. The group’s lawsuit accused ODNR of violating Ohio’s public records law, but the settlement agreement states the agency has provided documents on multiple occasions since the suit was filed. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Oil & Gas Litigation   |  Permalink

 

Jul 07, 2014

U.S. shale drilling to fuel hiring spree by energy companies
 

The drilling-intensive nature of the shale oil and gas business in North Dakota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states will trigger a hiring spree by energy producers, reports the Kiplinger newsletter. Kiplinger says those producers are going to create as many as 1.3 million new jobs over the next decade and a half. Drillers say finding enough rig crews will be the biggest problem, so expect more companies to partner with high schools and community colleges to recruit future workers. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania  United States   |  Permalink

 

Jul 03, 2014

Fish kill likely caused by water runoff from fighting well fire
 

A fire last weekend at a Statoil well pad in Monroe County, Ohio, likely sent contaminants into a nearby creek, killing crayfish, minnows and smallmouth bass as far as five miles away from the site, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources told the newspaper that crews fighting the fire flooded the well-pad site, likely sending fracking chemicals into the creek. ODNR and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are continuing to investigate the fire and fish kill. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 03, 2014

High court says New York towns can ban gas drilling
 

Local governments in New York have the zoning authority to ban natural gas drilling, the state's highest court ruled June 30 in a case that grew out of challenges brought against fracking prohibitions by the towns of Middlefield and Dryden. The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y., reports the state’s Court of Appeals signaled in a 5-2 ruling that it was not focused on the merits of the bans but on the legal authority of the towns to keep out drilling. The majority ruling said the towns “acted within their home rule powers in determining that gas drilling would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated, small-town character of their communities.” As reported on this blog in June 2013, the Ohio Supreme Court is reviewing a home rule case involving the city of Munroe Falls’ attempt to impose zoning restrictions on fracking. For more on the New York ruling, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by D. Gerken in  Oil & Gas Litigation   |  Permalink

 

Jul 03, 2014

Influx of shale workers a problem in the eyes of some
 

A massive influx of oil and gas workers in shale-busy Noble, Monroe and Guernsey counties in eastern Ohio has been a blessing for local businesses, but Columbus CEO magazine reports the oil and gas industry move-in has had some negative effects, too. Among them are skyrocketing rent prices, dangerous roadways and out-of-state workers who make no mind of how they treat their temporary communities. “Their attitudes are on another level,” a Cambridge resident told an Associated Press reporter. “They come flying in like they don't care.” For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 03, 2014

Magnum Hunter, E.M. Energy to develop Ohio shale acreage
 

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has a new joint development venture with E.M. Energy Ohio LLC for an oil and gas leasehold that includes approximately 1,080 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in eastern Ohio. OilVoice magazine reports the agreement calls for the companies to develop two areas in Washington County where they recently started drilling at an initial Utica shale pad. They plan to spud another well pad later this year. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 03, 2014

Ohio gas production nearly doubles as shale drilling booms
 

A dramatic increase in production from horizontal shale wells helped Ohio nearly double its natural gas output last year, reports Columbus Business First. Citing production numbers released July 2 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the newspaper said natural gas production, including from conventional wells, almost doubled to 171.6 billion cubic feet last year from 86.7 billion cubic feet in 2012. Oil production also saw a significant increase as drilling for gas and oil continues to grow in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 01, 2014

Chesapeake scales back plan for office site near Canton
 

Chesapeake Energy Corp. moved into its new office building earlier this month in Louisville, Ohio, near Canton, but the Canton Repository reports the Utica Shale driller won’t be using more than half of the 290 acres it bought at the commerce park in Louisville two years ago. A City of Canton official told the newspaper that 150 to 200 employees work on the top two floors of the office building. Chesapeake had approximately 400 workers in the Canton area when it announced the office project in 2012. It  has since changed leadership, cut staff and announced plans to spin off its oilfield services division. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jul 01, 2014

Fracking sand volumes are up big time in Pennsylvania
 

The volume of sand used in hydraulic fracturing at oil and natural gas wells in Pennsylvania has been on the rise over the past year with the increase dramatic by some estimates, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The paper said Baker Hughes, a Texas-based oil and gas services firm, has seen the use of sand, or proppant, double over the past eight to 10 months. Weatherford, another oilfield services firm operating in the area, has seen sand volumes shoot up 50 percent in the first quarter of 2014. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Pennsylvania   |  Permalink

 

Jul 01, 2014

Wet gas, high production draw drillers to southeast part of Utica play
 

Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners and a handful of other drillers are snapping up land in the southeastern corner of the Utica shale play in Ohio where operators have found wet gas and high-performing, affordable wells that rival some in the core of the Marcellus shale play, reports the Houston Chronicle. Exxon Mobil, Magnum Hunter, Rice Energy and Antero Resources are among the oil and gas producers moving to Belmont and Monroe counties, where 19 of the top 20 best-performing Utica wells were drilled in the fourth quarter, according to a Wood McKenzie analyst. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio   |  Permalink

 

Jun 30, 2014

American Energy, EMG form midstream joint venture
 

With sights set on development of the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, American Energy Partners LP and the Energy and Minerals Group announced they are forming a new joint venture called American Energy – Midstream, LLC. The State Journal in Charleston, W.Va., reports the new company will invest in midstream projects such as natural gas gathering and processing systems and long-haul pipelines associated with the Marcellus, Utica, Woodford and Permian Basin shale plays. For more, read the full story.
 


 
Posted by M. Warnock in  Ohio  Pennsylvania  West Virginia   |  Permalink

 

Jun 30, 2014

State investigating fish kill near site of well fire in eastern Ohio
 

State officials are investigating a fish kill in an eastern Ohio creek near the location of a fire at a Statoil well pad in Monroe County on Saturday, reports the Columbus Dispatch. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman told the newspaper that the agency learned about the fish kill in Possum Creek on Sunday, but could not confirm any link to the well fire at this point. The Eisenbarth well pad caught fire because of a malfunction in hydraulic tubing, authorities said. The fire spread to about 20 trucks lined up on the well pad, triggering explosions. For more read the full story.
 


 
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