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NWF to sue U.S. DOT over oil pipeline oversight failures

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From the National Wildlife Federation today:

National Wildlife Federation to Sue Dept. of Transportation over Oil Pipeline Oversight Failures


For more than 20 years, federal government has been illegally allowing oil pipelines in U.S. navigable waters to operate without approved safety plans. Pipeline running under Great Lakes’ Straits of Mackinac extreme example of protection failures.

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Brown's statement at hearing on lifting crude oil export ban

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From Ohio's U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown today:

SEN. BROWN OPENING STATEMENT AT Banking Committee’s Hearing on lifting THe crude oil export ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing titled, “Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban.”


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University of Pittsburgh starting new energy law institute

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From the University of Pittsburgh:

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh School of Law Dean William M. Carter Jr. today announced the formation of the school’s new Energy Law and Policy Institute. Kevin Abbott, senior energy law partner at Reed Smith LLP, adjunct professor, and a 1981 alumnus of Pitt Law, will serve as interim executive director of the institute, which will begin operating in fall 2015 and will host its first major conference on energy law in the spring of 2016.

This interdisciplinary institute draws on the strengths of the University to advance the training of law students to become leaders in providing legal services to the regional, national, and international energy sectors. The institute is a major priority of the School of Law and the University.

The Energy Law and Policy Institute will develop new courses in the field of energy law, with a particular focus on helping students develop practice-ready skills; host major annual conferences that bring together law firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address cutting-edge issues in energy law and policy; and advance collaborative research and teaching initiatives in the field of energy law in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy, Swanson School of Engineering, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Public Health, and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, among others. 

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Southwestern Energy releases 2Q 2015 reports

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

Texas-based Southwestern Energy today released its second quarter 2015 report on operations and finances.

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Lower oil prices in 2Q hurt Norwegian energy company Statoil

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From the Associated Press:

Norwegian energy company Statoil says it was hit by lower oil prices, increased depreciation and higher drilling costs in the second quarter, causing net profit to fall 16 percent to 10.1 billion kroner ($1.2 billion).

Revenue dropped to 124 billion kroner in the period, down from more than 142 billion kroner a year earlier.

CEO Eldar Saetre said Tuesday that the company “delivered encouraging operational performance with good production growth and high regularity” in the quarter, adding that it will continue to cut costs as part of an efficiency program that was “on track.”

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Marksmen Energy reports on well drilled in Pickaway County

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From Markmen Energy earlier this week:

CALGARY, ALBERTA, July 27, 2015 -- Marksmen Energy Inc. ("Marksmen" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Marksmen has participated in the drilling of a well operated by its joint venture partners, Hocking Hills Energy and Well Services LLC ("HHE") and Chuck Henry Energy LLC ("CHE") The well drilled is a Cambrian Knox remnant oil well, the Delong-Davis Unit #1, in Pickaway County, Ohio. Marksmen has a 45% working interest in the well.

The well was spudded on July 20, 2015 and reached its total depth on July 26, 2015 targeting a large Cambrian Knox remnant that was drilled based on the interpretation of new 3D seismic and encountered significant oil and gas shows in the top of the Cambrian Knox formation where open hole logs recorded porosities of greater than 20% over a 6 foot interval. Oil did circulate to surface.

The well is currently being completed for commercial production and is expected to have a pump-jack and bottom-hole equipment in place in a week with the tanks and other surface equipment to follow shortly. Production is expected to be on-line by mid-August. Marksmen believes that even at depressed WTI prices for oil, Marksmen's wells can be economically exploited because of the low drilling and operating costs for its shallow light oil drilling programs in Ohio.

This well was drilled based on the latest 3D seismic program completed in May 2015 with our joint venture partners HHE and CHE. The success of this well and the 3D seismic indicate there are at least two step out locations on this remnant. A number of other well locations in the 2015 3D target area are currently being permitted for drilling including the largest remnant identified by seismic, an offset to our Strittmatter #1 well.

To date Marksmen has conducted approximately 7 square miles of 3D seismic acquisition using Bay Geophysical of Traverse City, Michigan. Marksmen currently has leasehold interests aggregating approximately 12,000 acres in Pickaway County. Additional 3D seismic is planned for later this year.

Archie Nesbitt, CEO and President of Marksmen states "Marksmen is very pleased with the initial results from this well based on the very significant contribution that 3D seismic and its interpretation by our technical experts have made to the overall success to date. The program validates the importance of using the best 3D seismic techniques available to exploit the oil bearing zones in this part of Ohio."

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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OOGA honors Jerry Olds with 2015 Oilfield Patriot Award

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Association:


About the Ohio Oil and Gas Association
The Ohio Oil and Gas Association is a trade association with more than 3,300 members involved in the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the state of Ohio. For more information, visit


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Ohio has 1,543 drilled Utica wells, 926 producing Utica wells

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

Ohio has approved 1,980 Utica Shale permits, as of July 25.

That total includes 1,543 drilled Utica wells and 926 producing Utica wells, says the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

A total of 20 rigs are working in Ohio.

Five new permits were approved: one in Carroll County and four in Monroe County.

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Eclipse Resources increases quarterly production by 24 percent

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

Eclipse Resources, based in State College, Pa., reports that second quarter 2015 production increased by 24 percent from the first quarter 2015.

The company's report was released today.

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Marcellus, Utica provide 85% of shale gas growth since 2012

By Bob Downing Published: July 28, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

The productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the neighboring Utica Shale is steadily increasing because of ongoing improvements in precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing occurring in those regions. Since January 2012, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica regions has accounted for 85% of the increase in natural gas production reported in EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) and has driven recent growth in total U.S. natural gas production.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.