Between 17 and 49 trains a week filled with highly volatile Bakken crude oil are passing through northern Ohio, according to railroad information newly released by the state of Ohio.
Last summer, the Beacon Journal looked at Bakken oil shipments by rail through Ohio and estimated that 50 trains a week filled with crude oil from North Dakota and Montana passed through Ohio.
The crude oil is being shipped by rail to refineries on the East Coast.
Last May, the federal government ordered railroads to notify state officials when they haul more than 1 million gallons of Bakken oil. First responders such as police and fire are notified along the routes.To read more or comment...
Here's the response I got from Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for the Rover Pipeline, on allegations filed by five Ohio grass-roots groups with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that pipeline representatives have bullied landowners in Ohio to sign easements and threatened them with claiming land by eminent domain:
"I can’t speak for other companies, but I can tell you that we expect our employees and contractors to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism at all times, and to treat all landowners fairly and respectfully. If we find that is not happening, we will take care of it immediately. It is our intention to be a good neighbor and a valued member of all the communities throughout Ohio in which we are working."To read more or comment...
From U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, on Wednesday:
Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement in support of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (HR 351) :
“This bill codifies the policy change that the Department of Energy voluntarily made last year, to expedite the approval process of LNG export facilities that have favorably completed the required Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. I was proud to vote in favor of this important legislation. The longer we delay the approval of expanded exports, the more we risk losing our competitive and technological advantage over other natural gas-producing countries.
“I want to thank Congressman Bill Johnson for his work in introducing and promoting this bill. The potential for the United States in selling LNG to foreign nations can have an enormous effect, not only on the economy of northeast Ohio, but all around the country. While I realize the concerns regarding the price of natural gas for American consumers, I am confident that increased production will maintain competitive prices for the American market.To read more or comment...
The U.S. Senate knocked down more than a dozen amendments on energy and the environment Wednesday, as Republicans worked to finish a nearly four-week debate over Keystone XL.
The casualties included proposals involving liquefied natural gas exports, endangered species protections for the lesser prairie-chicken and hydraulic fracturing and the so-called Halliburton loophole.
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Texas-based Enterprise Products Partners LP, the company behind the Appalachian-to-Texas Express Pipeline, said its net income fell slightly in fourth quarter 2014 from a year earlier.
Click here to read the Houston Chronicle's FuelFix blog story.To read more or comment...
Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest well-service company, intends to lay off 9,000 workers or 7.1 percent of its work office.
The company, with offices in Paris and Houston, cited uneasiness over dropping oil and natural gas prices.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an executive order than bans new drilling on state-owned lands.
The action by the Democratic governor fulfills a campaign pledge.
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Trains carrying tens of millions of gallons of volatile Bakken shale oil pass through Ohio en route to East Coast refineries.
Ohio officials this week confirmed that between 45 million gallons and 137 million gallons a week of Bakken rail shipments pass through Ohio.
Ohio had refused to release that number previously, although other states had done so.
Click here to read the full story from Columbus Dispatch today.To read more or comment...
From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:
As this article was being published, Sasol announced they were delaying their project in Louisiana because of low oil prices. The text and graphics have been left in their original form and do not reflect Sasol's announcement.
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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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.